MORE Free Grimes mp3 on Amazon – “Genesis”

On August 16, 2012, in song, by mugen

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FREE Grimes mp3 from Amazon

On August 16, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

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The Naked and Famous official SoundCloud

On April 6, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

I’m going to see these guys on Monday! Very excited about it. Just checked out their homepage and found this link:

Official remixes on The Naked and Famous official SoundCloud account.

9 files!

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FREE (legit) mp3 from MxPx on SoundCloud

On March 27, 2012, in Music, song, by mugen

New track from MxPx off their upcoming (April 3) album Plans Within Plans: “Far Away”

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Cleaning iTunes – Repeated Tracks

On March 18, 2012, in tech, by mugen

IT Professional Technical Resources & Library – method using a static playlist and a couple of smart playlists to weed out multiple copies of songs on your hard disk.

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umlauts and such in iTunes

On August 20, 2008, in tech, by mugen

So I was getting pissed that whenever I listened to Hüsker Dü or Björk lately, the characters with umlauts would get all f’d up and it would change the name to Bj^rk or H^sker D^. Same was true of any characters with diacritics, etc. So I turned to Google for some answers and found a solution.

Appears to be the case that iTunes 7.7 on the Mac (maybe Windows, who knows?) hates outdated versions of ID3 tags (the things that fill in all the info on iTunes when you download… er… import… yeah… mp3s and such) and BREAKS them into tiny bits of goofy-ass characters if they have special (read: non-English) characters.

Solution: “select all” in your music list. Then go to the “Advanced” pull-down menu. Select “Convert ID3 Tags” from the menu choices, then choose “2.4” for the version you’d like to use. Once you do that (and basically upgrade the ID3 tag version for all your mp3s (or AACs or whatever), you will no longer have the “disappearing umlaut” problem.



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On October 25, 2007, in tech, by mugen

I read this article Our Entitlement Mentality and found it just as dated as the commenters point out – it’s worth reading the rebuttals in the comments to get a better view of things, definitely. Some other things that are overlooked in these arguments include the fact that I WOULDN’T buy half the things I download, partly because singles are so overpriced (here I refer to hard-copy CD’s and the like) and because whole albums often aren’t worth buying for just one song.

But the real issue I take with the article itself is that it never pauses to ask WHY we (Americans in particular, but western cultures) have this sense of “entitlement.” And I think this is a very complex question that I can’t really analyze in a post on a blog. But one component of that, regarding “free” music, is the very model that is used to promote musicians and bands. We’re constantly surrounded by “free” music – TV commercials (and even shows now), radio, sound systems in stores and shops, in the mall, sometimes even on the street. We hear music constantly and we have no notion that we’re actually paying for it via advertising. Or even, perhaps, that the music itself is its own advertisement. Or the store/shop/restaurant has paid for a music subscription service in order to have tunes in their business. So the notion is “if I can get this for free on the radio, if I could have taped it on my cassette deck 10 years ago (or 20 or whatever), then why can’t I use this better technology to get it free now? So obviously, the system is broken, but to slap people for taking advantage of your broken system and scold them (or sue them) is at the very least arrogant, if not ultimately futile.

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Steve Jobs on DRM

On February 6, 2007, in Music, tech, by mugen

Steve Jobs doesn’t like DRM any more than you do. Good points about CDs, licensing Fair Play, and why DRM isn’t working.

(ok, so maybe Jobs likes it more than you do since it’s the only way the iTunes Store can stay in business…)

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