Yahoo Music Service

May 11th, 2005

The plot thickens. Yahoo has just launched their own online music service. It’s subscription-based like Napster and Rhapsody, so if you stop paying your monthly fee, all your songs turn into pumpkins. Napster and Rhapsody are both about $15/month and this is significantly cheaper at $7/month, or $5/month if you get an annual subscription. None of these services work with the iPod, or with Macs.

Strangely, Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow is already up on the Yahoo service, though Smoking Monkey is not. CDBaby doesn’t report sending either CD to them, so I wonder if they just piggybacked off some other service’s catalog. Or something.

It will be interesting to see if people prefer renting music to buying it. Personally I think it’ s important to own your music and be able to play it on any device you want, but $5/month is pretty cheap for unlimited listenings to any of a million songs. This could change the landscape completely. Anybody use and love/hate any of these subscription services?

MP3Tunes – Honeymoon’s Over

May 5th, 2005

Well, it was nice while it lasted. My star has faded. The new It Girl is a band called “Brobdingnagian Bards” with their albums A Faire to Remember and Memories of Middle Earth. Yes, that’s Renaissance flavored music inspired by The Lord of the Rings.

I sadly remove my geek crown, tenderly pack it away in its leather case and place it up on the shelf next to my Star Wars action figures.

Am I Beautiful?

May 3rd, 2005

I was going to apologize for all of these postings being about me. But guess what, it’s my website. It has my name on it. I mean, what did I think I was doing when I set it up? Regardless, here is my new favorite blog posting about me:

The Mighty Kymm

in which the author wonders about why my website includes no photos of me. She speculates that either I am a complete troll, or I am so gorgeous that it my looks would be a distraction from my music, and suspects the latter. Well, she’s right. Ask anyone who knows what I look like, I’m a total babe. (As long as you like beards. Er, and the goiter.)

I should point out that my first CD, Smoking Monkey, does include a picture of me standing in front of one of the dishes at the Very Large Array radio telescope thing in New Mexico. I am backlit, so the goiter doesn’t really show.

I will also note that The Mighty Kymm has hand-coded her site in html, which is hott.

Happy First of May

May 1st, 2005

Hooray, hooray, it’s the first of May. Spend it with someone you love…

MP3Tunes Update

April 26th, 2005

Some of you have asked for the answer to the mystery of my high ranking: whether I made a ton of money, or nobody goes to mp3tunes. Well, the numbers are in, and I am now extremely wealthy. Tens of people bought my mp3s last month, and at .65 a pop, well, you do the math. I’m nearly a hundredaire, and I now occupy three slots out of the top ten song list. Thanks to all of you who took the plunge and dropped a buck, I really do appreciate the support. If you haven’t bought yet, why don’t you just stab me in the neck instead? Because it would hurt me less…