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The Century-Old Machine That Gave Us MP3s And JPEGs

Back in 1894, Olaus Henrici invented a machine called the Harmonic Analyser. Way ahead of its time, it could pick out all the individual frequencies that make up complex sound waves — a technique we now rely on for everything from compressed audio to digital images.


This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Video: Improv Everywhere is a guerrilla prank group who’s various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy train station into an underground spa. For its latest social experiment, the team gave 2000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local residents.


My Name Is Prince, And My DRM Is Not Funky

Piracy is one of those topics that never goes away, although I’ve got to be honest and say that as a content creator, I’m not all for the entitled “I’ll pay what I want” attitude anyway. Then again, there are counter-examples that just go way too far in the other direction.


Lunchtime Deal: 20% Off Albums At Big Pond Music

As music bargain hunters know, iTunes is not the only game in town. Today (January 8) until midnight, use the discount code BPM2013 at Big Pond Music for 20 per cent off any album. Tuneful! [via OzBargain]


How Winamp Disappeared Into Obscurity

This year marks the 15th birthday of Winamp. During that time it went from being a must-have piece of software to languishing in complete obscurity. But where did it all go wrong?


MP3-Playing Mouth Gear Makes Headphones Obsolete

Remember when your orthodontist said you could get a flavored retainer and you were all Glitter? Pshh. I want my mouth gear watermelon-flavored or not at all! Well, prepare to feel like a dated, oldtimey loser: Aisen Chacin, a Design and Technology student at Parsons the New School for Design, has created a music-playing mouth piece that uses bone conduction to transmit sounds waves — painlessly — via vibration through your teeth!


Ten Weird Lessons About The Future Of Music

This week the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) released its annual wholesale figures, indicating how much money the music industry is turning over and where it comes from. Turns out the future isn’t quite as filled with MP3 files as you’d think. Here are 10 notable lessons from the data.


How To Lose $US3.2 Million And Still Win, By Amazon.com

When Amazon started selling Lady Gaga’s album for $US0.99 the other day, there was no doubt it would stand to lose millions. The total today, we now know, is about $US3.2 million. This was still a good move for Amazon.


JBL's AirPlay-Powered iPod Dock Is Here

The JBL OnAir iPod dock, which we fawned over last month for its magical – possibly whimsical – AirPlay streaming powers, has started shipping to retail locations and will cost $US350. A pretty penny indeed, but possibly worth it for those of us who really hate wires. [JBL via Engadget]


Former RIAA Lobbyist Now Handles File Sharing Cases As A Federal Judge

While many judges around the country are throwing out file sharing lawsuits on account of questionable or faulty arguments, DC federal judge Beryl Howell just recently allowed three cases filed by copyright holders to proceed. What makes it intriguing is that she used to be a former RIAA lobbyist.


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