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Daddy, what’s a record store

2/22/2004 9:58:22 am by CarlJ
Twelve months ago cheery record industry folk predicted that online music and the digital download phenomenon would kill off the music industry for good. ‘The public won’t bother buying CD’s anymore!’ they cried, ‘the artists will give up making and recording music altogether!’ they pleaded. Guess what, that never happened and the industry boffins went back to their half empty pint glasses to concentrate on other scary things killing their business (I’d personally start with Michelle McManus). In reality, 2004 looks set to be a massive year for the online music industry, and the good news is that the best sites are now 100% legal!

DJ Collapses after 79 hour marathon

1/6/2004 12:07:51 pm by CarlJ
According to this article over at Club Planet, DJ Maverick Teh collapsed 79 hours into his attempt to capture the world’s record for longest DJ set. The attempt happened Monday, December 29th at a club called The Rooftop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where ironically many areas have banned dancing.

Audioscrobbler: Website offers new view of music

1/5/2004 5:44:13 pm by CarlJ
I just found this article over at BBC News about Audioscrobbler, an audio plugin/ website that acts as your personal music adviser, which was set up by a student at the University of Southampton. The software program that monitors what you listen to, recommends new artists and puts you in touch with other people who listen to similar tunes.
I just installed the winamp plugin on my system, just before looking for some articles on this. The only interruption you will have with it, is when you install the plugin, you have to shut down winamp. After that it sits in the background, and only sends the song info once during each song.

CD-Rs and MP3s Not Hurting Record Sales

1/5/2004 2:41:52 pm by CarlJ
Forget the industry shills' spin - the numbers prove that, for Australia, CD-Rs and MP3s are not hurting record sales in the slightest - based on a recent Australian Record Industry Association survey. It would be interesting to see what the numbers are for Canada or the US.

College Offers Degree In Stripping

1/5/2004 11:23:17 am by CarlJ
I just ran across this article over at Yahoo! Entertainment. Griffith University in Queensland, Australia is now offering a college degree in stripping. In order to receive their B.S.A. Bachelor of Sexual Arts degree, students must pass a curriculum including such courses as Lap Dancing, Pole Dancing, Bump-and-Grind, Marketing, Finance & Investing, Consumer Relations, Costume Selection, Hair and Makeup and Bartending.

Pete Tong: The Essential DJ ...

1/4/2004 11:52:10 pm by CarlJ
America's recently caught up with Pete Tong during his recent US tour. Here's what was said...

MP3 Winners & Losers for 2003

1/3/2004 7:38:11 pm by CarlJ
Richard Menta over at just posted his annual winners and losers list in digital music for last year. The big winner is Apple for dominating MP3 portable player sales and the dramatic success of its iTunes service. Napster savior Roxio and the small independent record labels also made the winners list. The losers list include SonicBlue and 2001 and 2002 winners list are worth a look too and each have links to that year's losers list.

Canadians May Pay Levy on MP3 Players

12/11/2003 9:36:03 pm by CarlJ
"According to this Toronto Star story, the Canadian Copyright Board may approve a 20% levy on electronic media tomorrow, including MP3 players and hard drives."

Kazaa-lite Shut Down

12/7/2003 9:51:13 pm by 3xk0
"Finally it has happened. Zeropaid is reporting that the Kazaalite K++ project has been shutdown by Sharman Networks.

Baby Stewie could be staging a comeback.

11/24/2003 2:33:36 pm by Majestyk
In a sign of the growing importance of DVD sales to Hollywood, 20th Century Fox is considering a plan to resume production of Family Guy, a sometimes crude animated comedy that the Fox network took off the air more than 18 months ago.

Hercules Audio - DJ Console

11/1/2003 1:11:03 pm by CarlJ
"Professional DJs and House-Party Beat Masters alike, will certainly be interested in a new product that the folks at Hercules Audio are bringing to market shortly. Although you may remember Hercules for being one of the first in PC Graphics, HotHardware has a review and showcase up that takes a look at the new Hercules USB DJ Console. This little deck comes with dual mixing pads, for blending and scratching of your favorite MP3s etc. It also takes over as your main PC sound system, with full Dolby 5.1 capabilities, when plugged into any PC via USB."

Dell DJ: Yet Another MP3 Player

10/28/2003 4:34:56 pm by CarlJ
Available Tuesday, Dell's 15 and 20GB DJ adds to the growing field of iPod wannabes.
Is it worthy or is it just another player that falls short of the iPod's greatness?

Terahertz Scanners See Inside Sealed Packages

10/28/2003 4:33:51 pm by CarlJ has an article about how Japanese scientists have demonstrated a system that detects the presence of illicit drugs that are concealed within an envelope. Tests to date have shown that the imaging system can successfully detect and identify a range of substances including ecstasy (MDMA) and methamphetamine. The researchers are now working with companies to develop a mail screening system that could suit use in post offices and airports.

Comparing Online Music Offerings

10/23/2003 2:42:12 pm by CarlJ
The Wall Street Journal has just posted a comparison of the three main legal music download services: Apple's iTunes Music Store, MusicMatch and Napster v2. The review covers the pros and cons of each of the services, and concludes with: "I'm sure all three services will evolve and get better, and others will enter the fray. But, for now, iTunes is the best choice on Windows."

Toronto police issue amber alert for missing 9yr old.

10/23/2003 2:31:55 pm by CarlJ
An amber alert has been issued in regards to the young girl's disappearance from her residence.

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public and media in regards to locating a missing 9-year old girl from the area of Don Mills Road and Finch Avenue East. 

The missing girl has been identified as Dong-Yue (Cecilia) ZHANG a 9-year old grade 4 student at Seneca Hill Public School. Her parents last saw the child when she went to bed on Sunday night (October 19th, 2003). Her disappearance was not noticed until Monday morning shortly before 8:30 A.M. She is described as; female, Asian, 9 years of age, 4’11”, 70lbs, thin build, shoulder length black hair with blond highlights, brown eyes, wearing unknown clothing.

Anyone with Information is asked to contact 33 Division at (416) 808-3300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Upcoming Battle of the Big Weights: Napster vs. iTunes

10/16/2003 9:26:26 am by CarlJ
Check out this article over at for a preview of the upcoming heavy weight battle between the iTunes, and the newly resurrected Napster. For those interested, we had an article a while back about the return of Napster.

Spooking the RIAA

10/16/2003 12:36:21 am by CarlJ
I just ran across this article over at Stereophile regarding "ravers against the RIAA".
For more information on this, you can go here, or click "more" to see the flyer. Canada's Answer to Online Music

10/16/2003 12:29:51 am by CarlJ
For those of you who are interested in buying your music online, but haven't been able to because they all target Americans, you'll be happy to know that a new service called PureTrack is now available to Canadians, with singles going for $0.99 each, and albums at $9.99 and up. Currently they offer about 175,000 tracks with content from all five major record labels as well as most independent labels. 250,000 will be on stream by next month and 300,000 by year-end.
For more information on this, you can either go to the CBC, or the Globe and Mail.

DJ Kamikaze answers your Qs

9/18/2003 12:35:40 am by CarlJ
Well, here it is. DJ Kamikaze has replied back to your questions, with a few lengthy answers. To view the interview, just click below.

Canada Immune from the Big Bad RIAA?

9/16/2003 5:42:16 pm by CarlJ
From Nick McKay @ Slashdot.
"Tech Central Station is carrying a story on how Canadians are legally allowed to copy music not only in the home environment, but also on P2P networks such as Kazaa."


8/25/2003 5:52:33 pm by CarlJ
That's right, our 2nd of many interviews will be with none other than DJ Kamikaze, one of the craziest DJs on the decks, and a very popular DJ among the Sudbury and Toronto crowds. For more information on how this is going to work, click on the "Read more" below.

DJ Sy Interview

8/22/2003 8:40:45 am by CarlJ
For any of you hardcore fans out there, you'll be happy to know that epidemik has an interview with DJ Sy.

DJ Sy has been one of the biggest contributors to the hardcore seen since it all began. Over the years this DJ has mastered the scene and vowed to put his sole 100% into keeping the vibe alive.

Pirate CD sales top 1 billion

7/13/2003 10:37:39 am by CarlJ
According to this article over at CNN, more than one billion pirated CDs were sold for the first time ever last year. The total pirate music market is worth an estimated $4.6 billion last year, up 7 percent from 2001, it said, while global music sales tumbled 7.2 percent to $32.2 billion in 2002 despite big hits from Eminem, Norah Jones and Shakira. But two of every five CDs sold are now pirated and the music market has never been hotter.

Judge: Rap is a foreign language

6/6/2003 6:26:40 pm by CarlJ
Found this article over at CNN.
LONDON, England -- A High Court judge has admitted that when asked to examine the lyrics of a rap song, he could not understand a word of it.

Bush Signs RAVE Act, Drug Policy Alliance Seeks Repeal

6/2/2003 6:22:15 pm by 3xk0
Wednesday President Bush signed the well-supported but highly controversial Amber Alert, a far-reaching child protection legislation carrying a number of contentious provisions.
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