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the top of the editorial and letters page in July and a new name at the bottom of

said page.
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Last month, we asked you how concerned you are about online security the responses were overwhelming.

Carlos A. Coimbra writes:New PCusers in particular are babes in the woods, as can be exemplified by my own
experience of running Win95 for years with no constant anti-virus nor firewall, and never having been hit by
anything. After I installed Win XP on a new computer, I was infected by a worm within fifteen minutes of connecting to the Internet.
James Nicholas writes: We have to ask ourselves: Is access to so much information a good thing? We all value
our privacy, it's a basic human right. So I am as much concerned as excited by every new type of emergent
technology that enables me to, for instance, bank wirelessly while reclining in the back yard. The simple fact is
that by doing this I am compromising my privacy through fledgling security protocols.
Daniel Rensud writes: I'm very concerned about it and I think anyone who goes online should be as well. I work
in the IT industry and am often called upon by family and friends for help with computer related topics. One
complaint I often hear is what a nuisance it has become to have to install patches, update anti-virus and spyware programs as well as dealing with the firewall almost on a daily basis. They say that they spend a good
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SideKick cell phone [ "celly" to hip-hoppers) debuted States-side in
early August with a full product launch later this year in the fall.
Canadian launch pians have yet to be finalized at press time.
The redesigned SideKickll will feature 32MB RAM, a240x160 colour
display and a VGA
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hours oftalk time and 20 hours of standby. As with the original
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and email functionality over GPRS
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ringtones of actual recorded songs, voice ringers where celebrities
will announce incoming calls. Pricing has yet to be finalized.

Hitchingits wagon to the immanent success of Doom 3, Ideazon


has created a Zboard keyset tailored to the dark and scary shooter.
Controls are mapped to the unique layout of the keyset, giving

garners one-handed access to the in-game controls including


labeled weapons buttons, reload and "soul cube" button.
Adjusting to using the cursor pad and game controls
mostly
mapped on the far left of the keyset may prove difficult to those
experienced in the dark world of Doom but can offer a gameplay
advantage to neophytes. Similarly, pushing the control pad and ingame buttons to the far left of the keyboard means the DWERTY
keyboard is squished into something of a bizarre configuration
that will take some getting used to and will all but require users to
swap out the Doom 3 key set for the standard configuration OWERTY that ships with the USBbase unit.
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MSN Direct in Canada has selectedthe Tissot High-T as the flagship


watch for its MSN Direct service[see Wrist watch weather watcher in
select regions).
The High-T looks to be aiming at becoming the Rolex of Smart
Watches; its $1,195 retail price sticker[thoughlsupposethey
don't really use stickers in
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Last year, Pyramat's PM300 "sound lounger" created a bit of a


stir.Users unfurl the 3-panel lounger, plug in to an audio sourcespecifically a video game console thoughthe unit works with
anything capable of outputting audio via RCAcables or minijack
lean back on the back support / subwoofer enclosure to
really expedence the game. A neat idea and fairly well thought out
but lacking in the design with a shoddy remote control and nylon
cushion covers that tended to pull and sometimes even tear at
the seams.
To that end, Pyramat is releasing a drastic redesign of the
Pyra mat concept, the PM550.
The PM550 features a futuristic design and what looks like a
more sturdy and well thought out lounger portion, judging by the
concept/design im ages.
Set for release in mid to late September, the PM550
will be distributed in Canada through partners
where the PM300 was only available to
Canadians through the Pyramat Web site.
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Notice of Certification and Settlement Agreement Approval

IN THE MATTER OF FU3ITSU HARD DRIVE CLASS ACTION LITIGATION


PLEASE READ THISNOTICE CAREFULLY. IT MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.
TO: All persons or entities located in Canada who purchased and used in Canada Fujitsu MPF3xxx-AH hard disk drives or MP63xxx hard disk drives

(hereinafter "Drive" or "Drives" ) or computer or other systems containing these noted drives, including all drive models bearing a model number
composed of or starting with the sequence MPF3102AH. MPF3153AH, MPF3204AH, MP63102, MP63153, MP63204, MP63307, AND MP63409
(any one of which may also be followed by alphabetical characters).

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OFTHIS NOTICE?


An Agreement has been reached and approved by the Courts in class

For those with a Drive bearing Model No. MPF3102AH, MP63153xx,


MPF3153AH and/or MP63102xx:

proceeding lawsuits initiated in Ontario and Quebec against Fujitsu


Canada, Inc. and Fujitsu Limited in which it is alleged that the
Defendants designed, manufactured and sold certain computer hard
drives that were defective,
This Notice is to advise you of the Agreement and to inform you of
your rights as a Class Member under the Agreement. You will be bound
by the terms of the Agreement unless you decide to exclude yourself by
opting out of the Agreement, as explained in this Notice.
The proceeding was certified and the Settlement Agreemen
t approved
by the Courts in Ontario and Quebec, on July 7, 2004 and June 24, 2004
respectively. The Ontario Court certified and approved the settlement
on behalf of all those in Canada who purchased and used Drives or
computer or other systems containing Drives in Canada for their own
use and not for distribution or resale.

Up to 527.50 per Driveupon returning their Drive(s) and submitting


acceptable proof of payment of a replacement drive(s).
For those with a Drive bearing Model No. MPF3204AH, MPG3204xx,
MPG3307xxand/or MPG3409xx.
Up to 532.50 per Drive, upon returning their Drive(s) and submitting
acceptable proof of payment of a replacement drive(s).

WHO IS IN THE SETTLEMENT CLASS?

Class Members should note that Fujitsu hard drives sold by Fujitsu
Canada may still be covered by a warranty under which alternative
relief may be available for Drives that have failed. The period for filing
warranty claims is limited. Class Members should see the Fujitsu Canada
web site at www fujitsu.ca/warranty/hddl for the specific terms of the
warranty.

You are a Class Member if you purchased and used in Canada either a
Fujitsu Drive or Drives or a computer or other system containinga Drive
or Drives.

DO I HAVE ONE OFTHESE FUJITSU DRIVES?


There are a number of ways that you may be able to determine if you
have or had one of the Drives in issue and may be entitled to
compensation (see below). If you have any questions regarding any of
these methods, please call the Settlement Administrator at
1466-800-0075 or send an email to fujitsu@crawco.ca.
Downloadable Utility
You can download a free utility that may assist you in determining if
the hard disk drive in your computer is one of the models at issue at
the following website: www.hddsettlement.ca. The utility requires that
your computer or other system use a Microsoft Windows operating
system. You should follow the instructions described in the "read me"
file of the utility.
Physical Inspection
You may be able to physically check to seeif you have an affected
Drive. However, before doing so, you should back-up and save any
important data on the hard disk, exit from any programs you are
operating on your computer, shut down yourcomputerand unplug the
power source. Please ensure that you understand how to conduct this
check without causing any harm to yourself, the hard disk drive, or
any computer or other device containing the hard disk drive.
Review Documents
The documents that accompanied your computer or other system or
hard disk drive may disclose if you have a Drive.
Contact Seller or Computer Professional
The seller from whom you purchased the hard disk drive (as a separate
item or as a component in a computer or other system) or another
computer professional may be able to assist you in determining
whether you have one of the Drives in issue.

WHAT ARE THESETTLEMENT BENEFITS?


Class Members may be entitled to receive the compensation below
subject to verification of their claim(s). However, if Class Members have
already received monetary compensation from Fujitsu Canada, Inc. or
anyone else for a failed Drive, theymay not be entitied to receive
compensation under this Agreement, unless they have incurred eligible
data recovery costs associated with a Drive failure. The Defendants will
pay the costs associated with the return of those Drivesaccepted by the
Claims Administrator as eligible for settlement benefits.

For those who incurred data recovery costs associated with a


Drive failure:
Up to 5500 per Drive, upon returning their Drive(s) (if available) and
submittingacceptable proofthatdata recoverycostshave been
incurred (e.g., an invoice from a data recovery service or satisfactory
evidence establishing the basis of the amount claimed for internal data
recovery costs).
Warranty Protection

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?


If you are a Class Member, you have the following options:
Submit a Claim Form

To receive Settlement Benefits, ClassMembers must submit a Claim


Form together with all supporting documentation to the Claims
Administrator by December 3, 2004. Please note that all claims relating
to a Drive must be submitted at the same time.
Opt Out
This is the only option that allows you to preserve your claims against
the Defendants and others. However, if you opt out you will not be
entitled to any settlement benefits. To opt out, you must obtain an Opt
Out form from the Claims Administrator and return it to the Claims
Administrator byOctober 8, 2004.
Do Nothing
If you do not fill out a Claims Form or Opt Out, you will receive no

compensation and your claims against the Defendants and others


relating to these matters will be barred.

FURTHER INFORMATION
If you would like a opy of the Settlement Agreement or have any
questions, you may call the Claims Administrators Information Line at
1-866-800-0075. A copy of the Settlement Agreement can be sent to
you at a cost of S20.00 per copy, which represents the cost of

photocopying and mailing the Agreement. A copy of the Settlement


Agreement can also be viewed on Class Counsel's web site at
www.classaction.ca.
Class Counsel
The law firm of 5/skind, Cromarty, /vey 8 Dow/er"' represents the Class
Members other than consumers in Quebec, and can be reached toll-free
at 1-800-461-6166. The law firm of Siskinds Desmeules represents the
Class Members in Quebec, and can be reached at 418-694-2009.
Legal Fees
The entitlement of plaintiffs' counsel to legal fees and costs of class
counsel will not be deducted from the Settlement Benefits.

MAILING OF THIS NOTICE HAS BEENAUTHORIZED BY THE ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT OFJUSTICE
AND THE QUEBEC(COUR SUPERIEURE) SUPERIOR COURT.

Digital Living

Buying a back to school system


Among the gear for which students across the country
will no doubt exchange numerous promises for good
grades, attendance and organization[ "this year will be
different, I swear") are MP3 players, cell phones,
PDAs
not quite as sexy but still very useful small format USB storage drives. Gone are the days of empty
promises of scholastic excellence in return for the latest Note Tates binder with the herringbone spine and
nifty Velcro closure (in taupe, if you please) or the cool
but largely useless pop-out, compartmentalized pencil
cases of yesteryear.

need to consider what its primary use will be. If your


school is wireless-enabled, check the standard and
make sure your computer will be compatible; 802.11b is
the most common standard while 802.11g is gaining
groundin some areas;802.11a islesscommon and likely won't be encountered in a school. If a portable computer is required equipment, you' ll likely be toting a
computer bag around a fair bit. In this case, a more compact "ultra portable" may be in order. These systems
keep weight down by offering a smaller form factor but
sacrifice performance and screen size. If students are
on the move a lot with computer in tow, the sacrifices
may prove worthwhile, however.
Back to school PC
The most important piece of back to school tech is likely For applications where the laptop is to be kept and used
the computer. Whether upgrading to keep current, pur- in an apartment or dormitory but users want to keep the
chasing a new system for home or for someone in the option of mobility open, a standard configuration laptop
family going away to school, a capable computer system will do the trick. Less mobile students who just want the
ability to work anywhere in their room might consider a
doesn't necessarily need to break the bank.
"Ifyou're buying adesktop you can save money by buy- much heftier yet much more powerful "desktop replaceing an integrated motherboard; they' re a lot better than ment" laptop. Note that prices and system specs vary
they used to be. The video subsystems are better, sound widely by manufacturer. The following is intended as a
is better and they typically have Ethernet built right in," guide only.
says Jim Sanderson, author and manager of Dominion
Business Machines [www.dominionbusiness.ca]. That
said, integrated motherboards generally borrow video
memory from system RAM for video, which is a strike
against, he says.
Laptops on the other hand can be more than double the
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After being free for most of a century, will people want to pay for radio? artists greater exposure, both at home and in the U.S.
Kevin Ribble, a broadcasting instructor at BCIT, says that diversity of con- Stewart Lyons, executive vice-president of Canadian Satellite Radio, protent is the main advantage over conventional radio. "Radio itself, I think, vides an example: "Ron Sexsmith, who was the 2002 independent artist
has gone a little stale in North America. How many different formats are of the year, Last year he received t2 spins across Canada in the entire
there, and how safe is the music? It's very safe. Whereas, when you' ve year. On XM, he received over 300."
got BO different formats on Sirius or whatever to play with, that's a lot of CHUM's proposal emphasizes that its service will be Canadian owned and
formats. You can take risks with a lot of different kinds of music."
operated, and fully compliant with CRTC
content regulations.

Oiffering technologies
CHUM's proposals says that their OAB receivers
can also receive digital simulcast of AM and FM
stations, in the L-band spectrum that is the
accepted standard for digital radio in most of the
world.
In the US however, XM and Sirius broadcast in the

S-band, and the OAB


standard is not supported. In
Canada, the two incompatible technologies directly compete for the first time.
Conclusion
The CRTC
plans to hold public hearings that begin
on November 1st, 2004, with a result in the spring
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...... 203 S200SE 8MB, Tv out ................ 63
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scroll through news, change the view or erase items.
Smart Watches and the MSN Direct service made their way to
Canada fairly recently on June 15, though there is still a
marked lack of regionalization of news and sports content.
At the time of writing, the only Canada specific news service
available in the Toronto area was Local News- CBCToronto and,
perhaps a direct affront to many Canadians, there are no hockey scores available,
The service doesn't do much for individual tastes either; the
available content caters to generic U.S. tastes. I would have
liked Euro Cup 2004 updates to keep up on games I didn' t
actively watch, for example. Similarly, Olympic coverage leaves
a lot to be desired; rather than create a channel for Olympics
updates, users must rely on regular news coverage for the
information.
Having the weather delivered to your wrist and being updated
regularly (if not entirely accurately], it becomes as customary
to have a look at the news and what the forecast has in storecurrent, three day and a wealth of other info including UVindex,

humidity, barometric pressure etc. as it does to check


the time.
The watches vary in price, the least expensive of which goes for
about$200 andthem ostexpensive (the Tissot) goes for close
to $1,200. The Suunto N3 tested clocks in at around $400.
Signing up for a service
plan for your wrist watch
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experience-as is charging
your watch every few
days
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sometimes lacking, it' s
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some to swallow.
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linux watch
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Linux. Little has been announced of late, but when announced, the Watchped included a pager
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Students heading back to school or moving along in their education to


post-secondary would be well advised to get some form of voice
recorder,
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Fizzlebottom's no doubt fascinating lecture when it comes time for
midterms. Lecture goers thinking of an Olympus W-10 Digital Voice
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While in LP[long player) mode, the W-10 is capable of recording up to
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Using HO (high quality) the recorder takes up to 4S minutes of audio;
the middle ground SP(standard playback) mode offers up to 60 minutes of record time on the 16MB of internal storage space. Without any
expandability short of user modification(a quick Google suggests that

no one has tried, so you'd be breaking new ground ... if it were worth the
time and effort], the unit's relatively small price tag of about $120
becomes less of a selling point.
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in a press conference], in one-on-one meetings or for dictation, anyone
that needs or wants to record a telephone conversation will quickly be
stymied.
The W-10packs in a smallVGA (640x480 ) camera, which is a neat
touch. Perhaps the best aspect of said camera is that it has a sort-of
"retro" feel to it. Rather than holding the camera vertically, as is accepted practice in devices with a low-resolution camera augmented into the
design, users hold the 12cm long by 3cm wide and about 2cm thick
voice recorder horizontally; it looks and feels somewhat like an old 110
mm cassette-loading film camera. Hardly a bullet point for the

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Sometimes it seems that the electronics business is constructed entire- ing their favorite content. But unless the technical implementations of
ly of inscrutable acronyms. One that*s causing a good deal of concern just DRM improve quickly, content and hardware suppliers could find some
now is DRM
Digital Rights Management. IF you' re in the market For any
potentially lucrative new markets withering on the vine.
sort of audio or video gear these days, it's a term that's worth understanding.
DRM that Works
DRM is a new euphemism for an old idea
what used to be called "copy
It's surprisingly easy to find examples of how DRM
can be applied withprotection" in the computer world. But DRM is more problematic in some
out spoiling the content it's supposed to protect.
of its newer implementations, particularly as it is being applied to digital
For one, there's the MacroVision system used to encode virtually all comvideo and audio content.
mercial video content, both VHS and DVD. You may actually be unaware
The latest forms of DRM exploit digital technology to prevent copying,
that MacroVision even exists, since you only bump into it if you try to copy
but in the process endup limiting your rights as a consumer in some coma movie disc or tape.(The copy will appear scrambled.)
plex and far-reaching ways. (Even the monicker "rights management"
MacroVision is easily defeated by determined users(not just "pirates"seems ominouslybroad.)
remember, in Canada you have the legal right to copy your discs or tapes,
Some of the fundamental concerns with DRM have been elegantly
for your own use], but that's beside the point. MacroVision helps keep
summed up by organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "honest users honest" without limiting their hardware or content choices,
(A particularly funny and insightful article by SF writer Cory Doctorow, is
or otherwise disrupting the experience.
at http: //www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/001632.php.)
Copy-protection on PlayStation, Xbox, GameCube or even PC
discs is simShould manufacturers be able to limit consumers' rights more strinilarly innocuous. Although determined pirates (or, again, consumers
gently than the law itself? It's a deep question. But a more immediate wanting to make legal backups
] can get around the restrictions, they
issue is how DRM is being applied. While most consumers are resigned to don't impede anyone's legitimate enjoyment of the product.
a certain amount of "rights management," some recent types of DRM are
By Frank Lenk
needlessly problematic in a technical sense.
Take copy-protected audio COs.These prevent nafve con~'
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sumers from (quite legally) transferring tracks to their own
compilation discs, or from encoding tracks in their preferred
format and quality level to their digital MP3 player. Yet they
do nothing whatsoever to prevent piracy, since the protection is easily defeated by even moderately knowledgeable
users.
Equally counter-productive are the DRM restrictions being
applied by virtually all commercial music download services. (eMusic is one shining counter-example.) DRM encoding
limits how legitimate users can enjoy their purchases [for
example, allowing them to play only on a limited number of
'40~ '
computers], but does nothing to prevent those less scrupu'I
lous from trading the same content in unprotected form.
Apparently, it's been forgotten that DRM is quite capable of
killing off otherwise promising technologies. Back in the late
198Ds, the nifty OAT[Digital Audio Tape) standard was sunk
largely by its SCMS(Serial Copy Management System ] form
of ORM. [Love those acronyms.] Instead of becoming a hot
new market, like videotape, DATfaded into obscurity.
s
By far the strangest example of DRM confusion is the current battle by Apple to prevent Real Networks from making
the downloadable tracks it sells playable on Apple's enorgopT (
mously popular iPod. Since both Apple and Real tunes
remain DRM-protected (by the FairPIay and Harmony
schemes, respectively), this fight clearly serves neither
consumers nor copyright. holders.
Legally, it's hard to know who's in the right. But consumers
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very least get together on a single standard? If we' re willing
to pay to download a track that we could have simply pirated, surely it's not too much to ask that it should play on the
device of our choice?
Consumers have shown that they are quite willing to have
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p rohibition .. . w e c a n n o w
download music without feeling
like wa' re breaking the law.
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one to go with? HUB gets the
lowdown on four popular online
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Q4 LEGAL,LEGIT LEECHING

The advent of online music downlaading has drawn comparisons to the dawn of VCR
technology. When
VCRs were first introduced the movie industry feared that the ability to watch and record movies at
home would drastically cut into theatre revenues, which prompted studios to attempt to limit the technology's use and availability. However, the movie industry eventually discovered that it was better
to embrace the new technology than to fight it. Now the home movie market draws larger profits
than theatres.
Similarly, the ability to freely download music online through massive sharing communities sparked
panic within the music industry. The result: a nearly nonstop cascade of lawsuits from music publishersagainstboth the companies that provide the technology to download music and the people who
use it.
However, the music industry is now promoting music downloading ... as long as it's done through legal
online music stores. Online music stores appeal to cansumers by providing a guaranteed high-quality
digital recording and fast downloads. Legal music downloads also eliminate the cost of manufacturing
and shipping CDs, which makes the process appeal to the music industry as welL In fact, accoiding to
many experts, legal music downloading could actually increase music industnj profits in the long run.
Several legal music downloading stores have sprung up recently. Each store has its own set of limrtations on the music consumers download,a unique library of songs and albums and varying prices for
subscriptions and downloads. HUB decided to take a closer look at four of the more popular stores to
determine their differentiators.

Puretrecks (www.puretracks.corn}
Puretracks is a Canadian-based music store focused on providing music from Canadian record companies (Canadian songs and albums on their Web site are marked with a maple leaf). They have an extensive library of non-Canadian material as well, but it's worth noting that searching for many non-Canadian
artists returns results for purchasing a CD online rather than downloading
tracks from the album.
A pay-For-play service, Puretracks provides consumers with a list
of limitations associated with each track that should be scrutinrzedbefore buying.Forexample,some tracks can be burned to
CD an unlimited number of times whereas others can only be
burned to COthree times.
Many online music stores ofFer a standard price for all tracks, but
the songs I saw on Puretracks varied widely in price, from $0.99 to
$1.99 CDN.Most songs can be previewed for 30 seconds prior
to buying.

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(www.apple.coin/Ittinas/store/}
Hailed by many critics as the best
online music store around and a model
for others to follow, Apple's iTunes Music
Store is nat yet available in Canada.
Apparently, Apple Canada and the
Canadian R e cording
In d ustry
Association(CRIA] have yet ta hammer
aut a licensing deal.
iTunes Music Store offers some
700,000 songs from all five major
labels and more than 450 independents
in Advanced Audio Coding(AAC) format,
a superior form of MP3 with a higher bit
rate. All tracks cost US$0.99 each, and
after a song is purchased it- can be
burned upto seven times and downloaded to five computers.
The iTunes Music Store synchronizes
with both the iTunes music player and
Apple's phenomenally successful iPod.
It's also remarkably accessible, providing even novice users with an intuitive
interface for browsing and buying
music. iTunes offers several smart
parental features as well, like an
allowance system that can be used to
regulate the amount of music kids
downloadeach month, andsome explicit lyric songs are provided in two versions, one labeled "racy" the. other
"clean".

Nepster (www.nepster.coin)
The peer-to-peer Napster network
gained infamy when the music industry
threw all of its legal weight against it to
shut it down three years ago.'After a
lengthy hiatus, Napster returned last
summer, launching a service with the
music industry's stamp of approvai. It
still permits people to browse other
users' musical selections and promotes
a community atmosphere, but now
users mustpay forthe songs they
download.
Napster offers a monthly subscription
for $9.95 CDN that allows unlimited
access to its catalogue
which, comprised of well over 700,000 tracks, is

currently the largest of all online music stores. Subscribers can listen to
songs on demand and create as many playlists as they like, but they can' t
download or burn any music.
Napster also offers a standard a-ia-carte service that costs users $1.19
CDN per song. Unfortunately, tracks purchased from Napster face a severe
limitation: each track may only be downloaded to three computers, which
means that if a user upgrades computers after using up all three downloads the user will not be abie to transfer any music to the new machine.

Musicwatch (www.musicmatch.corn)
MusicMatch offers an all-in-one music solution that combines several
key features from other services. The MusicMatch online store integrates
with its successful MP3 player to offer a simple and tidy listening/purchasing experience, much like Apple's iTunes service,
The MusicMatch store library is pretty standard, featuring close to
700,000 songs. Users can buy individual tracks or choose a subscription
that allows unlimited access to the library but no downloads. The streaming service starts as low as US$795 per month, and downloadable songs
are priced at US$0.99. Oownloaded songs are WMA files encoded at
160Kbps, providing excellent sound quality. Users can play tracks on up to
five PCs and playlists can be burned a maximum of seven times.
MusicMatch charges US$19.95 for a complete version of its jukebox free
of the annoying restrictions users of the free player face.
Unfortunately, like iTunes, MusicMatch isn't yet available in Canada.

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