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Mix: Grateful Dead, Duke, Negativland, Podcasting

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005
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The iTunes Music Store is now featuring 30 live “Dick’s Picks” Grateful Dead albums “representing the best concerts digitally remastered from the original 2-track source tapes.”

Steve Veres of The Chornicle looks at the past, present and future of the iPod project at Duke University in an extensive article.

Francis Hwang says he will offer his unauthorized special edition Negativland vs. U2 iPod on his website after he was blocked from selling it on eBay due to Apple complaints.

In an article entitled “Podcasting faces growing pains,” Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe looks at the struggles podcasting faces.

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1

I still don’t understand WHY they don’t want a regular PDA.  Flash memory is getting cheaper; surely the language tracks they are using for the experiment can’t take up more than a gigabyte or so.  As for recording lectures…Many professors don’t WANT you to record them…I’m hearing impaired, and must get special permission to record many lectures.

In Sum:  It’s a stupid idea.

Posted by Cameron T. on March 1, 2005 at 11:31 AM (PDT)

2

re: the Dick’s Picks tracks on iTMS. I don’t see the appeal of listening to live recordings on an iPod until the iPod can support gapless playback. That little between song snippit of silence is really jarring when listening to live gigs.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on March 1, 2005 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

3

I don’t find the gap to be too much of an issue. 90% of my music collection is live and for some songstransitions, the cut is obnoxious. For most of those, though, I’ve extracted from CD and made sure to join those tracks. I can only hope that the people who tracked the iTMS versions of the Dicks Picks tracked them so as to maintain the integrity of some of the song transitions. If anyone had bothered to follow the post-Garcia squabbles over the Dead’s archive, this is a resolution to an issue that really drove a wedge between the surviving members for several years. Rumors of the Dead “selling out” their vault to Microsoft were rampant. Ultimately, they chose Apple, a nice California connection for them.

Posted by Matt B. in Idaho on March 1, 2005 at 12:30 PM (PDT)

4

What exactly is this?  IPOD is The vault is being opened up to Itunes/IPOD Users?  Best idea would be the vault to open up and you can actually purchase an IPOD with the entire vault pre-installed…what do you think that would cost?

Posted by doralevich on March 1, 2005 at 12:33 PM (PDT)

5

The Dead have played so many shows. It would be a nearly impossible to throw all the live shows the band has collected of itself on an Ipod. I would bet anything they dont have most of their own music in a digital format. I like it I own 25 dicks picks or so so I can just download the rest. Nice and easy.

Posted by Goodlovin in chicago on March 1, 2005 at 12:51 PM (PDT)

6

I don’t like this thing with eBay.  If a guy wants to sell his own iPod with some music and some modifications to the package, who cares?  Apple went a little far this time.  Just chill out.  Everybody knows Apple didn’t release a U2 v. Negativeland iPod.

Posted by purplestallion in Dallas, Texas on March 1, 2005 at 1:29 PM (PDT)

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