Michigan based Visteon is working with US automobile makers to incorporate the USB interface in their new vehicles. This will allow users to plug in a USB flash-drive from which they will be able to play music files. The apparent aim is to replace the CD player’s role in US automobiles. The first of these USB enhanced vehicles will hit the production line in early February, fitted with not only USB but also an interface for the Apple iPod. What we are wondering about, as I’m sure many others are, is whether or not an adapter of sorts will soon follow, allowing vehicle owners with CD-changers to take advantage of the USB interface. I would love to replace my scratched collection of CDs in my car with a flash-drive dedicated to music.
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So just about everyone who could afford it picked up the new 5th generation iPod with video support, and it seems that it is a hit. Adding to the myriad of reviews out there, we figured we would do a no-nonsense “quick review” of the device. Not sure what that means? Well, after writing the full review twice and having it turn up as garbled text both times, we have shortened it to hit the keys point to save from further frustration that would result in throwing an iMac through the window.
Man, Apple has been on an iTunes-releasing rampage as of late, haven’t they? Just a week after iTunes 6.0 was released, we have iTunes 6.0.1 available to download:
With iTunes 6.0.1, you can preview, buy, and download over 2,000 videos on the iTunes Music Store and sync your music and purchased videos with iPod to enjoy on the go. To watch purchased videos, you must have Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
iTunes 6.0.1 features several stability improvements over iTunes 6.
After purchasing music from the iTunes Music Store with iTunes 6 or later, you will also need to upgrade your other computers that purchase music from the iTunes Music Store to iTunes 6.0.1.
Go for it.
Read More | iTunes
Words cannot evince the rekindling my spirit is undergoing, gazing upon the supple, roseate curves of this USB FM Radio Pig. Truly, I have not felt so urgent a calling to spend forth my hard-earned dollars as I do this very moment, full well with the knowledge that a simple $43.00 will bring me a pig to call (and name) my very own. My elation grows steadily as I learn that with each twist of its tail, the volume of my favorite terrestrial FM station will increase or decrease according to my fickle whims, each press of its ears bringing forth a new frequency. Gracefully in stock at MaGeekStore, this pig is certain to brighten up any room in which it resides.
Gwen Stefani’s uber-hit “Hollaback Girl” from her latest album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. has become the first song to hit 1,000,000 commercial downloads. This is certainly a milestone, and shows that people will pay for music in this day and age, although those in the know rely on Russia for their tracks. Nonetheless, Interscope Geffen Charman Jimmy Lovine stated “Gwen is one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in music today. That she would make history with digital downloads just emphasizes her role as a leader in so many ways for a new generation and for music. The music industry is changing and this is a major sign that digital downloading has reached the mass market and become a very significant business.” Gwen added, “It’s always an honor to be recognized for your music, and this is really the coolest. It’s exciting to see people embrace the song and really make it part of their lives. Whether it’s CDs, computers, or cellphones…it really is bananas.” In recognition of reaching the milestone, Stefani will be presented with a certificate when she performs at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on October 21.
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A 42-year-old disabled woman from Oregon is counter-suing the RIAA for deceptive business practices, electronic trespass, invasion of privacy, fraud, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Tanya Andersen filed the suit recently after finding out in a letter received in February that she was being sued for illegally downloading and distributing music on the Internet. The single mother called the number listed in the letter, which was not a law firm representing the plaintiff, but instead the Settlement Support Center, an LLP allegedly set up to coerce payments from people who had been identified in suits filed by RIAA, only to find out that she had been “viewed” downloading gangsta rap at 4:24am using the login “email@example.com.” Ms. Andersen claims that after telling the SSC that she neither downloads music or likes gangsta rap, a representative told her that “he believed that she had not downloaded any music.” He went on to explain that the Settlement Support Center and the record companies would not quit their debt collection activities because to do so would encourage other people to defend themselves against the record companies’ claims. Under the provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. § 1030) it is illegal to break into another person’s private computer to spy, steal or remove private information, damage property, or cause other harm.
Read More | Recording Industry vs. The People
Wow, it appears that our armed forces are in serious need of new recruits if they are resulting to this. Check it out - if you want 3 free iTunes downloads, simply agree to allow the National Guard to mail you some literature and to have a recruiter contact you so that they can tell you a bit about it. Whether they convince you into signing up or not is up to them, but you will walk away with $3 in music. Something about that just seems sad.
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At this moment, 70% of the world music market is controlled by the Big Four. For those who aren’t very record label concious, we’re talking about EMI, Warner, Sony/BMG and Universal. What that means to you, or any other person who listens to the radio at some point in their day, is that those 4 companies have a huge influence over what you hear. While that may be a depressing thought, hear this: many in the recording industry, including the aforementioned labels, believe that the power balance is quickly changing. The rejuvination of independent labels, along with the all the internet has to offer(podcasts, downloads, file sharing, and piracy, to name a few) are helping to create a shift in power.
In theory, the whole development of the market digitally should be to the benefit of independents. Online, people are more likely to download catalogue, they’re more likely to download lesser-known bands - and that’s good for independents.
Read More | BBC News
It seems not everyone agrees with the RIAA’s bullying techniques. On Monday, a Federal Court in Michigan overturned the RIAA’s case against the mother of a 13 year old girl accused of file swapping. Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice due to the fact that the girl’s mother couldn’t be held responsible for her daughter’s downloading habits. Don’t get too excited though - Judge Zatkoff did say in his decision that case was dismissed without prejudice to any other person other than the defendant, so I think it’s more than safe to say this isn’t the last time we’ll be hearing from the greedy plaintiff that is the RIAA.
Read More | The Inquirer
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