Apple DRM Lock-In: Illegal in Norway

While we’re talking DRM, bless those progressive Vikings. Norway’s Consumer Ombudsman (whom I imagine wears a long, ornate robe and a thick beard — or something archaic and cool, since us Americans don’t get any ombudspeople, just a lot of corporate lobbyists) has pronounced iTunes/iPod FairPlay DRM illegal. Apple DRM is illegal in Norway, says Ombudsman [OUT-LAW.com] Now, you may have heard this news already. But what I find interesting is that it’s not the DRM that Norway doesn’t like: it’s the fact that you’re locked into playing songs you buy on Apple’s software and gadgets and nothing else, as …

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MediaMonkey Review: The Ultimate Music Player and Library Organizer for PC

For many of us, listening to music — and managing our collections of music — can be as important as making music. Jaymis has me sold on MediaMonkey, available in cheap / free versions, for Windows. Note that this doesn’t run on the Mac — feel free to discuss Mac alternatives in comments. Listening software is often one of those few apps we run every day, so here’s Jaymis’ exhaustive review of his favorite. -PK I received my first MP3 file over ten years ago, as a zip archive spanned over three 3.5″ floppy disks. In the time since there …

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Apple Integrates CoverFlow into iTunes 7; Seamless Playback for Audio

Today’s Apple announcement was mostly as-expected, and ho-hum for music listeners. Wait, what’s that? John Lennon on iTunes! Fantasti— uh, sorry. That’s John Legend. Never mind. (One of these artists is not like the other.) Apple did offer improved iPods, long-awaited movie service and high-resolution TV shows, an upcoming video and audio streaming device for US$300, and two features I think music lovers will enjoy: First, the new “AlbumFlow” feature in fact comes direct from CoverFlow, the homemade app that created gorgeous 3D versions of album art and let you flip through them. Apple can’t be accused of stealing from …

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WWDC Breaking: Apple to Add Podcasting to iTunes

Live from WWDC: Steve Jobs has announced that podcasting will be built into the next version of iTunes, and the iTunes Music Store will incorporate a podcast directory. Jobs calls the tech “Wayne’s World for radio” but notes that, of the 8,000 podcasts available, it’s not just amateurs. This is the “hottest thing going in radio,” says Apple’s chief. Even Apple is getting in on the act: Apple will produce its own new music Tuesday podcast. CDM contributing editor Lee Sherman contributed live from the WWDC keynote for this report.

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