hip web site with a digital music focus was founded by Hotwired
staffers Adam Powell and Jeff
Burchell together with a group of Bay Area music writers and producers.
A nice collection of well-written articles and FAQs addresses many of
the technical issues involved in creating and posting your own MP3s. A
better destination than many higher profile tech and news sites if you
want to know what makes the MP3 format tick.
Get Paid to MP3
It was only a matter of time before someone came
up with this one... Following
in the footsteps of companies like Alladvantage.com and everad.com, Los
Angeles-based Soundom.com says it will pay surfers whenever they listen
to music on their computers. You
ready for the unlimited income earning opportunity of a lifetime, kid?
Opponents of Napster seem to always eventually gravitate to this site,
run by the Tabloids, an Oakland based rock
band. Angry about piracy on Napster, the group attempts to rebut the arguments
of those who think file sharing is justified and provides links to instructions
on how to make Napster bombs.
to what the folks at this site will have you believe, a trojan
horse is a malicious program intended to give another user control
of your system or do something equally diabolical. A napster bomb (for
now) is a silly little file that makes annoying noises.
You shouldn't confuse the two.
Ogg Vorbis Development Continues
The makers of open source audio format Ogg Vorbis
vow to keep going, despite the untimely death of sponsor iCast.
With the future uncertain for MP3, Ogg Vorbis is seen as the most likely
successor to the popular file format.
Web-based search tool that allows users to search both
Napster and Gnutella. Searches won't
run as quickly as they would using the real thing, but who's complaining?
A quick fix if you've been banned or your network administrator frowns
on Napster. You'll
be able to search newsgroups for MP3s as
well, often a productive way of locating hard to find tunes.
something people have been talking about for some time. Something the
Movie Industry has been obsessing over for the last five years. And something
that may just have arrived... The ATI
All-In-Wonder Radeon video card is capable of capturing near DVD quality
video reports indie musician/napster chronicles site tipster.weblogs.com.
course, it may be a little early to start talking convergence. Video files
take up a huge amount of space, and video transfers take way too long
- even using a high speed connection. Not to mention the fact that the
inevitable legal battle with Hollywood is likely to make the Napster case
look like Little Johnny vs. Greater Podunk City Council.
If you spend any time at all surfing digital music sites it won't be long
before you run into a site like this one. Most sites like this are fan
run, or perhaps more correctly anti-fan run, and operate under a simple
guiding philosophy that can be summed up in exactly two words: Metallica
heavy metal band's decision this summer to pursue legal action against
Napster has had serious (and perhaps unexpected) consequences which have
been watched closely by many artists and performers unsure what to do
about Napster. Band drummer Lars Ulrich,
in particular, has been singled out by anti-fans, for statements he has
made in the press and the public role he has played in the controversy.
find plenty of anti-fans here as well as all sorts of ways to express
your rage, most of which are legal.
The Official Unofficial Gnutella Site
Gene Kan's unofficial Gnutella site
has rapidly become a center of activity surrounding the open-source application.
excellent stop to pick up some of the basics on installing and using Gnutella,
discuss performance issues on the site's message boards and otherwise
get a feel for a program that might be the next file-sharing app to hit
the cover of Time Magazine.
One ominous note for entertainment industry lawyers plotting the extinction
of file sharing on the Internet:
In the 24 hour period following the news that US District Court Judge
Marilyn Patel had ordered Napster shut down,
traffic at this site spiked, with sever logs recording nearly a million
to the source of Open Source - Sourceforge
of programmers dedicated to the open source movement with close emotional
ties to geek news site Slashdot.
In the news quite a bit over the last year. Gnutella
got its start here, FreeNet lives here as
A good place to learn the basics about Linux
and other goings on the progressive side of things on the Net.
you're curious about the philosophical underpinnings of the open source
movement take a look at Eric Raymond's The
Cathedral and the Bazaar, one of the most cogent examinations of the
open source phenomenon we've come across yet. O'Reilly
has published Cathedral (along with a number of other titles by Raymond)
but for now you can read it online for free.
bin ein MP3
Fresh off its peace accord with Universal, MP3.com
is reminding people that it too has a network of international web sites,
albiet on a slightly smaller scale than established e-commerce giants
like Yahoo. With an email campaign and a blizzard of press releases the
company is encouraging people to stop on by. The network includes a German
language version of the site (Who could possibly resist Mein.MP3.com?).
A Spanish version (Alterinva y Hip
Hop y Rap). And a french version - downloadez vous le MP3!
however the ads on all versions of the site are still in english, as are
instructions for doing things like downloading MP3 players and configuring
them.You have to wonder what the average French person will make of instructions
like "For the most precise functionality, you will need a separate
ripper and encoder."
Most of us find this stuff hard enough to understand already.
Survey says its time for a survey - Webnoize
Boston-based research group specializing in detailed statistical analysis
of trends in digital music and entertainment. Responsible for several
of the reports supporting Napster's argument that file-sharing is helping
(not hurting) the recording industry.
hosts the annual Webnoize conference in Los
Angeles, attended by a growing number of movers and shakers in the digital
entertainment biz as well as reps from the industry establishment. This
year attendees were treated to a fireside chat with Shawn
Fanning and Bertelsmann Prez Thomas
Middlehoff along with a blitzkrieg of new product demos and pitches
by aspiring players.
in the middle - Nullsoft
Few companies have played as important a role in digital music as this
Arizona based gang, led by programmer Justin Frankel.
The group behind the hugely successful WinAmp
MP3 player is also credited with coming up with several innovations
you'll recognize if you follow digital music at all closely - the revolutionary
plug-in for WinAmp, as well as the source
code for the original Gnutella.
In 1999 America Online bought the company, as part of a long-standing
strategy to dominate content on the Net that eventfully culminated in
the AOL-Time Warner deal.
There is good reason to think AOL regrets the decision already.
Free Music Portal - Zeropaid.com
San Diego based site drew fairly heavy traffic in the summer of 1999,
comprised mostly of visitors interested in finding information on file-sharing
A fairly easy to understand collection of FAQs
and How-to's addresses technical issues involved
in setting up and using file sharing applications like gnutella and napster.
Zeropaid can be a good source of info, but sometimes falls a little short
of the mark.
Secure Digital Music Initiative
As a matter of course, Napster's success has accelerated the recording
industry's effort to protect copyrighted material using a variety of techniques
including watermarking, encryption and other strategies - all of which
are encompassed by the industry's high profile Secure
Digital Music Initiative. (SDMI)
this desire to protect content is perfectly understandable from the point
of view of a copyright holder, from a technical perspective it is unlikely
that such protection will provide anything more than a temporary fix for
Because even the most foolproof encryption must eventually be unlocked
for an audio file to be played on a computer, there will always be a weak
link in the equation, a point where a clever hacker can exploit the specific
weaknesses of any given security system.
the level of emotion surrounding Napster, it is likely that a significant
number of people will devote much of their spare time to cracking whatever
encryption the industry devises. Rather
than providing the permanent fix the the recording industry hopes for,
it is much more likely that the next few years will see a continuing game
of cat and mouse between hackers and the recording industry.
The industry will continue to spend untold amounts of money developing
secure formats. Hackers will continue to spend untold amounts of time
breaking them. It is unlikely that this scenario will directly benefit
either music fans or the recording industry.
The Campaign for Audio Visual Freedom of Expression
Many people are concerned that the recording industry's
battle with digital music companies like MP3.com
and Napster will have a lasting
effect on the Net and on our rights in future, particularly the right
to privacy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation,
the nonprofit digital rights advocacy group made
famous by well known digerati like
John Perry Barlow and Esther Dyson is
one of several major rallying points for the opposition.
If you want to get involved, The Campaign
For Audio visual free expression, the group's official response
to challenge posed by MP3, is one place to pick up some information and
express your support. Be advised, however, that the focus here is less
on file-sharing and MP3
than it is on related issues like DVD encryption
and the Secure Digital Music Initiative.
before Shawn Fanning came along and celebrities
like Courtney Love and Chuck
D decided to speak their minds about the digital music scene, MP3.com
CEO Michael Robertson was one of the
most visible and outspoken voices in the digital music scene. Not one
to be shy about expressing his opinions, Robertson has created both considerable
publicity for his company and plenty of enemies in the recording industry
with his blunt (attackers call it self-serving) criticism.
you're serious about following trends in digital music, you'll want to
keep an eye peeled for new postings on this area of the MP3.com site.
Older columns Robertson wrote are archived in full back to 1998, making
this a good stop if you want to explore the roots of the current crisis.
Inside.com - Daily Digest
your day revolves around the latest digital music lawsuit news and the
ups and downs of sites like Napster and Gnutella
you'll probably find this daily bulletin from entertainment news site
Inside.com interesting reading.
well written and entertaining roundup of top stories in digital music
includes links to many important stories appearing around the web. A nice
addition to Inside.com's generally excellent coverage of the entertainment
Lawful Fruits of their Creativity
didn't take long for RIAA lawyers to convince US District Court Judge
Marilyn Patel that Napster was up to no good.
The sequel pits the RIAA and the
MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America)
against Scour.com, makers of Scour
that services like Napster and Scour deprive performers of "the lawful
fruits of their creativity" industry lawyers filed suit against the
company in US District Court.Some
feel Scour's chances of fending off the recording industry may be even
better than those of a service like Napster. In large part this is because
Scour offers access to a wide range of content not limited strictly to
the RIAA's official position
Examine the evidence the industry's attorneys will present, from screen
shots of an illegal copy of Gladiator located
using the service, to a listing of recording artists whose copyrights
the RIAA claims have been infringed.
Scour story continues to unfold. See file-sharing/scour
official cyber-presence for the recording industry. Read
the official response to applications like Napster and Gnutella. Peruse
press releases and court documents from the Association's ever-expanding
Metallica is not amused: Metallica v. Napster
2000 - The heavy metal band Metallica,
in the studio to record a song for the Mission Impossible
II soundtrack, is astonished to learn that copies of the song have
appeared on Napster before the group has even finished work on the song.
users all over the world are listening to the track "I
disappear" even as the group discusses how the final cut should
attorney Howard King files suit against Napster
on the band's behalf. Among the charges are accusations of massive copyright
infringement and illegal use of digital recording devices.
an unusual move, King also accuses Napster of violation of the RICO
statutes, a sweeping set of laws passed by the US Congress in the
late 1980's to combat the activities of organized crime. Ironically,
the crisis is foreshadowed in the band's own history. Metallica owes it's
own early rise to popularity among metal fans to word of mouth generated
by bootleg copies of the band's "No Life Till
Leather" demo tape.
Declaration of Independence - Oh Hole!
New York City - Musician/Actress Courtney
Love, tells an audience at the Digital
Hollywood online music conference she will no
longer distribute her music through traditional music industry channels.
Love says she will distribute her band's material online. The lead singer
of the grunge band Hole and the star of movies
like the People vs. Larry Flynt and Man
On the Moon offers a detailed critique of the recording industry's
system of artist contracts, which she suggests are grossly unfair to musicians.
good on her pledge, Love makes a limited number of unreleased recordings
download at her site in MP3 format.
full text of Love's speech is available on the Salon
came, They saw, They sued us silly -
was to be expected that the entertainment industry would react negatively
to this Canadian web site that for a brief period of time rebroadcast
programming intercepted from the American Networks, including broadcasts
of National Football League games.
hoped to take advantage of a loophole in Canadian copyright law that allows
the retransmission of broadcast signals, with the provision that such
material not be altered in any way.
Guess who won?
the MP3 Menace - MP3impact
news service covering developments in the distribution of MP3 files and
other audio file formats, run by Sadiq Bello.
at recording industry executives, the site also publishes a weekly listing
of the top ten most pirated MP3s. You
knew somebody out there had to be keeping track.
Industry Ass'n v. Diamond Multimedia
If you're curious to know how all of the
hubub around Digital Music got started, you may find this 1999 MP3 case
that the spread of MP3 could an impact on the music business (a relatively
mild way of putting it, as it turned out) the RIAA filed suit two years
ago against Diamond Multimedia, the maker
of the Walkman-like Rio mp3 player,
seeking an injunction barring the distribution of the player.
The courts do not buy the RIAA's argument that devices like the RIO should
be illegal. Two years later hundreds of similar devices are on the market.
Digital Music Summit Video Archive
This annual event hosted by MP3.com in San Diego for each of
the last three years has quickly established itself as a focal point in
the emerging digital music community, attracting representatives from
both the recording industry and companies like Napster, i-drive and e-music
as well as attendees from hundreds of lesser known sites involved in the
entire two day webcast of the summit is archived in full at the MP3.com
site. Although the webcast quality is spotty at times, much of what's
here is nonetheless well worth watching.
in long enough to hear Michael Robertson discuss his vision of the music
industry's future and listen to discussion of the metrics at work behind
the Napster phenomenon.
Wired News Audio Spin
animated discussion of the
beat produced by Wired News Features analysis
of developments in the industry and breaking news stories.
Wired reporter Brad King, is a frequent guest,
as are many names in the recording industry and digital music. A good
source of balanced, intelligent commentary on daily news stories which
are often mishandled by major news outlets unfamiliar with the realities
of the technology involved.
Download or stream (recommended) in MP3.
reviews of digital music penned by Steve and Teri
Baldwin. This sites aspires to a level of literary quality rarely
found at most fan-run MP3 review sites. One
intriguing sample snipped from MPX:
"Like a postmodern Zappa, Big Poo takes a simple,
visceral theme - a dog's hindside - food and evacuation - a dog with a
monstrous head - and twists it into an astonishingly symphonic ode replete
with varispeeded gregorian amonies, surprisingly inventive chord changes,
and ruminating strings set a surrealistically innocent, childlike musical
a former technology editor with Time Warner's now defunct Pathfinder,
is also the creator of ghost
sites, a popular underground site which provides amusing commentary
and links to abandoned web sites.
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