Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Llamas and Music

So, what's the deal with some of these online sites for viewing music videos? I used to be able to go to CMT.com and watch new music videos and even listen to whole albums in their 'Listening Parties' section. Now, however, I can't get any of that to work! The videos section hasn't worked for a while, and now the audio section is a dud too. I can click on the link, the pop up media player opens as usual, then it just sits there doing nothing like a politician during work hours. The weird thing is, it seems to be a Windows 2000 thing or something, cause I did get it to work on an XP machine once...

Whatever, so that sites a dud, there are others. So, I surfed over to Yahoo Launch music site and found the new Gary Allen video there. Looking good...or so I thought. I opened that pop up media player that I've used plenty of times in the past with no problems and get short circuited with a wacky "This video cannot be played in your region" message. So, I guess there are only Gary Allen fans in the U.S. This happens on their other videos too, so I doubt its an artist thing. Looks like a moronic move from Yahoo. What kind of idiot came up with this gameplan? And why was it fine for years, but suddenly taboo to play a music video across an IP border? One more useless website...

So, for curiousity's sake, I surf over to Yahoo.ca, the 'Canadian' version. Interestingly, I could play videos there, but it didn't even have the new Gary Allen one listed or any other I was looking for. Yet another useless site...

I finally did what I should have done to begin with. I opened my Winamp Media Library, clicked on Winamp Music Videos, let it load its vast selection, clicked on the Gary Allen one and enjoyed watching it hassle free. Go Winamp! I was also able to listen to the new Faith Hill CD in its entirety and find many other songs and videos I wanted to hear and see. I guess Winamp really does kick the llama's (or in the case Yahoo's) ass...

By the way, the song/video by Gary Allen I was looking for was his latest "Best I Ever Had". The video makes little sense, though it looks nice, but the song's a winner. Also, the new Faith Hill CD sounds good, with a couple real good tunes including "I Ain't Gonna Take It" and "If You Ask". There is one real clunker on there, though, but that can be overlooked...

Comments on "Llamas and Music"


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (August 10, 2005 4:05 PM) : 

Welcome to the industry that is petrified of its own customers.

Word is that the latest version of Windows that is coming out will degrade audio and video if you don't have a set of speakers or a monitor that can cryptographically guarantee to the operating system that it will only display and not allow copying.

Fortunately there are other services you can still use, and as long as people keep abandoning power-grabbing website designs, maybe, just maybe, the companies will get the hint.

One other thing you might consider is to write an email to Yahoo and CMT, letting them know that their site doesn't work anymore. I think they need the feedback: they need to know that their new site just lost them visitors.


Blogger Eaglewing said ... (August 10, 2005 5:59 PM) : 

Yeah, no kidding, petrified of its own customers! "Oh NO! Somebody might actually want to listen to the music!"

How the hell would that new Windows work? Monitor and Speakers that display only? I don't get how that's even feasible.

I guess I probably should fire something off to those sites to let them know of my displeasure, but it just doesn't seem to be worth the effort. They're too big to care, and I'd rather spend the time searching for alternatives so that I'll never have to use their site again...


Blogger The Original LRU said ... (August 11, 2005 2:17 AM) : 

The new monitors have special hardware that the operating system can communicate with. The monitor itself can only display, so there is no danger to the content folks there; but they are worried that you might connect a recorder to the high-quality digital output of the video card and somehow get a copy.

So they want the entire path, from their website or media to your screen, locked away in some encrypted flow of bits. If you do manage to intercept a copy, they only want you to get the degraded analog version.

That's a rough outline of the plan as far as I understand it. I haven't been following it that closely since I don't plan on investing that kind of hardware if I can help it.

And analog quality is still good enough for me a lot of the time. :-)


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