Thursday, December 15, 2005 

The music industry just sent 751 copyright-infringement lawsuits in the mail today, making the total number of cases more than 7000. That's why I, and say: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!!" Boycott the RIAA!!!! Download all the music you want and if you feel bad about, then send the artist money. Support the artist, not the RIAA!!! Why not pick of some boycott-riaa t-shirts at the boycott-riaa cafepress store for christmas.
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Just look at all the lies the RIAA is feeding people now. Click some of the "educational links" and look at the junk they are teaching kids. They also mention in one section that pirating music also hurts independent artists. What the? No it doesn't. That's how most indie bands are discovered. What kind of morons run the RIAA? I just can't figure out what goes on in there little little minds.
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Thursday, December 08, 2005 

Now that you know all about the Zen Vision: M, let's talk about the legal stuff going on here. So you are thinking that Apple is going to sue Creative right? Wrong. Apparently Creative holds a US patent on "a system used to navigate music on digital players" that Apple is using. So the boos of Creative, Mr. Sim Wong Hoo, has told the BBC that he plans to "pursue aggressively" this patent. He also says: "We will pursue ALL manufacturers that use the same navigation system. This is something we will pursue aggressively." and that "Hopefully this will be friendly, but people have to respect intellectual property." He also attacks the iPod saying: "This is the key difference between a technology company and a branding company," as he believes that the Zen Vision: M is a far more powerful device than the iPod. He also mentions that Creative has been working on this player for over a year, and so they did not copy the design of the new 5G iPod. I'm not very good at all this legal stuff, but I hope that Apple doesn't end up having to pay licensing fees to Creative.

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As you may have heard, Creative announced a new Zen Vision that looked very similar to the iPod with video. The new player (as pictured to the right) supports the following codecs: MPEG-4, WMV, Motion JPEG, DivX, and XviD. It's size and capacity is also familiar. It sports a 2.5-inch 320x240 screen and a 30GB hard drive. Creative did manage to get 4 hours of video playback, one hour more than the iPod's 2.5 to 3 hour battery life. Although, it does only have 11 hours of audio playback compared to the 16 hours of the iPod. There are also some interesting features like a FM tuner and an integrated mic. You see practically the same dimensions as the iPod, but it is about twice as thick as the iPod's 0.43 inches. Creative also managed to "copy" the iPod interface too. You can get this sucker for about $330 when it comes out in time for the holiday season. It might be a good choice for a video capable device, but it still is not an iPod. That is if Apple doesn't sue the pants off creative for this.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 

Well, we have been hearing a lot of rumors about the Intel Macs lately. I just wanted to touch on this subject briefly and tell you what I think. I think that Apple will probably announce the first Intel based Macs at Mac World in January, along with some other added features to iLife '06 and to the video content in iTunes. They will most likely release the consumer based line first, most likely the iBooks and the Mac Minis. I also think that there is at least a slight chance of Intel Powerbooks as well. That would make sense because Apple doesn't have a good notebook chip right now. I've also read that the iBooks, or Powerbooks as well, will run on Intel's new notebook chip dubbed "Yonah" at about 2.13 GHz speeds. There is also a rumor that they will add Front Row 2.0 to the next version of iLife '06. If that happened then they will probably add more content to the iTunes Music Store. I have heard that ESPN and Fox have said they would be open a deal with Apple in the future. Some sites were saying they would release some kind of PVR software for the Mac Mini, or have it built in to Front Row. Well that was what I think will happen, but now I will tell you what I WANT to happen. I want Apple to release Intel Powerbooks, low-end iBooks, and a Mac Mini at Mac World this coming January. The next version of iLife (iLife '06) should include Front Row with a built in PVR functionality that would integrate with iTunes, so that you could record your favorite shows and possibly transfer them strait to your iPod. That was my two cents.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 

There are now many TV shows available from NBC, ABC, Sci Fi, and USA on iTunes Music Store . Including Battlestar Gallactica, The Office, Law & Order, Monk, as well as many classics. They are all $1.99 like the ones previously available, but there are two full episodes of Conan for $9.99. $9.99 for one episode of Conan? You can buy some induvidual segments that you like for a $1.99, as well as Leno clips for $1.99. I hope they will sell full shows of Leno in the future and lower the price for Conan.
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Sunday, December 04, 2005 

This is a comment posted in Ray Beckerman's (lawyer for the case involving the single mother vs. RIAA) blog. It is long, but worth reading . The commenter explains that IP adresses and file lists are not evidence. It's is hard to sum up in a few sentences, so go take 5 minutes to read this. Finally we got some leverage against the RIAA.
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  • I'm Daniel
  • From Texas, United States
  • I'm 14 and enjoy blogging, podcasting, and gaming. My favorite quote is: "To create a new standard it takes something that's not just a little bit different. It takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination. And the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard." Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation.
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