The classics meet the modern times

July 19, 2009

I finally started transferring my vinyl collection to FLAC (concentrating mainly on 7″ EPs and Mini-LPs). It’s gonna be a looong time before I’m finished though.

Thus far I’m basically transferring the music into Audacity via USB and then manually chopping the capture into songs. I know there’s probably a better and faster way to do it, but I’ve just started and I’m sure the proper tools will reveal themselves to me soon enough once I start looking for them 😉 Meanwhile, here’s a picture of a classic piece of vinyl in the process of going digital:

The music of 1989 meets the tech of 2009

The music of 1989 meets the tech of 2009


Pricing fail at cdbaby.com

June 25, 2009

Look, I’m all for downloading music legally and I’m glad to see more and more purveyors of legal downloads appear on the web, but if there’s only a 1 cent difference in price, what’s the frakkin’ point?

1 cent? Really?

1 cent? Really?


iPod shuffle, enemy of the music lovers

March 16, 2009

ipod-shuffle-4gb_2The new iPod shuffle looks really slick and has some neat features, just like Apple products always do and have. I’m sure it’s a solid piece of hardware and all that too but it fails tremendously in one aspect, and this one is a devious move on the part of Apple, a company I thought liked music but which is now taking a dump on anyone with a serious interest in the quality of sound moving from iPod to ear.

As revealed in this review and others like it the design of the third generation iPod shuffle and custom chip inside of it effectively makes your favorite pair of headphones unable to play nice with it. From the article on iLounge:

There is, however, something that many users will care about: the new shuffle doesn’t fully work with any headphones except Apple’s. Because of what Apple has done here—something sneaky and arguably terrible for consumers, especially if it continues with other iPod and iPhone products in 2009—if you plug your old third-party headphones of any sort into the new shuffle, you’ll find that you can’t do anything with the device other than have it continuously play music, without volume controls or interruption, unless of course of you turn it off. Surprise: the only third-party headphones that will work are ones that haven’t even entered manufacturing yet, because they’ll need to contain yet another new Apple authentication chip, which will add to their price. Your only alternatives will be third-party remote control adapters—also not yet available, as Apple’s not even making one—and using Apple’s earphones.

Personally I think this is evil or at least really stupid. It’s common knowledge that the headphones that have come with every model of iPod so far pretty much suck and most people I know who buy an iPod get themselves another pair of headphones practically immediately, as did I. But someone getting the new shuffle can’t do that and that sucks big time.

Sticking a piece of DRM-hardware inside an iPod like this makes it harder and thus more expensive for third parties to develop hardware, having to have license it through Apple in order for it to work, for this model of iPod and for what? Apple claims that this will benefit the customer since it ensures only the best accessories will be available. I call bullshit.

The only purpose this move serves is to milk the iPod generation out of a little more cash. Basically Apple is starting to choke every nickle and dime they can out of the culture they created and I think it’s pretty disgusting. They’re locking down things more and more and although they’ve done good with iTunes and dropped a lot of the DRM on there, their hardware is being locked down, chained up and suffocated by DRM and other nefarious schemes to the point where I’m starting to get a foul taste in my mouth.

For another example, just look at the whole HDCP-debacle with the new MacBooks. What the hell was that about? Sure, they did a little good after a storm of complaints but why were they doing it in the first place?

Apple started out as a company that wanted to “stick it to the man”. Jobs and Wozniak was a big middle-finger in the face of dragons like IBM and HP but now they’re starting to become that very corporate evil that they didn’t want to be associated with back then. It isn’t about “thinking differently” or having fun with technology anymore. It’s all about the mighty dollar, plain and simple. Sure, I understand that a company needs to make money to survive but they don’t have to repeatedly rape the people that gave them their success in the first place.

Fanboi much?

Fanboi much?

Apple knows they have a cult following and they know they have these fanbois by the balls. What they’re doing now is exploiting this fact and sneaking shit in little by little. It’s premeditated and it’s evil.

Quite frankly, I’m disappointed and this is also a huge part in why I decided to move away from full-time computing on the Mac-platform after less than a year. I’m afraid that Apple might be losing it’s soul and I don’t want to be trapped in a soulless prison any more than I have to.


OK, now you lost me again Apple

September 16, 2007

I long since accepted the fact that I don’t need an iPod. It wouldn’t make any sense at all for me to get one, especially since I loathe iTunes and if you don’t live your life according to what is dictated by iTunes, your iPod is pretty much a crippled device. Also, I only have one Mac-computer (my iBook) and all my other boxes run Linux, so even if I swallowed my pride and started using iTunes it would still be a pain in the ass. So, no iPod for me.

However, lately I’ve heard from friends and fellow Linux-zealots that there are application available that actually work pretty well if you want to use an iPod with your Linux-computer. I’ve been told good things about Amarok for example, and there have been other pieces of software mentioned as well. This has naturally gotten me thinking that maybe an iPod could be in the cards for me after all.

But nooooooo, Apple doesn’t want me to buy their hardware as is proven by what they’ve come up with for the current generation of iPods. From the article:

The latest iPods have a cryptographic “checksum” in their song databases that prevents third-party applications from synching with the portable music players. This means that iPods can no longer be used with operating systems where iTunes doesn’t exist — like Linux, where gtkpod and Amarok are common free tools used by iPod owners to load their players.

Notice that this has nothing to do with piracy — this is about Apple limiting the choices available to people who buy their iPod hardware.

What the fuck Steve? Why the hell would you do something like this? That’s just plain evil and stupid as hell.

It’s not gonna get anybody to switch to Mac that hasn’t already done so. I mean, it’s not like I’m gonna go out and replace all of my Linux-boxes with MacPros and iMacs just so that I can bask in the glory of iPod-ownership. That would be really stupid.

Instead, Apple have just decided for me that if I buy myself some sort of portable mediaplayer in the future it will not be an iPod. I know they’ll get buy pretty well without my $299 but it strikes me as odd and damn stupid that they’d actively reject some customers in this manner, especially since the existence and development of iPod-software for other platforms than the Mac doesn’t impact Apple in any negative way what so ever. It expands their user base without costing them a dime.

Real dumb Steve, outright moronic really.


I’m sorry, but you’re too much of an asshole for that cellphone

April 22, 2007

One recent occurrence in our high technological society that really ticks me off is that of people with MP3-playing cellphones that walk around with music playing through the cellphone-speaker. You’ve probably stumbled upon a couple of these morons roaming our streets and shopping malls yourself.

They wander around with (most of the time) third rate bullshit R’n’B streaming from the substandard and loudly crackling speakers of their cellphones as if everybody in the world had the same crappy taste in music that they have.

Hey fuckheads, I’m not interested in listening to R-Kelly against my will while I’m shopping for groceries OK? Turn the shit off right now dumbass!

What is it that motivates these morons to terrorize their surrounds like this?

It can’t be that they think the song is so awesome that they simply have to share it with everybody, because there’s no chance in hell of making out wether it’s a good song or not when it’s wailing from a tiny speaker on somebody’s cellphone and completely destroyed by distortion.

Could it be that they think somebody will be impressed that they own a MP3-cellphone? If so, they’re even dumber than I thought. Hey cockbrains, everybody and their dog has a cellphone that plays MP3s these days, it doesn’t make you special!

I suggest that cellphone dealers from here on give their customers an IQ-test and check for any signs of an asshole personality before selling them an MP3-cellphone. If they don’t, I just might be arrested for assaulting a moron with his own cellphone in the near future.

Cellphone-toting assholes of the world, consider yourselves warned.