EMI and Apple join forces

It seems that EMI now understand what music downloaders really want.
I have just been listening to a webcast by Eric Nicoli, CEO EMI Group and Steve Jobs CEO Apple. The main announcement involved DRM or Digital Rights Management and the promise to offer a new option for music downloads.
DRM has been the bane of many user’s lives. They have been able to legally pay for and download tracks and albums from many sources, unfortunately, until today, they have been restricted by DRM as to which devices they can play this music on.
The announcement today gives users the choice:

  • Download low price tracks, with lower quality and DRM or
  • Download premium price tracks, with higher quality and NO DRM

Interestingly there is another twist; only individual tracks attract the premium pricing model, downloaded complete albums will be sold at the same price as before but will be higher quality and without DRM.
So there you have it, a day to be remembered, 2 April 2007, the day the music industry finally opened its eyes to the real world. EMI Press Release

Snarfer

It’s taken me a long time and a lot of install/uninstalls to find a decent RSS newsreader.

I think I have now settled on one, it’s called Snarfer, it’s free, fast, doesn’t appear to crash and, in addition to all the normal RSS things, it’s got one particularly neat feature – the ability to make custom feeds of things like Google or eBay.

Probably best to explain this with an example; let’s suppose I would like to keep an eye on eBay for any sales of Ping, beryllium copper, golf clubs. Well, it’s simply a matter of “File/New/Ebay Search” and entering details for the eBay country I want and the phrase “ping becu”. Snarfer then creates an RSS item and collects data to populate it from the website. It’ll then update that feed as per my settings, pretty nifty eh?

I use a similar option to RSSify(!) Google for new sites/articles which include my surname and therefore provide me with info about anyone who maybe studying my family name. Simple and very effective.

Snarfer is one of those applications that just does it’s job quietly and very well. 9/10.