Thursday , May 19 2022

Culture and Society

Revolution

An editorial by Thomas Keane Jr. on why CDs and the music industry in general are on their way out – nothing terribly new to Blogcritics readers, but a great line makes it worthwhile: Still, the RIAA fundamentally believes that its customers – largely the young – are pirates; given …

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From Stealing Beer to Spamming

A not particularly large, but notably skanky spam operation appears to be run by a 21-year-old right here in Northeast Ohio, according to an excellent article by Plain Dealer tech writer Chris Seper: Every month hundreds of thousands of e-mails chug through the computers at Isolate Networks, offering aphrodisiacs, erotic …

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Napster 2.0

It sounds like they’re trying to do it right: By Christmas this year, Napster’s enigmatic cat logo will again lure consumers into downloading music. But this time it will discard its file-sharing heritage and be entirely legal, with a wealth of new capabilities. Chris Gorog, chairman and CEO of Napster’s …

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Scott and Shannon

Two former Radio Free Blogcritics featured artists, Scott Andrew LePera and Shannon Campbell got together virtually to make some impromptu music for the Blogathon this past weekend – cool results are here. Congrats to all who participated!

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Australian Record Industry Association: “The sky is green – how dare you question us?”

Last week the ARIA relased the results of a survey that claimed file sharing is killing the Australiam music industry. There were questions: Music industry analyst Phil Tripp sent in a long list of queries last week, most of which I thought merited answers. I sent most of them across …

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BuyMusic or MusicMatch Jukebox 8? Neither

BuyMusic.com? MusicMatch Jukebox 8? The Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro says, um, hell no: After years of chances for developers to get this stuff right, digital music on the PC remains a “yes, but” proposition. Yes, Microsoft provides free music software — but its Windows Media Player can’t save your CDs …

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Digital Music Time?

Billboard thinks the digital music market is ready to go mainstream: What a difference a year makes to the maturation of the digital music market. In the past 12 months, the major labels have opened the content floodgates, authorizing hundreds of thousands of tracks for Internet distribution. Apple Computer has …

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Joint Committee

Elements of this sound like they may actually be making some progress toward a blanket license of some kind for file sharing – this could be a big step: The administrators and music executives are trying to solve the piracy problem because both suffer from it. Universities have to deal …

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Balm for the Anxious File Sharer

EFF offers an invaluable service whereby file sharing service users can search the RIAA subpoenas to see if they are a target: Concerned that information about your file-sharing username may have been subpoenaed by the RIAA? Check here to see if your username is on one of the subpoenas filed …

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