[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]
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.
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?
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: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.
[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.
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).
[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?
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.
[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]
[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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.