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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Speed Bloggin'

I was going to wait until I had time to do a "proper" blog entry, but I saw this article about what Apple is embedding in all the new, improved, DRM-free music they are selling. They are putting your full user name and account email address in the tags (where the extra info like song titles etc. are kept) of the audio files. I'm not sure what to think of this. It's a pretty clever way to enforce copyright actually. It is relatively simple to write a program that will, for example, surf the web for any files with an iTunes tag, grab the email address, and pass it on to every spammer in Spamarctica. As you know, Spamarctica is the (virtual) nation from which all spam originates. Or I may have just made that up.

Things have been busy as usual here in BitLand. I am putting together our next release from National Holographic, "The Sands of Time", another great selection in our multimedia album download series. This NH release features Tomas Phillips in addition to Ted Johnson and Jason King, so it has a different feel to it, with shorter pieces. We will release TSoT in a couple of weeks, so hold your breath until then..

Photon has sent his first album to be mastered! He has scored ambient legend Steve Roach to do the mastering of this release. Photon, whose band name is Unit Vector, has been a strong supporter of our efforts here, and I'm really looking forward to his work. I have heard most of the album in "primal" form, and it sounds like we are in for a treat!

More fun with iNews.. HERE we have an article about a robot that dances to iPod tunes. The geek buzzwords for today: chaotic itinerancy:

Unlike older Miuros, which hit stores last August, the new prototype is fitted with software based on what scientists call chaotic itinerancy, a mathematical pattern similar to the movements of a bee circling from flower to flower as it collects nectar.

If that's not exciting enough for you, and you haven't heard about the latest craze sweeping the nation(?), check out all the fuss about the iGasm. Disclaimer: no, I don't have one of these, but it sounds pretty iCool.

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