Friday Sep 28, 2007

Wrong about Apple?

I wrote that Apple's iTunes DRM didn't bother me because I trust Apple, and the only way my previously purchased songs could become unplayable would be if they deliberately pushed out an iTunes update to destroy them. Well, now according to this article in the Inquirer, Apple has pushed out an iTunes update to destroy the iPhones of customers who unlocked them. More from a Google news search...

I guess I'll stick to emusic.com, and check out Amazon's new DRM free music store.

On a side note, it's a ridiculous business model to "give" customers a "free" phone subsidized by a required long term service commitment. The regulators should prohibit the lock-ins, and let the phones compete on a true cost basis, and the phone service compete on a true cost basis.

 

Sunday Aug 26, 2007

Telemann, Mendelssohn, iTunes, and Google

Viola Concerto in G major by George Philipp Telemann. Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn. I'll start my music recommendations with these two which impressed me with the power of digital music distribution. I was wishing I had a recording of my high school viola solo, typed "Telemann" into iTunes, and soon I had the concerto. Getting the Mendelssohn was more interesting because I didn't remember the name of the concerto nor the composer. All I remembered was that while I practiced Telemann my friend practiced a violin concerto that everyone in class agreed was the most technically difficult.

So I searched with Google for "violin concerto" and "technically difficult" and Mendelssohn popped to the top of the list. I typed the name into iTunes, quickly verified it was the E minor, and was presented with many recordings of it. I listened to the preview clips of them until finally I narrowed it down to two interpretations I liked most. One was by Itzhak Perlman. The other which I finally chose was by Zino Francescatti, a French violinist I had never heard of before, playing with the Cleveland Orchestra.

I never could have done anything like this in a physical record store. They might have had three or four recordings of the concerto, but not so many, and surely not including relatively obscure performers.
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I am a software engineer in San Diego, president of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (spec.org), formerly a mathematician and a violist.

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