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Patti Scialfa’s “Play It As It Lays” #3 on

Buy it!

screencapture from showing Patti Scialfa at #3

Related: Must have album: Raising Sand


Written by Jeff

Thursday, September 6, 2007 at 2:21 am

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Wal-Mart DRM-free downloads: Not for me.

Wal-Mart is offering DRM-free music downloads in MP3 format for $.94. They claim that you can “download to any player” and that may be true but I tried to buy a track from Wal-Mart and guess what? It doesn’t work on a Mac.

When I go to the Wal-Mart catalog and click “Check out MP3 music” in their flash thingy I get the following:

Wal-Mart hates Macs

Everyone claims that Wal-Mart’s new Windows-only DRM-free MP3 download service is a competitor to iTunes but I don’t see how.


Wal-Mart also seems to not play well with any browser but Internet Explorer.

Wal-Mart hates Firefox

Firefox users can still use the “original” store which, apparently, isn’t as feature-rich as their new store. I don’t know what their new store looks like or what sort of features it has because when I tried to open it in Internet Explorer 7, it just showed a blank page with the error icon in the lower-left of the window with “Done” next to it.

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:51 am

Posted in Browsers, iTunes, Music

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Must have album: Raising Sand

album art for Raising Sand An absolute must-have album is Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Just by listening to the horrible quality previews on Amazon I know that I just have to have it. Raising Sand: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

Other upcoming music purchases: Play It as It Lays: Patti Scialfa The Awakening: Melissa Etheridge

I’m really excited about the Patti Scialfa’s Play It As It Lays, too. I loved everything about her last release, 2004’s 23rd Street Lullaby and I expect that this new album will be just as good.

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 10:06 am

Posted in Music

New Madonna Song Free at MSN

Madonna’s new track, “Hey You” is currently available free of charge in WMA and MP3 format on MSN’s Live Earth page.  The page says it’ll be available free for seven days but I’m not sure how long it’s been up already.  Scurry over quick like a bunny and download it.

“Hey You” was produced in collaboration with Pharrell Williams and while it’s not my favorite Madonna song, it’s good.  It’s maybe a 4/5.

Written by Jeff

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 6:06 am

Posted in Music

Keith Richards: Crazy Bastard

Keith Richards, in an interview with the British magazine NME stated that he had snorted some of his dead father’s ashes with his daily (hourly? every fourth minute?) cocaine ration.

“The strangest thing I’ve tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father,” Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.

“He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn’t have cared,” he said. “… It went down pretty well, and I’m still alive.”

Keith Richards: ‘I snorted my father’ –

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Posted in Crazy people, Music

Updated: Apple/iTunes should give credit for partially purchased albums


MacNN reports that Apple is going to begin to credit users for the singles they’ve purchased if they buy the whole album within a certain amount of time:

Apple, in conjunction with several music labels, is planning to offer iTunes users credit for songs already purchased when they choose to buy an associated album within a certain time frame, according to the New York Times.

MacNN | Apple may credit iTunes album purchases

Original post:
Another post about the iTunes Store.

I’ve previously bought four tracks from an album. The album costs $9.99. I’ve paid $3.96 already, but if I want to go and buy the whole album (instead of buying each track individually), I’ll be charged a full $9.99 and then have duplicate tracks. To avoid the duplicate tracks I’ll have to buy each track separately for a total of $8.91. When you total what I will have paid, I’ll have paid $12.87 for a $9.99 album.

iTunes knows what you’ve purchased already (it warned me when I clicked “add album” that I had already purchased portions of the album), and it should just go ahead and subtract those tracks from the total price of the album and prevent you from re-downloading them. How hard could that be?

Perhaps it’s my own fault for not buying the whole album in the first place, but I didn’t want the whole album then. I do now and I’ll probably wind up paying the extra money for the whole thing, I just don’t think I should have to.

For anyone who cares, the album I’ve partially purchased is The Grascals.

Written by Jeff

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Total Eclipse of the 24-year-old Heart

Bonnie TylerI find it hard to believe that Bonnie Tyler‘s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is 24 years old this year.   Oh, I can do the math, but it just doesn’t seem that old.Oh, she has a new greatest hits compilation out now in the UK: From the Heart: Greatest Hits.  She’ll be in Los Angeles and Las Vegas in November for performances.

New Releases, Concerts and TV Performances |
Total Eclipse Of Everything | 

Written by Jeff

Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 3:25 am

Posted in Entertainment, Music