Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

“Transformer”

June 29, 2009

There’s a reason why you should secure your laptop.

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Bill Gates versus Steve Jobs

September 8, 2008

Funny stuff for geeks.

Oasis on doing a Radiohead-like album giveaway, “F**k that.”

July 11, 2008

(Promo photo from the Oasis’ official website)

OASIS fans should not expect Radiohead-style free albums from the Mancunian rockers.

Noel Gallagher is apparently looking to make his money back.

The elder Gallagher brother says fans will have to pay full whack for the band’s next album, Dig Out Your Soul, and dismisses Radiohead’s honesty-box policy of selling albums as “a great way of getting a load of marketing for free”.

He said: “That’s not our bag. I didn’t spend a year in the most expensive studio in England, with the most expensive producer in America and the most expensive graphic designer in London, to then give it away. F*** that.”

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Actual headline: Pirate Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

June 23, 2008

Sweden just passed a controversial law allowing all communications going out of the country will be tapped, and that information can be shared with agencies outside of the Swedish government, including the U.S. National Security Agency. I’m sure this is done under the veil of making everyone “safe.”

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The Pirate Bay plans to offer encryption services to people who use the BitTorrent tracker site in a direct attempt to combat a new controversial snoop law passed in Sweden last week.

Peter Sunde, who is one of the men behind the notorious tracker site, said in a blog post yesterday:

“Many people have asked me what we’re planning to do – and the answer is ‘A lot!’. We’re going to help out in any way we can with fighting the law,” he said. “This week we’re going to add SSL to The Pirate Bay. We’re also going to help out making a website about easy encryption – both for your hard drives and your net traffic.”

Sunde said that The Pirate Bay also plans to lower the price for a system that runs VPN-tunnels and that it will be opened up for international use too.

He also called for ISPs to boycott Sweden. “More stuff is planned – together with other people that work against the law we’ve talked about asking the international ISPs to block traffic to Sweden,” Sunde said.

“Yes, that’s right! We want Sweden to be banned from the internet. The ISPs need to block Sweden in order to protect their own customers integrity since everything they do on Swedish ISPs networks will be logged and searched.”

The Pirate Bay, which isn’t located in Sweden, hopes that wrapping SSL security around its site will add a layer of protection for anxious Swedes worried about having their internet activities snooped on.

Sweden’s parliament ushered in its contentious wiretapping law last Thursday after the proposal was amended earlier that day.

Under the new law, all communication across Swedish borders will be tapped, and information can also be traded with international security agencies, such as America’s National Security Agency.

On Friday Sweden’s Pirate Party, which strongly defends the BitTorrent site, said it will take Sweden to the European Court of Human Rights because the law is a clear breach of the European Convention for the Bay bitchslaps Swedish law with SSL

**YourDailyChum.com Exclusive**Pat Robertson claims George Bush blew up Iowa levees

June 22, 2008

Evangelical minister Pat Robertson has claimed sources have told him there was an explosion at the levee in Des Moines immediately before the levee was breached and flooded the city.

Robertson, founder of the Christian network, The 700 Club, said, “I heard from a very reliable source who saw a 15 foot deep crater under the levee breach. It may have been blown up to destroy the Irish part of town and keep the French part dry.”

Tensions were raised further during a live television broadcast Friday night to raise money for the rebuilding process in Iowa. Film star Will Smith was appearing in a segment with outspoken Irish musician Bono, lead singer of the band U2. Bono stopped reading from the teleprompter and issued a rambling statement about his how he is donating his own money to relief efforts, particularly to provide colored glasses to everyone in the city. While Will Smith remained silent and looked a bit confused, Bono concluded by saying, “George Bush doesn’t care about Irish people.”

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New Guns N’ Roses album leaked…ck. out the tracks here

June 22, 2008

only 13 years in the making….

Nine ‘mastered, finished’ tracks from Chinese Democracy, the album that Axl Rose has been working on for the past 14 years, were posted on a little-known rock website, http://www.Antiquiet.com.

The infamous album is reported to have cost in excess of $13million (£6.5million) to produce but its release is said to have been held up by discussions between Rose and the band’s record label Geffen Records, over rights.

A poster calling themselves Skwerl made the nine songs available on Wednesday, without revealing their source, but the tracks were removed hours later.

The poster wrote: “I always said that the more that Axl and Geffen jerked around trying to figure out how to release this finally finished album that we’ve all been waiting over 13 years for, the greater the chances would be that it would slip out of a pressing plant or office somewhere and wind up in the hands of some asshole with a blog. So…”

Despite the hasty removal of the songs, reportedly after a call from the band’s lawyers, they soon spread throughout the internet, appearing on filesharing sites as well as YouTube.

Once released, the album will be the first original recording from Guns N’ Roses since the 1991 releases of Use Your Illusion.

It is rumoured that a Guns N’ Roses reality TV show is set to be broadcast to coincide with the official release of the album.

In reference to the lengthy wait for the album, the California pop-punk band The Offspring announced in 2003 that their next album would be entitled Chinese Democrazy (You Snooze, You Lose).

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Alleged new songs that are to be on “Chinese Democracy.”  I didn’t title the songs, as I’m unsure if these will be the final track names.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

Track 8

Track 9

Kid Rock preaches some truth about iTunes

June 20, 2008


iTunes is a start…..but artists will be able to make more money distributing their own songs, like Radiohead did with their last album. There’s a way to go, but Kid Rock is no fan of iTunes. The songs are over-priced and the quality is very low.

“So the internet was an opportunity for everyone to be treated fairly, for the consumer to get a fair price, for the artist to be paid fairly, for the record companies to make some money.”

But they stuck to the “old system”, he continued.

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RIAA refiles case it had dropped so it can shop around for a more lawsuit friendly judge

June 18, 2008

The ongoing saga regarding the Recording Industry Association of America and what is classified as sharing music has taken another interesting twist as the group has refiled one particular lawsuit.

It was late last year when the RIAA got stricter about file-sharing, claiming the act of making files available for sharing (via a “shared” folder) breaks copyright laws and is available for prosecution.

The pending lawsuits about this unique file-distribution models were shut down after U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake said that making copyrighted material available via a shared folder does not warrant a copyright infringement lawsuit and that the RIAA must prove that the material actually changed hands.

The recent news is that the RIAA has dropped a case that strongly pertains to the “making available” clause, and refiled the case. Rather that directing the lawsuit at the same defendants as before, the RIAA directed it at John Doe (a defendant to be identified later), therefore obtaining a new judge … who may not be so strict about the “making available” clauses.

Nice move, RIAA.

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Things that suck about the iPhone

June 9, 2008

This from an admitted iPhone fan…..

Radiohead realizes how much money it’s missing out on, puts entire catalog on iTunes

June 9, 2008

Hmmm…I guess they’re done distributing it directly themselves. Too bad.

ITunes customers can now buy music from Radiohead’s EMI label days, following a change in heart on the part of the band regarding the unbundling of albums into individual songs.

“There has been massive demand for Radiohead’s music on iTunes,” EMI communications SVP Jeanne Meyer told Listening Post. “Once In Rainbows was unbundled, it was a natural progression to unbundle (the rest of) their catalog” so that it would be available there.

Radiohead had previously allowed EMI to sell its albums digitally on music services only in album form. Apple refuses to do this, so Radiohead declined to sell its music on iTunes — by far the largest of the digital music stores. However, the band’s approach changed with In Rainbows, which the band released for unbundled sale on iTunes following its pricing-optional debut.

Radiohead’s back catalog of EMI albums, its videos and its new Greatest Hits album are all available in the iTunes Plus store, in the DRM-free AAC format.

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And one of my favorite Radiohead videos of all time: “Street Spirit” from their album “The Bends.”