Remember the iPod Nano? The first one?

The ones that were “as thin as a pencil!” and came in black and white? Yeah. I had one. Actually, it was my first iPod. The one thing that bothered me about it was the fact that 1. It only held 2 gigs (which was substantial at the time), and 2. It scratched like none other. A few of my friends made the assumption that I liked to sand it on a regular basis. Ouch.

Regardless, apparently some people got fed up with this and sued Apple for making crappy iPods, which is why I’m writing: If your iPod wasn’t shipped with a slip case, you’re entitled to 25 whole US dollars, which will totally cover the cost of a new iPod. Well, maybe not, but at least it keeps most people quiet. If yours came with a slip case, you only get $15. Hey, its money, isn’t it?  Anyways, if you want more information on the settlement, you need to

click here.

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finally, after over a month…

I gave up. As you may or may not know, my highest hitting youtube video, a tutorial on how to control your computer remotely with an iPod Touch/iPhone, was taken down because Youtube’s contract with Warner Music Group expired. I wasn’t the only one affected: thousands of videos were removed or muted. At first, I thought “Ok, I’ll just wait for a new contract to be written up and published.” Nothing has even started to happen on this front so far, and finally, I used Youtube’s Audioswap feature to swap the audio of my video (Which was “Reset” by Mutemath) with some arbitrary electronic song from Youtube’s Audioswap library. Sadly, everyone watching my video now sees an advertisement for the song about 10 seconds into it, and the song doesn’t fit with the video any more. Fantastic.

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Is the RIAA messing with us?

I read an article recently stating that the RIAA would  no longer be filing lawsuits against people sharing copyright protected songs, and instead will send them warning letters (followed by disconnection of internet services if offenses continue).

“It’s much easier to send notices than it is to file lawsuits.”
-RIAA Chairman and Chief Executive Mitch Bainwol.

Personally, I think its a good idea (particularly now, the economy being what it is, and all). If you’re going to get in trouble, at least get a warning about it beforehand.

A prime example is Muxtape. Here’s a chat I had with a friend…

6:23 PM me: whoa, what happened with muxtape?
my friend: the RIAA was like
quit it
6:24 PM and the guy that runs muxtape
thought he would be okay
because he was in the process of getting permission/getting labels to partner up
but the RIAA was like
quit it
and instead of taking it to court and spending all the time effort and money he decided to just take it down for now
6:25 PM and when it comes back up its gonna be bands only
so no user created muxtapes
which is good and bad
good because theres no more retarded kids that just make mixes of annoying songs everyones heard a thousand times
but bad because there are no more personal mixes

There you have it. That pretty much summarizes exactly what’s plastered on the front of their site right now. I can’t wait to see how this develops. Until then, I wonder how many of my friends will be receiving ‘letters’…

Coldplay? Sued?

I had heard that Coldplay had been sued by Joe Satriani over their newest song, “Viva la Vida.”

Now, I’m a fairly big Coldplay fan. Their older stuff was good, and even Viva la Vida got my attention for a little bit. However, they’ve become overhyped, and in the process, rediculously rich. As my friend puts it, their music is being affected by ‘the rich affect.’ Personally, I can’t wait to see the outcome of this trial, but not to see who wins; I want to see what will become of the loser.

SeeqPod – Playable Search

Humorously enough, another band called ‘The Creaky Boards” claimed that Coldplay had copied “Viva la Vida” from them as well, but those charges have (as yet) to be carried out.