World Hi-Fi: we discuss the image tax, vendor Loks, the atmosphere of paranoia and musical information security Easter eggs – InformTFB

World Hi-Fi: we discuss the image tax, vendor Loks, the atmosphere of paranoia and musical information security Easter eggs

World Hi-Fi: we discuss the image tax, vendor Loks, the atmosphere of paranoia and musical information security Easter eggs

Earlier, we discussed smart TV and upscaling, streaming, music hardware, and even the Hamming effect. Today we will continue to share selected materials of our “Hi-Fi World”.

Photo: Max Bender. Source:
Photo: Max Bender. Source:

The struggle for rights or the atmosphere of paranoia — in the world of music is still undecided. Performers, studios, and copyright holders are also suing during the epidemiological crisis. They argue about everything that can be called music: from the degree of similarity of two-second samples to attempts to protect not so much specific compositions as the author’s style [!]. We are talking about these “precedents” and about businesses that skillfully use the situation [these are insurers]. Plus, we recall the opposite example — the author and performer of political satire and sci-pop compositions, who made his work public domain.

How an IT company fought for the right to sell music. We share a story about the struggle between two Apple, a broken promise not to touch the music market, lawsuits against thematic” features ” in Mac OS, and lawsuits for the right to sell and distribute music. As you can see, in the end, the technology Apple bought out the trademarks of the opponent and leased them to him, opening the way to direct interaction with the audience.

Streaming has become the main source of income for musicians, but they are not happy. iTunes was introduced exactly twenty years ago, the iTunes Store — almost eighteen, and Apple Music — more than five years ago. However, Yabloko did not manage to become the leader of the streaming market. Moreover, in a crisis when everyone adheres to a home lifestyle and work, many authors and performers are forced to remove their work from this platform with the help of court decisions. The fact is that they are trying to regain control over how their compositions “get into the ears” of listeners, and increase the share of money received from the sale of tracks and albums.

Photo: Claudia Ramírez. Source:
Photo: Claudia Ramírez. Source:

Why the podcast industry is becoming more like streaming TV shows and movies. The fact is that publishers form semi-closed ecosystems with exclusive audio shows. It’s like the “streaming wars”, only in miniature. They dismantle both individual programs and their producers-they buy podcast studios

. It seems that the open-source format is gradually disappearing from the scene, and commercial content commissioned by major streaming companies is taking its place.

The tax on the picture to see where contributions for TV compulsory, and who “stretches” even further. We discuss TV fees in Swedish, a significant part of which, interestingly, went to the “management company” that managed such contributions. We also recall the initiatives of the authorities of Hungary and other European countries, plus — we talk about how the TV tax turns into a Telecom, and then into an Internet tax in a number of developed countries.

“Everything you read will be used against you”: rap music in the courtroom. The image of gangsters is one thing, but the responsibility for the lyrics of tracks is quite another. Moreover, the latter often becomes an aggravating factor for performers who have landed in court. We explain how this happens, talk about civil disobedience in rap lyrics, and discuss whether it should be considered violent if there are worse stories in conventional country music.

Photo: Sebastiaan Stam. Source:
Photo: Sebastiaan Stam. Source:

“Big brother’s music»: how surveillance control is reflected in rap culture. We talk about the attitude of rap artists to surveillance and conspiracy theories. As it turns out, representatives of this genre are not in vain constantly talked about the fact that they are being looked after. For many years, many of them were really “under the hood” of special services and law enforcement agencies. A couple of documentaries were made about this on the basis of official police reports. We can only guess what was the reason for such attention: the lyrics of tracks, image, circle of acquaintances, lifestyle, “gray” business projects or something else. We look at these moments and focus on the legendary tracks of rap artists about surveillance control.

“Make sure that the thought doesn’t run away”: more surveillance Easter eggs in pop music. Not only is the “rap game” rich in references to this topic, but there are many less straightforward examples in pop culture. Take for example “Every Breath You Take” by the Police or Tom Paxton’s song “Mr. Blue». We discuss these and other examples of tracks that were supposedly recorded in an attempt to” Wake up “the listeners’ minds — there are no exact answers to this question, which makes the compositions mysterious and attracts attention to them.

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