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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 12:29 am 
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Bit bored sitting at home on another period of wibbleness so I downloaded Itunes to see what's this store cracked up to be. Picked up a new Pixies 1 track single for 79p but was disappointed to find out the low bitrates they are using to encode their files with (128 k/bits) and that they have Digital Rights Management all over them meaning that you cannot use the music you have purchased in the way you want! Seems Apple tried to tie the indie labels to what they thought was an unfair deal so most music endorsed by SoundsXP may never be available if the rumpus is not resolved. Back to Bleep, allofmp3 and e-music then,

However a quick scout around produces a program called hmyn that has cracked the itunes drm which it removes. Not that I advocate using such a thing you understand.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 4:40 pm 
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Used it quite a bit.

The bitrate issue isn't one, as far as I'm concerned. It's 128, however it's AAC/MP4, which is a newer, higher compression, lower lossy format that provides excellent sound for smaller files. Only the most anal on the more sensitive sound systems will notice any difference between it and an uncompressed version.

No idea what the DRM is for you Euro folks, but it seems the best of all options here in the States, given that you can burn the same set list multiple times, burn the track unlimited times, and share purchased music over a local network with up to 5 people. I don't see where anyone is possibly hampered by this, given the options. Like I said, though, no idea what the Euro DRM is set up like, but I'd wager if there's any difference, you can blame your respective governments and copyright laws.

As for the Indie problem, I'd read there were issues getting deals signed, but I'd wager shortly that'll sort itself out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 5:29 pm 
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Yeah I only joined up to get the Pixies track!

As for bitrates my hearing is crap but Mrs Bola can sometimes hear the difference between a low bitrate file and say a CD or vinyl copy. I am sure it concerns other people especially as Real's store has 192 k/bits files. I agree - these people can be bloody anal!!!

As for the DRM here a quick look tells me I cannot convert to another format unless I burn to CD first then rerip, restrictions on how many computers you can play the files on and limits on burning the CD's (I think). Still it's better than the OD2 service over here in the UK who charge you extra if you want to burn their crappy wma files to a CD - once you have already bought it first place!

Anyway who needs Itunes?

I popped in on Russia's allofmp3.com and purchased high quality mp3's (320 k/bits) with no restrictions of the latest PJ Harvey, Morrissey, Beastie Boys and Miss Kitten Albums. Cost me $8 (approx £5)! Would have been cheaper if I chose to have the mp3's encoded from a lossy source (they use 384 k/bits mp3) instead of direct from CD and at a lower bitrate. Each album would have cost about a $ in that case!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2004 6:51 pm 
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That Russian service is more illegal than Morrissey in a Speedo... I'm just waiting for the scam to get shut down by someone, 'cause not a penny from that service finds its way to an artist. It's playing fast and loose with a complete lack of copyright enforcement in Russia and artists' work. Get 'em while you can, I guess ;)

The DRM for iTunes is about a billion times less restrictive than that others we've got over here... jaysus, Micro$haft wants you to pay to rent the tunes for a limited time, for feck's sake, and you're using their retched WMA format! It kills me, some of these "services" and their limitations.

The trick with iTunes, of course, is to simply burn a copy, and rerip it... done and done, though that does technically violate their agreement. However, unless your making pirate copies of albums and selling them, I can't see the harm in it.

Funny, I almost posted on here about that Pixies track, since it's been up for ages, but the Euro/UK iTunes store wasn't up yet, so I didn't bother. :)

Glad you folks can give it a whirl now... they did better than 600,000 tracks in the first week, so it's doing okay, I'd say.

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BoboDante wrote:
That Russian service is more illegal than Morrissey in a Speedo...


Is it though? See here

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