Ripping vinyl to your computer is a huge hassle. First, you have to drag a turntable over to your computer (or vice-versa). Next, you have to make sure you have all the right cables for connecting everything together. Then you need to make sure your computer is up to the task (audio card, software, etc.). In the end, you'll be tied to your computer, spending the weekend watching dusty records rip to your computer in real time, and laboring with edits, song titles, and iTunes conversion.
To ease the unpleasantness, the Ion LP2CD ($399) offers a simpler, faster solution, … Read more
With so many media players on the market, the bar has been set pretty high. Unfortunately, Ashampoo Media Player's faulty features barely make it off the ground.
The user interface looks like a prop from a sci-fi movie, which is fine on screen because those things don't have to actually work. In action, it wasn't as easy to use as other media players we've tried. The interface is skinnable and you can toggle between size modes (small, medium, large), but with each change, we had to learn how to navigate the interface all over again. The … Read more
What should bands pay for? Can art and marketing coexist? Has the digital world made do-it-yourself recording, marketing, and distribution easier, or do musicians still need the old-fashioned triumvirate of booking agent, record label, and radio airplay to thrive?
If you're interested in such questions, and you're heading to the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, this year, check out a panel discussion in which I'll be participating called The Artist as Entrepreneur at 1:30 p.m Wednesday. Most of the people on the panel are in the business of helping musicians use the … Read more
Molly and Kelly bring you "The Husky Episode." WARNING: You will gain 10 pounds by listening to this podcast.Listen now: Download today's podcast Episode 128
Fat-fighting body mod approved for Europe http://dvice.com/archives/2009/03/fat-fighting_bo.php
Gruve measures movement, vibrates until you get up off your duff http://dvice.com/archives/2009/03/gruve_measures.php
Dance, puppet, dance: Dance for your right to change the channel http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2009/03/dance_puppet_da.html
NitroCream is the $35,000 ice cream maker of your dreams http://dvice.com/archives/2009/03/nitrocream_is_t.php… Read more
Jango CEO Dan Kaufman posted a long response to my post criticizing Jango Artist Airplay as a pay-for-play scheme that artists should avoid. (He also e-mailed me with contact info, so I'm fairly sure it's him, although the usual caveats apply.) It's a thoughtful comment, and Dan comes across as a serious businessperson, not a fly-by-night scam artist.
To summarize, Jango is trying to maintain a quality experience for listeners by making sure they're not inundated with Airplay artists they're not going to like. Rather than playing Airplay artists based strictly on how much money … Read more
We get a call from a person in Chicago directly affected by the idea of Craigslist shutting down the erotic section of its service. We also have a rousing discussion about the quality of digital music and Rafe comes close to telling a Bris joke. But he doesn't.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 926
Survey shows increasing preference for MP3 by youngsters, audiophiles weep http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/09/survey-shows-increasing-preference-for-mp3-by-youngsters-audiop/
Wolfram promises computing that answers questions http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/03/08/2155216 … Read more
We're getting close to the day when a major artist or group releases a download-only album. Maybe it'll be the next Rolling Stones or Sufjan Stevens album. That'll be a dark day.
Just last week, I went to my local record store to pick up "Hemispheres," the new release of Bill Frisell and Jim Hall, a jazz guitar duo. I left the store empty-handed.
Next, I checked on Amazon.com. It stocked the album in MP3 format only. Great, but I refuse to pay $17.98 for a crappy-sounding MP3.
Next, I checked the record … Read more