Posts Tagged ‘ music ’

Would you buy music on flash media

Wired News – AP News

This report from Wired and the AP says that major record labels are considering selling music on flash media. Will this work? Since vinyl went the way of the dinosaurs and now cd is under the same threat. DVD music didn’t actually pan out so why should flash media be any different.

It should work. Sort of, for the technically challenged and music players should provide players for this at a much cheaper price tag. My only fear is reliability. I’m still apprehensive of relying on flash memory for anything I want to keep. Not to mention I wouldn’t want to accidentally delete the music that I paid for without any means to get it back.

I think this could work as an extension of the digital medium. Saying if you want a hard copy mailed to you or a hard copy purchased in the store this should work. But I wouldn’t expect any big profits coming from this anytime soon.

Make your own music

Guitar Hero IV gets a name, official features, and release date-ish – Engadget

The next Guitar Hero has been given a name and that is Guitar Hero IV. But should it still be called Guitar Hero since this version reportedly will include a microphone and a drum kit. Rock band only has 4 drums and a pedal. The GH version will have three drum thingies, a pedal and two “cymbals” bringing the simulation of a real drum possible.

This incarnation of the popular video game series brings a twist by being able to compose your own music as opposed to just rocking to the rhythm of others.

This is just what I need. More stuff to clutter my room. Sigh. And I’m sucker who get it when it comes out.

RIAA 1 / Listeners 0

RIAA trial verdict is in: jury finds Thomas liable for infringement

That’s the score as of last week based on cases where users who shared music on the net were prosecuted by music labels. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, with an annual income less than $50,000 was told by a jury to pay $222,000 in damages caused by her music sharing activities.

She will appeal the case and I will not be surprised if this case goes to the Supreme Court.

What have we learned here? Does the music industry that Jammie Thomas and others like her will buy more music legally now? They couldn’t even prove that it was her in front of the computer downloading all those songs.

If the music industry thinks that the only way they can recoup their losses due to people “stealing” music is by suing them. Then it is a sad sad world we live in. Face it music bosses, you are in denial. Adding DRM doesn’t make people happy. Using a format that plays only on one operating system (such as WMA) still won’t make me buy music that WONT PLAY ON MY MACINTOSH! Charging internet radio stations and podcasts outrageous amounts of money just to play your music on air isn’t going to help you sell more. All that money trying to sue individuals for sharing music should be spent on making digital music better. Buying more spots on radio and television so we’ll actually know that there is new music. Use the money to save the planet and all sorts of things rather than get back at the very people they expect to buy their music.

We’ll be watching this story very closely. And I’m sure this won’t be the last.

Rick Rubin: iPods will be obsolete

In a recent NY Times interview with music producer Rick Rubin as he predicts that iPods will be obsolete, he endorses the subscription model as used by Napster and other music rental services. MacNN also notes that David Geffen also sees the subscription model as the way to save the music industry.

Hmmm, save the music industry, but apparently not the musicians. In some ways, Mr. Rick Rubin is true. The iPod will be obsolete but not the in the foreseeable future I’m afraid. The music industry has been clueless into saving it’s business since the age of Napster (the original P2P network) and mp3 came about. It is easy to forget that this subscription model was already around even before the launch of the iPod and the iTunes Store and still it didn’t convince people to get their music from there since basically they didn’t own the music. It was like an apartment, you rent it. CRAZY!

Now that the iTunes store is quite successful in it’s own right, they just want a cut off everything. They do not see the amount of bandwidth that Apple has to pay to keep the store running. They do not see the amount of people now buying music legally. They do not see that it is not the iTunes store that drives the sales (since the iTunes store is only accessible in mostly western countries apart from Japan. It is a way for people to buy music that they can play on their iPods seamlessly. How bad it that?

Most online retailers do not support Apple’s Fairplay DRM and thus scaring away most iTunes users (iTunes comes free BTW) and how exactly would it be better for us. I don’t have a PC so if I want to buy music, I want it working on my iPod. Because that’s what I want and not what music executive wants. At the end of the day what I want mattters anyway since it’s my money being spent around.

People buy CD’s, or at least they used to. People buy music they do not rent it.

Let’s look back with the iTunes-Pepsi commercial featuring Green Day’s song and all these kids who were sued by the music industry for downloading music off the internet.