The Onion covers the historical Blockbuster tour

The Onion has done some great service and covered the historical Blockbuster tour that showcases what it used to be like to rent movies.
This was a time before Netflix or iTunes. A great public service to all those young kids out there who didn’t know if you would be able to get the movie you wanted when you went to the rental store.

Here, check it out:

http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/videoplayer/flvplayer.swf
Historic 2018Blockbuster2019 Store Offers Glimpse Of How Movies Were Rented In The Past

Thanks Onion!

The Economics of Content – Sony BMG Joining Amazon Music Store; Final Major To Try DRM-Free: Report

paidContent.org – The Economics of Content – Sony BMG Joining Amazon Music Store; Final Major To Try DRM-Free: Report
It looks like Sony BMG is going DRM free through the Amazon Music Store. This is the last major record label that is doing this.

I think that it is pretty cool and will have to start looking at the Amazon Music Store when I am looking to purchase my music. I currently purchase a CD or download it through the iTunes music store, but this looks entriguing since it is higher quality and DRM free.

Thanks to Tom Merritt for posting this article.

News.Com Podcast Ends Early

I listen to the News.com Daily Tech News podcast, but I have a problem, it always cuts off early.  As they are finishing up the podcast, it just cuts off.
Most recently, they have been running the new Buzz Out Loud Podcast commercials, and those are what is getting cut off.

You may wonder why I care about the commercials at the end of a podcast being cut-off.  Well, the new Buzz Out Loud commercials are pretty good and funny, especially the South Park one.

Also, it is sometimes not a commercial.  Sometimes it is the content of the show and sometimes a story that I am interested in.

This does not happen on any other podcast that I listen to, so I am assuming it is something that is happening in the production of this show.  I use iTunes and have heard of problems like this.  But it does not happen to any other podcast.

News.Com Daily Tech News podcast, I would appreciate you taking a look at this.  I would also be interesting in hearing if anyone else is having this problem.  Leave a comment and let me know.

Is the Apple TV officially a flop? (Or: How to fix Apple TV)

Is the Apple TV officially a flop? (Or: How to fix Apple TV) | Crave : The gadget blog
This is from the Crave blog on CNET.  I would have to agree that so far it is a flop and I have one.

One of the biggest complaints that I have is that the video resolution that I download is not that good.  As the article points out, the movie and television shows sold are optimized for the iPod and its smaller screens.

But when you view it on a HD television, it looks blurry.  It just doesn’t work.  Some video podcasts look a lot better than the television shows that I have purchased.

I would be intrigued with a rental option, but unless they get a higher resolution it would be a tough sell for me.  Since I have an HD television, I would like to see them as HD.

I like my Apple TV, but they need to improve it so it can continue to grow.