Archive for February, 2007

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The spirit of the thing

February 28, 2007

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“Music is spiritual. The music business is not.” Van Morrison

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EMI DRM-free online talks stall

February 27, 2007

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Talks between EMI and online music services, including iTunes, on releasing music free of digital rights restrictions have stalled. EMI was approaching services offering to license tracks in MP3 format, with no limitation on consumer use of the content they own.

In order to protect itself from any rampant file-sharing which may result if tracks were made available in DRM-free formats, EMI was requesting a significant up-front payment from online services.

Bloomberg explains that Apple, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Yahoo, Amazon, and potentially others were unprepared to pay the fee requested, and came back with offers of up-front fees below the value EMI desired.

“It’s a setback,” independent media analyst Harold Vogel told Bloomberg. “That this industry fights every change tooth and nail is not helping reverse the tide.”

Warner is attempting to acquire EMI at present, though EMI management are concerned such a deal would face regulatory hurdles. US-based Fortress Investment Group is also understood to be preparing to make offers for the company, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

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DRM, no-DRM, maybe-DRM…

February 26, 2007

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“If we’re still talking about DRM in five years, please take me out and shoot me.” eMusic CEO David Pakman

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Volaris airline rents iPods on board

February 26, 2007

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The airline company Volaris, known for its low-cost flights in Mexico, is now renting iPods on board in a new service, the iPod Video, for US$ 5.

The company started earlier this month, althougt for the moment the content is exclusively from Televisa’s TV series.

The 30Gb iPods on board are available for renting in flights with over 2 hours. CEO Enrique Beltranena has stated that Volaris “wants to rewrite the concept of entertainment on board in Mexico”.

By the way they’re going, they will reinvent entertainment on board in general. Volaris is the fisrt airliner to introduce this system. We hope more will follow.

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Wallpaper – Christina Aguilera

February 25, 2007

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Wallpaper – Shania Twain

February 24, 2007

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Folk music

February 23, 2007

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“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.”

Louis Armstrong