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Sgt Zeppelin

Member since: Oct 30th, 2009

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New Alan Wake is an XBLA game (Joystiq)

Nov 3rd 2011 6:46PM Any new Alan Wake content is good news. I never understood why the first one wasn't huge hit. It has so much going for it.

MobileNotifier dramatically improves iOS push notifications, requires jailbroken device (Download Squad)

Feb 28th 2011 4:39PM I like the creative use of the empty space in the app switcher, but wish it looked more like Notified: http://notifiedapp.com/ and gave the option for status bar notifications.

How to move the Firefox or Chrome cache to a RAM disk and speed up surfing by 20% or more (Download Squad)

Nov 10th 2010 12:25PM http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=182764

That's what I got from a quick google. I don't know how you would change make Chrome use the disk, but it should be the same steps for Firefox.

.Mac Homepage shutting down today (TUAW.com)

Nov 8th 2010 1:50PM That Hitchhiker's Guide reference just made my day! Thank you.

Hands-on with RockMelt, the underwhelming Chrome 6-based Facebook-connected Web browser (Download Squad)

Nov 8th 2010 1:30PM If anything, this browser will make Flock look good.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 now on iPhone (Joystiq)

Apr 2nd 2010 12:06AM I really did love this game, but I don't know if I could stand to control it with the iPhone. Still might buy it anyway...

Zune Pass hit by wave of disappearing music? (Engadget)

Feb 4th 2010 9:33PM @logic thinker No iTunes isn't affected. It's just a Zune problem caused by system maintenance.

Zune Pass hit by wave of disappearing music? (Engadget)

Feb 4th 2010 9:29PM @sonicyoof It's not a good deal by itself, but there's the added bonus of being able to download whatever music you want (except what's not available, which hasn't been much a problem so far).

I know I don't get to keep those songs, but the freedom it gives me to discover new music has been priceless...or worth the equivalent of $5/month ;)

Zune Pass hit by wave of disappearing music? (Engadget)

Feb 4th 2010 9:06PM @sonicyoof I like being able to download all the music I want for the price of one CD. And I get to choose 10 songs to keep unDRM'ed each month. The Zune Pass has been a great way for me to discover new music. It's aren't a model that works for everyone, but it works for me.

Zune Pass hit by wave of disappearing music? (Engadget)

Feb 4th 2010 8:40PM @markntravis Both really. I'll explain the Zune Pass in the next paragraph, so you can skip it if you already know all about it!

With the Zune Pass, you pay $15 a month to be able to download an unlimited amount of music. You can keep this music for as long as you pay the subscription every month. You also get 10 songs that you can choose to 'buy' for free every month. This can be used on music that you want to keep even if you stop paying for the Zune Pass, or songs that aren't in the Zune Pass library (Red Hot Chili Peppers for example).

So far the problem seems to be a mixture of several things. If a song is removed from the Zune Pass library, you won't be able to download it as part of your Pass, and if you already have it downloaded as part of your Pass, it will no longer be playable.

If you've bought the song (either with the credits or money), it won't be affected. And you will still be able to buy the song using credits or money.

If the song has been completely removed from the Zune marketplace, in addition to it not being available to Zune Pass subscribers, you also won't be able to buy the song. Still this doesn't affect you if you've bought the song previously.

Now...the problem seems to be a combination of music being pulled from the service (or just the Pass) and a symptom of the maintenance update done recently. As music is being moved to the new database, some of it is disappearing temporarily (this happened to Queen). So it's hard to tell how extensive the damage is going to be until the Zune team finishes their work. But as far as I can tell, it hasn't been that bad. And remember, the real culprits here are the record labels. They're the ones that decide whether or not to make their music available on the Zune Pass (or Marketplace).