Zune Crash Epidemic, and a fix!

Around midnight last night, the web started receiving word that everyone with a 30 gigabite Zune, Microsoft’s response to Apple’s iPod line, had experienced their device crashing and refusing to restart. The first thing people thought was that this was the Y2K bug all over again (somehow).

R.I.P Zune 2008-2009


After a little bit of poking around, I found that Microsoft did in fact release a statement on the subject, informing its customers that the problem was caused by the device not handling leap year correctly. Imagine that.

There are a few things you  need to do to get your Zune up and running again, claims Microsoft;

  1. Let your Zune’s battery drain completely.
  2. Wait a day or so.
  3. Recharge your Zune completely.
  4. It should (hopefully) be fine at noon tomorrow (12:00, GMT). 

Apparently, desperate measures were taken to get the Zune back up and running, including prying the back off of the device and messing around with its innards. I can’t say I own a device; as much as i love my PC, I do, in fact, use an iPod Touch.

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.

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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.