Results tagged “online music” from kwc blog

They have Radiohead


I've been browsing the Amazon MP3 download service to build up a list of tracks to buy. I've been on a blues kick lately but so many classic blues artists are sold in overlapping "Best of" compilation collections -- this will let me build my own compilations. Then again, I really can't go wrong with prices as low as $7 for an entire album.

Amazon's new music downloads trumps Apple in one huge regard for me: they have Radiohead. Amazon had to concede the right to sell all of Radiohead's songs album only, with the exception of two singles available on compilation CDs. Strangely, even the tracks on singles are available album only, which calls into question Radiohead's artistic argument.

RIP, Connect, 2004-2007


sony.connectUpdate: not dead, but more of a neglected child.

I hated it when it first came out a little over 3 years ago, so it is with a little bit of happiness that I read that Sony Connect is being closed down. I have no desire to see iTunes Music Store as the only game in town, but Connect managed to be even more anti-consumer and added a terrible interface on top of it. RIP

New Sony "mp3" player

Wired is calling it a "credible competitor," and while it is sexy, svelte, and all the other physical adjectives you might want in a portable music player, it still sucks in every way that I have ranted that Sony's current generation of music players sucks, and I even have a new word for it: muda.

I learned this Japanese word yesterday at our all hands meeting, and it means waste, inefficient, unnecessary, an activity without value. Businesses use it to describe the processes that need to be streamlined or eliminated. I think it describes the Sony experience perfectly.

It's not an mp3 player as you still have to do the slow/stupid/inefficient/wasteful ATRAC conversion. It also still relies on the screen-wasting Sony Connect music player software for your computer that can't seem to do anything right.

If Sony focused on removing the muda from the user experience, they could have a great product, but they insist on continuing to focus on features that have negative value to the consumer and software that is bloated in every possible way except for functionality.

- Another photo of Sony's NW-HD1 Network Walkman
- Sony Japan Press Release

Sony loses


If my reviews of Sony Connect and the VAIO pocket weren't negative enough, you can read this combined Sony PSP, VAIO Pocket, and Sony Connect review:
How Sony Cemented iPod's Supremacy



New music stores are becoming as commonplace as new social networking sites, and Sony, inventor of the Walkman, has finally launched their effort. I wanted to write a fair review, rather than read the press releases and viscerally react at their stupidity, so I've taken the time to download the software for the new music store and I've poked around, all so that I can have a more informed visceral reaction.

I have two ways to summarize my basic reaction. One is, "This is your response to beat Apple?" The other is, "MINIDISC IS DEAD! GET OVER IT!"*

If you're interested in a slightly more detailed explanation of these reactions, you can read the extended entry, where I try to examine in more detail what Sony is trying to do, and why I think it's doomed.

* Caveat: This will probably play well in Japan where MiniDiscs have managed to survive, but it's mind-boggling to me that Sony is letting itself have it's ass handed to it on a platter in the American consumer electronics industry.