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MP3 Players & Digital Audio

You Like Ringtones? How About Horntones?

February 14, 2007

Legal vs. Illegal Downloads: What's the Difference?

February 13, 2007

Apparently not much -- counter to the claims of the recording industry.

Check out this report entitled "The Effect of File Sharing on Record Sales: An Empirical Analysis," about a recent study that noted that illegal music downloads (you know who are are!) have less than a 1% affect on the sale of CDs.

In fact, there was a relationship between high downloads and high CD sales -- of course, depending on the artist.

All this goes to show that we still want our music -- whatever it may be -- and are willing to pay -- or not pay -- for it.

Jobs, DRM and the Record Labels: It's a Finger-Pointing Festival!

February 7, 2007

Of course we're excited about Steve Jobs saying that he'd love to offer all of us free music on iTunes, but the record labels have his hands tied with their DRM schemes.

(All kinds of reports on that here and here.)

(Thanks for the image www.mccombs.utexas.edu.)

Easy to say you'd do it when you know you can't and you set up iTunes not to do it from the get-go.

An iPod Ban: You've Got To Be Kidding!!!

February 7, 2007

Now I think I've heard everything!

Can you believe this report about a move to ban iPod use when crossing the street in crosswalks in "big cities" only across New York State?

The penalty: A $100 fine, if you please.

Apple vs. Apple: All You Need Is Love

February 5, 2007

TomTom Go 910 GPS units infected with viruses

January 30, 2007

News reports from TomTom's own website reveal that some TomTom GO 910 GPS units were infected with a virus. The models affected were produced in one week in the last quarter of 2006 with software version 6.51. They claim the virus is qualified as low risk and does not affect the navigation performance of the TomTom GO 910 in any way. However, reports have surfaced of drivers being re-routed from Lowes to Home Depot, Burger King to McDonalds, and from Target to Walmart.

MP3s Were Meant To Be Free ...

January 23, 2007

Well, it seems like the dreams and wishes of music fans around the world will soon come true.

According a report in today's New York Times, at least one major record label considering taking the copy restrictions off of its downloadable MP3 files. 

Now this would not make the MP3s free exactly, but would make them able to be copied and copied and copied from device to device to device ...

Beatles on iTunes: Sooner Than You Think?

January 18, 2007

I heard the news today, oh boy ...

Much buzz today about the apparent resolution of when and where (forget about if), the Beatles LPs/CDs will be available for download. More on that here.

Not too surprised that Apple (working with the Beatles' label, Apple Records -- nice coincidence, eh?) will apparently have a short, exclusive window to have the upcoming, newly remastered CDs available on iTunes.

Pontiac G5 Internet Launch?

January 16, 2007

Looks like Pontiac is launching the 2007 Pontiac G5 on the Internet. I just saw a Google video ad on my blog stating that Pontiac is launching the G5 exclusively on the Internet. The images you see are snapshots I took of the Pontiac G5 video.






In the commerical they list off popular digital items, trying to market the Pontiac G5 as a "digital car". They list: digital watch, digital abacus, digital camera, digital phone, digital video, digital card, digital haircut (i.e.






Apple Computer Is No More

January 9, 2007

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