A few days after this disaster and things look a lot better. All these artists were recommended for me (along with Jay Sean, Avril Lavigne, and Christina Aguilera, sigh…) the last time I checked. It may just be a function of more artists joining up: even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and […]

…or just mothball it for a few months until you get it right — it’s embarassing. These are your tone-deaf recommendations: Here are the most recent few artists I’ve followed myself. You have access to my entire iTunes library, play counts, star ratings, etc. I know you can handle this — iTunes Genius does reasonably […]

Effective Jul 6, 2009, your plan will change to the new eMusic Plus plan which gives you 37 downloads for $14.99 every 30 days. We’re sorry that we’ve had to retire your current plan, but we’re confident that you’ll find even more music to love among the many new additions to the music catalog. And […]

I purchased a few albums back in the day with Pepsi bottle tops or something, and I noticed the other day that one of the albums was now available as iTunes Plus. When I checked the “Upgrade My Library” link I didn’t have the option of getting the uncrippled version. I’d never noticed this irritating […]

Free is good, and this week the iTMS Single Of The Week is just that, free and good. A nice combination for sure and it’s as well a sweet and savory combo of R&B and Reggae, with a big shoulders breaking bass line and Lauren Hillesque belted out lyrics and backing vocals. I have absolutely […]

Remember when iTunes used to be able to do this? The editors of this list would slow my home computer to a crawl connecting to my library and streaming it. Ah, the good ol’ days …

Brandon Cirillo A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other types of music. Genre is a common concept that has great commercial and aesthetic importance, but it also continues to frustrate fans, artists, composers, […]

reporting: seek and d.w. First of all, happy birthday to the iTMS! Five world-conquering years under its belt. The store has done a lot right and helped tame, define and mature a new market. But there are others who have had time to learn from it and make improvements, experiment with different models. The iTunes […]

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame. Slashdot’s CmdrTaco, upon the introduction of the iPod, October 23, 2001 Apple’s iPod platform is a monster in the portable music space. Tens of millions have been sold, and the application that interfaces with the device, iTunes, runs on tens of millions of computers. I have a […]

“Back in the ’70s the Isley Brothers weren’t singing ‘T-Neck in the motherfuckin’ house!!’” — Chris Rock Label-consciousness. It’s not something you necessarily want in your lyrics. But it’s something consumers are still interested in. Or is it only the “headz” or music nerds that think about music this way? I’d be surprised if there […]

Dear Apple, You have helped make podcasting mainstream. You have made it fairly easy to subscribe and download episodes. But when it comes to organizing them and synching with one’s iPod, you remind me of Microsoft. Give us more options, and have them open to us for each individual podcast, not for every last one […]

Back on the train to Toronto, and I’m thinking about choices. It’s obvious VIA Rail gives a rip or two about their customers, their religions and lifestyles. In the Metro Detroit area, being a vegetarian is a bit of a gamble, and one needs to be ready to forage for roots, berries, bagels, veggie pizza […]