NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES

I had my first experience with noise canceling headphones on airplanes and was impressed by how effectively they cut down the effects of jet lag and made the flights more pleasant.This isn’t news – the technology has been around for years – and...

DAY OF SILENCE

If you listen to online radio – Yahoo! Launchcast, Pandora, Live365, streaming radio stations, smaller webcasters – be prepared for a Day of Silence on June 26, when thousands of webcasts will go dead as a dramatic illustration of the likely effect of...

CLASSICAL MUSIC HOAX

The classical music world is in an uproar over the discovery that most or all of the recordings by acclaimed pianist Joyce Hatto are copies of recordings by other artists, either identical or digitally altered. Her career was fueled in recent years by Internet hype,...

WALMART, APPLE & DRM

WalMart announced a movie download service with the obligatory noncritical media coverage, focused on how darned exciting it is that all of the major studios have signed up to supply a few titles. The details were glossed over – namely that the downloads are...

J RIVER MEDIA CENTER 12

J River Media Center 12 is a new version of my favorite music software. Try it! A thirty-day trial is free, and the program is well worth its modest cost.Many people use iTunes to get started, and it’s – well, it’s okay, as long as its most intrusive...

APPLE AND PROPRIETARY FILE FORMATS

Microsoft will take some well-deserved heat for letting copy protection drive it to make bad decisions for technology and consumers, but Apple has also played an unappealing role in the world of copy protection. An antitrust suit against Apple has just been given the...