After EMI which decided to start pushing its music catalog in DRM-free MP3 format, others seem to be ready to go the way consumers wanted to. It is said that Warner and Sony are prepared to step back in front of the strong reaction coming from both the consumers and the distribution channel (most recently,… Read More
About a month ago, I was invited by a friend to a music workshop where he is participating in the Cultural center of the Gazometro in Porto Alegre (Brazil). I had brought my digital camera et here are some of the images produced then despite the awfully limited light. Note: Just click on the thumbnails… Read More
The very first discs for BluRay+ (BluRay discs with BD+ newest DRM technology) arrived: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Day After Tomorrow. Unfortunately, these discs are nearly useless because of the DRM scheme used to protect them. For the first time, they use a virtual machine technology that allows to load code at… Read More
I cannot really test it from my trip in South America. However, I thought useful to inform you that there is a new web site providing free movies. You just have to accept some ads (not very different from what you have on most TV channels). SpiralFrog Did I speak about its legal status? It… Read More
Strange coincidence in the recent press releases about DVD discs. For the first time, the industry group that manages the licenses for the DVD format (the DVD 6C Licensing Group or DVD 6C) decided to revoque the DVD patent agreement of Chinese manufacturer Chaoyue (Jiangsu) Digital . They must have been doing really ugly things… Read More
A few days ago, it has been released publicly that a new Flash memory card format is arriving. I can see the John “Consumer” Doe thrilled in anticipation of yet another new card format: UFS. I can imagine that it will solve all existing issues with dozens of previously existing -and incompatible- memory cards. This… Read More
Rock stars do not have a quiet life. But they often have violent or surprising deaths. When you’re a star, you need to stay one even in the process of dying. The 50 Most Awesomely Dead Rock Stars. But as if this was not completely obvious, there is an English scientist (he’s from Liverpool John… Read More
Two of my friends will be giving a concert in a few days. To give them strength and assurance, here is an example of exceptionnal brilliance, a voice totally out of the ordinary and really not common. MP3 recording of Florence Foster Jenkins Florence Foster Jenkins really existed and sincerily thought that her voice was… Read More
It has been quite some time that I did not write about the P2P news. They start popping up everywhere and it is time to talk about the wonderful things happening right under our eyes. First, the Internet users start to find again -in Europe- some protection since a decision from the European Justice Court:… Read More
Major works of classical music are written on musical scores that can be superb (not only musically, but also graphically). Unfortunately, it is often impossible -for those who had not the proper education- to keep reading a score while music plays.
For the music lovers, the sound amateurs, the podcasters, Audacity is a tool out of the usual: despite its cheap price (it’s free) it has near professional features.
And it does not even look illegal: Warner signed a partnership with imeem to share the adveertisment revenues from the web site when the North American users freely listen to the music freely available from the Warner catalog (including Madonna, Linkin Park, Green Day, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, My Chemical Romance, Big & Rich, John… Read More
IDEC – Institute for Consumer Defense – is the largest consumer association in Brazil. It lauched a campaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) titled “Tehcnological Restrictions – You pay for it, you get less“.
OK, I know that I don’t have TV because I don’t want to be continuously force-fed with mindless junk. However, plenty of people would like to be able to have their TV on the Internet. Up to now, you were mostly depending on your ISP and possibly some subscription additional to your basic broadband Internet… Read More
Some time ago, I stopped by a web site where I found some really neat photos. So, let me invite you to go and visit www.gianfrancomeza.com. Copyright Farrokh Chothia
The recent news lead me to talk again about digital music and its cohabitation (or lack of) with network technology. As a matter of fact, we learn this week that our new French President is in favor of a strong action against pirated music and downloads. This is not very new, indeed, but the confirmation… Read More
This is free advertising for a major launch of a DRM-free online store: AllAboutJazz.com sells jazz music online without any DRM included.
While looking around in a search engine, you may find a few nice things. Today, I stopped by the quite large list of videos listed on Google search engine for the keywords “Thelonious Monk”. The guy was one of the most inventive jazz players. The first time I heard him, I was nearly rocked off… Read More