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UK to legalize DVD and CD ripping for personal use

UK to legalize DVD and CD ripping for personal use

One of the many things that has irked people who spend their hard-earned money on CDs and DVDs through legitimate means is that the movie and music studios wanted it to be illegal to make a copy or rip your own content for personal use as a backup. The UK government has announced that it will be stepping in and this summer it will legalize the ripping of CDs and DVDs.

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Xbox One DLNA streaming in certification while audio CDs a go

Xbox One DLNA streaming in certification while audio CDs a go

In the weeks leading up to the release of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, little tidbits here and there about their abilities have been cropping up, today’s including a bit more information on the media server features on the Microsoft machine. Straight from the folks at Penny Arcade comes word - official word at that - on the streaming features of the Xbox One first and foremost. Then there’s the (hopefully) obvious: this device can also play Audio CDs - classic!

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The CD turns 30 today

The CD turns 30 today

Exactly 30 years ago, the first commercially-released CD album hit store shelves. On October 1, 1982, Billy Joel's sixth studio album, 52nd Street, was re-released to the public. The album was originally launched in 1978, but it was selected for re-launch on the all-new digital compact disc to coincide with the release of the first CD player, the Sony CDP-101.

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Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

Beck “Song Reader” album cuts out the music

This week it's been announced that the musical artist known as Beck will be releasing an album comprised of 20 pieces of sheet music called "Beck Hansen's Song Reader". This is 20 pieces of music that are not recorded by the artist, instead intended by the artist to be played and recorded by whoever so wishes to do so. Licensing issues and future recordings by associated artists aside, we applaud Beck's ability to have so much cash on hand that he experiments with each new release.

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Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

If you were sad that Borders closed this July, and with it all of the data on which books you purchased when, you may be in luck, because Barnes & Noble owns that data now. During the bankruptcy court which saw the sales of Borders assets across the board, personal data (preferences in reading material, DVDs, music, etc) of some 45 million Borders customers included, Barnes & Noble saw the opportunity and grabbed for it, and just this last week, that court approved such a sale. What does that mean, exactly? Will they now know everything about my LIFE? Not exactly.

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Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

Private Copying of CDs and DVDs to be Legalized in the UK

This Wednesday, Britain will signal its intent to legalize copying of CDs or DVDs onto computers and/or digital music players for personal use. This word comes from a government source speaking with Rueters this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011. This move will be on a recommendation made to review Britian's intellectual property framework as carried out by Professor Ian Hargreaves earlier this year at the request of Prime Minister David Cameron. Digital music converters around the country realize it's been illegal all this time, say "oh dear me," and continue on with their day.

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Kaleidescape Vault M700 Robotic Storage For Your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs

Kaleidescape Vault M700 Robotic Storage For Your CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray Discs

If you have a massive collection of CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs that you'd like to have automatically stored and archived for easy access, then you might consider a robotic disc loader like the new Kaleidescape M700 Disc Vault. The M700 Disc Vault is a movie server that swallows your discs into a precision carousel, copies the content onto the Kaleidescape System, and easily plays back what you want when you want it---no more wasting time rummaging through your collection.

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How (and Why) to Save Best Buy

How (and Why) to Save Best Buy

This past week, I did something I haven’t done in years. I bought a CD. I bought the Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." And I bought it at Best Buy. It's not that I'm against digital downloads. Quite the contrary. Not only am I a huge fan of digital music, but I also pay for every single track I download. I haven't downloaded songs illegally in years, and a hard drive crash a few years ago ensured that all of the music in my collection was either ripped from CDs I own, or downloaded legally.

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