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Category Archives: Copyfight
Here are a few smart things people are saying about SOPA and PIPA. Jeff Atwood gets at the key political takeaway: So yes, join us in fighting the obvious insanity of legislation like SOPA and PIPA that threaten the open, … Continue reading
Rhapsody has launched a DRM-free MP3 store. This is a big improvement. Previously, their MP3s were locked in a ghetto in the Windows desktop software. Prices seem to be $1 per album higher than Amazon, even for Rhapsody subscribers.
Nine Inch Nails are giving away their new album, The Slip, completely free.
Nine Inch Nails new 2-hour, instrumental album is now available in a plethora of digital formats, and several physical, collector-friendly formats. And you can get the first nine tracks for free. And it’s all distributed under a Creative Commons license. … Continue reading
Amazon MP3 now has a Linux version of their album downloader. It’s annoying (and puzzling) that music stores force you to use these proprietary downloaders instead of just pushing you the files in a zip or something, but at least … Continue reading
Deutshe Grammophon has launched a web store with 320kbps MP3s. I’m not sure how much of the catalog is available but several selections from NPR’s 50 essentials are there.
Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows, is only available as a DRM-free MP3 download from their web site. You get to choose how much to pay for it. Right now the album web site is very slow but they seem to … Continue reading
I think the jig is up for DRM-ed music. Amazon has launched their MP3 store with 2 million indie and major label tracks, all DRM-free. You can still beat the price at eMusic and Audio Lunchbox but you can’t beat … Continue reading
eMusic has launched DRM-free audiobooks at $9.99 for two books. The selection looks pretty good, too.
Rhapsody is now selling DRM-free MP3s from Universal Music Group. Bizarrely, they are only available via the Windows-only desktop software, not the web site. On the plus side, they actually have one listing of all of the available MP3s, unlike … Continue reading
The Wal-Mart music store is now selling DRM-free downloads for 94 cents per track or $7.88 per album. They are 256 kbps CBR MP3s. Boing Boing reports that they were blocking non-Windows machines but I didn’t have any trouble buying … Continue reading
Universal is the latest record company to try selling its music with no DRM. The music will be available through several music stores, but not iTunes, on a trial basis through January. Boing Boing says the files will be MP3s … Continue reading
Tim Quirk details how the new Internet radio royalty rates will cripple Rhapsody’s radio stations. The rates take effect in two days and it seems that the only thing you can do about it is contact your representatives and try … Continue reading
I listened to Cory Doctorow’s reading of A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection by Peter Gutmann. There are so many jaw-dropping passages in this paper that I thought a little collection of quotes would be useful for people … Continue reading
Other Music have launched their digital music store with DRM-free indie music downloads. Go grab yourself a copy of Neon Bible or Destroyer’s Rubies.