Yesterday, LoveFilm announced that they are changing the technology which powers their film streaming service. From early in January the existing Flash-based system will be replaced by one which uses Microsoft’s Silverlight technology. This is extremely disappointing for a couple of reasons. Firstly, there’s the immediate technological fallout. Silverlight doesn’t run on as many platforms… Continue reading LoveFilm and Silverlight
I’ve had my Kindle for about six weeks now and I love it. It’s lightweight enough that I take it pretty much everywhere with me and I always have plenty to read. The screen is great for reading books and the battery holds its charge for days – I’m currently only charging it about once… Continue reading Amazon Kindle
Martin Belam has some fun with his crystal ball.
It looks like the BBC are ramping up to make an announcement about the iPlayer later today. I’ll link to the press release just as soon as I can find it on their site. Update: Here it is. Looks like the iPlayer officially launches today. Update: I can’t read properly. It doesn’t launch today. It… Continue reading iPlayer Announcement
It looks like 7digital have won the race to be the first web site to sell EMI’s non-DRM MP3 audio files. Or, at least, they’re the first one I’ve heard of that claim to work in any browser on any operating system. I shall be testing this theory tonight and, if it works, then I… Continue reading Buying Digital Music
I was going to write a bit of a rant about the depressingly familiar DRM discussions that have blown up (again!) on the BBC Backstage mailing list over the last couple of days. But I find that Martin has already done it. So I don’t have to. Which is nice.
EMI announced some weeks ago that they will be making their music available online without DRM. I’d really like to support that initiative by buying their music. But as far as I can tell, the DRM-free music is only available through the iTunes Music Store. And the iTunes Music Store only works on Windows and… Continue reading Buying EMI Music
The BBC has a story about Digital Music Downloading. This is a forthcoming service where if you like a song you hear on digital radio, you’ll be able to buy it immediately. The BBC says this: The service, called Digital Music Downloading, allows listeners to buy any song they hear, with MP3 copies being sent… Continue reading When is an MP3 not an MP3?
Whilst most of the attention is on the BPI’s attack on All Of MP3, another MP3 download site quietly died yesterday. Karma Download is currently showing a page which says that it’s “temporarily suspended”, but I hear that it’s very unlikely to return. That’s a real shame. Like All Of MP3, Karma Download sold its… Continue reading Karma Download RIP
The All Party Internet Group of MPs has been looking at DRM and has now announced it’s results. Their main recommendation is that all digital content should be clearly labelled with details of what you can and can’t do with it. I think this is a great idea. Record companies have been slowly introducing DRM… Continue reading MPs in Digital Downloads Warning