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Blog posts from May 2007

Music to My Ears

Submitted by Tom Peters on May 20, 2007 - 4:32am

A hush has fallen over the music industry.  It may be the hush of anticipation prior to the birth of an heir who will lead the kingdom to a new golden age, or it may be the calm before the onslaught of the perfect storm. 

DRM (Digital Rights Management)--which may be the baby, or it may be the bath water, it depends on who you ask--appears to be on its way out, at least for music.  First, Apple and EMI announced an agreement to sell DRM-free digital music files beginning this month.  Consumers will pay about 30 percent more for DRM-free music, but there already are many precedents where consumers prove willing to pay more to have something left out of a product.  Exhibit A:  bottled water.  I rest my case.    Read More »


Weinberger's Well-ordered Miscellany

Submitted by Karen G. Schneider on May 3, 2007 - 1:36pm

Emma ponders WeinbergerThis book is dangerous. Everything is Miscellaneous takes all the precious ideas we are taught as librarians and throws them out the window. Structure, order, precise metadata, bibliographic control: gone, gone, gone, gone. Even, for you edgier types, ye who tell of your Semantic Web and your RDF triples: old-school, good-bye, don't let the door hit you on the way out. Read More »