Chris Pirillo: Do You Pay for Music? – Listening Legally

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Earlier this year, Americans got the chance to start enjoying Swedish/UK streaming music service Spotify (already available to people in other parts of the world for a few years). Helped along by very visible integration into Facebook and Last.fm, Spotify’s popularity is on the rise. But how does it compare to some of the other streaming music services out there like iTunes Match, Pandora, Rdio, Grooveshark, and MOG? Jake Smith gives us a rundown of what each has (and doesn’t have) to offer the modern music lover in all of us.

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: Forget the DVD & Save on your New Laptop

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By Bill Pytlovany

I’ve written before about the coming death of the CD/DVD’s for data storage. While that time hasn’t come yet for desktop there is one realm where CD/DVD players are no longer needed. If you’re getting ready to purchase a new laptop the one place you can really save is by shopping for a machine without a CD/DVD player. Not only will you save cash, but you’ll also save big time on weight and energy consumption.

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Bits from Bill Pytlovany: The Great 99 Cent Software Experiment

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By Bill Pytlovany

Have you noticed that most of the software you’re buying these days is only 99 cents?

The traditional software industry, like many, has been hit hard by slumping economic times. At least that’s what appears to be happening. I can’t help but notice traditional software distribution is in a state of flux not unlike the media and publishing industries.

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