10 February 2010

Warner to quit free music streaming (Spotify)

I don’t mind paying a service like Spotify for streaming, and I wouldn’t mind Spotify putting parts of a steadily growing catalog behind a subscription paywall.

But if major labels start withdrawing their content before services like these get a chance to develop properly, I guess it’s back to not paying shit for major label music and developing encrypted p2p in case you wanna discover music through other sources than fucked up FM radio cesspits. Huge tech projects like Spotify need time. We’re talking 5+ years, which was the time it took for Last.fm to develop into a nice, mature service. And one thing is certain, the major music labels couldn’t and wouldn’t have built anything approaching the non-shittiness of Spotify on their own. At this point it’s clear to me that that record labels are as greedy as anyone and that they need someone with an outsider’s perspective and interests to produce products that don’t anal probe their users constantly.

And as far as download stores are concerned: The recording industry is still failing to deliver FLAC, lossless/full quality, downloads, which is what I require for purchases (well, following my statement about outsiders, this would be Apple’s or Spotify’s job). For me, there’s no problem in paying for streaming from a giant catalog in a good quality format like the 320 kbps Vorbis Spotify delivers to subscribers of their premium service. But I’m not paying for lossy archive copies.

EDIT: Daniel Ek/Spotify claims WMG isn’t leaving.


15 July 2009

Hid.im: convert torrents into PNG images

Just add steganography. More info on Torrentfreak.


6 July 2009

The schizo-politics of The Pirate Bay, Inc.


1 July 2009

Zeropaid’s index of bittorrent sites

[via:Threat Level]

30 June 2009

The Pirate Bay goes legal

This is a clear sign of the need for real decentralization. Bittorrent is awesome technology, but clearly not independent enough for these kinds of controversial but necessary infrastructure projects.

Also: TBP’s blog entry.


23 November 2008

Ruotsin kokoomusnuoret vaativat tiedostojen jakamisen laillistamista

“Samaan aikaan kun Ruotsin päähallituspuolue maltillinen kokoomus ajaa pääministeri Fredrik Reinfeldtin johdolla tekijänoikeusteollisuudelle poliisioikeuksia ja vertaisverkkokäyttäjien kiristysmahdollisuuksia IPRED1-direktiivin kansallisessa toteutuksessa, puolueen nuorisojärjestö Moderata Ungdomsförbundet (MUF) […] päätti tämänpäiväisessä vuosikokouksessaan Göteborgissa vaatia ei-kaupallisen tiedostojen jakamisen laillistamista ja kansalaisten nettiviestinnän yksityisyyden suojaamista asiattomalta tungettelulta.”

30 June 2008

Isohunt’s bitorrent search engine now supports https

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