Category: Digital Music

JohnPeel’s Perfumed Garden on SixMusic

BBC Radio SixMusic has a week of John Peel archive material (Monday 24th to Friday 28th October) available every night over the air at 2130, and then for seven days afterward on play again. Monday’s show is, amazingly, the first full length show he ever did for BBC Radio 1, “Top Gear.” It’s a fascinating listen – even then Peel has got Pink Floyd live in the studio. Unfortunatly, it’s not a podcast. THe BBC haven’t found a miraculous way to get round the msuic licencing. They’re using a little quirk which means that anything broadcast on the BBC network

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How To Live Off Your Band’s Music – Some Things To Think About (and TPN Rock #30)

Yes I know I mention my podcast a lot on here, but that’s because I’m really proud of it, and what it does. By giving airtime to new and upcoming bands from around the world, giving them a massive international platform, and seeing what a huge difference that can make for them. Consider just 50 listeners going to their site and buying a £10 CD each. That’s a lump of cash not to be sniffed at. As more and more people get into podcasting for strong independent music, and realise that there’s a whole world of CD’s that will never

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My Thoughts on PodShow’s PodSafe Music Network Terms and Conditions

I did say I was going to talk about the PodShow Podsafe Music Network TnC’s, although the initial bullet point review is more courtesy of Cory over at Boing Boing. The problem is that in return for access to PodCast music, you agree to a license that prohibits you from referencing “software piracy (warez, cracking, etc.), hacking, phreaking, emulators, ROM’s, or illegal MP3 activity” or saying anything “deemed unsuitable or harmful to the reputation of PodShow or the Licensor.” This is pretty nuts. Since when does the guy who provides the music to the radio station get to dictate what

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The Biggest Cause of Music Piracy – the Apple iPod and “Mass Storage” MP3 Players

“Home taping isn’t killing music, music’s dying of natural causes,” sings Mitch Benn, and he’d be right. But posts about the quality of music from The Men are for another tim. I see that under the fair and just and right American legal system and the recent Grokster case that advertising (or even creating) devices that encourage people to break copyright are verboten. Step forward the biggest culprit of our times, the Apple iPod. Recent research indicates that the average iPod user purchases a huge amount of music through the one online store that is available to iPod users (iTunes

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Pledge Banks – UK ID Card and UK Digital Rights

In case you’ve not seen PledgeBank yet, it’s a site where people say they will do something, but only if a certain number of other people will join them in doing it. It’s had some great successes, probably the most notable one so far is reaching a £10,000 legal defence fund for those who refuse the UK National ID Card. So the following caught my eye, and is much more appropriate to my circumstances: “I will actively support those people who, on behalf of all of us, refuse to register for an ID card, and I pledge to pay at

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The Apple iPhone and MVNO: Some Thoughts

Time for some specualtion over what everyone seems to think is the Holy Grail of 2005 – a mobile phone from Apple with some sort of iTunes support. It’s an open secret that Motorola are working on something iTuney, what with leaks on Engadget and Gizmodo, rumours of existing phones syncing into iTunes 4.9, and useful programming strings (called phonexxxx.api or something) inside the 4.9 code, so I’ll take that as a given. What I’m also assuming is that the Motorola phone is going to be flash based, with 256mb or 512mb of capacity – possibly through a supplied expansion

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