Category: DRM

Digital Rights Management.

Save Net Radio: The Day of Silence

I don’t think that people should get something for nothing, unless the net value of said item is, in fact, nothing. However, this is ridiculous and the RIAA should be slapped for this.

Tomorrow, the majority of major internet radio stations will be going offline to protest a rate increase that goes in effect on July 1st, which is retroactive to January 2006. This rate increase will destroy these small, blossoming businesses before they even have the chance to get off the ground.

The reality of this is, the RIAA wants to control how you receive your music and if it doesn’t meet with their known methods of control, they will find a Senator who will legislate that method out of business for them.

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iPod vs. Zune

This is an interesting article from a current iPod owner on why he will switch to a Zune when microsoft releases the device.

What I find most amusing about this, is that a lot of his complaints are a large portion of why I chose not to buy another Sony music player. SonicStage had all of the same problems that this guy complains about with iTunes. It was cumbersome, image heavy, took forever to convert things and periodically, for whatever random reason, chose to delete files from my music collection when I would burn them to minidisc. It was never a whole album either, and never all of the songs that I’d transferred onto one particular disc in one sitting, so I wouldn’t call it a user error. Also, when my hard drive went belly up, I had no way to get those songs back off of the minidisc and onto my hard drive again.… [Read More]

The 95 Theses of Geek Activism

This is an interesting set of theses for geeks. A lot of the ideas set forth here are things I agree with and think that the average man doesn’t think about. I know, for example, that my mother argues and struggles with proprietary software for her mp3 player because of DRM but I’m certain she doesn’t know what DRM is and why she has to contend with it.

Even if you aren’t a geek, this list has a plethora of things that you need to know. Not that you should know, want to know or are in anyway remotely optional. Anyone who wants to have a right to not have a video camera in their bedroom twenty years down the road needs to know these things. Read on dear viewers.… [Read More]

Why I didn’t jump on the iPod bandwagon.

Recently in an online chat channel, I made a confession that I own a creative zen micro. The reaction I got to this surprised me. “I can’t believe it. Isn’t each state only allowed to have one zen owner?”

The next morning the news articles started coming out with rumors of Microsoft’s “Zune” player and those articles put Apple’s share of the mp3 player market at 80% of all mp3 players owned. It made me think hard about why people wanted an iPod, and why I didn’t choose to get one.

The biggest reason is probably that I already owned a Sony PSP. The PSP is a supreme device for watching portable video on, with great sound and even better video. The video iPod did not tempt me with its small screen and sound quality that true audiophiles rate as being not bad, but not all that, even with high quality headphones.… [Read More]