Apple cuts iTunes pricing, DRM

Apple is cutting the price of some songs in its market-leading iTunes online music store to 69 cents and plans to begin selling all tracks without copy protection.

via Apple cuts iTunes pricing, eases copy protection – Tech and gadgets- msnbc.com.

I checked out my songs today, only about 70 or so of them are available with DRM right now. I’m excited to see what music becomes cheap and what music goes for $1.29, hopefully it won’t be stuff that I would want to buy.

As far as the DRM stuff goes, I would love to have DRM-free music but I also have totally bought into the iTunes service, complete with a car stereo that directly connects to my iPod (one of 3) and so on. But in the end I do believe that DRM is bad for music and should be stripped. I’ve been burned by the authorization issues with iTunes before and would be happy to see them disappear.

MOVIE REVIEW: Fred Rogers: America’s Favorite Neighbor

Wow. That’s all I can say about this movie. I thought that it was going to be more of a biography that focused on the man instead it was a documentary that focused on the method. Fred Rogers was one of those people that we could all count on growing up. He was there to tell us that it was ok to feel a certain way and to tell everyone that we felt that way. Fred Rogers defined generations, he was on the air almost 50 years, from his start with The Children’s Corner all the way up to his 33 years with Mister Rogers’ Neighboorhood. Millions of children were touched by his method, it’s OK to feel, it’s OK speak, you’re just as respectable as an adult. he wrote all the lyrics to the songs, his piano player played the song live for each taping, nothing was canned, nothing was too much for the children.
This movie was one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time. It was narrated by Michael Keaton, who once worked on the set of MRN. Mr. Rogers is frequently interviewed throughout as well as many other cast members, friends, and collegues.

Many of the stories and songs brought a smile to my face or a tear to my eye as I remembered my special times watching Mister Rogers. I caught myself just beaming as I heard another familiar song or saw a character that I had long forgot about.

This movie is definitely worth seeing, it might be hard to find though, Netflix has it, Amazon does too. Check it out

I got a little wind in my sails

Kyle made a comment on a post, it was short and probably made in jest… For some reason I just needed to go off and make my feelings known. Here’s the text, be mindful that the facts are not quite right and there is a ton of opinion here. Thanks for letting me vent Kyle, don’t take it personally.

Oh I totally agree with you man, but you know from experience, how many fo them are technically apt enough to purchase one let alone actually use one? By forcing them to use the technology that they are legislating against perhaps they can gain at least some understanding of how they actions affect the rest of us.
Take this for example: If you go to a store that is broadcasting the radio over a loudspeaker, technically they are required to pay the RIAA a license fee if the music is copyrighted (all radio music is usually) in addition to the fee that radio stations pay to play the song, the RIAA is double dipping. Now I realize that the music is being played to create an atmosphere conducive to selling goods at a profit so therefore a license might be warranted, but what about non-copyrighted music?
Lets pretend that I own a music production studio, I create my own music via computers and real instruments. I also happen to own a chain or large retail outlets that collectively have about $1m per year in gross sales where I play my music for customers. Under the current rules I would still have to pay that license to the RIAA because there is a chance that RIAA (copyrighted) music could be played.
That is what I’m talking about, little rules that are out to screw just about everyone who comsumes any kind of media, whether it be the fact that recording your Tivo’d shows to DVD or making a backup copy of your own music or burning it to more than a couple mix CDs for your own personal use. All of those things are technically illegal, most are broken every day by most of us. Why can’t the laws be changed to stop favoring the companies and start giving people the benefit of the doubt? I realize piracy hurts everyone, artists included. But the $15 that I spend on a CD isn’t buying that artist a cheesebuger, it’s barely paying the tax on one.
The anti-piracy measures do one of several things, destroy the creation outside of its original form (the upgrade tax per se), like CDs that aren’t able to be copied for archive purposes (a right afforded us by US Code), or they are destructive to our property (the Sony rootkit scandal) where they install means of preventing piracy at the expense of our security and equipment’s well-being.
I’m totally against any copy protection, give people a chance, they will own up to what they should. There will always be bad elements of society but by respecting your customers and giving them what they want you will ultimately sell more product that what you are force feeding us now. I want a CD of songs I like, or at least the ability to pay for only the songs I like.

Any thoughts?