‘The Martian’ is a digital media kind of movie

By Chris Meadows
October 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I went out and saw The Martian yesterday, and wow, what a great movie. Howard Tayler of Schlock Mercenary writes that not only is it a great movie adaptation of a great book, it’s just as good a movie in its own right as The Martian is a good book. And it is. It’s that rare gem of an adaptation [...]

The Fire’s SDXC slot may be its most compelling feature

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch opens its review of the new Amazon Fire HD 8 by admitting that it’s silly to make such a big deal out of removable memory, but it actually is one of the most compelling features of Amazon’s new Fire tablet line—it can support up to a 128 GB SDXC memory card. (Update, Oct. 2, 2015: [...]

Warner Music does not own ‘Happy Birthday,’ judge rules

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, here’s a great birthday present for someone. In a summary judgment, a judge declared that “Happy Birthday” may be in the public domain. This does not necessarily mean, as some are reporting, that all the “Happy Birthday” copyrights are invalid, but it does mean that if anyone does [...]

“Strange and difficult”: Anne Boleyn’s Songbook resurfaces, recorded

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

A British choir, Alamire, has just released a recording of songs taken from the Anne Boleyn Songbook, a collection of songs (including love songs) and lute tunes that once belonged to Anne Boleyn, most celebrated and tragic of Henry VIII’s six wives. According to the Alamire blurb, [...]

Microsoft to shut down Zune Music Pass service

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

We haven’t had any good DRM server shutdown stories for a while, so it was just about time for another one. It seems Microsoft is about to join the ranks of Yahoo, Google, Wal-Mart, Embiid, Fictionwise and eReader, JManga, and…well, Microsoft. Or at least, that’s how it looks at first glance. [...]

Google offers ‘Playlist’ greatest-hits albums for free

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

How do you feel about free music? Android Police notes that Google Play is giving away a number of its “Playlist” greatest hits compilations for free. The listed albums are largely older artists, such as Elvis Presley, Simon and Garfunkel, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Cash, and Willie [...]

Boredom, better people, and e-books: When new products aren’t compelling

By Chris Meadows
September 8, 2015 // 4 Comments

I ran across an interesting pair of tech articles over the last couple of days. Although neither of them is directly about e-books, it seems as though, between them, they might have some interesting things to say about them. The first article is a piece by Daniel Cooper on Engadget looking at the [...]

Experienced project runner Marian Call offers sound Kickstarter advice

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A remarkable number of projects, including book and e-book projects, are financed via Kickstarter these days. It’s one of the most amazing new tools at any publisher’s disposal. But as with any powerful tool, it can be easy to misuse. Singer-songwriter Marian Call, an experienced Kickstarter [...]

Maybe Booktracks can enhance reading after all

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve poked fun at the idea of Booktrack before. Creating a music-and-sound-effects soundtrack to play along while reading an e-book just seemed so silly and unnecessary. But a blog post on The Creative Penn has me possibly rethinking that a little now. Joanna Penn points out that she often sees [...]

Why hasn’t piracy killed artists’ incomes?

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

15 years ago, during the height of the Napster hearings, Lars Ulrich testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee of his concerns that Napster was going to set off a “creative apocalypse.” How were people going to afford to be able to continue making art, he asked, if people just wanted to [...]

Spotify updates privacy policy to collect more information

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Forbes has an article looking at some changes to streaming music service Spotify’s privacy policy that seem rather alarming. Spotify wants to collect information that shows things like your phone’s GPS location and the speed of your movements, so it can tell if you’re “running, walking, or [...]

The September indie music stream-a-thon, and why you shouldn’t bother

By Chris Meadows
August 18, 2015 // 6 Comments is one of those sites where anyone who wants to can contribute an article—and sometimes it shows. Today in my inbox arrived this piece submitted by one “Sharky Laguna,” with the provocative headline “Streaming Music Is Ripping You Off” and exhorting users to “Fight back with [...]

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