Over at Boing Boing, Wil Wheaton mutters "So, ASCAP plans to *license* podcasts?".
I have to *pay* ASCAP for the privilege? I have to *pay* them for exposing an enormous audience to the music? An enormous audience who may want to *buy the fucking record*?!
Are they out of their fucking minds? It takes me just as much time and effort to put a great song from a Comfort Stand artist into my podcast as it does to include a song from a Warner Brothers artist. Guess who gets the free airtime and publicity from me, thanks to ASCAP?
This isn’t about "licensing" at all. It’s about protecting the status quo (aka payola) for ASCAP and Clear Channel.
I wonder if Wil would feel the same if he was losing his actor’s repeat fees because every man and his dog were broadcasting CSI episodes? If you want to include music in podcasts, pay the fucking people who wrote the song – just as you should pay the actors if you include video. If you don’t want to pay a fee, use royalty-free, or get permission.
I’m currently downloading another copy of Onfolio to reinstall, despite my earlier move to Bloglines. Why? Because I’m now very impressed by the company’s customer service.
Last night I emailed in a bug report, as I’d been trying to capture an email from Outlook into Onfolio. The capture had failed, because – I think – it was an old NewsGator item rather than a proper email. Then a few minutes ago I got an email from a real live QA person at Onfolio, asking for more details on what went wrong so they can fix it.
That’s impressive – so I’m going to reinstall the product and see if I can find and help fix the bug.
Michael Gartenberg: Get the story straight… Napster’s DRM has NOT been broken.
Geez, this just get sillier and sillier. I’ve already gotten calls on this so let’s be clear. No one broke the Janus DRM that Microsoft developed and that Napster is using. Capturing the music stream is no big deal and as I mentioned far easier ways of doing this.
That’s two stories in a day that have spread all over the web and been wrong. Ouch.
As you’ll have noticed from the past few posts, I’ve been playing around with several different RSS readers lately, including NewsGator (the old favourite), FeedDemon, Onfolio and Pluck. While playing around with FeedDemon, I ended up testing its integration with Bloglines, which in turn led me to playing with Bloglines for the first time in a while.
Bloglines is much better these days than when I first used it. The interface has been tweaked and massaged to the point where it doesn’t look like it was designed by a gibbon, although that off-blue they use for everything still makes me think of 1970’s bathrooms. But, it’s much improved.
So I decided the conduct an experiment. Rather than use any of the desktop aggregators I’ve been playing with, I decided to use Bloglines – and, for offline reading, the integration with it in FeedDemon – for RSS. Once I’d decided that, it made sense to switch from IE to Firefox, which has a couple of nifty tools for working with Bloglines. And once I’d decided to switch to Firefox, I thought I might as well go the whole hog and move to Thunderbird (from Outlook) for email.
Thunderbird is currently importing the approximately 20,000 emails that reside in Outlook, which – amusingly – is making Norton Anti-Virus go ballistic as it finds archived emails which contained viruses that I knew nothing about (hey Norton, how did you not catch them the first time???). I suspect it could take some time.
The final piece in the jigsaw, by the way, is the excellent FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows XP, which will replace all the aspects of Outlook that Thunderbird doesnt’ cover. I already use this, though, so it’s not new. I’ll be posting about how this all goes over the next few weeks.
Link: Michael Gartenberg: Browser Wars??? This isn’t even a skirmish..
Lots of folks have already urged caution for business users to think twice about Firefox (myself included). This adds further fuel to the fire. At the end of the day, announcing now for a beta sometime this "summer" with no comment about features or fixes is just good old fashioned FUD, regardless of who you think the target of the FUD is.
This is one of the reasons that I’ve just downloaded Firefox: I’m fed up of waiting for Microsoft to pick up the pace of IE development. And, increasingly, Firefox offers what I want – but more of that later (really!)
Link: We’re Chopped Liver? (Chris Pirillo).
[Microsoft] wouldn’t be making this move if Firefox wasn’t a "threat." In that sense, let me say that I hope Firefox continues to be a "threat" – if that’s the only way we can light a fire under someone’s foot o’er in the IE development realm.
Bang on the mark, Chris – especially when you add in to the mix that Firefox just hit 25 million downloads. I like to think that I’ was the 25 millionth, as I just downloaded it for both Mac and Windows. But more on that later.
Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo interviewed is interviewed by Steven Levy in Newsweek. Among lots of interesting comments is this on Steve Jobs:
Steve Jobs is a personality that we all have to reckon with. His way of dealing with the media and all these things is legendary. But he was not the first to come out with this MP3. We started way back in 1999. We paid a lot of school fees for our mistakes along the way, but [our] company has transformed from a sound-card company into a company where we do all kinds of external products.
I wonder if Mr Sim shouldn’t be worrying more about mobile phones than Apple…
Oh good grief. MobileTracker – Motorola E1060 does not have iTunes.
A Motorola spokesperson noted to MobileTracker in an email early Wednesday morning that while iTunes was shown off with the E1060, this was a special case meant just for the demonstration. "E1060 was used to demonstate iTunes client; however, it is not our iTunes product."
Rich Brome, who is on site at the 3GSM conference in Cannes, also confirmed in an email early Wednesday that iTunes is not on the E1060.
In an Apple-like fashion, Motorola is keeping the first iTunes enabled phone under very close wraps. While Motorola wanted to show off the software, it appears the company wanted to keep the device secret.
Cait nails the current round of immigration scare stories in Moolies: Inevitable General Election hot air:
Michael Howard announces health checks for immigrants. Because of course, all immigrants, be they Irish, French, American, Japanese… (oh, I’m sorry, you meant the nig-nogs didn’t you? Whoops – let’s use the nice euphemism: citizens from "developing" nations) are the causes of TB and HIV in this country. Nothing to do with the homeless roaming the streets of London, or the increase in unprotected sex by idiots.
This kind of kneejerk filth makes me increasingly angry since the Labour Party, so called bastion of fairness, is so frightened of losing power that they are also joining the "let’s knock immigrants" bandwagon.
The fact of the matter, re: the above story, is that the Labour Party govt sponsored a huge, hundreds of thousands of pounds worth report condeming NHS tourism last year, and found (although this was kept somewhat quiet, versus their headlines that they were sponsoring the report, naturally) that in the key hospitals they targetted as being most at risk, that there is *no statistically significant amount of overseas "custom" of NHS services*. Neverthless, that information only comes through magazines like Private Eye (thank God for Private Eye), and the message the general public was left with was "Immigrants take your taxes and are disease ridden freeloaders". Howard gratefully takes the baton and runs only a few steps further with it, to keep nailing that message home.
The Michael Howard story is based on a lie. A fabrication aimed squarely at enhancing a climate of fear, and it is standing on another lie perpetuated by the Labour Govt.
I despise them all.
Couldn’t have put it better myself.
SpamSieve named as one of Daring Fireball’s Apps of the Year, 2004.
Michael Tsai’s SpamSieve epitomizes the idea of utility software that does one thing, and does it well. What SpamSieve does is identify spam in your email, and it does so with accuracy that approaches perfection.
If you have a Mac and get spam, get SpamSieve – it’s the best application out there.
And I’ve just realised that this is the second time in a week I’ve plugged it