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No more Universal in iTunes?

Thursday, September 27th, 2007


As rumors have it, Universal Music Group, THE largest group of record labels in the music industry, won’t be renewing its contract with Apple. The contract that allows the selling/distribution of songs through iTunes.

Reportedly, it’s because of the high prices, and the idea that iTunes has monopoly, something they aren’t fully agreeing with.

That news was from over two months ago, and that was only from anonymous (but reliable) sources. They mentioned that they prefer an “at will” contract instead of an annual one.

Officially, Apple denied the rumor, saying they are “still negotiating”. Officially, UMG said that it will not sign a long-term contract with Apple, and will instead go for a month by month thing.

Officially, last month, UMG announced that they would still be selling DRM-free music through online vendors, NOT including iTunes.

Oh no…I can feel the earth trembling beneath me.

Technorati tags: apple, itunes, universal music, umg, drm, contract, new york times

Always issues with Kanye West

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Apparently he’s vowed to never return to MTV, after failing to get a single award at Sept. 9’s VMAs. He was nominated for 5 awards, but again, failed to get video of the year.

Kanye West

Last year, he had a meltdown, saying the VMA loses it’s credibility for not giving them the award. And last week he did it again backstage, shouting how they should give him a chance. It was a very troubling scene.

I’d share it, but yeah, it’s troubling.

“Give a black man a chance. I’m trying hard, man.”

Well, it’s especially disturbing for me because I like his music. But as always, his ego is huge, bigger than his body, bigger than his music career. It’s hard to get inside his head. I do think he’s great (I’ll leave my extra biased comments out for now), but the fact that he can’t be mature about this lowers the way I see him.

And he even made a comment against pop music. What’s up with that Kanye? I want to say I expect more from you, but I’ve got nothing to go on.

Technorati tags: kanye west, music, video music awards, vma, mtv, meltdown

Paradigm Shift

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

For most people, there’s always that one genre of music that they refuse to listen to.

For instance, my brother used to hate country, he really didn’t like how country music was arranged. On the other hand, a friend of mine once said “There’s good music and there’s bad music. And then there’s emo.” Yeah, he’s got a lot of hostility toward the emo genre, and doesn’t consider it music at all.

Read the caption at the right.

“Yeah, yeah, we know, emo’s a music thing, not a fashion movement…” 

Well to me, it’s one thing to not like a certain genre, it’s another to say that it isn’t worthy to be called music. And it’s yet another thing to judge people because of the music they listen to.

Well, I used to be like that. I would walk past a group of emo people and judge them. I used to be judged too, because I listened to music from other countries, because i listened to rap music in a heavily rock-influenced town. I was already pretty versatile with my taste in music — I liked metal, alternative, r&b, rap, jazz, electronica, house, name it. But emo, to me, was different. To me the theme of the genre itself was enough reason not to consider it music.

But soon I came to realize something. Many of the songs I liked in certain genres, I liked because of the technical aspects in the song. I won’t explain that, but think about oldschool rock bands and you’ll get it. However, for some, it was just that I found a way to connect to the music, that I liked them so much. R&B rarely ever had any killer instrument lines, so you basically had the melody, arrangement, words and the beat. And yet, they could be considered works of genius.

And that made me think, who was I to judge these people, when they were making use of the language of music just as it should be used? Just as I would do, only for other genres?

After all, if you look up the definition of music, these genres do fall under it, no matter how much they don’t appeal to us. It’s a language after all, and in this case I believe, the end justifies the means. You can say that you don’t like a certain genre and give all your valid reasons, but to deny it that basic fact, is injustice. Just my two cents.

Technorati tags: bias, music, genre

Food and Music

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Got this again from admin Rukia’s blog, and the question is about what food I would absolutely not eat. Well I guess I don’t particularly consider myself as an adventurous person when it comes to food. I have eaten chicken intestines, but here that’s sorta a normal thing. Lol.

Live Octopus

I guess the one food I can think of right now that I wouldn’t eat is…live octopus. I mean, should this even be considered food for sane people? But I read that you could actually die of eating live octopus, cause they can cling to your throat so hard and you could choke. Not to mention the fact that they move so simily around. What the…nasty! Lol. No offense to those who like eating such.

Sorry I’m really enjoying these questions. Anyway to make up for it, let me share this with you. It’s a set of music tests, where you check how good you are when it comes to rhythm, tone and pitch. These are my results for the tone test.

My tone test result

Wanna find out ifyou’re tone deaf? Click HERE to visit the site, and if you post your results on your blog, trackback and lemme know! Here are my results:

Tone = 88%
Rhythm = 88%
Pitch = 1.95 Hz

Warning though, the pitch test is HARD. Nevertheless, enjoy! ;)

Technorati tags: music, music test, quiz, food, octopus, tone, rhythm, pitch

Another one from Rukia

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Just a quick one to answer heheh, I’ve been kinda busy but I like answering questions. The question is “Can a person’s personality change?” and here’s my answer:

I believe that a person’s personality can change, but it would depend on the reasons. If you try to change your personality based on trying to please other people, you’ll probably fail and end up miserable. If your personality changes because of a different perspective or outlook on life, then you’ve got a good chance.

That’s all I guess. Depends on your reason for wanting to change. :)