Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Internet Governance by the UN ?

Internet Governance by the United Nations (UN) as a subject came via links at A Voyage to Arcturus to the the following websites

Financial Times
and the

The idea of taking internet governance out of the hands of ICANN is not new - and certainly discussionable.

The idea of taking internet governance out of the US and putting it into the hands of the United Nations - to become a political football (?) in the General Assembly or Security Council - is new and has zero chances of implementation.

Monday, November 10, 2003

What is AAC?

MP3, AAC and general Audio and Multimedia standards such as MPEG explained.

What for example is AAC?

Go to the Fraunhofer Institut website at

Fraunhofer IIS - Audio & Multimedia - Home of Layer 3 and AAC

iTunes for Mac AND Windows

Time Magazine has an article entitled "The 99 cent Solution" at

TIME Magazine: Coolest Inventions 2003, Apple Music Store

in which writer Chris Taylor sings the praises of Steve Jobs and his simple solution to get around the problem of music piracy and illegal file-sharing.

See iTunes Music Store where this solution is now availabe for Mac AND Windows.

Our question is, we all know that the Mac Users have always had cash to burn, so it is no suprise that they are paying for music. But what percentage of the - on average - poorer Windows users will pay 99 cents per song?

Apparently, the start is good, according to the TIME Magazine article.

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