Barenaked Ladies

30 04 2007

My eMusic subscription refreshed today, so as well as downloading an Ex-Girl album I’d saved for later, thought I’d have a crack at last year’s Barenaked Ladies are Me after reading this article by one of their members.

The last thing I heard from these guys was One Week, and that was eight or nine years ago. I remember reading that they were releasing an album on MP3 and distributing it on USB thumb drives, which I thought was pretty cool. It also turns out that BNL are anti-DRM too. Why haven’t I been listening to them for longer!

The album is simply great, a cross between my usual vaguely-folkish-alterna-rock and Tom Petty. Apparently the album is a break from their more ‘zany’ previous albums, but there are some comedy tracks (like Bank Job, which you can play from the sidebar on the right, thanks to Sonific) slipped in. Well worth a download, or a hardcopy buy.





EMI Backs Down

3 04 2007

W00t! EMI have agreed to sell songs on iTunes without evil DRM infections!

It’s not all sunshine, lollipos and rainbows though. Songs will sell for an inflated 99p, rather than the 79p they currently go for. For the price hike you do get a increased bitrate AAC file, but it kinda seems like you’re paying for the privilege of buying de-DRMed music (check out eMusic for cheap, legal and awesome MP3 format downloads). I suppose such measures were necessary to pitch the idea to EMI, and if nothing else the move is a huge chink in DRM’s armour.

In your author’s humble opinion, I think this is the first battle that the anti-DRM movement has won. Now we need to press the advantage and turn the war in our favour!

UPDATE: Reuters reports that the EU Executive have filed charges to Apple, the Big Four (EMI, Warner, Universal and Sony BMG) and Vivendi stating that theirĀ  policy of forcing iTunes users to buy songs only in their home country is against European competition laws. Whether this will stick or not remains to be seen, but just possibly I might be able to download some Jpop from iTunes.





Behind the Wave

2 11 2006

Since I’ve missed all the new stuff today, I’m going to link to the best stuff from today…

Social Engineering is a knack, and can be quite elegant to behold. I think reading about social engineering attacks is a big aid in spotting them for yourself. In this case the victim turns the tables on the attacker, albeit a 13 year old. I’ve been playing games online for a long time, and I’m constantly amazed how many younger gamers fit into the stereotype painted by the kid in this story. Yes it’sĀ  a sweeping generalisation, but what you gonna do?

David Byrne (a la ‘Look Into the Eyeball’) posted a nice article about ignorance and happiness. Read and be enlightened.

Apparently eMusic are cutting their download limits. I’m a bit peeved since I subscribe to eMusic. They offer non-DRM infected tracks of some great stuff I’ve never heard of before. For example the ‘ol jukebox is playing some Lostep (caution: myspace,) which I found on their site. There doesn’t seem to be any news about the UK version of the site, nor have I received any emails informing me of the change. The change is supposed to go into effect in the US on Novemebr 17th, and I’m sure it’s safe to say the UK site will be following it shortly.

VGCats have posted their Halloween comic. It’s nice to see Alan Moore‘s work becoming more popular, even if it is due to some awful film adaptations.