• What's wrong with this world?

    10 Nov 2009, 19:44 by TheConfuzed1

    Now our military has to worry about terrorism from within?

    It's so senseless!

    This known Muslim soldier, that has openly and vocally been sympathetic to terrorist agendas, and has had confirmed ties to two 9/11 hijackers, was not only allowed freedom in our country, but was armed and trained by our military in the name of political correctness, and equality without descrimination.!

    Am I the only one who is appalled by this?
  • How Eclectic Are You... Really?

    21 Sep 2007, 00:33 by TheConfuzed1

    I see the word 'Eclectic' thrown around a lot on

    Unfortunately, it seems that many people use this word because they think it brings them elitism, and quite frankly, it also seems that these people don't understand the meaning of the word.

    A lot of these people listen to only those artists that they think will make others perceive their music as eclectic.

    The funny thing is, many of these people all listen to the same stuff!

    Yeah, I get it, you're eclectic. You're not mainstream.

    Does that really gain you something? Listen to your music because you enjoy it, not because it gains you membership to some elite club. Listen to your music because it moves you, inspires you, motivates you, relaxes you, whatever.

    Don't listen to it because of the number of people who either do, or don't listen to it! Just because an artist that isn't popular today, becomes popular five years from now, does not make them a sell-out!

    In fact, if you like someone today, because they are obscure, and you stop listening to them, because they become popular, I'd say that makes you a sell-out.

    This rant works with genres too. Anyone who limits themselves to any specific genre(s) is missing out on a whole world of musical goodness.

    Am I telling you to stop listening to your music? No. Am I telling you to start listening to my music? No. Am I telling you to listen to more, or less, of what is mainstream? No. I'm telling you not to listen to what I'm telling you, and do your own thing. I'm telling you to stop listening to those around you, and stop letting them influence the way you listen to music!

    I'm not telling you not to try out new recommendations. I'm just telling you to form your own opinion, and break away from the crowd, whether it be a large crowd, or a small one.

    I'm sure no one cares. I just had to get that off my chest.
  • Vote For

    3 Sep 2007, 23:40 by TheConfuzed1

    If you use this site more than any other, and if you want to cast your vote for best site online, do so here!

    Slide the slider to 100%, and submit!
  • Burning Man Gets Owned

    1 Sep 2007, 04:53 by TheConfuzed1

    Burning Man festival loses its innocence

    After the signature effigy of the Burning Man festival went up in flames four days ahead of schedule, festival-goers vowed to rebuild the 40-foot icon by Saturday's planned climax.

    The oringial, 40-foot Burning Man was supposed to go up in flames this weekend.

    1 of 3 But not everyone was disappointed by Tuesday's incineration.

    The alleged torching of the wood-and-neon figure by a San Francisco performance artist has cast light on the disillusionment of many who feel the annual celebration of radical self-expression has lost touch with its spontaneous, subversive roots.

    "People have been trying to set that thing on fire for years," said Hugh D'Andrade, a San Francisco artist who attended the festival for many years. "This is not a new phenomenon."

    Organizers trace the first Burning Man back to a 1986 party on a San Francisco beach where Larry Harvey, who still runs the festival, set ablaze a crude 8-foot wooden figure.

    Since then, the event has evolved into a weeklong gathering of nearly 40,000 people who descend on the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada around Labor Day each year to celebrate countercultural creativity.

    In San Francisco, especially, Burning Man has emerged as a kind of underground high holiday as legions of so-called Burners devote the rest of the year to choreographing fire dances, decorating art cars and building elaborate interactive sculptures.

    The event has become such a mainstay of the city's cultural calendar that Burner parents in 2005 unsuccessfully urged the San Francisco school board to postpone the first day of school so their children could attend.

    But the rise in Burning Man's popularity has also brought a backlash.

    In the immediate aftermath of this week's unscheduled burn, gleeful expressions of approval for the alleged prank rained down on blogs and Internet forums.

    Some comments came from conservative posters ready to mock anything carrying a hint of hippiedom.

    But many originated from self-described former attendees complaining that Burning Man has been spoiled by crowds of "yuppies" and "frat boys" mostly interested in doing drugs and ogling naked participants.

    Steven Black, a 40-something librarian at the University of California, Berkeley, has attended Burning Man 11 times. But even though he had a ticket this year, he said, he didn't go.

    "What has happened here is giving pause for a degree of introspection and reflection on what it means to burn this man that is perhaps long overdue," Black said.

    According to Black, Burning Man's huge crowds have attracted heavy law enforcement attention to an event that was originally meant to be an exultation, leaving him feeling "less secure and less free" than if he had just stayed home.

    Paul Addis, 35, of San Francisco, who is accused of setting fire to the Burning Man, posted $25,632 bond and was released from jail in Pershing County, Nevada, on Tuesday. He was arrested on suspicion of arson, illegal possession of fireworks, destruction of property and resisting a public officer, according to the sheriff's department.

    Known on the city's art scene for playing gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson on stage, Addis has apparently had long-standing gripes against the festival. In a letter published in a local alternative newspaper in 2002, a person using the same name complained about the imposition of rules he felt were spoiling the event.

    "Those rules and judgments, such as what art is permitted in B(lack) R(ock) C(ity) and radical free expression's outer limits are determined in line with what will make the most money for B(urning) M(an) and generate the fewest potential controversies in the media," the person wrote.

    Law enforcement officials said they did not know Addis' whereabouts after his release. Calls to a telephone number listed for him in San Francisco were not answered.

    A spokeswoman for Burning Man organizers did not respond to messages seeking comment.

    Despite the criticism, even disenchanted Burners like D'Andrade haven't completely written off the festival.

    "When I first started going, they already said it was over," said D'Andrade, who went to his first Burning Man in 1999 and designed the ticket for this year's event, though he hasn't attended since 2005. "New people are still getting a big blast of all the positive elements that have made it what it is."

    Seriously, when was Burning Man ever innocent?

    Also, isn't this supposed to be about spotaneity? I'd say this qualifies. Ha!
  • Time To Boycott NBC

    31 Aug 2007, 18:38 by TheConfuzed1

    Apple: iTunes Store to stop selling NBC TV shows after NBC demands more than double price increase

    Apple today announced that it will not be selling NBC television shows for the upcoming television season on its online iTunes Store. The move follows NBC’s decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes after Apple declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode, which would have resulted in the retail price to consumers increasing to $4.99 per episode from the current $1.99. ABC, CBS, FOX and The CW, along with more than 50 cable networks, are signed up to sell TV shows from their upcoming season on iTunes at $1.99 per episode.

    “We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “We hope they will change their minds and offer their TV shows to the tens of millions of iTunes customers.”

    Apple’s agreement with NBC ends in December. Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September. NBC supplied iTunes with three of its 10 best selling TV shows last season, accounting for 30 percent of iTunes TV show sales.

    Don't pay for any content from NBC. Use BitTorrent instead. Those bastards deserve to feel some pain.

    Just in time: TVShows for Mac OS X automatically downloads your favorite TV shows via BitTorrent (Of course, if you're not on Mac OS X, you can download your torrents the old fashioned way.) ;)
  • Top 20 Coolest Guitar Licks

    3 Jul 2007, 05:18 by TheConfuzed1

    Most of these, I agree with, but I really have to wonder how Green Day made the list.

    I abhor useless lists, but I found this on YouTube, and I thought it was worthy of sharing.

    20. --Kashmir
    19. --Money for Nothing
    18. --Brain Stew
    17. --Zero
    16. --The Beautiful People
    15. Smoke on the Water
    14. --Sweet Child 'o Mine
    13. --Iron Man
    12. --Layla
    11. Back in Black
    10. Are You Gonna Go My Way?
    09. All Along the Watchtower
    08. Mean Street
    07. Bulls on Parade
    06. Under the Bridge
    05. Sweet Home Alabama
    04. Day Tripper
    03. Satisfaction
    02. Smells Like Teen Spirit
    01. Stairway to Heaven
  • Let's Discuss DRM

    17 May 2007, 18:21 by TheConfuzed1

    A forum post of mine went off on a tangent, and this entry is a result.

    First, some background:

    This is where the forum thread began to turn.

    It isn't necessary to read every one of these comments, but I have chosen to include them here for perspective:

    TheConfuzed1 said:
    djgaillimh said:
    I think people should also bear in mind that some of us are scrobbling tracks from our Zen/Zune/whatever.

    Since these players don't record the exact time the track was played at, you have to submit them starting at an arbitrary time and each track will be seperated by a pre-determined length of time. The default in the Zenses program is for each track to be submitted 15 seconds apart. Might look like cheating to anyone who isn't familiar with it.

    You should get an iPod. It actually works the way that it should. :p

    djgaillimh said:
    TheConfuzed1 said:

    You should get an iPod. It actually works the way that it should. :p

    Shut it, ipod boy. I do actually like the look of iPods, they're stylish, but I don't like iTunes and I really don't like buying a product from a manufacturer that has a vested interest in DRM. I don't trust Apple when it comes to this stuff. I prefer the Zen anyway.

    Back to topic, why all the fuss about people cheating on here anyway? Who cares if some loser feels the need to listen to an artist 1000+ times in a week just to get in the top listeners? Even calling it 'cheating' seems to imply that there's something to gain.

    I've been in the top listeners for artists a few times, I think I'm in one or two this week... I can honestly say it adds nothing to my life. Just listen to your music and be glad you're not them.

    Aioth said:
    TheConfuzed1 said:
    djgaillimh said:
    TheConfuzed1 said:

    You should get an iPod. It actually works the way that it should. :p

    Shut it, ipod boy. I do actually like the look of iPods, they're stylish, but I don't like iTunes and I really don't like buying a product from a manufacturer that has a vested interest in DRM...

    Have you been sleeping under a rock? Apple is a frontier leader in elliminating DRM!

    Compared to who? All of the music stores out there selling MP3s?

    djgaillimh said:
    Well, let's not call them revolutionaries for doing what every decent music store has been doing for ages. Whatever their plans for the future they've been among the most restrictive companies out there when it comes to DRM, and I'm still not inclined to trust them on this (not least because the plan is dependant on the record companies agreeing to sell their products without protection). I'll believe it when it actually happens.

    Clever marketing move though, companies like Apple helped limit consumer rights in the digital realm, now they're giving them back to us at an increased price and acting like they're doing us a favour... you have to laugh.

    brandonbarr said:
    Clever marketing move though, companies like Apple helped limit consumer rights in the digital realm, now they're giving them back to us at an increased price and acting like they're doing us a favour... you have to laugh.

    Yeah, the fact that they charge more for a right you already had is salt in the wound. I'll stick with Emusic and local record shops, thankyouverymuch.

    TheConfuzed1 said:
    You guys don't get it, do you?

    Apple computer was the first to offer legal music downloads from all four of the major labels, and now that they are the biggest player in the market, they have real negotiating power, and are stripping away the DRM!

    It was the labels who imposed DRM. Take it from me, I'm an Apple geek, and I'm well aware of their history.

    Tell me honestly, how it is, that you have concluded that iTunes DRM is so restrictive? You can burn the same playlist up to ten times--If you reach this limitation, just duplicate one of those ten CDs, and you're good to go.

    You can keep the music on up to five registered computers.

    Here's a big one--It's cross-platform. The sites that are selling Microsoft's WMA DRM don't work with Macs, but iTunes works with both Macs and Windows.

    You can keep the music on an unlimited number of iPods.

    If all of this is still just too much DRM for you, you can burn a CD, and re-rip the tracks from that same CD for a DRM-free copy of anything you want.

    You also are promoting "MP3," while bashing Apple downloads... That makes no sense--MP3 is "MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3." Apple downloads are "AAC." AAC is really "M4P," which is a protected form of "M4A." M4A is the next evolution of MP3. That's like saying that color TV isn't as as good as black & white, because black and white was the standard.

    Please, tell me, because I really don't see your argument. It seems to me, that you have blindly made some assumptions without really knowing what you're talking about.

    Aioth said:
    TheConfuzed1 said:
    brandonbarr said:
    Clever marketing move though, companies like Apple helped limit consumer rights in the digital realm, now they're giving them back to us at an increased price and acting like they're doing us a favour... you have to laugh.

    Yeah, the fact that they charge more for a right you already had is salt in the wound. I'll stick with Emusic and local record shops, thankyouverymuch.

    You're not just paying for a DRM-free file. You're also getting a higher bitrate.

    Show me a person who thinks a bump in bit rate (to anything but lossless) is substantially better than the vanilla 128kbs and I'll eat my shoe. The way you can't get two files who's only difference is DRM means we'll never know what Apple pretends each extra cent is for specifically (Bit rate vs DRM). I can't think of a reason for this which reflects favourably on Apple.

    RE: MP3/AAC/MP4/M4A

    MP3 is MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3. iTMS downloads are AAC wrapped in MP4. The audio codec which stores use is completely irrelevant to "eliminating DRM", which is what you were talking about. I was praising the stores which have been selling unrestricted files for years, in the form of MP3. Apple has only recently entertained the idea of ditching DRM - hardly pioneering.

    brandonbarr said:
    TheConfuzed1 said:

    Tell me honestly, how it is, that you have concluded that iTunes DRM is so restrictive? You can burn the same playlist up to ten times--If you reach this limitation, just duplicate one of those ten CDs, and you're good to go.

    You can keep the music on up to five registered computers.

    Here's a big one--It's cross-platform. The sites that are selling Microsoft's WMA DRM don't work with Macs, but iTunes works with both Macs and Windows.

    You can keep the music on an unlimited number of iPods.

    If all of this is still just too much DRM for you, you can burn a CD, and re-rip the tracks from that same CD for a DRM-free copy of anything you want.

    See THAT's the kicker. That last little step means I break the iTunes user agreement and that that last copy is as illegal as anything downloaded over the internet.

    It's not that I think that Apple's DRM is too restrictive, it's that I philosophically disagree with all notions of DRM, and hence with companies and download sites that support it. And it's NOT TRUE that the labels are the only reason Apple utilizes DRM, no matter what Jobs says in his blog PR shtick. Otherwise, Apple wouldn't wrap their DRM around the music of independent artists who have specifically requested their music be distributed DRM-free.

    But since we're way off topic here, that'll be the last I'll say about it. Start another forum post, and I'd be happy to discuss it further. :)

    If you're not already familiar, this is the now infamous text of Steve Jobs' open letter on DRM:

    Thoughts on Music

    Steve Jobs
    February 6, 2007

    With the stunning global success of Apple’s iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to “open” the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played on digital devices purchased from other companies, and protected music purchased from other online music stores can play on iPods. Let’s examine the current situation and how we got here, then look at three possible alternatives for the future.

    To begin, it is useful to remember that all iPods play music that is free of any DRM and encoded in “open” licensable formats such as MP3 and AAC. iPod users can and do acquire their music from many sources, including CDs they own. Music on CDs can be easily imported into the freely-downloadable iTunes jukebox software which runs on both Macs and Windows PCs, and is automatically encoded into the open AAC or MP3 formats without any DRM. This music can be played on iPods or any other music players that play these open formats.

    The rub comes from the music Apple sells on its online iTunes Store. Since Apple does not own or control any music itself, it must license the rights to distribute music from others, primarily the “big four” music companies: Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI. These four companies control the distribution of over 70% of the world’s music. When Apple approached these companies to license their music to distribute legally over the Internet, they were extremely cautious and required Apple to protect their music from being illegally copied. The solution was to create a DRM system, which envelopes each song purchased from the iTunes store in special and secret software so that it cannot be played on unauthorized devices.

    Apple was able to negotiate landmark usage rights at the time, which include allowing users to play their DRM protected music on up to 5 computers and on an unlimited number of iPods. Obtaining such rights from the music companies was unprecedented at the time, and even today is unmatched by most other digital music services. However, a key provision of our agreements with the music companies is that if our DRM system is compromised and their music becomes playable on unauthorized devices, we have only a small number of weeks to fix the problem or they can withdraw their entire music catalog from our iTunes store.

    To prevent illegal copies, DRM systems must allow only authorized devices to play the protected music. If a copy of a DRM protected song is posted on the Internet, it should not be able to play on a downloader’s computer or portable music device. To achieve this, a DRM system employs secrets. There is no theory of protecting content other than keeping secrets. In other words, even if one uses the most sophisticated cryptographic locks to protect the actual music, one must still “hide” the keys which unlock the music on the user’s computer or portable music player. No one has ever implemented a DRM system that does not depend on such secrets for its operation.

    The problem, of course, is that there are many smart people in the world, some with a lot of time on their hands, who love to discover such secrets and publish a way for everyone to get free (and stolen) music. They are often successful in doing just that, so any company trying to protect content using a DRM must frequently update it with new and harder to discover secrets. It is a cat-and-mouse game. Apple’s DRM system is called FairPlay. While we have had a few breaches in FairPlay, we have been able to successfully repair them through updating the iTunes store software, the iTunes jukebox software and software in the iPods themselves. So far we have met our commitments to the music companies to protect their music, and we have given users the most liberal usage rights available in the industry for legally downloaded music.

    With this background, let’s now explore three different alternatives for the future.

    The first alternative is to continue on the current course, with each manufacturer competing freely with their own “top to bottom” proprietary systems for selling, playing and protecting music. It is a very competitive market, with major global companies making large investments to develop new music players and online music stores. Apple, Microsoft and Sony all compete with proprietary systems. Music purchased from Microsoft’s Zune store will only play on Zune players; music purchased from Sony’s Connect store will only play on Sony’s players; and music purchased from Apple’s iTunes store will only play on iPods. This is the current state of affairs in the industry, and customers are being well served with a continuing stream of innovative products and a wide variety of choices.

    Some have argued that once a consumer purchases a body of music from one of the proprietary music stores, they are forever locked into only using music players from that one company. Or, if they buy a specific player, they are locked into buying music only from that company’s music store. Is this true? Let’s look at the data for iPods and the iTunes store – they are the industry’s most popular products and we have accurate data for them. Through the end of 2006, customers purchased a total of 90 million iPods and 2 billion songs from the iTunes store. On average, that’s 22 songs purchased from the iTunes store for each iPod ever sold.

    Today’s most popular iPod holds 1000 songs, and research tells us that the average iPod is nearly full. This means that only 22 out of 1000 songs, or under 3% of the music on the average iPod, is purchased from the iTunes store and protected with a DRM. The remaining 97% of the music is unprotected and playable on any player that can play the open formats. It’s hard to believe that just 3% of the music on the average iPod is enough to lock users into buying only iPods in the future. And since 97% of the music on the average iPod was not purchased from the iTunes store, iPod users are clearly not locked into the iTunes store to acquire their music.

    The second alternative is for Apple to license its FairPlay DRM technology to current and future competitors with the goal of achieving interoperability between different company’s players and music stores. On the surface, this seems like a good idea since it might offer customers increased choice now and in the future. And Apple might benefit by charging a small licensing fee for its FairPlay DRM. However, when we look a bit deeper, problems begin to emerge. The most serious problem is that licensing a DRM involves disclosing some of its secrets to many people in many companies, and history tells us that inevitably these secrets will leak. The Internet has made such leaks far more damaging, since a single leak can be spread worldwide in less than a minute. Such leaks can rapidly result in software programs available as free downloads on the Internet which will disable the DRM protection so that formerly protected songs can be played on unauthorized players.

    An equally serious problem is how to quickly repair the damage caused by such a leak. A successful repair will likely involve enhancing the music store software, the music jukebox software, and the software in the players with new secrets, then transferring this updated software into the tens (or hundreds) of millions of Macs, Windows PCs and players already in use. This must all be done quickly and in a very coordinated way. Such an undertaking is very difficult when just one company controls all of the pieces. It is near impossible if multiple companies control separate pieces of the puzzle, and all of them must quickly act in concert to repair the damage from a leak.

    Apple has concluded that if it licenses FairPlay to others, it can no longer guarantee to protect the music it licenses from the big four music companies. Perhaps this same conclusion contributed to Microsoft’s recent decision to switch their emphasis from an “open” model of licensing their DRM to others to a “closed” model of offering a proprietary music store, proprietary jukebox software and proprietary players.

    The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely. Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat. If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music.

    Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy. Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music. That’s right! No DRM system was ever developed for the CD, so all the music distributed on CDs can be easily uploaded to the Internet, then (illegally) downloaded and played on any computer or player.

    In 2006, under 2 billion DRM-protected songs were sold worldwide by online stores, while over 20 billion songs were sold completely DRM-free and unprotected on CDs by the music companies themselves. The music companies sell the vast majority of their music DRM-free, and show no signs of changing this behavior, since the overwhelming majority of their revenues depend on selling CDs which must play in CD players that support no DRM system.

    So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.

    Much of the concern over DRM systems has arisen in European countries. Perhaps those unhappy with the current situation should redirect their energies towards persuading the music companies to sell their music DRM-free. For Europeans, two and a half of the big four music companies are located right in their backyard. The largest, Universal, is 100% owned by Vivendi, a French company. EMI is a British company, and Sony BMG is 50% owned by Bertelsmann, a German company. Convincing them to license their music to Apple and others DRM-free will create a truly interoperable music marketplace. Apple will embrace this wholeheartedly.

    Do you have some input? Please feel free to share it.
  • iTunes Star Ratings and Playlists

    6 May 2007, 03:30 by TheConfuzed1

    Some people don't understand why anyone would use the star ratings of iTunes. They figure either you like a song, or you don't, and if you don't like it, it wouldn't be in your library. I used to be one of those people.

    Some people don't use the playlist feature either. I also used to be one of those people.

    At one point though, I had an epiphany. I realized that I was not using iTunes to its full potential. I came up with a system, that I think, is good enough to share. That is why I'm posting this journal--To share my idea with those who may feel as I used to--Those who may be under-utilizing the potential of iTunes.

    The first part of this system, is playlists. To be more specific, smart playlists. Smart playlists are incredible! I realized that I could create custom playlists, of music that I want to listen to, that automatically recreate themselves in order not to become stale!

    I'll explain with an example. These were the rules of my first experimental smart playlist:

    1. Tracks that have only been played within the last 30 days.
    This keeps everything current. The playlist will consist of only music that I have recently listened to.

    2. Tracks that have not been played within the last 3 days.
    This keeps everything fresh. You won't hear the same stuff over and over again.

    3. Tracks with a rating of three stars, or better.
    This ensures that only tracks that I actually want to hear, play (more on this to come).

    4. Limit the playlist to three hours.
    I chose a limit, but you may choose to do differently

    5. Enable 'Live Updating.'
    With this option turned on, as soon as a track plays all the way through, it will be removed from the playlist, due to rule number two, and it will be replaced by a song of the appropriate length due to rule number three!

    I named this playlist "3 Random Hours."
    I intentionally used the number '3,' in order to force the playlist to the top of the list.

    Now for the stars--

    I decided on the following rating system:

    --One Star--
    This rating is only use under two circumstances:

    Either I don't like the track, and I will delete it from my library (for obvious reasons, I only end up with this when I am rating from my iPod), or I consider it to be "filler." A filler track is when an artists has a track of random sounds, or sometimes spoken words, that can not be considered a song by its own merit, but an album would be incomplete without it. An example of artists who do this are Nine Inch Nails, and Tool.

    --Two Stars--
    This is a rating that I use for a track that I am not particularly fond of, by an artist that I like well enough that I wouldn't want an incomplete album, such as in the above example.

    --Three Stars--
    This is a neutral rating. When I am judging a track for ratings purposes, I start every track as three stars mentally. Then, as I listen, I will either go up, or down from there. These are tracks that I would not mind listening to, if they were to appear in a playlist that I have set to randomly generate.

    --Four Stars--
    One notch above three stars, four stars is approaching "favorite" status. This is a song that I may be likely to choose to play, rather than just listen to it at random.

    --Five Stars--
    These are my favorites. In a playlist of all five star songs, there are no songs that I would get tired of hearing, with the playlist on repeat.

    Advanced Methodology:

    If you're with me so far, you're ready for the final lesson. I have some very creative playlists.

    For example, I have a playlist titled, "Least Played Favorites." This is a list of 20 five-star tracks, sorted by playcount, by the lowest number of plays.

    Get creative, and have fun with it!

    And then finally, "1 Playlist to Rule Them All." This playlist is a compilation of all of the other playlists!

    In other words, the rules work this way:

    1. Playlist is "A."


    2. Playlist is "B."


    3. Playlist is "C."


    You too, can be an iTunes master in no time! ;)
  • One Year: A Restrospective Look Back On Music Discovery, Scrobbling, and Chart…

    5 Jan 2007, 15:19 by TheConfuzed1

    Wow. Time flies sometimes, and 2006 was certainly no exception. This last year though I had a new preoccupation--music.

    I'm no stranger to music however, and I am by no means, a stranger to preoccupation. When I was younger, I was enveloped by it. It was a part of me. As I grew older though, it began to slip away from me, bit by bit.

    I grew up in the era of the Walkman, and I thank Sony sincerely for that. Thanks to them I was able to bring along with me, wherever I happened to go, hours worth of entertainment, and should I wish, with the help of a decent set of ear phones, isolation from the rest of the world.

    But when you get older things change. Eventually, I was no longer able to listen to music all day long, every day, as I used to. I forgot what that was like.

    For me, Apple Computer helped turn that around with the iPod. Now, rather then hours of entertainment, it is possible to bring along entire music collections, in your pocket!

    That was the first ingredient to my new musical journey. Eventually I was promoted at work, which allowed for more time to actually spend listening to some of this music, as I was able to have a desk, and a place to enjoy it.

    And then, as if by magic, I stumbled upon Last FM. It was a random click on a link in the signature of an internet forum member, which brought me here. At first I was intrigued, and then I was enraptured. It was the next ingredient that I needed to explore a new musical world.

    Through Last FM, I was able to make new discoveries--new discoveries of music, and new discoveries within myself! Without Last FM, there are many artists that I would not, at this point, have even realized that I could be a fan of, and it is possible that I never would have discovered this.

    Also, I've been able to become reacquainted with old favorites. Many artists that I have either forgotten, or simply brushed aside, are now, once again, a part of my musical repertoire.

    That leads me to the final piece of this article--chart manipulation. Maybe this is a confession, although I have never denied it, or perhaps it's simply an observation of myself... I often times find myself looking at my charts, and asking myself, "What's missing?" And that is how I decide what to listen to next. Don't get me wrong here, I am not talking about faking scrobbles! This is music that I truly enjoy and listen to! It is a way that I have found to round out my Last FM persona. I have created custom tags, and iTunes playlists, based on where music appears in my Last FM charts!

    In short, I have been able to bring music back into my life. It is once again, a part of me. I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, thank you Last FM for helping to make this possible!

    I eagerly look forward to the next year to see where this journey takes me. I have developed a very open mind to music, and I have been soaking up a lot of it. My latest discovery, The Grateful Dead, is proving to be a worthy listen, and I suspect that they may be climbing very quickly up my charts.

    Happy New Year! :)
  • [ My Top 200 Hits 2006 ]

    2 Jan 2007, 09:20 by CCS_TOM

    Basado en Mi Top 20 Semanal de Todo el 2006
    Cantidad de Tops: 52
    Videos Debutados: 120
    Llegaron al Primer Puesto: 36 (3 Tres semanas, 10 Dos semanas, 23 Una semana)
    Estuvieron también en el 2005: 10
    Mas permanencia en el Top 20: Nelly Furtado - No Hay Igual (26 semanas)
    Otros Records en el Top 20: Nelly Furtado con 3 singles una misma semana

    001.Avenged Sevenfold » Seize The Day (3x)
    002.Nelly Furtado » Maneater (3x)
    003.Gustavo Cerati » Crimen (3x)
    004.U2 » Original Of The Species (2x)
    005.The Cardigans » Don't Blame Your Daughter (2x)
    006.Stellastarr* » Love And Longing (2x)
    007.Hard-Fi » Better Do Better (2x)
    008.Santana & Steven Tyler » Just Feel Better (2x)
    009.Maria Mena » Just Hold Me (2x)
    010.Nelly Furtado » Say It Right (2x)

    011.Razorlight » In The Morning (2x)
    012.Black Eyed Peas » Pump It (2x)
    013.Nelly Furtado » No Hay Igual (2x)
    014.Britney Spears » And Then We Kiss (1x)
    015.Nelly Furtado » Promiscuous (1x)
    016.A.F.I. » Miss Murder (1x)
    017.Justin Timberlake » My Love (1x)
    018.The Strokes » Heart In A Cage (1x)
    019.Jamiroquai » Runaway (1x)
    020.Pink » Who Knew (1x)

    021.Ashlee Simpson » L.O.V.E. (1x)
    022.James Blunt » Good-bye My Lover (1x)
    023.Depeche Mode » A Pain That I'm Used To (1x)
    024.*Backstreet Boys » I Still (1x)
    025.*Reik » Noviembre Sin Ti (1x)
    026.*Babasonicos » Carismático (1x)
    027.Fobia » No Soy Un Buen Perdedor (1x)
    028.Augustana » Boston (1x)
    029.MSTRKRFT » Work On You (1x)
    030.Plastilina Mosh » Millionaire (1x)

    031.Audio Bullys » I'm In Love (1x)
    032.Amaral Y Chetes » Si Tu No Vuelves (1x)
    033.Nick Lachey » What's Left On Me (1x)
    034.Gnarls Barkley » Crazy (1x)
    035.Diego Torres » Andando (1x)
    036.Alanis Morissette » Crazy (1x)
    037.Korn » Coming Undone
    038.Avenged Sevenfold - Beast And The Harlot
    039.Julieta Venegas » Me Voy
    040.Hard-Fi - Cash Machine

    041.Maria Mena » Miss You love
    042.Scissor Sisters » Don't Feel Like Dancing
    043.Depeche Mode » Suffer Well
    044.Regina Spektor » Samson
    045.JoJo » Too Little, Too Late
    046.Los Bunkers - Llueve Sobre La Ciudad
    047.Ashlee Simpson » Invisible
    048.Muse » Starlight
    049.Lou Bega » Bachata
    050.Fobia » 2 Corazones

    051.The Strokes » You Only Live Once
    052.Elefant - Lolita
    053.Babasónicos » El Colmo
    054.Zoe » Via Láctea
    055.Rammstein » Mann Gegen Mann
    056.Backtreet Boys » Crawling Back To You
    057.Rolling Stones » Rain Fall Down
    058.Motel » Olvídame
    059.Robbie Williams » Rudebox
    060.Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Stephen Marley - All Night

    061.Reik » Niña
    062.Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
    063.Bebe - Ella
    064.Justice Vs Simian - We Are Your Friends
    065.Sean Paul » Temperature
    066.Miranda! » Traición
    067.Yeah Yeah Yeahs » Cheated Hearts
    068.Fort Minor » Where'd You Go
    069.Nelly Furtado » All Good Things (Come To An End)
    070.Ryan Cabrera » Shine On

    071.Robbie Williams » Lovelight
    072.Shakira » Hips Don't Lie
    073.Gustavo Cerati » La Excepción
    074.Ricky Martin Feat. Matt Pokora » It's Alright
    075.Royksopp - Beautiful Day Without You
    076.Kasabian » Empire
    077.Rob Thomas - Ever The Same
    078.Beck » Cell Phone's Dead
    079.Yeah Yeah Yeahs » Gold Lion
    080.Julieta Venegas » Limón y Sal

    081.Pink » Nobody Knows
    082.AFI » Love Like Winter
    083.Weezer » Perfect Situation
    084.The Sounds » A Song With A Mission
    085.Tiziano Ferro » Stop Olvidate
    086.Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up
    087.Korn » Politics
    088.Los Bunkers » Ven Aquí
    089.Madonna » Sorry
    090.James Blunt » High

    091.Red Hot Chili Peppers » Dani California
    092.Muse » Supermassive Black Hole
    093.Babasónicos » Yegua
    094.Fiona Apple » O' Sailor
    095.Jewel » Again And Again
    096.Peaches » Downtown
    097.Gwen Stefani » Crash
    098.The White Stripes » The Denial Twist
    099.System Of A Down » Hypnotize
    100.Caramelos De Cianuro » Como Serpiente

    101.Los Amigos Invisibles » Yo No Se
    102.Gnarls Barkley » Gone Daddy Gone
    103.Robbie Williams » Advertising Space
    104.Fergie - London Bridges (Oh Shit)
    105.The Magic » Numbers Love Me Like You
    106.*Gorillaz feat. Bootie Brown » Dirty Harry
    107.Fort Minor » Believe Me
    108.Yellowcard » Lights and Sounds
    109.The Hives » Abra Cadaver
    110.Lenny Kravitz » Breathe

    111.Scissor Sisters » Land of a Thousand Words
    112.Pharrell » Can I Have It Like That
    113.Foo Fighters » Resolve
    114.The Darkness » Is It Just Me?
    115.*Ladrytron » Drestroy Everything You Touch
    116.*The Darkness » One Way Ticket
    117.Motel » Dime Ven
    118.Libido » Nicotina
    119.Lu » La Vida Después De Ti
    120.Keane » Is It Any Wonder

    121.Beck » Hell Yes
    122.Doctor Krapula » Para Todos Todo
    123.Pink » Stupid Girls
    124.Brooke Hogan » About Us [Feat. Paul Wall]
    125.Gorillaz » El Mañana
    126.Blink 182 » Not Now
    127.Shakira - Día De Enero
    128.Keane - Crystal Ball
    129.Missy Elliott - We Run This
    130.OK Go - Do What You Want

    131.*Jamiroquai » (Don't) Give Hate A Chance
    132.*Jem » They
    133.*Natalia y La Forquetina » Casa
    134.*Korn » Twisted Transistor
    135.*The Strokes » JuiceBox
    136.A-Ha - Analogue
    137.Rihanna - SOS (Rescue Me)
    138.Daniel Powter - Lie To Me
    139.Jack Johnson - Upside Down
    140.Kelis - Bossy (feat. Too Short)

    141.Plus 44 - When Your Heart Stops Beating
    142.Ricky Martin - Tu Recuerdo (MTV Unplugged, feat. La Mari & Tommy Torres)
    143.Alejandro Sanz - A La Primera Persona
    144.Controller.Controller - PF
    145.The Killers - When You Were Young
    146.Santana - Cry Baby Cry (Feat. Joss Stone And Sean Paul)
    147.Tarkan - Bounce
    148.Mew - The Zookeeper's Boy
    149.Muse - Knights Of Cydonia
    150.Pretty Girls Make Graves - The Nocturnal House

    151.The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldier
    152.Madonna - Jump
    153.System Of A Down - Lonely Day
    154.Tiziano Ferro - Y Estaba Contentísimo
    155.A-Ha - Cosy Prisons
    156.Razorlight - America
    157.Sigur Rós - Saeglopur
    158.Airbag - Amor De Verano
    159.Fiona Apple - Not About Love
    160.U2 & Green Day - The Saints Are Coming

    161.Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man
    162.Panic! At The Disco - I Write Sins Not Tragedies
    163.Kudai - Llévame
    164.Iron Maiden - Different World
    165.I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness – According to Plan
    166.Ok Go - Here It Goes Again
    167.Black Eyed Peas - My Humps
    168.Fergie - Fergalicious (feat.
    169.Red Hot Chili Peppers - Tell Me Baby
    170.Stacie Orrico - I'm Not Missing You

    171.Keane - Nothing In My Way
    172.Westlife - The Rose
    173.Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Turn Into
    174.Robbie Williams - Sin Sin Sin
    175.Los Amigos Invisibles - All Day Today
    176.Paulina Rubio - Ni Una Sola Palabra
    177.Mariah Carey - Say Somethin' (feat. Snoop Dogg)
    178.Daniel Powter - Love You Lately
    179.Depeche Mode - John The Revelator
    180.Moby - New York New York (feat. Debbie Harry)

    181.P.O.D. - Goodbye For Now
    182.Pink - U + Ur Hand
    183.Yellowcard - Rough Landing, Holly
    184.Pearl Jam - Life Wasted
    185.Tarkan - Start The Fire
    186.Ronan Keating - This I Promise You
    187.Kudai - Sin Despertar
    188.t.A.T.u. - Gomenasai
    189.Kudai - Déjame Gritar
    190.Beyonce - Deja Vu (feat. Jay-Z)

    191.Maná - Labios Compartidos
    192.Madonna - Get Together
    193.Il Divo - The Time Of Our Lives (feat. Toni Braxton)
    194.Lu - Será
    195.Belinda - Ni Freud Ni Tu Mamá
    196.Placebo - Song To Say Goodbye
    197.La Oreja De Van Gogh - Muñeca De Trapo
    198.Diego Torres - Abriendo Caminos (feat. Juan Luis Guerra)
    199.Jeremías - Uno Y Uno Es Igual A Tres
    200.Matt Pokora - Oh la la la (Sexy Miss)

    Top 5 del Top 100 de Medio Año:
    01. Nelly Furtado » Maneater [week:11 * peak:01(3x)]
    02. U2 » Original Of The Species [week:17 * peak:01(2x)]
    03. The Cardigans » Don't Blame Your Daughter [week:13 * peak:01(2x)]
    04. Santana & Steven Tyler » Just Feel Better [week:11 * peak:01(2x)]
    05. Black Eyed Peas » Pump It [week:11 * peak:01(2x)]