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Even though RIAA executives will probably spit out their coffee if they happen upon this post, I’m going to give you a round-up of some of my favorite free (and completely legal) internet music services. [URL="http://www.we7.com"]WE7[/URL]: This free site delivers free tracks from mostly unknown artists (although you will find some oldies here if you look often enough). You can play the tracks online on the site by building a playlist, download a free ad-supported track or you can pay .70 British pounds ($1.35 US as of today) to get the song ad-free. Given the unfavorable exchange rate for those …

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According to the Guardian newspaper, the much publicised reports circulating online and in the global print media that Sir Paul McCartney has struck a deal to put the Beatles back catalogue up for download on iTunes this year is simply not true. The story is that Sir Paul has agreed a £200 million ($400 million) payday for the tracks, which would cover his divorce settlement to Heather Mills nicely. But the Guardian [URL="http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/03/07/beatles_songs_to_go_online_not_so_says_apple_corps.html"]reports[/URL] that Apple Corps, which retains publishing rights to the music, says no date has been set and quotes a spokesperson as claiming “The story isn't correct. I …

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If you like listening to Pandora but are not living in the United States at the moment, you may want to enjoy it while you can, because Pandora has announced that they're going to block non-US visitors in short order. Why? You guessed it: licensing problems. Previously, Pandora had only claimed that they were only offering their service to American visitors, allowing anyone from around the world to visit Pandora.com and enjoy the free music. Now that is about to change, due to the recent pressure from the media. It all boils down to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that's …

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Studio To Go is a Knoppix-based Linux musical software environment that allows Windows users access to linux-based open-source software tools, without having to install Linux onto the Windows PC. Knoppix is a Linux that runs completely from a CD-ROM, although it probably takes some RAM and turns it into a ram disk for housekeeping duties and temporary files. Knoppix supports a number of external devices, such as USB thumbdrives, network interface cards, and modems. According to the FAQ on the Studio to Go website, you can boot into the musical environment, and then create songs, and mix music. It is …

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Creative Technology, the makers of the Soundblaster cards, and more recently, the Zen Neon portable music players, confirmed this week that 4,000 of it's shipped Neon music players shipped with the Wullik.b worm that affects Windows computers. Wullik.b came to the world in 2003 and it attacks all flavors of Windows (except 3.1). It is a worm that copies itself to random locations, and can spread to floppy disks and shared network drives. It was written in Visual Basic. The worm uses the Outlook address book to send itself to others. Creative posted on their Japanese website the serial number …

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