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A new audio format that brings nothing new

In an article titled Is The World Ready For The Successor of the MP3? Wired.com reports about MusicDNA, a format developed by german firm BACH Technology. From the title it sounded like the article would be talking about a new audio file format. Disappointingly, the successor of 19 year-old MP3 turns out to be… MP3, with extended upgradeable tags.

The sales pitch is that MusicDNA would be reverse-compatible with current MP3 players, and the format would include upgradeable additional info like lyrics, album cover and newsfeed.

What’s worse, since MusicDNA gets information downstream from the labels, what tells us that the labels are not able to collect information upstream? That would be a good way for them to monitor the end users, whom I am sure would be thrilled to use anything that has a backdoor.

A lot of music library management applications now have the option to fetch song, album and artist info as soon as a file is played, not to mention scrobbling. Why not work along those lines and instead improve the performance of data compression? MP3 is by far one of the worst destructive compression formats.

Labels should make it easier for users to purchase digital music online. I am writing from one of the most economically dynamic countries on the European continent, and yet options are still limited from here. This is why I am still getting my music through purchasing second-hand CD’s on Amazon and ripping them… in OGG Vorbis.

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Pidgin features a Facebook chat plugin

For those of you who want to access their Facebook chat without a browser, Pidgin now features a plugin for that.

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Tips for protecting your privacy on Facebook

PC World posted a very useful article about tips on protecting your privacy on Facebook.

Avoid Facebook Disasters
Ignoring Facebook’s privacy options–some of them fairly new and not well known–can trip up the social-networking site’s users in a number of ways. Here are some that everyone who has a Facebook account should be aware of.

Read the full article here.

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Last.fm taking care of business

Founded in 2002, British company Last.fm offers three complementary services: playing customized audio broadcasts on its corporate player, keeping track and statistics about of all the songs played or rated on one’s multimedia application, and building an extensive artist and songs database.

Failing to load music on the Last.fm player for the last few days, I logged onto their portal only to find out that Last.fm now asks users to register for a 3$ monthly fee. This comes as no surprise, considering that in order to be able to podcast copyrighted audio content, the company must have had a way of monetizing it. This seems to be a logical step two years after the company being acquired by CBS.

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Crowd-sourcing

Crowdspring is a development portal where clients can post projects and review submissions of a 25,000-user community.

Benefits of crowdSPRING

  • Name your price
    Launch your project on your budget, not someone else’s.
  • Name your deadline
    See entries within hours and be done in just days.
  • Ridiculous choice
    The average project gets a whopping 77 entries.
  • Money back guarantee
    25 entries or your money back.
  • 25,000+ creatives
    Your virtual creative team in over 140 countries.
  • We’re here to help
    Seven days a week.(although we occasionally sleep).
  • Exceptional quality
    Never sacrifice quality for budget or deadline.
  • Free contract
    So you know you have full ownership of your final design.

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