MP3 MOMENTUM

There’s still a chance that the copyright police will be forced to back down. There’s lots of market forces favoring the .mp3 format and it’s possible that consumers will turn away from the expensive locked-down files that will be made available by...

MICROSOFT RESERVES RIGHT TO TURN OFF YOUR MP3s

The recording industry has cozied up to Microsoft’s WMA technology, which can contain all of the “digital rights management” tools that will limit your right to listen to music on your computer without continuous payments. Microsoft is chasing their...

REAL NETWORKS INTRODUCES NEW MEDIA PLAYER

Real Networks is introducing a new product today that blends RealPlayer and RealJukebox into a single program – and starts a steady flow of money out of your pockets. This is the first real demonstration of the future as envisioned by the copyright holders....

MUSIC DOWNLOADS ON THE RISE

According to a new study, more than 3.05 billion files were exchanged over four file sharing systems in August – and that’s more than Napster at its peak in February, when 2.79 billion files were traded. This is great news. The record industry has...

COPY PROTECTED CDS

A timely news article today after my rant yesterday about the copyright wars. Turns out the record industry has been slipping copy-protected audio CDs into stores for a few months now. The copy protection prevents you from making .mp3 files from the CD – your...

KICK OUT THE JAMMIES

If you’ve got kids and a broadband Web connection, you might want to check out Kick Out The Jammies, a new online radio station for kids. The playlist ranges from “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Purple People Eater,” to Mozart, the Rolling...