Jewish Music Blog

November 16, 2005

iTunes no longer 99 cents?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 1:29 pm

iTunes is currently one of the most, if not the most popular legal music downloading service. Although I’ve never used it, it is heralded as easy to use with many songs and it sets the standard for other music downloading services. All iTunes songs cost only 99 cents.

iTunes seeks to legalize a very popular method of getting music – by downloading with programs such as Napster and other file-sharing programs. Judging by iTunes’ success, I’d say that iTunes gave the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) what they always wanted. The RIAA is obviously very anti-illegal downloading, claiming that downloading music steals revenue from legitimate artists. They’ve followed up on this hypothesis by suing individual users and file-sharing programs alike. Thus iTunes – a form of downloading that is legal and easy to use with a large database of songs. You would think the RIAA would be happy with iTunes.

But you’d be wrong. As this Betanews article details, the RIAA isn’t happy with the 99 cent arrangment. It’s not enough that the record industry continues to see increased revenues, despite their claim that file-sharing harms them. It’s not enough that artists get paid exorbitant amounts of money for doing not much at all. It’s not enough – the RIAA is putting pressure on iTunes to raise their price so they can get yet more money. This type of behavior almost makes you want to download music illegally.

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November 12, 2005

Pro Tools – Is It Really That Much Better?

Filed under: Music Tech — jewishmusic @ 6:48 pm

In the pro-audio world, it’s known that Pro-Tools is the industry standard. My question is simple: What makes Pro-Tools better than the other professional audio/midi recording software out there, such as Cubase or Sonar? I personally use Cubase, and I find it a pleasure to use. It easily has more features than I need but at the same time I find that it allows me to do what I need quickly and efficiently.

Is Pro-Tools really that much better?

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