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  • Feb 10th, 2010 @ 4:40am

    Re: Re: Get a clue

    "However, I don't think the price is important, because of where their competition is at. The competition is the torrents, and their price is zero. 99 cents or a buck 29 isn't the game changer here."

    The number of people who know how to torrent music hasn't changed recently, but the price of music on itunes has. So it doesn't make sense to attribute the declining growth to something that has remained basically constant when there has been a huge (30%) increase in the price for legitimate music.
  • Feb 9th, 2010 @ 4:23am

    Re: Re: Re: They signed with Atlantic last week.

    They probably would have. They have great songs and an impressive live show, and they were willing to sign with a major label, something that's not exactly in vogue anymore.
  • Dec 15th, 2009 @ 7:55am


    I just served on a jury in Pa. We were allowed to ask basic questions, such as anything that would require a quick check on Wikipedia.

    As for the jurors friending each other. We were told not to talk to each other at the start, but then they put 300 of us in a room and the chatter never died down.
  • Sep 15th, 2009 @ 2:34pm

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    That's a shame. Shout Factory is a great company that does a lot of older TV shows and a lot of good comics (I'm slightly biased because they send a lot of stuff to my work for us to review).

    But yeah, call out the people who won't license the music. There are few forces more powerful than angry former fans.
  • Aug 14th, 2009 @ 3:58am

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    The problem with autogenerated pages the pull from AP content is this.

    If the script pulls 10 AP stories on healthcare, half of each story will be 50% background information that is in the other 9 stories. Redundancy like that is appreciated in print, not on the Web.

    Also, as someone who has access to AP's wire. Their "relevant stories/photos/graphics/video" application is laughable.

    "Would you expect a group of people sitting around manually retyping stories?"

    No. But it would be nice if a person were checking the boxes next to each story that would attached to any given topic.
  • Jul 20th, 2009 @ 6:47am

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    "I would suspect that most users are more interesting in playing with music they know (popular music) rather than obscure bands, regional bands, or artists they know nothing of."

    And as a listener of obscure, regional bands, I do want to play music I know. Most of the songs I like to play on rock band aren't bad, but I'd never go out of my way to listen to them. Highway Star is as obscure to me as 1-800-ALARM-ME probably is to you.
  • Jul 20th, 2009 @ 6:28am

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    Remove the content, and what is a library? An empty building. They are entirely dependant on other people's words (to fill their card catalogs and bookshelves).
  • Jul 14th, 2009 @ 6:56am

    Re: Not competing with "free"

    "I've seen the argument put forth here before that "free" is simply a lower price, which simply creates competition. Here's the problem with that argument"

    Which has what to do with this article?

    Stephen Fry, who has millions of dollars, downloads 24 and House because it's the only way he can get them. He wants to buy something the industry refuses to sell.

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