1. avatar fastfude
    http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/science_technology/usb+sticks+will+transform+charts/313647

    [quote:e1e720d3da]Scottish band The Fratellis release their new single Baby Fratelli on Monday on a USB memory stick.

    The stick fits into the back of a computer and contains not just the track but also the accompanying video. Industry watchers believe that, if they prove a hit with music fans, USB sticks should be eligible for the charts.[/quote:e1e720d3da]
  2. avatar MtCaramel
    Blue Monday on floppy disc anyone?


    At least I think it was Blue Monday? Hmm.
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  4. avatar the*optimist
    This is the new Minidisc.
  5. avatar Wd-adam
    I've been waiting for iPods to develop this feature. In a music shop, buy an album on some form of USB stick, connect it to the bottom of your iPod, boom loaded to your library.
  6. avatar the*optimist
    They have something similar in apple shops. You just hook up your Ipod to a dock and then use their itune library computer and select what songs you want. A USB album though would be kind of cool if you could use it on a home stereo...plug and play. I retract my previous minidisc statement. A usb home stereo would be ace. As would a usb car radio instead of tape converters.
  7. avatar JTM
    I can see households filling up with hundreds of the little buggers, sure they may be handy now but when you can't fit half a track on them in 3 years they'll go the way of cassettes. Do we really want or need another format? What's next, the latest Babyshambles track embedded in one of those old Nokias the size of a brick?
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  9. avatar fastfude
    I'd imagine the power consumption of the copy process would kill the idea pretty fast though. Besides, WiFi copying is already the plan, why add physical dongles when you can do it through the etherwebs?
  10. avatar Speed Demon
    [quote:dddf8be2d7="the*optimist"]As would a usb car radio instead of tape converters.[/quote:dddf8be2d7]My car stereo does accept a USB device. And it has a slot for SD cards. And it plays MP3 CDs. And it has a radio, but I hardly ever use that.
  11. avatar thefatson
    I think Lidl were selling a car radio with a usb port a while ago, It would be quite cool to just put a portable harddrive in the car.

    The idea of releasing things on a dongle is ridiculous and if the music industry actually thinks it's a good idea they're more stupid than I thought.
  12. avatar Wd-adam
    [quote:f5138c4c64="fastfude"]I'd imagine the power consumption of the copy process would kill the idea pretty fast though. Besides, WiFi copying is already the plan, why add physical dongles when you can do it through the etherwebs?[/quote:f5138c4c64]

    A ok cool, it wasn't so much the idea of the USB device itself that I was getting at. More the idea of being able to upload the music directly to your iPod in the shop.
  13. avatar Achey
    Yawn.
  14. avatar Wd-adam
    I liked Alexisonfire's promotion with their new album. The USB stick with extra songs and videos and stuff on it. The USB stick looked pretty cool to boot.
  15. avatar thecomeons_2
    who's to say it won't catch on. but i remember when you used to buy blank vhs cassettes with films on. they were pish.
  16. avatar icedcoffee
    But I already have a USB pen drive and I don't need another one.

    How much will it cost?

    I can buy a [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-High-Speed-COURIER-Drive/dp/B000BRC91A/ref=pd_sbs_ce_1/026-7810451-0210008][u:6b1e4e6b84]1GB USB drive for only £4.49[/u:6b1e4e6b84][/url], or a [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kingston-Technology-2GB-Flash-Drive/dp/B000ERAON2/ref=pd_sbs_ce_3/026-7810451-0210008][u:6b1e4e6b84]2GB drive for £7.96[/u:6b1e4e6b84][/url] if im feeling really rich.

    So that means the single should cost £0.0055502500000000000000000000000003. OK well'll give the band £0.0038851750000000000000000000000002 (70%)

    Surely this is worse for the environment than the CD (I watched [url=http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0497116/][u:6b1e4e6b84]An Inconvenient Truth[/u:6b1e4e6b84][/url] tonight).
  17. avatar feline1
    It's high time for neurovideo: direct synaptic download to your cerebellum. Deep mood.
  18. avatar Speed Demon
    [quote:02a40685a1="icedcoffee"]I can buy a [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-High-Speed-COURIER-Drive/dp/B000BRC91A/ref=pd_sbs_ce_1/026-7810451-0210008][u:02a40685a1]1GB USB drive for only £4.49[/u:02a40685a1][/url][/quote:02a40685a1]Plus £4.50 delivery charge because it's "electronics". Don't you just love Amazon?
  19. avatar 3cigarettes
    Fortunately, this is a poorly thought out gimmick with no chance of any real longevity.

    Much like The Fratelli's.
  20. avatar tingtatingtingtingtating
    They're creating a new format of internet mp3 player with built in fingerprint scanner. The idea is simple - your finger print is in the system (because in 20 years time security will be so tight that it will be compulsory) so when you buy music - it gets uploaded onto your internet mp3 player - but for you to listen to it - you need to scan your print in.. yep. True story. Lars Ulrich thought it up.

    People are already planning against it - trying to develop techniques of stealing other people finger prints and cloning then - imagine - "Hey - I have Tony Blairs playlist - he listens to alien ant farm"

    Every word of this is true.

    People have even gone so far has to collecting a database of finger prints of normal everyday members of the public - incase they may need to steal their prints.

    I'm not talking sh** honestly. This is true. I only go out now if I'm wearing mittens.
  21. avatar tingtatingtingtingtating
    Oh - it's not an mp3 player - it's just like one - the music file is super encrypted and noone can rip the music at all... so theres no such thing as music file sharing in 2027 either.
  22. avatar icedcoffee
    [quote:00ec0607f3="Speed Demon"][quote:00ec0607f3="icedcoffee"]I can buy a [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-High-Speed-COURIER-Drive/dp/B000BRC91A/ref=pd_sbs_ce_1/026-7810451-0210008][u:00ec0607f3]1GB USB drive for only £4.49[/u:00ec0607f3][/url][/quote:00ec0607f3]Plus £4.50 delivery charge because it's "electronics". Don't you just love Amazon?[/quote:00ec0607f3]

    But if I spend over £15 (the price of cd in high street) I qualifiy for [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200039400]Super Saver Delivery[/url]
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  24. avatar Speed Demon
    [quote:21e1f52a7b="icedcoffee"]But if I spend over £15 (the price of cd in high street) I qualifiy for [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200039400]Super Saver Delivery[/url][/quote:21e1f52a7b]Try it and see.
  25. avatar icedcoffee
    ok so they may not be eligible - but you get the poiint.
  26. avatar mcclurg
    jesus, i find it hard enough finding certain cds, but if i have to look for feckin memory sticks... god help me
  27. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:6b607a453e="drakeguild"]You hit the nail on the head when you said gimmick.[/quote:6b607a453e]

    But in the current state where every cd comes with interactive exclusive backstage remixes, the record companies are looking to gimmicks to make their product stand out.

    You could apply the same argument to lots of things we now take for granted in music selling: coloured vinyl, ltd editions, remixes, postcards and posters...

    Just because its a gimmick doesnt make it bad
    In this case tho, its just a sh[b:6b607a453e][/b:6b607a453e]it gimmick
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  28. avatar feline1
    I think the latest gimmick is gonna be that you get a free manufactured boy band with each single.
    It would kinda be like a strip-o-gram, except that if you didn't read the small print carefully, the record company would probably stitch ewe up a treat and you'd find yourself liable for the band's hotel bills or sthg.
  29. avatar i_amannie_b
    What ever happened to the trusty CD?
    I don't own an ipod or an mp3 player and i love having a big cd collection... makes me feel special... lol.
    And cds are so much simpler, even if they do get scratched... just buy cd cleaning stuff!

    x
  30. avatar dupadisc.ie
    Due to the high costs of usb memory sticks even buying in bulk from china and using aspecialised duplicator - the costs are way to high even for albums, plus the item is locked from further storage or writing

    We have been watchin the progress of the sticks for the past 3 years - only in the last year have indie-major bands started to use them mainly for albums (robbie williams) as apposed to single (keane)... They aint the first to do it so they shouldnt be claiming they are!!

    If you want a novelty / collectors item stick with VINYL RECORD or we can offer CD-Audio with Vinyl effect in various colours.... which is still cheaper than both options
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  31. avatar gregz
    bring back 8 track carts!
  32. avatar MSB Mastering
    Yet another USB thingy? I don't need that. The only upside of this is that the music might potentially sound better than typical MP3s, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that anyway.

    What's of interest to me is that the charts seem to be based on format rather than content. Who cares what format something is on in terms of chart position as long as people can buy it?

    Out of curiosity, when Apple released their iPod with "How to dismantle an atomic bomb" on it, did those sales contribute to any chart? Since I'm not aware of an iPod chart, technically, they shouldn't have, which would mean U2 would have lost out.
  33. avatar fastfude
    Would U2 not have raked in the royalties via MCPS though?
  34. avatar feline1
    But USB distribution is not an existing product medium, so rather than use a rake, MCPS would have embarked on "extensive consultations with stakeholders within the industry", including a 19-month long committee meeting conducted entirely by triplicate carbon copy form, to determine the appropriate licensing rate for it.
    At this point, the BPI would have taken them to a copyright tribuneral, claiming that home songwriting is killing music.
    The net result would probably be a 0.35% levy on iPod bundling, first payments expected Q4, 2014.
  35. avatar fastfude
    One year on, and my damn hovercar's glovebox is full of these frickin' USB albums. Oh wait...
  36. avatar rinky
    [quote:bf060f27a6="fastfude"]One year on, and my damn hovercar's glovebox is full of these frickin' USB albums. Oh wait...[/quote:bf060f27a6]

    Still, the new Portishead one is nice:

    [img:bf060f27a6]http://www.portisheadshop.co.uk/images/large_image.jpg[/img:bf060f27a6]

    The format works well as a means to give vinyl-buyers a good digital copy of the album as well.
  37. avatar korky
    Whilst I'm aware this was posted about a year ago (I've never seen this thread before), I wondered how long it would take before media was available in this format. I think Stereophonics had a release similar to this off their recent album and I was curious as to how it would develop.
  38. avatar fopp
    Is this not a thread about a band called "USB Sticks"?
  39. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    [quote:be3a4fd78c]
    Blue Monday on floppy disc anyone?


    At least I think it was Blue Monday? Hmm.[/quote:be3a4fd78c]

    Nope. The artwork for the 12" sleeve was a floppy disc design but the song was released on vinyl. It's 'unofficially' the best selling 12" single ever in the UK.
  40. avatar infidelityJP
    on their last tour, nine inch nails were leaking new material by taping usb sticks to the back of toilet doors at their gigs. was a pretty interesting concept
  41. avatar Recycled Alien
    [quote:82065ac663="fastfude"]One year on, and my damn hovercar's glovebox is full of these frickin' USB albums. Oh wait...[/quote:82065ac663] :roll: