• [Goldfrapp] A&E (1st Seventh Tree Single) Artwork Now & 3 Feb 08 Release

    8 Dic 2007, 21:51 de IanAR

    Plans are firming for the first fruit from Goldfrapp's Seventh Tree (click for track listing).

    The fruit (I mean single), will be the track seven - A&E

    A couple of hours ago, I received a release schedule, as follows:
    • 03 Feb 08 - for download* to UK-based** customers
    • 11 Feb 08 - for UK** disc sales
    • 12 Feb 08 - for USA & Canada download & disc sales
    * - The format of downloads is yet to be specified.
    ** - These dates may be correct for the whole of the European Union (I await clarification).

    The nine day transatlantic delay, for download availability, is curious! Obviously, this will amplify the temptation for European purchasers to file-share to their yankee and flapping head friends. I think that, some combination of a few things is going on:
    1. The delay's an oversight, on the part of EMI/Mute and they'll change the schedule to synchronize download releases.
    2. During the delay period, downloads will only be available in some DRM'd format, that EMI consider uncrackable, within the nine days *looks back and forth between red-rag and bull*
    3. EMI see their failure to collect revenue - due to file-sharing, in the delay period - as a loss-leader, which they're enduring (and forcing the artist to endure), in order to perform surveillance and capture some valuable P2P inelegance.
    4. Other stuff I've not though of.
    Watch this space! :)

  • Why the recording industry is so out of touch

    28 Nov 2007, 16:27 de db0

    Basically, the stink comes from the head...as always

    Just read this article..

    Wow, just wow (and I don't mean Blizzard's)
  • Why not to sign up with a major label

    24 May 2007, 8:37 de db0

    Now this is a very interesting article on why signing up with a major label is a very bad choice for fledging musicians.

    Along with articles like this and this, it actually makes me wonder why people still help the recording industry cartel who's main actions lately seem to be stuff like killing the online radio, lie and sue into submission.
  • Netcast you love no more, from people you no longer trust.

    17 May 2007, 18:12 de chenlevy

    Warning: This entry has nothing to do with music!

    I listen to audio books. I listen to short stories in audio format. I listen to podcasts. I did listend to This Week In Tech (TWiT). I will listen to TWiT no more.

    TWiT is a IT technology weekly podcast that tends to be light on content and heavy on cranky rants. I did found it mostly entertaining and some time informative, and Cory Doctorow was a guest panelist more then once, so they can't be all bad.

    However, episode 97 was the last one I would listen to. On this one Leo Laporte gave a plug for audible.com.

    I have no problem with Leo making a living, and I am happy he can find sponsors to support his netcast (Leo's term for podcast). I understand and tolerate the ads he inserts into the file.

    I have, however a problem with the way Leo presented the promotion. He weave that into the podcast, as if it was his own recommendation, and only when it was all done he said, "hey, that was our ad".

    So I went to the URL he gave, but on a hunch, before giving away my e-mail address, started poking around. It was not obvious but reading through the site, I have discovered to my shagrinn that audible.com is a DRM scheme.

    Here what I told them:
    Although I am an audience for audio books, and willing to pay for a quality product, I refuse to support any DRM encumbered product. It seems that you are aware that DRM is not desired by your customers, so you try to hide this fact, or at least not present it clearly. I have figured out that you require your customers to use DRM from the system requirements and by drilling down in your help system.

    I will not give up my freedom and rights that easily. You will not have my business until you fix this issue, and abolish this anti consumer technology. Until that time your product is defective by design, and I will have no part in it.

    I understand that there is stupidity and evil in the world. If there wasn't DRM would have never been conceived. However I have placed my trust with Leo. I know Leo know about DRM. After all he has spoke with Cory Doctorow. Leo said more then once that he think DRM is not smart, but when he suggested I will use the services of audible.com, he didn't say, "Oh, by the way, this is a DRM shop".

    So the ad he sold was very effective, however, he spent all his woofie on it. So, for me the TWiT mantra for "Netcast you love from people you trust" is no longer true.

    Thanks for reading,
    -- Chen.

    I would have loved to say this directly to Leo instead of bloggin about it, but it seems that I need to jump through too many hoops just to be able to post it on TWiT, so I use this journal as my soap box.

    Leo Laporte
    Leo Laporte and the TWiTs
  • Lable it, please!

    10 Oct 2006, 13:42 de chenlevy

    I want to do something about DRM. As you should know DRM is the restriction technology the media industry trying to shove down our throat.*

    I want to promote legislation that, as a consumer protection measure, will force the manufacturers to label products and services containing DRM restrictions.

    I believe that if people will be aware of the DRM issue, they will simply reject it. After all no one have just woke up and told himself: Hey, I wish I would be able to do less with my media.

    I am trying to go through the Israeli Consumer Protection Console. I hope they will think this thing worth while, and will be able to convince an M.P. to make a law out of it.

    Wish me luck.

    * * *

    To make reading my rants worth while, I like to end it with a pointer to some free music, so without any sophisticated segue I will point you to Jill Sobule's web site.

    Jill is nice enough to allow you to navigate her site even if you don't have flash installed. Moreover, she let everybody download few songs off her site, and about once a month she will rotate that free song selection, so you should come back to see what's new occasionally.

    In the days I worked in Tel-Aviv, I was amusing myself walking on the sea side promenade, listening to Tel Aviv.

    Thanks for reading,
    * I am trying to keep polite about it, when describing where this thing is shoved into.
  • Just say no

    7 Oct 2006, 6:42 de chenlevy

    Most people don't know about it, even when they run against it. When it happens people might think that they can't do something with their media because the technology is too complicated, and they simply haven't been able to figure it out.

    It called Digital-Right-Management or DRM in short. This technology which you are paying for, is designed to limit what you can do with your media.

    The most informed and entertaining way to learn more about DRM is to listen to Cory Doctorow's podcast story part 1, 2, 3, 4.

    The people who promote this technology claim that they do it to protect their copyright. Infact there isn't and there can't be a connection between copyright law and DRM. The things that determin if the use of a media legal or illegal, have to do with the situation and intent. No amount of technology can make an infomed decision about it. The real reason DRM is out there, is to protect a way of distributing media. A way that became obsolete in the Internet age.

    Furthermore if you are getting a DRM'd music, you put it in harm's way. It can stop working at a drop of a hat, for a plethora of reasons. So if you love your music, just say no to DRM.

    Have said that, I will put here a recommendation to the most technologically limitted music I like, while keeping the science-fiction theme of this post.

    Daikaiju allow their music to be used in the creative commons licenced podcast Escape Pod. If you like short science fiction stories, this is the way to go. You can listen to Daikaiju's music streaming via their site, but only if you have flash installed. I can live with this kind of restriction, because this is the way Daikaiju chose to give their music for free, and if you will pay $12 for the album Daikaiju, you will get a standard non DRM'd music CD. But be careful, while the technology is harmless, the music may blow you away and into a thousand tiny pieces.

    Thanks for reading
  • Trusted Computing

    26 Sep 2006, 3:05 de IanAR

    If you care about DRM, open systems, freedom of information and choice, see this!

    ... and then go to -> AgainstTCPA.com. Will this be what drives everyone to Linux? - Ian
  • Petition to Bono

    7 Ago 2006, 6:50 de cparker15

    DefectiveByDesign.org, an anti-DRM campaign sponsored by the Free Software Foundation, the group that brought us the GNU operating system and the GNU General Public License, is petitioning Bono from U2 to take a stand against DRM. Everyone--including you--is invited to sign the petition. So far, as of this writing, there have been over 2700 signers of the petition. If you haven't yet, sign it today! DefectiveByDesign.org is requesting that Bono be the final signer of the petition.

    06 September, 2006 Update:

    As of today, there have been over 3320 signers of the petition.

    Boston's Weekly Dig ran an article today about the petition and had this to say about it:

    They recently staged a brilliantly stupid press stunt in which they called on Bono to oppose DRM.

    I'd call the petition stupidly brilliant, myself.

    Peter Brown, the Free Software Foundation's executive director, responded to this and to concerns like those voiced in the comments to this journal entry:

    “We don’t really care what [Bono] says—it’ll be news either way. When we launched the drive, the story got picked up everywhere. We had DRM being described to people everywhere. When we deliver the petition, that’ll be another big story. And when you make a story, you make people aware.”

    If you'd like to sign the petition and be a part of history, you can do so with this petition link.

    Remember how the saying goes; there's no such thing as bad publicity!

    (If you think this message was erroneously posted to your group, please feel free to either unaccept it or request that I remove it from your group. Thank you for your time.)
  • DRM Free Online Music Stores...oh and iTunes

    13 May 2006, 19:02 de FinnN

    Well really unusually for this part of the world the weather has been lovely for the last month up here in North Wales - and with the shifting temperatures my musical tastes get dragged towards sunnier climes. Which of course means a fresh foray into music. Sadly the summer doesn't also bring in caravans of bedouin traders laden with cool music from the desert so off I go to the internet...which brings me to the point of this post - DRM free music available online...

    Now of course I occasionally download stuff via P2P - usually ultraobscure stuff - and also from 'grey area' russian loophole sites such as allofmp3.com, mp3spy.ru and mp3search.ru etc but most of my music comes from completely above boards sites - iTunes, emusic.com and (most recently) wippit.com. I also still buy the occasional CD, but here's what I think of these stores:

    First off iTunes. I almost feel a bit dirty admitting this, but I do buy stuff from here every now and then - but not much, maybe once every two or three months. Why so little? Well sodding DRM of course - why pay so much for a track that an album comes in not significantly cheaper than an actual CD with the extra 'advantages' of no liner notes, no physical backup, AACs encoded at 128k (which is OK, but certainly not great) and DRM which means if I ever jump ship from the iPod wagon I'm stuck with having to burn and re-encode all the tracks to MP3? No, I can't think of a good reason either...

    Next eMusic. Vast bulk of my music comes from here. Basically you subscribe on a monthly basis and you can download a set number of tracks each month (I get 90). Everything is encoded as MP3s at 192k (which is better than the 128K AACs from iTunes) - and joy of joys is DRM free. Also if I ever lost any files you can redownload anything I downloaded previously all over again so long as I'm still subscribed. It specialises in independent music - which is great for me as I don't listen to much 'mainstream' stuff, and it's cheap enough that I can happily explore all sorts of genres without feeling too guilty. Only niggle for me is that living in Europe you miss out on a fair amount of stuff that's only available to people in the US - not that important though as I'll never be able to download everything I'm interested in.

    Finally of this mini-roundup - Wippit. Very new to me this one, I only subscribed a couple of days ago. It's another subscription site, except in this case when you're subscribed you can download as many DRM 192k MP3 as you can fit through your bandwidth! Selection is much worse than with eMusic (60,000 tracks as opposed to over 1,000,000+ and growing) but on the other hand they have a lot of stuff that's limited to the US on eMusic (eg most of the Ninja Tune catalogue) and some big names like Franz Ferdinand. Much clunkier to use than either iTunes or eMusic but for me worth it for the Ninja Tune stuff.

    So both eMusic and Wippit are DRM free and also much, much cheaper than iTunes. Not suprisingly that's where most of music cash goes - and therefore artists on those stores are getting their royalties whilst artists solely on iTunes on the other hand don't. When will record labels learn that DRM doesn't stop copying, it just annoys music fans and reduces sales for musicians?

    Anyway, just wondering if people have any recommendations for other (above board) DRM free music sites? I've heard of Calabash but never used it, and also I know there's net labels out there that I've never explored properly so I'd love to hear about them.
  • Canadians? Being progressive? Never!

    5 May 2006, 18:32 de linguistic

    I'm known for flying off the handle with regard to DRM from time to time.

    That's primarily because DRM is a truly disgusting misuse of technology, kinda like land mines, only not quite as fatal and physically debilitating.

    Now, while I may not particularly like the music of the artists who make up the Canadian Music Creators Coalition (possibly because I feel there needs to be an apostrophe in there somewhere) I do feel happiness when I read this extract from their manifesto:

    Canadian Music Creators Coalition wrote:
    1. Suing Our Fans is Destructive and Hypocritical

    Artists do not want to sue music fans. The labels have been suing our fans against our will, and laws enabling these suits cannot be justified in our names. We oppose any copyright reforms that would make it easier for record companies to do this. The government should repeal provisions of the Copyright Act that allow labels to unfairly punish fans who share music for non-commercial purposes with statutory damages of $500 to $20,000 per song.

    2. Digital Locks are Risky and Counterproductive

    Artists do not support using digital locks to increase the labels’ control over the distribution, use and enjoyment of music or laws that prohibit circumvention of such technological measures. The government should not blindly implement decade-old treaties designed to give control to major labels and take choices away from artists and consumers. Laws should protect artists and consumers, not restrictive technologies. Consumers should be able to transfer the music they buy to other formats under a right of fair use, without having to pay twice.

    3. Cultural Policy Should Support Actual Canadian Artists

    The vast majority of new Canadian music is not promoted by major labels, which focus mostly on foreign artists. The government should use other policy tools to support actual Canadian artists and a thriving musical and cultural scene. The government should make a long-term commitment to grow support mechanisms like the Canada Music Fund and FACTOR, invest in music training and education, create limited tax shelters for copyright royalties, protect artists from inequalities in bargaining power and make collecting societies more transparent.

    (I'm too lazy to link properly, but they have a website, and a link to their statements here: http://www.musiccreators.ca/)

    It's a good start, and while it addresses multiple issues, not just DRM, I feel it's necessary for people to see just what DRM is: An external control over both the artists' and consumers' rights. One you pay for.
    When you buy DRM'd WMA files from bigpond or RipIt or whereever, you are essentially buying a broken WMA. Legally speaking, in Australia unless you have the artist's (or publisher's...) express permision, you may only own a copy of a song on your PC via downloading one of these broken WMAs, even if you already own it on CD.
    When you buy "Copy Controlled" CDs, you're not actually buying a CD; it's a broken CD. Sometimes they charge more for it than some of the actual CDs. You know, the ones that play on CD players.

    Don't just bend over and take this DRM bullshit. If you want to support the artist, that's fine by me. Buy their stuff. But if the publisher expects you to buy a broken product, forget it. Steal it instead, and send the artist a cheque.

    I believe we should pay for our music when the artist wants paying; I believe the publisher deserves a cut for the service they provide.
    But I won't abide a system that treats me like a child.

    "If you can't trust, you can't be trusted"