Tag Archives: iPod

Compression (Two Types)

I have complained frequently in the past (though not on this blog, apparently) that the iPod is ruining music. Well, not the iPod itself so much as a all the things that helped make the iPod popular: limited internet bandwidth, small hard drives, and crappy headphones. In the days of dialup modems and hard drives […]

CES Day One

Stuff I saw at the Consumer Electronic Show. Mostly at the LVCC South Hall, so I haven’t seen the big boys yet. The themes are touchscreens, “green” (whatever that means), and micro projectors. IPEVO – Kaleido R7 Internet-enabled digital photo frame with installable widgets. 800×480 resolution, swivelable. Available in March Altec Lansing – Orbit MP3 […]

Defective By Design

The Defective By Design folks probably don’t mean that title in an ironic way. But the whole idea behind their anti-DRM campaign is itself problematic. The site should be a general resource of information on Digital Rights Management and why it is in general a bad idea. There is some of this – they do […]

iPhone Music (Revisited)

I finally got my iPhone yesterday. Early Christmas present! I downloaded Bloom of course. And Four Track, which has gotten some interesting reviews. But when I went to get Sonic Lighter, I discovered that Smule had released more apps. More iPhone ChucK goodies! The popular one is Ocarina, which is exactly what the name suggests. […]

Digital Copy Me, part 3

Quality is another issue with downloadable media – though more so with video than audio. But acceptance of quality issues in audio has paved the way to a worse situation with video. A few years ago, 128 kbps was the standard bitrate for stereo MP3 files. In a critical listening environment, 128 kbps is clearly […]