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Wal-Mart Custom CDsThe ability to pick and choose your music collection through an online music store is great. Shelling out $13 for a CD where only two or three songs are to your liking is not our kind of deal – hence the popularity of online music stores. However, what about the users without broadband or those people that still do not have a CD burner? That’s where Wal-Mart wants to capitalize. Now you have the option to pick and choose what songs you want on a CD and have Wal-Mart burn the CD, pretty it up with nice graphics, and mail it out to you. All this for a price of $4.62 for three songs, and 88 cents for each additional song with shipping set at $1.97. This is a nice alternative for some - we will stick with Russia for our music.

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Description The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act has been signed and approved.  This act is to reduce/eliminate the amount of piracy of pre-release movies, music, games, etc.  The act itself is very concrete in stating that even if you have one pre-release file in your shared folder, whether you downloaded it or not, you are subject to fines and prison time for up to 3 years. It does specify that it pertains to files being prepared for sale in the US.  As of right now, it’s not clear on how this act will pertain to people who re-distribute TV shows and movies from other countries.

“The protection of intellectual property rights is vital to the movie industry,” said Rep. Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican who joined Bush for the signing ceremony. “This bill is necessary to ensure that all those involved in the production of a film, from the director to the set carpenter, are not cheated.”

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Bruce Springsteen Martha Wainwright Reviews This week in Playlist we have a new release from one of America’s greatest musical treasures, Bruce Springsteen.  Along with the Boss, we have a disc from Martha Wainwright, a member of the reigning singer/songwriter royal family.

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Power Pad Nintendo Power Glove MIDI

Assuming that you may not know what MIDI controller is, here’s a quick explanation:

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a computer based musical language that has been expanded since it’s inception in the early 1980’s.  MIDI controllers come in many forms - most of them keyboard format. They are used to “control” the respective software integrated with the host computer.

So what did Jeff Hoefs do that is so special? He made a cool mod using a Nintendo Power Pad and Power Glove, which he can now use as a MIDI controller. Nerds unite and check out this site.

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Sue the President

Interestingly enough, it turns out that some of the music on President Bush’s iPod is pirated if you go by RIAA standards. You see, George made it public knowledge that a friend of his loaded some of his music onto his iPod. That would be like you syncing your iTunes library to your friends iPod. That would be a no-no, no matter how ridiculous it sounds. So the folks at Downhill Battle want to make an example. They have registered the domain name SueThePresident.com in the spirit of showing the RIAA how stupid all these lawsuits are. If they were so concerned about piracy, why not sue George Bush? After all, he admitted it. If you want to run SueThePresident.com, Downhill Battle is giving the domain away. They will even host it for you if your content is deemed worthy.

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Gear Live Playlist Another edition, another change to the Playlist format.  From now on, we’re going to be reviewing discs weekly, with two releases reviewed in each edition.  This week we have a disc from indie rockers Hot Hot Heat, and another solo release from singer/songwriter Ben Folds, enjoy.

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Mariah Emancipation Review

It has been promoted as The Return of the Voice.  Saying that the “old” Mariah is back. She’s been co-producing her own albums since 1990 and has more #1 hits than any other female artist in history.  She is the #1 selling recording artist of the 1990’s. Is she back? Where did she go? Does this album have what it takes to redeem her credibility as an artist? Producer? Singer?  I decided to take a trip home with Mariah on her emancipation journey partly expecting to be disappointed, but also hopeful of all the hype this album has created.  Does it live up? We take a track-by-track look at Mariah’s latest.

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Copy Music CNet has posted a good read on what you can and cannot legally do with the music that you purchase online or in-store. It was surprising to me that if you want to back up to cassettes, the Audio Home Recording Act (AHRA) of 1992 makes an explicit exemption for cassette backups. But it doesn’t apply to backing up your collection to a computer. Which means, if you rip your collection to your computer and then upload to any of the various portable music players or backup to a CD you are performing an illegal copyright act. This is under the strictest interpretation of U.S. copyright law. There are exceptions such as iTunes, which encourages you to make as many custom CDs as you’d like - as long as the playlist changes.

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RFID Music Player

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Music

RFID Music PlayerDividuum at blOrg has found a way to use RFID tags with a reader to store and play back music. SID-files are stored on RFID tags. When you put the tag near the reader, the music is played on the stereo. A stack of tags placed near the reader will act as a playlist. Remove one of the playing tag, and the program will play the next SID-File in the stack. This could be the most awkward way of listening to music ever… but a great use of technology.

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DIY Pop ScreenIt’s always a great joy to mod things for no real reason other than to be able to prove to yourself that you could do it. It’s even better when the mod actually has a purpose, and can save you some serious cash at the same time. A perfect example of this is Jake Ludington’s homemade microphone pop screen. You see, when talking into a mic, the p’s and b’s can sometimes spike the audio signal which distorts the sound. A pop screen solves this problem, as it absorbs whatever it is that causes that spike in the first place. I have casually shopped for pop screens before, and they aren’t cheap. That is what makes Jake’s so appealing. All you need is a 6” embroidery hoop, generic pantyhose, 1/2-inch split flex tubing, 2 feet 10-2 wire, 7.5” black zip ties, 1 1/4” compression fitting (from plumbing), and a 1” spring clamp. Get all this together, and it will cost less than ten bucks. Full assembly instructions at Jake’s site.

Read More | Jake Ludington’s MediaBlab