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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 03, 2012
Used digital music? I think "pre-owned" may be more accurate but the concept is as old as the hills—sell music you bought that you longer want:
Simply put, ReDigi is recycled digital media. We’re like your favorite used record store, but for digital music files. We offer the best-quality downloads of your favorite songs for a much lower price than other music stores, and you don't have to worry about songs being lower-quality becuase a digital music file isn't like a CD - it never gets scratched or worn out.
But is it legal?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2012
Preamble
In the film The Days of Wine And Roses, Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are a couple (and a couple of alcoholics but that's another story) who live in a roach-infested apartment. At some point Joe Clay (Jack Lemmon) is fed up so he sprays the roaches in his apartment and his neighbors are not happy. They explain that all he's done is move the roaches from his apartment to theirs and there's an unwritten apartment-dweller's law that you should just leave roaches alone, "You get them all stirred up, and what's the good? You made a mess. You've gotta think about other people, you know." And finally, "You've undermined the whole base of metabolism of the building."

I received this email from "Joe":

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2012
CES is just a week and a day away. With only 1,028 exhibitors listed in the "Audio" category and four days to cover the show, I should have no problem getting to every room. That's roughly 1.5 minutes in each room (on average) leaving over an hour each day leeway. No sweat!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 31, 2011
2012 has been officially declared Alan Turing Year to celebrate Turing's contributions to the art of computer science, computing, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability on the centenary of his birth. His Turing Machine, it can be said, helped launch the age of the algorithm within which we live. Turing also developed "the bombe" an electromechanical device used by British cryptologists to help decipher German Enigma-machine-encrypted signals during World War II.

Turing also developed the "Turing test" most famously portrayed in the film "Blade Runner" which asks,

I propose to consider the question, 'Can machines think?'~ Alan Turing
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 30, 2011
Seems like a simple question that should have a simple answer. But it doesn't. Whether or not its legal to rip a copy of a CD you own depends on where you live. Spain, Sweden, Poland, Australia and New Zealand all appear to feel its OK to rip for personal use. The UK looks like it will join them per the recommendations of the Hargreaves Review a report initiated by Prime Minister David Cameron in November 2010. From a BBC article, "One of the most significant recommendations that the government plans to implement is the legalisation of 'format shifting' - where users rip content from CDs or DVDs for their own personal use."

But back in the USA, the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) position is straight forward (and absurd, outdated and unenforceable)—ripping a copy of a CD you own is in fact making an unauthorized copy therefore it is illegal:

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 28, 2011
Beyond The Wire's 2011 Rewind, Boomkat's Charts ranks high up on my list of favorite lists. Highly recommended reading, especially the smaller lists of musician's picks. I find artists talking about art to be an interesting diversion from critics talking about art.

Here are a few of my Favorites from 2011 that appear on Boomkat's List and all of them are available as FLAC downloads from Boomkat (in - as I found them - order):

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 27, 2011
For their 50th Anniversary, the Rolling Stones are on a media blitz. Rumor has it Mick and Keith are making up after Keith spilled the beans in his autobiography about the size of Mick's mother's little helper and if all goes well a 50th Anniversary tour will follow. In the mean time, we're treated to some rare Stones delights from The Rolling Stones Archive including CD and vinyl box sets, t-shirts, posters and this FLAC download* of a "bootleg" live recording from Brussels'73:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2011
Code Name: M1 DAC-A (for Asynchronous)
The Musical Fidelity M1 DAC under review today is not the same Musical Fidelity M1 DAC that's been around since June/July 2010. This one is new and improved as of a November 2011 street date namely adding an Asynchronous USB input capable of handling 24-bit/96kHz data and adding $50 to its price tag (the old M1 DAC's adaptive USB input was limited to 16/48). There are also some minor changes to the choke-filtered power supply but for those users who skip the USB input, the M1 DAC is very nearly its old self. For those people looking for a 24/96 Async USB DAC, this M1 may as well be all new.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 24, 2011
Thanks to reader "acd6977" for the heads up on Drag City's FLAC download offerings. Drag City's roster is longer than Santa's naughty list and includes such musical treasure-makers as Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sir Richard Bishop, Ty Segall, CAVE, Six Organs of Admittance, Royal Trux and about a million more.

The world of music downloads is looking very up for 2012!

Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 23, 2011
Matador Records, home to such classic sonic beauties as Sonic Youth, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, Cat Power, Cold Cave, Girls, Thurston Moore, Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks and many many more, offer FLAC downloads through their online Store!

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