and Analysis for the digital entertainment and entertainment
of Napster: Napster & Bertelsmann reveal plan
will rule in
Napster case Monday.
Get Fooled Again (Part II),
of digital content collapses by 2003
Napster releases update,
bin ein MP3.
traffic continued to flow at peak levels all week long - especially
in the 24 hour period prior to Monday's injunction ruling.
to Webnoize an
astounding 250 million files were downloaded using Napster's
software during that time period.
The digital intelligence group also estimates an estimated
1.5 million Napster users were connected to the service at
one time during the same time frame.
this trend to continue as people rush to download files before
Napster begins attempting to block label content, a process
that can be expected to begin as early as next week.
number of files downloaded by web surfers using Napster software
more than doubled in the month of January according to Webnoize.
happy Napster users retrieved more than 3 billion files in
January, up from 1.5 billion in December.
Day the Bandwidth Died
How many MP3s could you download in
a single 24-hour period, if you set your mind to it?
question many people are doing their best to answer today.
As of 5 P.M P.S.T. more than twelve thousand people were connected
to the Napster server we connected to, meaning a mindboggling
2.3 million files were available for us to choose from, without
question the heaviest volume we've ever seen.
restraint: many are grabbing as many files as their connections
can handle, building up massive qews of files waiting for
transfer. Some - the hard core - are bragging that they've
downloaded hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of files
over the weekend.
Those with slower connections aren't anywhere near as lucky.
are reporting problems connecting, slow searches and transfer
the Real Pornster
Please Step Forward?
netwebly | 1.22.2001
According to the Register, our favorite
Brit tech news site, a new file-sharing application is making
life just a little harder for the people who run the various
sleazy password protected adult sites around the web - you
know the kind I mean - the kind that ask you for a credit
card number before you are granted access to a brain numbing
morass of deviancy and debaunchry.
charmingly-named "CrackWhore" won't find you any
street grade cocaine, but it will provide you with a terrifyingly
complete list of user names and passwords to adult sites,
many of which are also posted to the site of Subreality, the
Amsterdam based broup that distributes the software.
all too predictable result: A pitched battle of sorts between
adult site operators and the program's users. In some cases
site owners are checking the CW site every few hours to see
if passwords to their sites have been posted. Others are using
automated measures to detect abnormal activity and disconnect
Get Fooled Again (Part II)
Posted by netwebly
It's no secret that these
days that some people will stop at almost nothing to get you
to download their music - especially on sites like MP3.com
which pay artists every time visitors click on a post, but
this is ludicrous.
got an email from MP3.com promoting another quote hip new
band unquote, this time a guy in the folk/punk category with
a song called "I can stand for Miles" (American
Pie Part II).
like thousands (well at least hundreds) of other people no
doubt were, I clicked on the link, expecting a cleverly rewritten
update on the original 1973 Don McClean classic, or possibly
a grungy cover.
Big mistake... read more.
The Flaming Lips
Posted by netwebly |1.22.2001
Alternative rockers the Flaming Lips have had a cult following
for years. Although the Lips never developed the mainstream
following some people predicted they would, studiously avoiding
the success enjoyed by alt rock contemporaries like REM, Pearl
Jam and Nirvana, their weird, hard-rocking sound has always
been popular with the people that count - namely us.
made it all the more pleasing to us when the Lips 1993 hit
"She don't use jelly (she uses vasoline)" made its
grand reappearance on MP3.com earlier this month and proceeded
to rise quickly on the site's Alternative Chart, before settling
at No.35 this week. It's
far too early to tell if the move will have any impact on
album sales - but we could easily speculate that it will,
given how many people are visiting MP3.com these days. Making
you at all curious? Run the stream
immediately and return. Be warned: the quality of this track
isn't all it could be.
So much for quality control.
Baby, the song you have cued in your
MP3 player will self-destruct in five seconds ....
IBM is making headlines this week with the release of a new
digital rights management technology intended to combat file
sharing programs like Napster and Gnutella. According to the
various newsblurbs in circulation on the Net today, content
(read digital music files) protected with the new system will
be napsterproofed. Users will still be able to move files
around, and share them on Napster and Gnutella.
When people try to play the files, however, they won't work,
unless the user has access to a crack that disables the technology
or - by implication - purchases an unlock code from whoever's
charged with distributing the things on the Net.
that's not exactly "self-destruction" but it's close
enough to annoy the hell out of a lot of people.
realistic approach to the file-sharing crisis? Or an old-fashioned
PR score for Big Blue? Bear in mind, however, that quite a
few people have made similar bold promises in the past. Thus
far, none have succeeded in doing anything other than humiliating
Weintraub, an analyst for Gartner Group who follows digital
rights management for a living, told CNet "All this stuff
is crackable, but there is a level of technology that will
keep people honest. I believe that putting some constraints
around it will make most people think about what they're doing."
New version of MP3
format set for release
Dubbed MP3Pro by Thompson Multimedia,
the French electronics giant which developed the ubiquitous
MP3 format, the new version reportedly produces files approximately
half the size of current MP3s.
a big deal, when you think about how many gigs of hard drive
space the average MP3 collection takes up, and how much time
people who use slower connections could save by making the
switch. The new format is reportedly compatible with existing
major issue however may strain relations with fans: MP3pro
may or may not include copyright protection measures intended
to prevent illegal copying and redistribution of files. Such
measures would undoubtedly please copyright holders, but would
probably limit acceptance of the format by the general public.
is reportedly planning a summer release for the new format.
Personalized Webly |12.19.2000
Aimster has announced that it is opening
up the latest version of it's software, which allows users
to share and download music and other files using AOL Instant
Messanger. The company says plug-ins will be available for
the new version which will make it compatible with services
offered by MSN and Yahoo.
The news means users of the rival messaging networks may be
able to communicate
with AOL users for the first time using Aimster as an interface.
Looks like Aimster is going to be about a little more than
just file sharing....
Aimster is taking e-mail addresses from people who would like
to be notified when the new version is available.
the Celestial Jukebox,
enter the Global Refrigerator...
said she was Webly |12.18.2000
looks like MP3.com CEO Michael Robertson is giving Dan
Rather a run for his money in the random metaphor department.The
latest installment of the MP3.com CEO's semi-regular column
introduces Robertson's take on the my.mp3.com. service - the
MP3.com feature which lets users store their music online
and access it using almost any Net enabled device.
"Nobody would tolerate having three refrigerators in
their kitchen, each with different foodstuffs in them. Similarly,
gaining consumer acceptance of the musical fridge means it
must work with all music. At MP3.com, My.MP3.com is our musical
recent months, Robertson has compared the music industry to
the power grid, his own company to a utility company, and
the CD to almost everything, except of course, the refrigerator.
We're ready for the global toaster oven....
is reporting that Bob Dole has joined the RIAA effort against
Napster and it's file-sharing brethern. Dole will presumably
be working the Hill over the next few weeks to rally support
for legislation intended to protect copyright holders and
quash open file sharing networks.
hate My Generation
You'd think Cracker lead singer David
Lowery would be a Napster supporter. Nope. You'd think wrong.
The former Camper Van Beethoven frontman is noted for his
healthy cynicism, as in lyrics like: "I see the light
of the tunnel - someone please tell me it's not train"
and "What the world needs now is a new Frank Sinatra..."
but even his fans were probably a little suprised at the
violence of his reaction to the little file-sharing monsters.
left few points unmade in a long and acerbic, if ocasionally
poignant, manifesto denouncing Napster, 13-year old kids
in general and evil software company wannabes with flimsy
why they say things like "Adapt or perish." Its short for
"adapt or perish in the eternal hellfires of damnation!"
And woe to those who speak out against them, for they have
the drunken mob (and Courtney Love) on their side. What
with all these promises of free beer and free music, those
who dare oppose them are soon deluged with thousands of
poorly spelled emails from thirteen year olds. This is something
that Napster encourages their users to do. You got to wonder
what kind of P.R. genius thought that angry emails from
thirteen year olds was gonna make Napster appear more responsible
and less like bootleggers..."
A Brave, New, uh,
new file-sharing application set to be unveiled this week
may do for wireless devices what Napster did for the PC.
The program, dubbed Magi by its creators, Irvine, California-based
Endeavors technology, will supposedly allow people using
wireless devices to perform Napsterlike tricks. A breakthrough?
Or more Peer to Peer hype?
question how interested people will be with so many hi-tech
gadgets, gidgets and gizmos already competing for their
the other hand, if it works, a system like this could revolutionize
broadcasting in ways Napster only hints at. You'd better
believe FM radio is listening....
Drops Suit Against Napster
The big story in the news today: A major indie label in
the US has decided to drop its lawsuit against Napster and
use the open file sharing network as a distribution channel.
The President of TVT
Records said his company believes
Napster will become a reliable source of income in the future,
and is dropping a 1.5 billion dollar copyright claim against
the file sharing service. The move brings a few more well
known names to Napster including good old Snoop Dogg and
Nine Inch Nails. The soundtracks to
two of this seasons'
biggest Hollywood blockbusters are also on the label.
the Move to Napster
Posted by netwebly
BBC News is reporting that BMG records has decided to eventually
release the work of up to three thousand of it's artists
on Napster. According to details made available to the press,
Napster will track downloads in order to ensure that label
acts receive appropriate royalty payments.
the decision may add some weight to the arguments of opponents
to the controversial file sharing application. Napster has
argued that it is incapable of controlling - or even accounting
for - downloads among it's 50 million or so odd users.
is going to be rather difficult for the company's lawyers
to keep straight faces while they make that argument now.
on the Bus
that takes me to you...
netwebly | 1.21.2001
web site doing things the way they ought to be done is Petetownshend.com.
legendary Who guitarist, a guy some people think be included
among the top songwriters in Rock History for his work in
the 70's and late 60's, has included a representive collection
of free downloads on his site, including classics like "the
Acid Queen" and "My Generation" along with
more current recordings. An avid writer who once worked
as an editor for a British publishing house, Townshend is
also a frequent contributor to the site, posting both frequently
and eloquently. In a recent essay, the rock legend talked
about Napster, a subject he has tackled several times in
write music today for just two reasons; neither have anything
to do with money. I want to get higher and I want human
contact (preferably not solely via the internet!) Where
Napster can help me, and it seems BMI may have failed thus
far, is by extending the portal more widely. If BMI and
record companies - and any other institutions involved in
collecting and distributing money on behalf of artists -
were to do their job perfectly I would today have a lot
more money. But more importantly, I would have a bigger
Did It : Dave Matthews
Band on Napster
an experiment likely to be watched closely by music industry
insiders, RCA, a subsidiary of Bertelsman-owned BMG records,
has authorized the release of one of the Dave Matthews Band's
songs on Napster a month and a half before the release is
scheduled to hit stores.
a lot of promos released over the Net, I Did it is a good
song with a rough edge, a sound that reminds me a bit of
the early Stones in an aggressive, stripped down kind of
way. This isn't the mellowed-out, patchouli sniffing, hey-this-kinda-reminds
me-of-the Grateful Dead Dave Matthews Band: this
song has edge and will do well. And RCA knows it. Smart
Did It" is also available from davematthewsband.com.
move is likely to strain relations between RCA and music
retailers (not to mention radio stations). Earlier this
year Virgin announced it would not stock copies of Conspiracy
of One after the Offspring decided to make American Prankster
available as a free download. Don't
be surprised if Dave Matthews Band runs into similar problems.
an email a couple of days later, announcing that MP3.com
will also be hosting "I Did It", which heralded
the news in this fashion:
they bring the single "I Did It" from their upcoming album
" Everyday" to MP3.com for your pre-release enjoyment."
it's just me...but is there something wrong with that sentence?
Paid to MP3
Posted by netwebly
It was only a matter of time before
someone came up with this one...
in the footsteps of companies like Alladvantage.com and
everad.com, Los Angeles-based Soundom.com says it will pay
surfers whenever they listen to music on their computers.
You ready for the unlimited income earning opportunity of
a lifetime, kid?
Embarrassed by management's unauthorized
decision to ask Napster to ban fans who have downloaded
the group's songs, Rage Against the Machine are trying to
make up for the mistake by posting almost a full album's
worth of material on their web site for free download. The
downloads include both MP3 versions of unreleased songs
and concert footage from performances earlier this year.
spellcheck software seems to think Napsterproofed is not
do you think?