Pressure off Apple

From Slashdot.

“The subheading of the CNN article says it all: ‘Four largest record companies defeated in behind-the-scenes battle to charge different prices for songs; downloads still 99 cents’. This comes the same day as France backed down on the posturing over demanding iPod interoperability.” From the France article: “Apple, which did not return repeated phone calls, and other DRM holders doing business in France, are likely elated. While the law must still be voted on, the alterations in the legislation signify willingness by some in the French government to honor the rights of companies that don’t wish to share their technology with competitors. Senate debate on the bill begins Thursday.”

Slashdot | Apple Defeats RIAA and France In Same Day

This is great. I don’t know what the big deal is about songs being priced at 99 cents is anyway. Surely the most important thing is people are buying them legally and not using file sharing networks to get hold off stuff for free. They should just feel good that people like myself do use itunes and download the legal way.

About the French law. I thought this was wrong in the firstplace and its good to see its going Apple’s way. They shouldn’t be forced to open up itunes to other players, and maybe if people did the research they would realise you already can put itunes music on other players beside iPod. See Appleā€™s French Headache at Chris 2.0 for what I wrote before on this issue and how to solve it.

About the new flock release

I really like it, and I think in contrary with what Chris Messina writes on his blog about the new version, I am not so critical of it. I think it’s lightyears ahead of where it was a month or two back and is now a worthy opponent to firefox. I think the main reason for this is that Chris seems to already be in a set way of doing things and doesn’t really want to switch to a new product, as I and most others would probably be.
Photo browsing and uploading is way better (although the friends feature isn’t great if you have more than 10-15 friends). Feed reading is a nice feature and I’m not sure if I agree that its not a bad idea that it should be seperate from favourites. Maybe it should be but at present I like to favourite pages and subscribe to feeds seperately.

Personally I won’t use the newspaper all that much or like the name of it (since I don’t like newspapers and it sounds like an out of date thing) these days. Its nice to be informed of when there are new posts on your favourite sites or blogs available but once I knew it was there I would go and read the content on the original page.

I think there may be an issue with the online favouties service / live search bar which could be using up a lot of cpu rescources and slowing things down. I think its more the online synching thats doing it but I’ll test it more soon and check.

Overall its a great browser so go and get it here.

last.fm is pretty cool

last.fm

If you don’t have a last.fm account, get one. I started messing with the site last night and its got some nice features. The ability to share your played music in itunes or other music players and listen to radio customised to your taste in music is fun.

Of course it would be more fun if my sound was working on this pc but so like a music site dispite that setback must mean its worth being a part of.