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Spotify scrobbles to Last.fm

I've been raving about last.fm to many people over time. I am a paying customer for 2 years now. One disadvantage of last.fm is that they don't let you play all tracks, even if you pay your fee. Reason is that last.fm simply doesn't have the rights for all tracks in all countries. Political reason, not a technical one. Spotify, with an iPhone and Android client, has more rights to stream music to web browsers and mobile devices than last.fm. But Spotify has less added-value to an artist or a band than last.fm.
So I'm very pleased to learn that Spotify can integrate with last.fm and scrobble your track to last.fm. That way you can use the great value-adding of similar artists, artists' events and like-minded people of last.fm with the free music streaming of Spotify! Yeah! Everybody wins. Now if only last.fm would buy Spotify (or vice versa)...

The Daft Punk's Console

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Rana Sobhany became widely known when she played a DJ set at an Apple gig using only 2 iPads as consoles. Not laptops, nor iPods nor CD players or anything. Pretty cool, sure. But it's just the same thing in a different flavor right?!

Then I spotted the iDaft app on her iPad and saw how she used Daft Punk's brilliant song "Harder Better Faster Stronger" in her sample set. Then I suddenly saw the potential of a platform like that were artists can produce original sound bytes and samples and loops, pack them into an App and get used by other artists in ways they never even dreamed of! Voila! A revolution is born!

But the best part is, you can use the same app right from your browser, to make your own special version of the Daft Punk song. It also comes in Flash and plays in any browser, anywhere! Brilliant!

Xiph.Org: QuickTime Components

was reading several threads about adding Ogg Vorbis support to the Mac. The open audio format is better than mp3 (twice the quality in the same space) but not widely supported because, uhm, I dunno. I guess it makes too much sense.

Anyway, while Windows is fairly easy with audio and codecs are abundant, Apple's OS X is a bit tighter and more anal difficult. However, Xiph.org has a bunch of QuickTime Components that work as an add-on to QuickTime (hence the name 'components'). This makes it ubiquitous for OS X, as almost anything can tie into that. It adds a simple library and then even iTunes can play back or rip to Ogg files. :) Brilliant!

see vorbis.com for more tools and GUIs, if needed.

Numark TTi unpacking

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I received and unpacked my Numark TTi USB phono aka record player last Saturday. I recorded a test LP but clicked a wrong button and deleted the file. :) LOL Need to get a female2headphone audio cable anyway so I can listen to the LPs while they digitize. Using Audacity (bundled), you can record at 45rpm and convert the track to normal speed. Cool

Wanted to test the iPod feature but sadly I think I have lost my iPod somewhere. I hope it at Square and that someone found it. Otherwise my bday present is gone and I have to get a new Ipod Nano. I kinda liked the old form factor better than the new.

How Last.fm works

On Slashdot I read a brief about an interview that CNET did with the guys behind last.fm. The interview shows some of the ways that power last.fm, i.e. a 'behind the scenes' of last.fm.

They run Linux (yay!) and use MogileFS, a distributed file system much like a software RAID system for reliability and redundancy. (Which, BTW, Hyves and Marktplaats also use.) They also use SSD drives abundantly, for speed obviously.

Numark TT USB

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I bit the bullet! After years of swaying yes and no, I just ordered the Numark TT USB digital phono. An oldskool record player to digitize old LPs. My parents still have a ton that I can't find anywhere and would like to preserve. I have a few cool 12" extended versions that I'd like to share on piratebay and Marianne has a ton of rare, old LPs that are priceless. So there I go... :)

Digitally pimping a home network

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While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's fr…

USB turntables & Audacity

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My parents have a respectable LP collection and recently organized their attic, seeing how many they really have. I've always been planning on digitizing the collection - or at least a part of it - to guard them from disappearing and regain some of my childhood memories. USB-based turntables are perfect for this. There even some which have an iPod port built-in too.

A recent search for brands that make USB phono players aka turntables brought up the USB turntables - Audacity Wiki. Not only does it list decent brands that make the turntables, but it also lists how to record the LPs. Pay especially attention to their instruction on recording old 78 rpm records. If your recordings sound dull, chances are you need to post-process the recording to remove "RIAA playback equalization". :) Good to know!

DJ Mag TOP 100 for 2009

DJ Mag just published their annual TOP 100 DJ of the world list. Armin van Buuren won again, 2nd 3rd year in a row! Congrats! Tiësto is #2. Trance duo from US "Above & Beyond" are on #4, a surprise for me. Didn't know they were so popular. They've been a favorite of mine for a while now and I love their podcast! German Paul van Dyk and Dutch Ferry Corsten are #5 and #7 resp. Love both of 'm too. Markus Schulz (also German), a recent favorite of mine is #8 and the young boy genius Sander van Doorn - who rocked at Mysteryland this year - is #10.

You may wonder why I left some numbers... well French David Guetta (#3) is not my style, although he does have some great hits. Deadmau5 (#6), I never heard of and Gareth Emery from the UK (#9) is new to me too, although I have heard a set or two by him and liked very much. :) So I'm keeping tabs on the latter for the next year. Now, tune in to di.fm and find your favorite tracks/DJs.

Apple iPod nano fifth-gen

Apple latest iPod Nano, the fifth-gen 16GB MP3 with video recording might just make it good enough to ditch a one year old gadget and "upgrade"... Hmmm, Singapore is just in time for Xmas in October!

Apple iTablet hype picking up

It just got a little more real, all the fuzz about the Apple iTablet. T3 reposts that an Apple iTablet [was] seen by veteran tech analyst.

:yawn: I'm starting to get tired already. I'm just curious what they packaged into the deal, not how they packaged it. Apple is genius in making common things really usable by everyone and adding in "high-tech" features that you never even thought you needed until you find you can't live without them! :S iTunes, iPod, touch screens, wheel interfaces, and so on.

T3: Spotify Apple iPhone app

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Streaming music is coming to a device near you soon. Sites like Youtube, last.fm and spotify are quickly becoming the de facto platform choice for many people, mostly the young. Granted. But with Apple launching an iPhone app for Spotify where this is the touted iTunes killer, and Microsoft adding Spotify and last.fm support on the Xbox 360 Live OS, streaming music is here to stay and may rescue the dreaded music business after all.
At the same time, it will allow musicians to manage their own music (by uploading it to MySpace, last.fm or Spotify) or just to see who exactly has listened to what and when. Add facebook and twitter to this pictures and suddenly it's a totally new and direct way to stay in touch with fans. :) Cool!

Apple 'iTablet' by Xmas?

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Feeding the hype. :) Apple seems to be trying to get an Apple 'iTablet' out for Christmas. If the photo is anywhere bear reality it looks cool and could be a great seller! 3G, web access, iTunes, eBooks... Interesting!

Update: Apple is rumored to Spotify the iTablet, using streaming music instead of local files

Apple aiming to enhance albums

Apple is trying to change the albums in iTunes in an effort to try and recreate the ability for record companies and artists to create and sell appealing and attractive CD artwork or booklets with their album. Sales have been declining and they think having a cool interactive booklet with artwork, text and other features will change that. Should be announced in September of this year...

Mascarada promo CD track listing

I received a promo CD with a mix as a teaser for the Mascarada party in Rotterdam on May 20th (next week). I really liked the mix and contacted one of the DJs Marc MacRowland for a track listing:

01 Energy 52 - Café Del Mar
02 Delerium - Silence (Deadmau5 rmx)
03 Tom Novy - Run Away (Tapesh)
04 Roland Clark - Music Talking
05 Hoxton Whores - Devil Toy
06 Harry Choo Choo - Deep inside
07 DCA Project - Sandcastles (john Dahlback rmx)
08 Robert Gaez - Our Darkness
09 2000 and 1 - Spanish Fly
10 Gregor Salto - Masque Nada (Robbie Taylor& Marc MacRowland rmx)
11 Mastiksoul - Bofe de Elite
12 Giorgio Giordani - Ammazonia
13 David Tort - Acid
14 Soulsearcher - Enough (Hendrik B)

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty

The Pirate Bay Trial: The Official Verdict - Guilty from TorrentFreak. 1 Year prison and $900,000 in fines. They're appealing of course.

Sabrina Starke | Official website

Sabrina Starke... just a mental note here. She's performing in the Hague and I wanna check her out.

Digital HD photo frame

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Want stunning rotating pictures on your mantel piece in HD resolutions? Get the AGFAPHOTO AF 5135MS, which yields 1200x800 px photos on a 13" display and swallows SD, SDHC, CF and XD memory cards. Even mp3 music... No price though yet.

Livesets Trance Energy 2009

Trance Energy 2009 was amazing! Woohoo! I felt a lot better going there than I had all week. It was also good to go and meet some friends again. The line up was very promising and totally lived up to its promise. :)

If you'd like to rise and repeat the feeling :) download the Livesets Trance Energy 2009 from VK Magazine! :D Armin and Paul rule! Wow!

ps3mediaserver

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Still not sure what the ps3mediaserver does. But I am intrigued. I think it is a server that the PS3 can scan for so that any media content you have lying around on your network (i.e. a Linux file server, a Windows desktop for you and your kids, your neighbours' servers, etc.) can be streamed, transcoded if needed and played back on your PS3. Why? I guess because you can and coz... why not?! :D

It connects directly to your iTunes and/or iPhoto collections... No more copying or transfer needed.