MORE FUN WITH THE RECORDING INDUSTRY

Once you’ve built a reputation for being evil and stupid, it has to be hard to find new ways to live up to the reputation. The American recording industry deserves credit for its unceasing efforts to destroy any remaining vestige of respect or sympathy you might...

BITTORRENT

Music downloading is taking off in new directions. Kazaa continues to load annoying adware onto your computer when it’s installed. It’s harder than ever to find anything other than very obvious material using Kazaa – many people with deep libraries...

MP3s AND COPY PROTECTION

The mp3 file format is not free. Manufacturers of software that can create mp3 files pay a royalty to Thomson and Fraunhofer, the companies that license and own the patents behind mp3 digital music technology. But Thomson and Fraunhofer are feeling left out of the...

REALPLAYER 10

Real announced a heap of new products and services today, including enhanced quality audio and video streaming and a new player, RealPlayer 10. They promise that it is less intrusive and obnoxious. There is no evidence that those promises are true. What I’ve...

REALNETWORKS SUES MICROSOFT

RealNetworks has filed a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that Microsoft stifled RealNetworks’ attempts to develop a market for its RealPlayer software and RealOne service. I wish I could be sympathetic. Digital media functions...

iTUNES ECONOMICS

The Register’s article today helps us understand the online music services. Apple’s iTunes store charges 99 cents per song. Apple claims it is the most popular of several competing services selling authorized downloadable music. Apple is losing money on...