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 future of music: pretty boxes

There are only two things in the world that give us absolute total happiness. One is seeing other people fail. The other is unwrapping a newly-bought CD. –Armando Iannucci In the wake of all the upheaval that the recorded music industry is facing, a lot of people have been predicting the death of the CD. […]

The future of music: gigs and t-shirts

Apologies for taking so long to get round to writing this post. That pesky life business getting in the way as usual. In the previous posts in this series I have been waxing lyrical about copyright law and the mistakes the entertainment industry has made in adapting to a world with the internet. Over the […]

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, […]

A pot of gold for us all In Rainbows

(Sorry for using that pun, which has now been used by precisely 118,837 people.) Still biding my time before I write my review of Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows. In the meantime, a bit of number crunching. One of the interesting things about this has been the hype in certain quarters about how high Radiohead […]

More iPlayer insanity

Good news — the BBC Trust has thrown its weight behind iPlayer. But every silver lining has a cloud, as Ryan Morrison points out. The iPlayer that has been given the go-ahead will have a few changes to what has been proposed before. The changes are quite minor really. Infact, one of them — about […]

First

Official Google Blog: Pearl Jam’s new music video “Life Wasted” is now on Google Video for free! …It means that you can download the video for free, share it with your friends, and even post it on your own site–provided you give the band credit and don’t use it for commercial purposes. It’s yet another […]