Thursday, February 15, 2007

Be My Valentine, Bad Housekeeping, -and- Skin and Bones

Be My Valentine - woman ties up lover, drinks his blood
Bad Housekeeping - house of filth condemned by town
Skin and Bones - teen model dies 6 months after anorexic sister

On this day in history: February 15, 1936 - At a speech in Berlin, Hitler confronts German industry with the challenge of creating the Volkswagen. Thus Ferdinand Porsche designs the Beetle.

Born on this day in history: February 15, 1951 - Jane Seymour (1951 - ____) actress. She is best known for her starring role in the TV series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman."

Today's Video: Crazy Car - awesome hill climb!

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The online digital music business stinks. iTunes, Rhapsody, Zune Store, Napster — you name it. They are all failures. The hype has people believing otherwise. Bloggers and tech writers shout that iTunes is the best thing to happen to music since the microphone.

But it is not true. Nearly six years after the introduction of iTunes and the iPod, online music has failed to interest the vast majority of the world's music consumers. This is no doubt why Steve Jobs recently called for an end to copy-protection software on digital songs. Something has to change, or iTunes and its ilk will never break into the mass market.

Jobs admitted that iTunes' penetration has been weak. In his discussed-to-death essay, "Thoughts On Music" — posted a couple of weeks ago on Apple's website — Jobs noted that only about 3 percent of songs on a typical iPod are bought on iTunes. The rest are either ripped from CDs and transferred into iPods, or illegitimately downloaded for free from file-sharing sites.