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A few years back Apple ran a promotion stating how it had never been easier to switch from a PC to a Mac.  For the most part I would say this is a true statement.  Unlike the old days, most of the programs you’re used to are easily found, or there is something similar you… read more

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Is there any sane person left in the music industry? According to CNET, both the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) have gone to Apple over being paid performance fees for streaming radio audio, for music played in downloads of films and TV shows, and 30-second song samples.… read more

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If you’re considering using DreamHost as your web host… don’t. Back in August of 2007, I wrote a post singing the praises of DreamHost, and how for the first time I ever I had actually stayed with a web host through an entire contract.  I was really happy with them, and I was acutally renewing… read more

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The Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) in Washington, D.C. is set to rule on Thursday over a request from the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) to raise the royalty rate paid on digital downloads. It seems the NMPA has decided it is time for royalties to go up, and seeing as CD sales are on the… read more

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Working on Mashable Conversations with Mark Hopkins has gotten to me, but in a good way. I have toyed with the idea of adding a weekly podcast/vlog to the site for a very long time now because I like the freedom it gives you to do much more in-depth pieces without having to write enormous… read more

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There is a new piece of software out I am dying for called Bandwagon. So far it’s only for Macs, but what it does is for $24 a year, it backs up your iTunes library to an off-site server of your choice, such as Dreamhost. Mind you, if you are a current Mac user, and… read more

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I don’t even remember how I happened upon LaLa.com, but I am so glad I did. I think it was during one of my umpteen searches on a way to back up my massive MP3 collections (23,000+ songs right now), it always makes me nervous I am going to lost them somehow. I have them… read more

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Ah, it’s that time again. Time for Steve Jobs to make me wish I was made of money. One of his infamous keynote speeches was today, and, as always, it made me weep like a little girl… um… made me weep man tears of joy. For the record, all my info is coming from Engadget… read more

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Apple has released a new version of iTunes today. iTunes Plus is the DRM free, higher bit rate music from EMI. Other publishers will be joining in sometime in the future. This is a HUGE win for the end user. You can now use the files with the music player program of YOUR choice, the… read more

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It seems that starting next month, EMI won’t be the only company providing DRM free music via iTunes. Apple is contacting all their partners that they can join in on the DRM free fun in May. Numerous small publishers know this is the future of music, DRM free, and higher quality bitrates. I, for one,… read more

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Gizmo News is reporting on comments made by Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel of Microsoft, said about Apple’s recent comments about DRM. They are mind-numbingly bitter it would seem over Apple swinging the DRM deal with EMI records. I’m not a big believer in just blaming the music industry for Apple’s inability… read more

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