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EMI & Apple partner on DRM-free premium music

Did anyone ready this article yet: EMI, Apple partner on DRM-free premium music

I have to admit this is the small step that iTunes needed to make. The step that eMusic has been using for years. eMusic offers high quality MP3s and DRM-free downloads. eMusic is, however, the 2nd largest online music store. Second only to iTunes. So iTunes sets the standards, I reckon.

I am, once again, excited about the future of music. The rest of the labels need to get on the wagon. DRM-free is the wave of the future. And it’s definitely on the horizon.

Above and beyond that is higher quality bit rates will be available late this year on iTunes for $1.29 a song at 256kbps in the AAC format. Right now it’s $0.99 for a 128kbps AAC. 256kbps is really nice. A great step up.

Just think, one might be able to listen on a decent stereo system and rarely be able to tell the difference! (I know David, we can download jazz from iTunes, if we want!!) It’s still a compromise, but it’s a heck of an improvement and it’s something I can still get behind.

Thanks Thud, for the link.

iTunes Meme

How many songs: 8,161 – 39.92 gigs

Sort by song:
First song: “‘-25” – Panasonic
Last song: “Zuni Lullaby” – Landaidista
Shortest song: “Expedia Commercial” – Matt Mahaffey (:03)
Longest song: “Kontakt” – Karlheinz Stockhausen (34:32)

Sort by artist:
First song: “Voices Carry” – ‘Til Tuesday
Last song: “Blunuet” – Zoot Sims

Sort by album:
First album: “Heros” – David Bowie
Last album: “Zahar” – Zahar

Top Five Most Played Albums (I Changed it from “Songs” Because I Rarely Just Listen to Individual Songs)
1. “The Hits/The B-Sides (Disc 3)” – Prince
2. “Persuasive Percussion Volume 2” – Terry Snyder & The All Stars
3. “1999-10-23 30th German Festival – Frankfurt, Germany” – Tortoise
4. “Horse Trick’s Bang Bang” – Mark degliAntoni
5. “Fela with Ginger Baker Live!” – Fela Kuti

Ten Most Recently Played Songs:
1. “Lighten Up” – The Beastie Boys
2. “This Can’t Be Love” – Ella Fitzgerald
3. “Echos of Harlem” – Duke Ellington
4. “Highway to Hell” – AC/DC
5. “Jupiter” – John Coltrane
6. “Sunny Afternoon” – The Kinks
7. “When You Smile” – Roberta Flack
8. “Hadasha” – John Zorn’s Masada
9. “Bye Bye Blues” – Oscar Peterson
10. “Neighbor to Neighbor” – Sam Prekop

Find ‘sex’ – How Many Songs Show Up? 22
1. “Sex Machine” – James Brown
2. “Sexomatic” – The Bar-Kays
3. “Sexy Sadie” – The Beatles
4. “Sexy” Los Amigos Invisibles
5. “Sexuality” – Prince
6. “Sexual Suicide” – Prince
7. “Lovesexy” – Prince
8. “Sexy Dancer” – Prince
9. “Superfunkycalifragisexy” Prince
10. “Sexy M.F.” – Prince & The New Power Generation
11. “Scandalous (The Crime)” – Prince
12. “Scandalous (The Passion)” – Prince
13. “Scandalous (The Rapture) – Prince
14. “Sex” – Prince
15. “Sexual Healing” – Soul Asylum
16. “Sexomatic” – The Bar-Kays
17. “Sexy”- Black Eyed Peas
18. “Sex Crime” – Eurythmics
19. “You Sexy Thing” – Hot Chocolate
20. “The World Of Sex” – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
21. “Sexy (Remix)” – Los Amigos Invisibles
22. “Super Sex” – Morphine

Find ‘death’ – How Many Songs Show Up? 7
1. “The Black Angel’s Death Song”- The Velvet Underground
2. “Deathcamp” – Godspeed You Black Emperor!
3. “Kiss Of Death”- New Order
4. “Starve To Death” – Chris Whitley
5. “Death or Glory” – The Clash
6. “Death’s Door” – Depeche Mode
7. “Greet Death” – Explosions in the Sky

Find ‘love’ – How Many Songs Show Up? 351, the first 5 are:
1. “Malibu Love Nest” – Luna
2. “Where Did Our Love Go” – The Supremes
3 “Don’t Knock My Love – Pt. 1” – Wilson Pickett
4. “Get Down Lover” – The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
5. “Bizarre Love Triangle” – New Order

i know music?

  • Total amount of music files on your computer: Maybe 50 -75 megs. Mainly from clients in my studio who needed MP3s made. To quote Lara: “I LOVE buying CDs.” There is satisfaction in that. There is no satisfaction in downloading an MP3, for me. Where are the liner notes? Where are the smells of the liner notes. Where is the actual going to a store and looking through the record bins? It’s more than just a song to me.
  • The last CD you bought was: I don’t ever just buy one CD. I am not that kind of guy. I did buy a bunch of records in California:
    1. Karlheinz Stockhausen – electronic music of TUESDAY from LIGHT

    2. prince – NEWS
    3. the Walkmen – bows and arrows
    4. Daft Punk – homework
    5. Frank Zappa – waka/jawaka
    6. Frank Zappa – baby snakes
    7. Joni Mitchell – court and spark
    8. Joni Mitchell – blue
    9. The Best of Gil Scott-Heron – live
    10. Peter Gabriel – so
    11. Marc Ribot – y los cubanos postizos
    12. Herbie Hancock – futureshock
    13. Nina Simone – in concert/i put a spell on you
  • What is the song you last listened to before reading this message? Axel F on my Palm Pilot as that is the alarm sound
  • What are your five favorite songs and why they mean the most to you: Impossible question. But here are the first 5 I could think of.
    • Motr – Trans Am – Perfect build up. No vocals. Cathardic. I want to be in the story of this song.
    • Three Days – Jane’s Addiction – It’s epic. It’s painful. It’s really beautiful in reality. First take? Maybe.
    • Gamera – Tortoise – Half simplicity. Half production. A lot of genius.
    • This Must Be The Place – The Talking Heads – The Prophet synth solo. It’s also a place where I am at right not. Partially lyrically and partially musically.
    • Another Loney Christmas – Prince – The CHORDS! The drums. 1984 – DC show. It’s very much a part of how I thought I lived my life.
  • What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
    • Eric He might not listen to much more than the Grateful Dead, but he’s as passionate about music and creating music as I am.
    • Al Because it’s better than those damn lists he’s been posting and he knows music. Like Bo.
    • Heidi Because she loves this stuff.