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Free Beatles and Metallica Songs

September 14, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Audio, Portable Audio

Free Beatles and Metallica Songs

Or, more accurately, free Beatles and Metallica mash-ups. Some of you may hiss at me for writing about Beatallica, a spoof band that came out way back in 2001 that combines music from… the Beatles and Metallica! But with those new remastered Beatles Albums just released, it’s possible Beatallica has become more relevant again (or so I hope).
For those not familiar with Beatallica, the band takes the message and theme of famous Beatles songs (like “Let it Be”) and modifies the tone to match Metallica’s sound (”The Thing That Should Not Be”), ending up with a usually hilarious song influenced …read more

RIAA’s Proof That Digital Downloads are Killing the Music Industry

August 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Audio, Ramblings of a Gadget Geek

RIAA’s Proof That Digital Downloads are Killing the Music Industry

The New York Times recently came with an infograph charting different kinds of media and the sales they’ve enjoyed. Here’s a breakdown of each medium and their respective peak years and sales for those respective years:

Medium
Peak Year
Sales (in Billion $)

8-Track
1978
3.1

Cassette
1988
6.1

LP/EP
1978
8.1

CD
1999
16.4

Download Album
2008
0.6

Download Single
2008
1

The first impression that the graph leaves is that digital downloads are killing the music industry, as relatively lackluster sales are hurting the machinery needed to get our favorite tunes out.
To be fair though, it’s not clear if that was the RIAA or the NYT’s intent. It’s worth noting the chart paints a clear trend: the sales of older …read more

Accessible+Affordable Content = Less Piracy

June 6, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Accessible+Affordable Content = Less Piracy

Over at the Guardian, Richard Wray writes:
Trying to stop people sharing copyrighted material over the internet is a game of cat and mouse in which the pirates will always win and calls for internet service providers to halt illegal file sharing are “naive”, according to the boss of Carphone Warehouse.
Instead, Charles Dunstone said, the solution is education about the benefits of respecting copyright coupled with services that allow consumers “to get content easily and cheaply“.
Amen brother! A friend from the Philippines recently complained about the iTunes Store’s lack of support for his country.
“Sure, currently you can buy applications and download …read more

Are “Unauthorized Downloads” Taxable?

June 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Trends

Are “Unauthorized Downloads” Taxable?

Seems some states in the US are planning to apply taxes on digital downloads. According to Techdirt, this kind of tax is scheduled to apply this July 26 in Washington state. More important however is a potential legal ramification. To quote:
What is the value of the digital product for use tax purposes?
The value is the purchase price of the digital product. If the digital product is acquired by means other than a purchase, the value of the digital product is determined by the retail selling price of a similar digital product. [emphasis mine]
So, does this mean the state government can …read more

Lots of PDF Books Available for Free!

September 18, 2008 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tools

Lots of PDF Books Available for Free!

Well, if you have no qualms about piracy that is. Hacknmod.com recently linked to a compilation of scanned coding books, and their post has already been picked up by the big blogs. Real appealing for those who live online, since:
These books have everything you’ll ever need to become a master hacker using PHP, Linux/Unix, Java, Perl, MySQL, and Python to name a few.
Which begs the question: how tempting is it download the books (found here)? And how soon will the copyright owners go after the website, now that the cat’s out of the bag?


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