Wednesday, August 22, 2007

DRM-free music?

Universal sells songs without DRM

Vivendi's Universal Music has said it is to test the digital sale of songs from artists without the customary copy-protection technology.

It will allow the sale of thousands of albums and tracks available in MP3-form without the protection, known as digital rights management (DRM).

Most major recording studios insist music sellers use DRM technology to curb online piracy.

Universal artists include 50 Cent, the Black Eyed Peas, and Amy Winehouse.

Universal said: "The experiment will run from August to January and analyze such factors as consumer demand, price sensitivity and piracy in regards to the availability of open MP3s."

Retailers including Google, Wal-Mart, and, will participate in the DRM-free trial, Universal said.

But participants do not include Apple iTunes online music store, the third largest music retailer in the US - although iTunes already offers a selection of music from EMI free of copy protection, albeit for a higher price.

I'm really curious to see how this is going to work out... is piracy going to run rampant? It is not clear to me why it won't.

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Watch this space...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Long time no see

For the past couple of years I have been posting a lot on various discussion forums, mostly of a politics / debate nature.

I have gotten pretty sick of it, and it is not contributing to my life or career in any way because it is all anonymous. I want to start posting here again more, since this blog is under my real name and viewed by people who know me in real life.

Hell, I even have a photo up, you lucky son-of-a-gun.

Information overload

What with my variety of projects going on at the moment, I find I am having to study some bizarrely disparate topics all at the same time.

Here is what I have on my reading list at the moment:

Web development
  • Movable Type
  • Web services / REST
  • AJAX

  • MATLAB / Simulink / Real-Time Workshop
  • Gentoo Linux (very bare-bones OS)
  • Linux kernel / drivers
  • Real-time OS concepts
  • Serial port communications (yep... are we suddenly back in 1990 or what?)

... and not to mention, a heapload of proprietary technologies of my client(s).

I tell ya, I'm gonna deserve another degree for all this.