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In which I conquer the cassette player

October 7, 2011

We have a new car and it has an American radio. That wouldn't be a problem except that in Israel, FM stations broadcast on even-numbered spectrum intervals (like 97.8), but American radios can only pick up odd-numbered intervals. And even that wouldn't be a problem if I hadn't grown to really like Israeli radio stations […]

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Briefly: Spotify/SmartBird

July 28, 2011

As some of you know, I am and will be travelling abroad for two months. Before I left, I purchased a Spotify subscription and have to say I love it. I won't even waste your time trying to review it -- David Pogue did a great job in today's NYT. I tried to talk myself […]

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The iTunes experiment

April 20, 2009

The first week of results on iTunes' tiered pricing are in and they are positive.  According to a Billboard report, songs which experienced price hikes of 30% sold only 12.5% fewer units (only 6.9% fewer if you ignore "the expected second-week drop of Black Eyed Peas' Boom Pow Pow" - a wholly un-justified remark which […]

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What [not] to read

April 3, 2009

Here are two interesting, if ultimately uninformative, graphics.  The author (artist?) used Facebook to collect data on the most popular books/music at various schools and plotted them against the schools' average SAT score. The first is entitled "BooksThatMakeYouDumb".  One of the most interesting things to me is that the Bible appears twice as "The Holy […]

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InfoGraphics in motion

March 26, 2009

One of my favorite music videos is Royskopp's Remind Me, because of it's cleverly informative visual style, not unlike an animated airplane safety card or pictograph instruction pamphlet: Recently, a student named Tomas Nilsson has reinterpreted the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood in similar fashion: In fact, the style bears some resemblance to the Microsoft […]

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RIAA just can't get it together

February 26, 2009

MB makes an excellent point on "why everyone hates the music industry." I could not agree more. Is there any more idiotic corporate group? Oh... yes.

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The RIAA Sucks at Economics. Surprise.

February 26, 2008

Inflation popped up today, as it tends to, and in the course of my reading on the topic I came across a gem of a paper with the brilliantly inspiring title "CDs: A Better Value than Ever." The subtitle, "Prepared for the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc.," made it impossible to ignore. Watching these […]

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