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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Twisted 

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Mood: Curious
Reading: Restaurant sorry over F word bill
Currently listening to: Dance, Dance - Fallout Boy
Quote of the day: "In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from." - Peter Ustinov

Spotted this article on the BBC news.

Freedom at last for digital media! Down with DRM!

Jon Lech Johansen became the "enfant terrible" of the DRM industry when he released software which cracked the encryption codes on DVDs, aged just 15.

His firm, DoubleTwist, has now released software allowing users to share digital media files across devices.

It would allow songs bought on Apple's iTunes to be shared on other devices.

At the moment, the only portable music player which can store content downloaded from the iTunes store is Apple's iPod.

Users can copy downloaded songs to a CD and then copy the disc back on to the computer so that the songs can then be moved to other portable devices - but the quality of the music is affected...

...The new software from his San Francisco-based company DoubleTwist will allow users to share both user-generated and professionally created music, photos and video clips between computers, mobiles and game consoles.

Media which lives on a computer can be moved to a variety of mobile devices by dragging and dropping the files to a desktop folder which then drops copies on the external device over the web.

Initially the system will allow file-sharing with Sony's PSP games console, Nokia's N-series mobile, Sony Ericsson's Walkman and Cybershot handsets and Microsoft's Windows Mobile smartphones.

The software converts media stored in one file format to those used by the other devices in a system that mimics the process of ripping a CD onto a computer.

One hundred songs can be converted in about half an hour, with a slight degradation in sound quality, according to the firm.

"With digital media such as video from a friend's cell phone or your own iTunes playlists, it's a jungle out there," said Monique Farantzos, co-founder of DoubleTwist.

"The digital media landscape has become a tower of Babel, alienating and frustrating consumers. Our goal is to provide a simple and well integrated solution that the average consumer can use to eliminate the headaches associated with their expanding digital universe," she said.


And best of all this software is FREE for download! Go and get it now!

In other news it looks like Sony's won the next gen hi-def DVD war (fair enough i say, since the poor buggers lost the Betamax/VHS fight back in the 80s) so it looks like the future is Blu-Ray.

As the article states, at least now consumers should be able to stop worrying about which format to buy - lord only knows i was holding back on a certain purchase until this could be resolved. That PS3 is seriously starting to look a tad more appealing than the Xbox 360 (although yes, the HD DVD player does not come standard with that)...

Well, here's hoping that you didn't buy a HD DVD player. ;)

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