Music became cheaper today

There is some exciting news from Last.fm. I have been in love with that website ever since I signed up back in 2004, and there is now yet another reason to love it. As of today, you can play full-length tracks and entire albums for free on the Last.fm website. Something we’ve wanted for years—for […]

The entertainment industry’s wrong turns

Record labels and video distributors had been ticked off by consumers for charging high prices for quite a while. At first the labels got away with it though. This was because they actually added value to the product. They were the only ones who were able to actually deliver the product to consumers efficiently. However, […]

At last — a useful Windows Sidebar Gadget

If you are a user of Windows Vista, you will no doubt be aware of Windows Gadgets. For the uninitiated, they are basically tiny little applications that run on your desktop (you might also know them as widgets or, in the world of Facebook, applications). You will also be aware that none of the sidebar […]

Seeing what I hear

I am a big fan of the music discovery and social networking site Last.fm. I am also a lover of beautiful pointless graphs. So LastGraph was always going to be a winner for me. The existence of LastGraph makes me so happy. Like Andrew Godwin, who wrote LastGraph, I read this webpage a while ago […]

Thumbs up for iRiver

My iRiver is two years old today. It was a birthday present a couple of years ago (yes, today I am now officially, unfortunately, in the grip of adulthood… gah). Recently, the MP3 player started totally acting up. It did so on the same day I got my new PC, so that put a dampener […]

Who Scotland?

So as I mentioned in this week’s Scottish Blogging Roundup, a new website has been causing a bit of a stir among certain circles — just not the right ones. YouScotland was launched amid a blaze of publicity. Well, a blaze by the Scottish internet political community’s standards. Apparently the people behind the website appeared […]

Gadgets have won me over

I’ve been fiddling around with Gadgets again, and I have to say I stand corrected about the weather gadget! I hadn’t realised that dragging them away from the sidebar actually makes gadgets more functional. I now know that Sunday will be cloudy and Monday and Tuesday will be rainy. There are some other cool gadgets […]

Most played music meme

This is my iTunes music, sorted by play count, to see what tracks I play the most. Even more than Last.fm, this is very biased towards what I have been listening to for the past year because I didn’t get round to ripping most of my CDs until last spring. Music that I had on […]

Music signature

Here is something quite interesting — iTunes Signature Maker. It peeks into your iTunes database then creates a “signature” based on what you listen to the most or rate the highest (via Alex McChesney). The first time I had a go, I set it to be based on play count. But since I didn’t get […]