Amazon Music Store

I don’t know about you, but I don’t buy music from iTunes because I’m limited in what I can do – only share it on 5 computers and only use with iTunes/iPod. I feel that if I buy music I should be able to do what I want with it – not have to burn it to a CD and then rip it from that CD as an MP3 in order to get around the rules. Well, now there is an alternativeAmazon Music Store.

I played with this new tool a bit tonight – and it has a long way to go – but I think I’m going to like it more. Amazon is going to sell “unprotected digital music files in a standard MP3 format.”

The search leaves a little something to be desired in my search for Cake (the group) I got 707 results and no way to filter by artist.

Amazon Cake Search

The Amazon MP3 Downloader also doesn’t allow for MP3 searching, just managing downloads … so it too needs a bit of upgrading.

Amazon Uploader

This is certainly a tool to keep an eye on – I can’t wait to see it upgrade and add more music.

My Change Mantra

We all talk about change, but what encourages you to push through the pain and fear associated with change? I have a song by the Indigo Girls that got me through a lot of tough times when I was younger and has stuck with me through the years. The song is The Wood Song. I want to share it with you.

the thin horizon of a plan is almost clear my friends and I have had a hard time bruising our brains hard up against change all the old dogs and the magician now I see we’re in the boat in two by twos only the heart that we have for a tool we could use and the very close quarters are hard to get used to love weighs the hull down with its weight but the wood is tired and the wood is old and we’ll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we’ll have missed the point that’s were i need to go no way construction of this tricky plan was built by other than a greater hand with a love that passes all our understanding watching closely over the journey yeah but what it takes to cross the great divide seems more than all the courage i can muster up inside but we get to have some answers when we reach the other side the prize is always worth the rocky ride but the wood is tired and the wood is old and we’ll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we’ll have missed the point that’s where i need to go sometimes i ask to sneak a closer look skip to the final chapter of the book and maybe steer us clear from some of the pain that it took to get us where we are this far but the question drowns in its futility and even i have got to laugh at me cause no one gets to miss the storm of what will be just holding on for the ride the wood is tired the wood is old and we’ll make it fine if the weather holds but if the weather holds then we’ll have missed the point that’s where i need to go

Lyrics found here.

When I was in high school a friend of mine and I sat down and deconstructed the song – we didn’t understand the lyrics, years later it seems so simple. Change is hard, but it’s going to happen whether we want it to or not – “but if the weather holds then we’ll have missed the point” – I love that line.

So, if you have a friend with the CD, give it a listen or pay the $.99 to your favorite MP3 store and listen to it over and over as I have through the years – if you don’t have a mantra, it’s a pretty good one.

“…but what it takes to cross the great divide seems more than all the courage i can muster up inside but we get to have some answers when we reach the other side the prize is always worth the rocky ride ” — How can that not encourage you??

Feel free to share something that helps you push through change – maybe it will help others around you (maybe you know some old dogs or magicians).

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Music & Video in Your OPAC

I just got a mailing from Syndetic Solutions that offers a product that will add music & video clips to your library catalog – just like Amazon does with you look at a CD for sale.

As a law library our videos and CDs are all recordings of training sessions – but this sounds like a fun add on for a public library. If your catalog is using this let me know – I’d love to see it in action.

Musipedia

Have a melody stuck in your head and don’t know where it’s from? Enter Musipedia.

[A] searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes.

Every entry can be edited by anybody. An entry can contain a bit of sheet music, a MIDI file, textual information about the work and the composer, and last but not least the Parsons Code, a rough description of the melodic contour, to make the encyclopedia searchable by melody.

Musipedia uses the “Melodyhound” melody search engine. You can find and identify a tune even if the melody is all you know. You can play it on a piano keyboard, whistle or sing it to the computer, or directly use the Parsons code. To “name that tune”, you don’t need to know the key signature, exact rhythm, or intervals.

How nifty is that?

License to listen

While this idea sounds very promising – I think there are a few flaws. Maybe I should tell you the idea :)

Last month, UD struck a deal with Ruckus, a music downloading service that now gives the university’s 20,000 students access to 1.5 million tracks, allowing them to download as much as they want with hopes of cutting down on illegal downloading on campus.

But here’s the catch. Students are granted a renewable 30-day license for each song, meaning they do not own the music. Students can’t burn the music onto a CD and, even worse for some, the songs cannot be uploaded onto an iPod.

That quote is from The News Journal’s article titled License to listen (no burning allowed) (links added by me).

I can see how this would be handy for people who use their computers to listen to music – like I used to ages ago in college – but now that iPod is a household name – who knows.

Apparently 50 universities are offering this service to their students – pretty cool. In the case of U of D:

There are two Ruckus servers provided on campus, housing 50,000 of the hottest songs. When students download those, they are on their computer in seconds.

That’s pretty handy – I don’t know if the other universities are offering the same sort of service – but it’s an innovative step to prevent illegal downloading of music. I think I’d use this service in conjunction with iTunes. I’d download on campus to see if I like the song enough to buy. I’m not a big radio listener – so for me I find out about artists and songs through movies, tv, and other people.

Music Math from business2blog

Number of songs sold on iTunes in the past three years: 850 million.

Number of songs traded on P2P file-sharing networks during the same time: 90 billion

850 million iTunes songs/ 42 million iPods = 20 songs/ iPod.

Over three years that comes to people spending an average of $7 a year on music at the iTunes store.

This is from the business2blog – and is very interesting. My husband has an iPod and probably hasn’t even bought 20 songs (I think it’s more like 15) – he raided our CD collection and burned them all onto his iPod so that he could listen to more than one CD at a time in the car.