October 07, 2014
Elton John Creates Song Using "Lyrics" On Oven Instruction

Elton John Creates Song Using “Lyrics” On Oven Instruction:

This is how you recognize a master, just in case you were wondering.

Random Linkage , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:21 PM
September 30, 2014
Spotify Officially Launches in Canada

Spotify Officially Launches in Canada. Finally.

Spotify has officially announced its launch in Canada, as the music service no longer requires an invite for those wishing to try it. Canada’s launch marks the 58th country that now has the music service.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:23 AM
March 31, 2014
"Thunderstruck" Covered on Cellos

2 Men With Their Cellos covering one of the greatest rock songs ever.

Things get going around 1:00 in, if you feel the need to fast forward.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 03:03 PM
March 14, 2014
More About the Pono Player

Read about the Pono player from Neil Young and think there’s something suspicious about it but don’t have any references to convince your audiophile friends chomping at the bit (pardon the pun) for this? Check out the great collection of reading material on Pono that @marcoarment put together.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:07 PM
January 31, 2014
Bill Bailey's... "Unique" Metallica Cover

Bill Bailey’s message to Metallica is that he’s got them covered (so to speak) if they need him.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 AM
January 07, 2014
100 Years of Rock Visualized

100 Years of Rock Visualized.

Today I learned that “Drone Metal” was an actual genre.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:33 AM
November 20, 2013
Trent Reznor facetimes With Dying Fan On Stage

Ok, this is cool…. Trent Reznor facetimes w/ dying fan on stage DURING NIN show. Regardless of what you think of Facetime or Nine Inch Nails, that’s a pretty awesome thing to do.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:25 PM
Bob Dylan "Like A Rolling Stone" Official Interactive Video

I didn’t know there wasn’t a music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” already, but apparently not. Today they released the “official” and interactive music video. Use your up and down arrow keys (or the buttons in the video) to change the channel as the video plays. You’ll get it after a bit.

This is something that really is a new take. Pretty friggin’ amazing.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
November 08, 2013
Russian Police Officers Cover "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk

Quite possibly the best cover you’ll hear all day: Russian Police Officers Cover “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:03 AM
October 28, 2013
Heart plays Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven, makes Robert Plant Cry

With a title like Heart plays Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, makes Robert Plant cry, I couldn’t help but watch this this morning when it passed through my facebook feed. Huge kudos to my buddy Jim for passing it onto me. Amazing version of Stairway.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
July 09, 2013
The Beatles Anomalies List

The Beatles Anomalies List is an OCD-comprehensive list of anomolies from Beatles albums. Things like:

Yesterday 0:19 After the word “believe” there is a squeak, sounds like it’s from a violin string (left channel).

Pretty crazy, but if you want to impress your friends, and you’re Beatles fans, time to start memorizing.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:30 AM
June 07, 2013
The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Amazing song.

Music , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:05 AM
May 02, 2013
To The Apocalypse In Daddy's Sidecar - Abney Park Music Video

To The Apocalypse In Daddy’s Sidecar - Abney Park Enjoy a fun Music video.

I have a wide and varied taste in music so enjoy

Music - Posted by cthulhu at 02:53 PM
January 08, 2013
Boil the Frog

Boil the Frog is a sweet looking mixtape creator:

Boil the Frog lets you create a playlist of songs that gradually takes you from one music style to another. It’s like the proverbial frog in the pot of water. If you heat up the pot slowly enough, the frog will never notice that he’s being made into a stew and jump out of the pot. With a Boil the frog playlist you can do the same, but with music. You can generate a playlist that will take the listener from one style of music to the other, without the listener ever noticing that they are being made into a stew.

Not bad checking out U2 to Johnny Cash.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:14 PM
November 15, 2012
Michael Winslow: Whole Lotta Love

Michael Winslow: Whole Lotta Love.

Wow.

Yea, he’s that guy.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
November 13, 2012
AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" Meets Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters"

This might be a repost, but I don’t care. Check out this great mashup of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters”. Too awesome to be a coincidence. See it below for yourself.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:07 PM
August 22, 2012
Spotify to Launch in Canada

Spotify to Launch in Canada… exciting news! No dates yet, but it’ll be nice to have. The US folks sometimes forget that a lot of the services they take for granted (Hulu, Spotify, etc) are all not available outside of the good ol’ US-of-A.

STOCKHOLM—Spotify is set to launch its popular music-streaming service in Canada, and has further plans to possibly expand into Asia and South America, according to the Anglo-Swedish company’s recently published annual accounts.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:40 PM
June 27, 2012
Coding Horror Concludes the Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment

Last week Coding Horror started their great bitrate experiment and today Jeff posted Concluding the Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment.

But you guys and gals wouldn’t do that, becuase you aren’t dirty, filthy cheaters, right? Of course not. Let’s go over the actual results. Remember each sample was ranked in a simple web form from 1 to 5, where 1 is worst quality, and 5 is highest quality.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:40 AM
June 21, 2012
Coding Horror's Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment

Awesome post from Jeff Atwood over on the Coding Horror blog: The Great MP3 Bitrate Experiment.

CDs, unlike DVDs or even Blu-Rays, are considered reference quality. That is, the uncompressed digital audio data contained on a CD is a nearly perfect representation of the original studio master, for most reasonable people’s interpretation of “perfect”, at least back in 1980. So if you paid for a CD, you might be worried that ripping it to a compressed digital audio format would result in an inferior listening experience. […]

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
June 18, 2012
Pictographic Rock Band Posters by Viktor Hertz

Pictographic Rock Band Posters by Viktor Hertz. Awesome.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 05:09 PM
June 14, 2012
Last College Hurrah Song: "Sunny"

I’m not sure of the exact back story about Ann Street Soul Stirrers - Sunny, other than what I can read on the reddit thread, but I know that it’s a fantastic bit of music and a well done video.

Well worth the listen, watch, and then you can buy the track for a buck.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:30 AM
March 09, 2012
Johnny Cash's 80th Birthday: Rare and Unpublished Photos of the Country Music Icon

Johnny Cash’s 80th Birthday: Rare and Unpublished Photos of the Country Music Icon - LightBox.

Happy birthday Johnny, you’re still one of my favorite singers.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:09 PM
February 06, 2012
Music for Programming From musicForProgramming();

musicForProgramming(); is:

A series of mixes intended for listening while programming to aid concentration and increase productivity (also compatible with other activities).

Music , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:42 PM
January 19, 2012
Bruce Springsteen Announces New Album

Bruce Springsteen has announced a new album called Wrecking Ball, available March 6. Good news for fans. You can get a peek at the track over on his facebook page or directly on youtube.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:58 AM
January 13, 2012
Grooveshark Launches HTML5 Music Player

Sorry folks, bit of a busy day for me, and sadly that makes a slow news day here at UFies.org. However if you're on the road you may want to check out the new HTML5 Music Player that Streams in the Background from Grooveshark. Works great on my iPhone, and any html5 compliant browser. Not goe-restricted either, as I can play it in Canada (unlike spotify and it's friends).

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:44 PM
November 16, 2011
Google Releases Music Store

Here's a link to a google news search, however if you're quick you can catch the live stream of the announcement.

Short story, a google version of the iTunes Music Store, and (currently) only available in the US (but available now). This all sounds wonderful, but sadly as a Canadian, I won't be able to see or experience it (possibly for a very long time, based on the fact that going to Google.com/music sends me to the user not invited page. *sigh*.

There's the About Google Music page you can get more info on it as well. Still haven't heard anything other than "in the US" from the keynote.

Google , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:32 PM
November 03, 2011
Music Video Created with 28,000 Jelly Beans Over 2 Years

Very cool, title pretty much says it all. Check out the video here: In Your Arms - Kina Grannis and possibly more interesting, the behind the scenes making of video.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
September 19, 2011
Foo Fighters Respond To Westboro Baptist Church Protests By Playing Show For Picketers

So after reading this (and watching the video), you can tell by the title: Foo Fighters Respond To Westboro Baptist Church Protests By Playing Show For Picketers that Foo Fighters should be given as much support as possible.

Also, fuck the god hates fags people.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:14 PM
April 27, 2011
Mal's Song - Video

Delmar shared this on Facebook and as a fan of Firefly I had to pass it on: Mal's Song. Basically a full version of the Firefly theme song with full lyrics and a well edited video to go along with it. To echo Del's comment, dammit, now I must go out and watch all of Firefly again....

Music , Space , TV - Posted by Arcterex at 12:37 PM
January 21, 2011
Creating A Hit: 8 Hour Challenge

Video called Creating A Hit: 8 Hour Challenge. A testimony to the crap that is top 40 music these days.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:52 PM
November 16, 2010
Thoughts On the Apple Beatles Announcement

I hate to say it, but this image pretty much sums up my thoughts on the Announcement by Apple that The Beatles are on iTunes. Don't get me wrong, I am a big Beatles fan, but I think that anyone who is a fan will have had their music ripped or in digital format already, and hasn't been waiting for the last 50 years for Apple to make it available. However, it's nice to finally have that loose end tied up :)

Also nice to see that they have put a couple of the concerts online, it's cool to see the boys from Liverpool play.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:29 AM
September 14, 2010
Everything Is a Remix

Everything Is a Remix is a cool look at how everything is derivative, and there's nothing new anymore (well, maybe not quite that extreme....).

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:26 PM
August 31, 2010
Rolling Stone's Top 10 Beatles Songs of All Time

Not sure if you can actually put these in order, but Rolling Stone has tried to rank the top 10 Beatles songs of all time.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
July 05, 2010
Jeep Cherokee's "I'm Bruce Willis" Music Video

Awesome music / video tribute in "I'm Bruce Willis".

Movies , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 AM
June 01, 2010
Free EP From Trent Reznor - How To Destroy Angels

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS is now up and available for download. Yay for free and legal high quality music!

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:50 PM
February 25, 2010
I Think I'm Turning Japanese - Kirsten Dunst

For the men out there... Kirsten Dunst doing I Think I'm Turning Japanese and bringing the hawt (IMHO).

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:16 AM
February 13, 2010
YouTube - ROCK SUGAR-Don't Stop The Sandman

I wasn't expecting that much from Don't Stop The Sandman when the link was first passed over to me from West Coast Geek, but I have to say I was both impressed and blown away.


It's a mashup of Metallica and Journey. Just give it time till the vocals come in. I have to say, I'd get this.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 PM
January 05, 2010
Jonathan Coulton Coming to Vancouver?

Looks like there's a chance that the infamous JoCo (Jonathan Coulton) might be coming to Vancouver. According to his JoCo in the Future page he lists Vancouver as "Maybe" and "TBA" for more info. Feel free to flood @jonathancoulton with messages of support for a trip to Vancouver.

JoCo, if you don't know, is the mind behind "Still Alive" from the Portal Video game, "Code Monkey", "Re: Your Brains" and many other great comedy geek music hits.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:34 PM
December 24, 2009
Free Songs From Amazon.com

Nice list of Amazon.com Free MP3 Songs (including lots of Christmas music).

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:50 AM
December 10, 2009
Free iTunes LP of Holiday Music

Ever wanted to check out one of the funky new iTunes LP albums from Apple but not want to pay for it (you cheap bastards!)? Well, now you can get not only a free iTunes LP formatted album, but also 20 tracks of Christmas music in their iTunes Holiday Sampler (itunes link). I'm not a big Christmas Music fan, but hey, free music!

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:43 AM
November 03, 2009
Weezer Snuggie Infomercial Promo For New Album

After watching the Weezer Snuggie Infomercial Promo For New Album is it wrong that I think this might be a good xmas gift for my non-heat-retaining wife? I don't really even care about weezer's music....

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:15 AM
November 02, 2009
Barney Bentall Live at Tractorgrease Studios

Great video posted by my buddy @jimshaggy of Barney Bentall Live at Tractorgrease. Tractorgrease (@tractorgrease) is a multimedia studio in Chilliwack, BC, that hosts artists, records, etc. Great song and a nice video!

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:21 AM
October 14, 2009
Amazing Accordian Video

Hands up if you had any clue that an accordian could do this. Via @iBoone.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 05:07 PM
September 20, 2009
How To Rip Your Music Like a Pro

Gizmodo has the goods on how to Rip Your Music Like a Pro and go beyond clicking "import" in iTunes/WMP.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 AM
September 17, 2009
Metzger on the Beatles Remasters

An audiophile reviews the Beatles Remasters.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
September 15, 2009
Zune HD Launched

If you were looking at the calendar this morning and thinking "I just know there's something happening today," and when you got into work still couldn't remember? Well, it's the Zune HD release day! Also Microsoft has released new Zune software. Optimized for Windows 7, a smart DJ mix feature similar to the iTunes Genius, mini mode, and more.

Microsoft , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:36 AM
August 26, 2009
Sci-Fi Song: Cylon #6

Awesome song from a sci-fi songs blog all about Cylon #6, the gorgeous Tricia Helfer.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
August 19, 2009
Awesome Live "Thunder Road" Video

Referenced in this week's MacBreak Weekly is a 1975 live performance of "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen. Awesome and chilling, I gotta get me an MP3 of that.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 03:21 PM
August 14, 2009
Top 10 Tricks for Making Your Playlists Rock

Top 10 Tricks for Making Your Playlists Rock from lifehacker.

Music , Random Linkage , Ubuntu - Posted by Arcterex at 08:22 PM
July 24, 2009
Coder Girl Rap

OK, this is pretty freakin' awesome. Check out the “Coder Girl” Rap:

Love the 'sudo make me a sandwich' reference too :)

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:48 AM
April 19, 2009
Amazon MP3 Store Free Downloads

For future reference, the list of Amazon.com Free MP3 Downloads.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
April 05, 2009
Battlestar Galactica Composer Bear McCreary Scoring Capcom's Dark Void

Some cool videos of Battlestar Galactica Composer Bear McCreary Scoring Capcom's Dark Void.

Music - Posted by aryk at 10:13 AM
March 29, 2009
More Free Music from NiN

NIN|JA 2009 is a place where you can get a free sampler pack of music from NiN, Jane's Addiction and Street Sweeper (who I've never heard of). Like the last couple of NiN projects, this is free, DRM free music from MP3 to FLAC to uncompressed WAV files. Pretty awesome, great to see that they "get it".

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:42 AM
February 06, 2009
U2 New Single Now Has a Video

U2's latest single's video: U2 - Get On Your Boots. I'm not sure about the song to be honest, video is definitely interesting though!

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 PM
July 01, 2008
30 Sites for Free Music

Mashable has listed 30 Sites for Free & Legal Music.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 PM
January 28, 2008
QTrax News (It's not that Good)

Article on Qtrax from ZDNet. Qtrax is a new music download service... "free and legal" music downloads. Sounds like the real story isn't quite as rosy. Google for Qtrax news and I'm sure you'll find lots of other info on it. Doesn't sound like it'll replace my bittorrent music acquisition system any time soon....

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
February 26, 2007
The PS3 Song

Very funny song about the PS3... "how you killed your brand". Lets just say it wasn't done by fans :) (I'm going to guess the XBox team had a hand in it, but that's just a theory)

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:22 PM
November 02, 2006
Zune TV Spots

So what does anyone think of these Five Zune TV Spots? They are a bit reminiscent of the XBox 360 water balloon fight ads, all ending with "Find your audience".

Personally they are a miss for me. I honestly zone out because there's no focus or anything to draw me in or make me watch all the way to the money shot. Most of the commercials really have nothing to do with the player or any advantages it has. The first three basically are random shots of people socializing in a park, with some of them listening to generic looking mp3 players as a complete aside (to my eyes). The features that the Zune has that set it apart (large screen for video, wifi, landscape mode, comes in black, xbox integration, "social networking", etc) aren't mentioned, or highlighted. In fact, in watching the five spots, other than it's use for listening to music, I saw only one quick reference to watching videos (I think, it was a quick shot of someone turning it sideways, perhaps a reference to the landscape video mode) and perhaps a reference to the filesharing abilities by showing two zunes sitting beside each other.

The videos are very... "amateur looking". Not as if they weren't done professionally of course, but that stylized look. Definately focusing on the social aspects rather than the technology itself (maybe on purpose?).

Compare this to the iPod ads. They are a lot simpler, concentrating on the hardware itself and the enjoyment of music, or at least that's how I interpret it. Following the Apple simplistic style I particularily think that this U2 Video iPod ad is well done. A simple music video, and it just pulls out to show it's playing on an iPod, saying a lot.

Of course, I have a feeling most of the Zune marketing has been the grassroots kind that's over at ZuneInsider.

Anyway, I'm interested to hear what others think about the Zune marketing so far.

Hardware , Microsoft , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 AM
October 20, 2006
Songbird 0.2

The boys over at Songbirdsnest have released Songbird 0.2 onto the world. This is not the 0.02 release from last month.... nope, we dropped a whole zero! Songbird is a Firefox based music player/library/everything. From their page:

"It’s like taking iTunes, ripping out the music store, and replacing it with the rest of the internet."

Some would of course argue that the iTunes store is the best part of iTunes, and taking it out would be like saying "it's like a car, but you take out the engine and put in the whole rainforest!" (ok, so coming up with analogies on the fly isn't one of my strong suits :) Hit their screencast for a nice explanation of what's going on.

Speaking of the iTunes store, if the GNOME Music player Banshee has a plugin to allow you to access the iTunes music store, I'm sure that can be plugged into this app.

One thing that I'd like to know is can I sync podcasts to an iPod (or other music player) with it? I presume something like that will show up before release though, this is version 0.2 only of course. As far as the idea it's pretty cool, scraping for media, etc etc. Anyone using this yet?

Music , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 AM
July 13, 2006
Bowie vs Discovery Launch

Sometimes the most simple mashups are the best. Who'da'thunk that a simple meshing of David Bowie and a video of the Shuttle Launch would be so cool? Here's Discovery Oddity (David Bowie Meets the Discovery Launch).

Movies , Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:04 PM
November 15, 2005
Discovering Music You Like Found out about Discover Music - Pandora through Lifehacker (new must read blog I just discovered). I'm not sure exactly how it works, but basically you tell it a song or artist you like and it finds and then plays a song by that artist. You give a thumbs up or down as to if this is the type of music you like, and if plays music similar to that.

In my case I started with typing in "Blue Rodeo" as the band, it played "Bad Timing" as the example tune, and then from there played "I'm Over You" by Keith Whitley. Not exactly the same genre, but the same "sound". From there it went to "You Woke Up My Neighborhood" by Billy Bragg, who I've never heard of, but again, had the same sound.

I'm not sure if they use a similar system to audioscrobber for their data or what (it says it's part of the Music Genome Project). Seems to work well though.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:53 AM
June 08, 2005
Beethoven Symphonies Available in MP3 Format Cool, the BBC has released 5 of Beethoven's 9 symphonies (so far, all are planned) online as unemcombered mp3s. Very cool. Via BoingBoing.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:07 AM
February 14, 2005
Napster Free Music? Interesting post on how to use the napster 14 day free trial in combination with some winamp magic to get 20,160 minutes of potential music.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:48 PM
February 08, 2005
Napster Not So Good? A look at unsubscribing from napster and some of the suck associated with it. John has another post on the napster subscription service (the magic 8 ball knows all).
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:48 AM
December 09, 2004
iPod Mini Ad This ad for the iPod mini is pretty nifty. It's a fan production that I have to say is pretty well done. Via nslog.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:15 AM
December 01, 2004
iTunes Music Store Comes To Canada Oh great, the iTunes Music Store (where you can buy legal (DRMed music online) is now available for canada. Glad to see we're no longer left out, which is good, but now I can spend money there, which is bad. Evil I say, Evil!
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:25 PM
June 23, 2004
MC Hawking CD Available! Jeremy notes that the full and real MC Hawking CD is available! Very cool. Just as cool is the flash ad for it.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:39 PM
June 14, 2004
NickleBack Songs Re-hashed? Interesting... Fark pointed to this site which compares songs from Nickleback (a Canadian band, for those of you who've never heard of them) to see how close of a sound they have. You listen and decide.

Personally I still like both songs, so there :P

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:53 PM
Mac MusicBrainz Apps Couple of apps for the mac which use the MusicBrainz for tagging their apps. Thanks for the pointer from Etan.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Chill Out! The Kitten Video This is a bit (ok, very) odd.... it's a music video done in flash for Chill Out - Song by Youth Of Britain. Oh, and it's got a kitten. I blame Boone for it though.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 08:52 AM
May 11, 2004
Musical Relationships Boing Boing pointed to a site called Music Plasma, which is a nifty little flash app which creates a visual relationship between the artist of your choosing and others that are related. No idea where they are getting their information, but it's very similar to what AudioGalaxy (if you remember them) had, as well as various other services which have a "others who have listened to this music also enjoyed...." link. Seems like a great way of searching for new artists to listen to though! Now this just needs to get integrated into MusicBrainz :)
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:18 AM
January 15, 2004
Check Your MP3 Quality EncSpot by GuerillaSoft is a nifty little windows app that will check the quality of a folder of mp3s and report back to you. Sounds like a good way to do spot checking for dups, select the higher quality file, etc.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:52 PM
November 21, 2003
Nelly Furtado's New Album Online In Full Maybe Nelly Furtado gets it as well. Her new album, Folklore is available online for your listening pleasure, before it's released. I'm sure it's out there in other forms as well, but they have struck a deal with the MTV folks and it's there for the world in Real format. I really enjoyed her first album, looking forward to listening to this one.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 07:53 AM
November 13, 2003
Funny Music by Jeffrey Hitchin Jeffrey Hitchin has some funny stuff. Only found his name and other music due to organizing my mp3s... great stuff.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 PM
October 13, 2003
New MusicBrainz Tagger (0.10.0) Released A new version of the MusicBrainz tagger is available for download (win32 version). This version fixes some bugs and adds a bunch of new features (a "saved" tab, ability to have a different filename mask for music by Various Artists...).

MusicBrainz is a tool that allows you to identify and tag mp3 and ogg files based on a generated ID, not relying on existing ID3 tags. So all that music you have that has tags that aren't necissarily accurate, pop them into the mb-tagger and let it go and figure out the correct tags for them, then let it save them into a nice directory structure for you.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 02:47 PM
September 03, 2003
On Filesharing and Artists Downhill Battle is a site dedicated to makeing people aware that when you buy a CD legitimately you are indirectly hurting the artists by supporting the RIAA, and so on and so forth. An interesting site, with some interesting flyers. I'm not sure if this is conspiracy theory or good sense. Is the push to "be legit" the RIAA trying to guilt people into giving them even more money and perpetuate their monopoly or the desire for honest people to get their music from legitimate sources, and not be pirates? What do you think?
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:43 PM
July 23, 2003
Thoughts on Music My good buddy Bear has some good thoughts on music, online and offline, in his blog. Good stuff.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 09:15 AM
March 28, 2003
Free MP3 and WMAs Chris threw a link over to legal mp3 downloads a source of free mp3 and wma downloads.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:47 AM
March 14, 2003
Natalie Merchant Abandons the Music Recording Industry Apparently Natalie Merchant abandons the recording industry according to a blog entry over at BoingBoing.net. She's cutting the major labels go and promoting her new album (june! yay!) through her website. WhatdoIknow notes:
She isn�t turning to the internet as a backup vehicle, but as the vehicle to promote herself and sell her music. Where, I should add, she could easily earn just as much in revenue by selling a quarter (or even less) of the units she moved while under a commercial contract. The profit margin is that much better, if you have the know-how, the technology, and the drive.
Apparently she is also the first successful recording artist to deliberatly leave. Good for her, I've been a huge fan ever since Iambe introduced me to "Tiger Lily" ages ago.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 PM
January 11, 2003
RIAA Hacked (again) riaa-hacked.png A kind soul on ARS this morning noted that the RIAA site had been hacked yet again.

hehehehehe

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
November 16, 2002
New Tunez I haven't been to MC Hawking's crib for a while, but it looks like he's got a couple of hot new tunez for your listening, and downloading pleasure.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:40 AM
November 11, 2002
Rolling Stone Also Gets It Seems a little magazine called Rolling Stone took a rather heavy handed (yay) shot at record execs in an ad in the New York Times.

The ad, titled "A Big Fat Thanks to Record Execs," reads, "Because of you, millions of kids will stop wasting time listening to new music and seeking out new bands. ...
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:44 PM
November 06, 2002
Tom Petty Gets It According to a rolling stone article, Tom Petty Is Pissed, and rightly so. Coming on the heals of an interesting slashdot discussion on cd protection, I think this bears a little discussion.

My uncle doesn't agree that if you reduced the cost of CDs, you'd reduce the piracy. I say maybe yes, maybe no. You might not reduce the piracy, but you'd turn more profit from CDs I think. Right now I'm working for myself, doing the contract programming gig... money is tight. The decision on whether to buy (for example) the new Elvis CD (the 30 #1 hits one) would be a lot easier if the price wasn't over $20 (Canadian). See, if it cost, $3.00, or even $6, that's almost pocket change, and combined with what you can find in the couch, it's affordable. But with CD prices what they are, going in and buying more than two or three CDs is going to be a major purchase. When I filled in my collection of U2 CDs a while back I paid over $100 before I walked out of the store!

Anyway, I think that the opportunity to have consumers do impulse purchases would dramatically go up if CD costs went down. Then it would be worth it to them to just grab a CD instead of downloading from Kazaa or whatever. Of course, this leaves out the issue of buying a 12 track CD with two songs on it you want to hear, and the rest "filler" :)

Erhmm... anyway, Tom's got some good stuff to say about this, how he won't charge over $65 for a ticket to a concert (when he's being told he could charge $150), radio, and lots of other stuff. Kudos to Tig for pointing it all out.

Music - Posted by Arcterex at 04:09 PM
September 14, 2002
XP Media Center and the RIAA? Neat article on winamp.com asking Is Microsoft trying to kiss the entertainment industry's ass just so they can monopolize the emerging digital entertainment marketplace also?

Good question.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 11:24 PM
July 08, 2002
How to screw the artist In the /. story about a k5 story on audiogalaxy, there's a good link to an atricle called Major Labels: the problem with music. It has a lot of the elements from Courtney Love does the Math article, with an interesting breakdown of the numbers at the bottom of the page.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 01:12 PM
July 01, 2002
How to Take down the Record Industry How to Take Down the Music Industry is an open letter to artists and musicians posted on k5.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 03:20 PM
June 23, 2002
Audiogalaxy Article There is a great article on k5 about Audiogalaxy and their little stint with the RIAA. I didn't realize that to comply with the 3000lb gorilla^w^wRIAA they have to block all songs, even the ones that have no copywrite violation, such as geeks in space, and pretty much anyone who is sharing their own music. So basically here is a great example of the RIAA fucking over everyone. Hope I don't sound too bitter :) AG is/was a great system.
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 PM
May 30, 2002
High Quality Digital Music Collections I've had a fairly large mp3 collection for a while now, and it has been an interesting learning experience finding the tools that are needed to do quality checking, renaming, methods of file naming, and the whole works... in fact, I plan to write a little mini-howto someday about this all. What I'm wondering is how would one go about starting a digital music collection? Not collecting from the net, but from CD. Some fundamental choices have to be made right from the start, and I don't know the answers. IE: mp3 vs. ogg, high bitrate vs VBR, what encoder to use, etc etc. Any audiophiles out there that can throw advice out to the community?
Music - Posted by Arcterex at 12:58 PM