Our movies,
Which art online,
Streaming be thy name…

  1. Copy and Paste favorite music into a new folder.
  2. Point iTunes at that new folder. 
  3. Watch iTunes analyze that folder for a couple minutes.
  4. Turn on iTunes Match.
  5. Pay $25.
  6. Watch iTunes Match gather info, match the music, and upload the unmatched songs. (Takes a while… 3626 songs, started at 9:18am, the first two steps were done at 9:55, and now it’s uploading 1656 songs that it COULDNT MATCH, including a lot of japanese artists… bummer)

Alarmingly, many Luna Sea live tracks have been labelled DUPLICATE (nein! nein!) so that blows.

Next step, delete the new music folder and re-download everything (some of this stuff is already Alt.Preset.Standard-ish, but I want to see how my tags and album art fare).

Amazon Cloud iTunes Match | Google Music
and JAPANESE MUSIC

I want to upgrade all the crap I ripped at 160kbps back in 1998-2003, when hard drives were small and my music collection was big. 

For Japanese music — like Dir en grey, L’Arc~en~ciel, Luna Sea, Sex Machineguns, Pierrot, Kagrra, Despairs Ray, Puffy, Nanase Aikawa, etc… will any of these services be able to match these artists’ discographies, or even just ~some~ albums or singles?

iTunes has a japanese store, Amazon does too…

Post in the comments, I’ll write up my experience next week…

 

Used MP3 Stores

NYTimes:

On Thursday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published Apple’s application for its own patent for a digital marketplace. Apple’s application outlines a system for allowing users to sell or give e-books, music, movies and software to each other by transferring files rather than reproducing them.

Meanwhile, a New York court is poised to rule on whether a start-up that created a way for people to buy and sell iTunes songs is breaking copyright law. A victory for the company would mean that consumers would not need either Apple’s or Amazon’s exchange to resell their digital items. Electronic bazaars would spring up instantly.

Would I start buying more than a couple albums or CDs each year if these used shops come about? Probably not.

“The technology to allow the resale of digital goods is now in place, and it will cause a dramatic upheaval,” said Bill Rosenblatt, president of GiantSteps, a technology consulting firm. “In the short term, it’s great for consumers. Over the long term, however, it could seriously reduce creators’ incentive to create.”

I’m fucking SWIMMING in movies and music that I have zero energy or time to digest, and I still love music and film. The world could USE some reduced creatoring!

I guess Coldrain is the next big thing!

So Lejun asked about stats for this new Jrocknyc Collab.

Here’s the stats for January. Ignore the uniques and returning — that’s just our IP addresses changing when we reboot our modems or check from a different computers or wifi hotspots, etc. (I assume.)

You can see we average about 500 visitors to the site a day.

Previously, the site got about 90-120 visitors a day.

BUT: I had no comments then. Each time someone clicks on the comments thread, even if they don’t post one, that’s another page load. And then they come back to respond/argue with someone… that’s another page load. So the “500” could just be a hundred of us reading each others comments!

Hence, it’s impossible to compare stats on the “solo” jrocknyc with the new collaborative jrocknyc…

Also, the counter doesnt see anyone who reads the site via Tumblr, or the Tumblr apps. We have 86 followers now (I had 220 when I nixed the old site, after eighteen months or so of tumblrizing.)  I feel like we’re gaining more followers faster than I did last year, but I could be wrong. If we pass 200 by December (which seems reasonable) than we are attracting more eyeballs than I did on my own previously. 

I’ll post the top ten pages for today in the comments. :)