Nike wristband iPod controllers

January 25, 2007

Nike wristband iPod controller

Engadget has a report of leaked photos of upcoming Nike gear. Not being exactly the world’s greatest exerciser, I’ll pass on the ability to measure displays distance, pace, elapsted time, and calories, but the

three iPod controlling watch systems including the Amp+, and the so-similar-they-may-be-the-same-product Flight+ and Aero+ (which features voice feedback and a rocking bezel for music control)

have me interested. I currently use a Griffin Airclick plugged into my iPod and a remote controller I keep in my pocket (detailed in this post about my iPod setup. When I bought it to replace a broken Apple wired remote, a friend bet I’d lose it. I did, but found it again a few days later – I really didn’t like being without it and having to dig out the iPod itself to slightly adjust volume or pause/play seems a very unattractive way of going about things. I don’t wear a watch so this Nike looks attractive, at least in theory. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly my style, but even so, I’m tempted to consider one. Engadget reports it will be out May 1st.

Link: Engadget article

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DRM roundup

January 23, 2007

No to drm image

Record Labels Contemplate Unrestricted Digital Music

As even digital music revenue growth falters because of rampant file-sharing by consumers, the major record labels are moving closer to releasing music on the Internet with no copying restrictions — a step they once vowed never to take.

Link: NYT article

EMI Considering Dropping DRM From Its CDs

EMI Group Plc said on Monday it was reviewing its use of the controversial content protection technology used on CDs, known as digital rights management (DRM), but has not scrapped it altogether.

Link: Reuters article
Via: Gizmodo news item


Good overview of music formats in the States

January 19, 2007

Images of CD destruction

Trying to find a comfortable foothold amidst all the change is the challenge facing music labels, stores and consumers.

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And perhaps downloaders haven’t given the future of their music collection enough thought. The longevity of downloads as a musical collection is surrounded by questions. Computers and hard drives become obsolete; new systems of delivery will inevitably be born.

Link: Chicago Sun-Times article

Via: Digg


Apple opening up its Fairplay DRM?

January 18, 2007

To approved accessory makers.

Link: iLounge article


2006: digital sales up 80%, CD sales decline

January 18, 2007

Music revenue overall fell 3%. The NYT article quotes the chief exec of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry fulminating yet again about file sharers. He states that more than 10,000 court actions have been taken against file sharers across 18 countries. I’m not going to dive into the file sharing debate here, but the fact that music revenues are falling cannot surely be attributable in any significant way to piracy – the range of media available to consumer is hugely more diverse now than, say, 15 years ago when DVDs and video games were much smaller markets than they are now.

I wonder whether there’s any comprehensive research about the entertainment industry and the changing formats available?

Link: “>NYT article
Link: Playlist article


Virgin France plans to sell DRM-free MP3s

January 17, 2007

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200,000 songs initially + no DRM + encoded at 256kbps = a good idea.

Link: Engadget article


Gizmodo ponders the future of the iPod after the iPhone

January 16, 2007

iPod + iPhone = ?

I think that iPhone-esque iPods will soon be released. Look for larger capacities, probably 100GB, and a very similar design to the iPhone. We’ll be treated to the same great touchscreen that automatically rotates the interface depending on how we hold it, which will be perfect for watching videos. But we’ll lose the phone functions, and with those we’ll also likely lose the camera and OS X interface. What makes the iPod so great is its simplicity, not its robust set of features, and by merging that notion with the new iPhone hardware Apple will be giving the iPod a serious upgrade.

Link: Gizmodo article