Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
What many of the iPhone and iPod fans have been expecting for quite some time now has finally happened – a file sharing sofware for the iPhone and iPod touch.
If you own a jailbroken iPhone you are now able to share music on the Soulseek network (at satisfactory speeds) using iSlsk.
The guys from Wired.com have tested iSlsk and it took them only 20 minutes to download half a full-length film, and an entire song in just 3 – with the mentioning that the downloads were made through a WiFi connection. To have a try at this you just need a username and password to create an account.
Once you’ve finished downloading your material, you can add it directly to your iTunes library to playback it on your iPhone.
However, you should be aware of several security issues related to allowing other devices to share information through a peer-to-peer network on your mobile device. Similar to any desktop-based P2P program, incoming and outgoing file streams do leave cracks for hackers and attackers to exploit your device. So besides the chance share files on your phone, there’s also a chance your phone might be hacked into by nasty “peers. Let’s not forget that the iSlsk program is still in early beta mode.
You may also want to consider anti-filesharing groups such as the RIAA always on the look-out for P2P sharers when you want to have a go at this.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Tops
There’re really no solid challengers showing up in the horizon for iTunes, Slyck outlines. In spite of a brief “rivalry” from Napster, MySpace, and Yahoo, these services would soon realize that they were out of breath in this race. Taken from a recent study by Tempo Digital Music Brandscape, iTune’s perception as the best digital music store is makes the company unflinching on the market.
Still, the study also brought up some good news for Napster in the way that 72% of those participating in the survey were aware of the Napster product.
Possibly the most significant fact revealed by the study is that iTunes has cemented its top position as "the best" digital music store. This view, however, didn’t get into people’s mind overnight. For example, in 2005, 22% of downloaders considered that Napster was "the best" service, compared to 33% for iTunes. What could have been regarded as a thin 10% lead line has since faded away leaving iTunes in an obviously prevailing position among music stores. Walmart, MySpace, Rhapsody, and Yahoo’s remained somewhere in the distance at 5%.
For those still not very clear about why that is –well, you just have to take a look at the iPod/iPhone-iTunes relationship. As the millions of new iPhone and iPods are being sold at a large scale every year, the consumers are naturally oriented towards iTunes due to compatibility issues. Considering that, it’s pretty easy to figure out why iPhone users who try out both Napster and iTunes come to the conclusion that the latter is a better deal altogether. However, the term "better" refers actually to the extent to which what service will work with Apple products and not to the real quality of the services.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Legal P2P News & Issues
It’s no surprise iTunes is definitely a top option for the teenagers not lacking the financial support. Trusted with their parents’ credit cards and an iTunes account, preteens are launching into the world of iTunes which offers as many possibilities for purchasing digital music as daddy’s credit card can endure. Due to the iPod being practically synonymous with iTunes, it’s common sense that Apple’s iTunes has done a great job winning over the younger generation.