NeowinCAST News Edition for February 9th, 2007

Neowin.net & PowerUser.TV present the NeowinCAST News Edition for the week of February 9th, 2007. This week our panel consists of Chris (bangbang023) and Rob. The guys spend time discussing some more news centered around DRM then get talking about video games consoles before ending on some interesting Vista sales figures. The topics discussed this week include:

  • Steve Jobs on DRM
  • The RIAA responds to Jobs' letter
  • Blizzard predicts no consoles in 5 years
  • Wii outsells ps3 3 - 1 in Japan
  • Home premium is top selling version of Vista
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i take it Todd missed it again and there was gaming news >.< he'd of loved to have his input on that topic, maybe next time lol

Nice set of topics this week guys keep it up

thanks again guys.
btw, a html tag of the week I actually know lol. I know hardly any HTML, but one of the very few tags I do know of is the header tags lol. I actually understood something

Chris, when you're talking about having many bad tracks on albums etc thats why many stores have areas where you can listen to previews of every track, same with iTunes. The consumer is given the option to listen to the previews or not

saxondale. said,
Chris, when you're talking about having many bad tracks on albums etc thats why many stores have areas where you can listen to previews of every track, same with iTunes. The consumer is given the option to listen to the previews or not

true, but the point chris was making, is that with CD's, you have to buy the whole CD. Even if you just like say 3 songs out of 10, you have to buy that CD to get those songs. However, with digital downloads, you can just pick the sons you like. So instead of spending $12 on a whole CD which only has 3 good songs, you can spend less than $3 getting those 3 songs you like.

Btw, you guys in america think $12.95 is too much for a CD? what about us in the UK then, their about £12.95 (aka, around $25). Yes, you can get them from play.com etc for around £10, but thats still much more than what you guys pay (£10 is around $20).

WelshBluebird said,

true, but the point chris was making, is that with CD's, you have to buy the whole CD. Even if you just like say 3 songs out of 10, you have to buy that CD to get those songs. However, with digital downloads, you can just pick the sons you like. So instead of spending $12 on a whole CD which only has 3 good songs, you can spend less than $3 getting those 3 songs you like.


Ah ok, thanks Fair point then.

I can't be bothered to listen to random guys talk about things they really don't know much about. I listened to one of these things, and was disappointed, since they were primarily talking out of their asses. But hey...when you work at Best Buy, you are automatically an expert. :D

interesting discussion, on a side note: i would argue that point whether level-headed even minded would be happy to pay for music.

in my view, it seems irrational to pay for something you can get for free, regardless of the legalities.

i like music as much as the next person, to be honest, if i can get something for free, i will. i don't really care if people loose out, selfish? maybe. but that's the way it is.

Simple fact that its not a big loss for bands. The main revenue bands get is not from CDs, i think its 8%. Merchandise, branding, tours and advertising gets them the money, this is why i dont feel bad about getting it for free. In a way, downloading music still gets them a profit, think about it:

Consumer downloads - Likes the track - downloads more - likes the band = purchasing tickets to see them, merchandise (t shirts etc) and another big thing, recommendation.

Its not like they are losing out as much as they're letting on to believe.

Solution to the alleged decline of album quality:
Start listening to better music, and stop listening to crap. Among the music I listen to, there are tons of albums that are great from beginning to the end. However, if your tastes revolve only around what's played on the radio and whatnot, then poor you.

Because we used Skype this time, the sound feed from each mic was continuous. Unfortunately, this means that every time my mic cord hit the zipper of my fleece, you heard the popping noise. We usually use Ventrilo which doesn't have continuous feeds so those sounds are missed completely. I personally apologize for that issue. I had a few choice words for myself when I discovered the issue during editing.

I have some question's

1.What tv tuner are you guys talking about need nfo so i can buy it and throw out my crappy wonder ve :(


2.what is the best graphics card for vista / gaming and what is good for xp and gaming


3.wouldn't getting rid of all drm benifit users more then it would apple since that is the biggest foothold they have on mp3/ipod users.


aws0me podcast keep up the grerat work

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WII = best NEW technology out there
PSIII = great games and large library and good esclusives

so maybe one day they will play friendly and combine them for the next console

1. Honestly, I can't remember any information about it other than the cable card support which, for obvious reasons, stood out to me from the CES coverage.

2. In Vista, I'd probably wait to see who releases the better drivers. Right now, ATI has slightly better drivers, but buggy. Nvidia's perform miserably. In XP, I would currently go with an Nvidia card.

3. Getting rid of DRM would also mean other stores become a very viable alternative. It's definitely a complicated possibility to look at.

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