This week, Donald and Jasmine discuss the latest Apple tablet rumors, which deal mainly with its lesser focus on music but practical usefulness for something like iTunes LPs and the theoretical iTunes music cloud. We also ponder the possible names for the imminent device. Plus, Slacker gives Canadians something to smile about, Jasmine does a celebratory dance for small-eared music listeners, and Image S4 durability issues make her shed tears while simultaneously garnering cheers for Klipsch customer service. Also, how about those ethical and legal issues when it comes to LP copying and "backing up"?
Ep. 177: Tablets, clouds and Canadians
I listened to the podcast in which you recommended that someone with an extensive vinyl collection NOT spend the time converting. While I didn't necessarily disagree with the suggestion to use available streaming services and/or just enjoy vinyl, the answer was unsatisfying. I listen mainly outside my house, and without WiFi access, and I really want some of the albums I bought back in the 1970s and 1980s on my Zune.
I bought a turntable to hook up to my computer, but hated it because the software (Cakewalk Pro) was totally unsuited for the task. I think I did three albums before giving up. Dividing the WAV file into tracks, adding metadata, dealing with pops and hiss...what a pain.
I decided to explore the dark side, and used bit torrents to download digital copies of music to which I owned the vinyl or cassette. I'm sure the RIAA would squawk...but I already bought it! I don't allow uploads of copyrighted materials from my computer, so I'm a total leech on the bit torrent system, but I don't want to encourage piracy. I feel a bit queasy on all this from an legal standpoint...but I spent a lot of money on hundreds of albums (and have hundreds of purchased CDs as well), so ethically, I think I can rationalize it.
I've found the CDs for some of my old vinyl at the library, which is great...but I confess that the way I find a lot of new music these days is going to the library to "rent, rip, and return." My understanding is that, since this is for private, non-commercial use, it's OK, but is it legal to keep the digital files on my computer or MP3 player after I've returned the CD to the library?
If you haven't been forbidden by CNET's legal folks from venturing into this minefield, I think it would be great if you could discuss these legal and/or ethical issues in the podcast.