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John Buckman
Somewhere in California, France or the UK.
I run Magnatune.com, MoodMixes.com, iLicenseMusic.com and BookMooch.com, and I'm chairman of the board of the EFF.
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I've just finished adding https support for Magnatune, which you can reach at https://magnatune.com. I've also confirmed that we are not vulnerable to the Heartbeat vulnerability. Note that graphics and audio files are not provided via https, but everything else... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at buckman's magnatune blog
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We've just released a second generation Magnatune iPhone/iPad app: New features: This app has a visual approach to finding music, by sliding around album covers. A playlist is automatically kept up to date in the background, so you can queue... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at buckman's magnatune blog
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The iPhone/Android app called "Apptui" recently added strong support for Magnatune. I've been using (and testing) it these past few weeks, as their Magnatune support went into beta, and I'm pleased to say I'm finding it quite useful. It's free,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at buckman's magnatune blog
A pianist friend of mine wrote me today, asking: how do write press releases, john? I need to write one for the new album. the label director showed me his draft, and it looks boring. are there books about this?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at buckman's magnatune blog
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At Magnatune, we're now accepting all credit cards, without having to go through Paypal. We're using the Stripe credit card service, so that when you pay for your membership, you now can use your credit card directly, or use your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at buckman's magnatune blog
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After a 7 week pause, we're once again releasing new albums! Why the pause? A perfect storm of bad timing occurred, when in the same few days I killed our main server, and got a bad case of mushroom poisoning:... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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I've added "Pin it!" buttons to the share pages on artists and albums. It looks like this: There's also a Pinterest Magnatune board now, at: http://www.pinterest.com/magnatune/ Many thanks to Marcel Aubron-Bülles, aka "The Tolkienist" for nudging me to do this,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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I've added a new feature at Magnatune, to give you URLs that link directly to a song or a specific tab. This makes it much easier to blog about a specific song, since people who click on that link will... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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Hurrah! Magnatune is mostly back to working now. Here is a complete list of the things that I know are not working, which isn't very long: 1) podcasts are not available, and are not currently being built 2) audio streams... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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Sorry folks, a bad tech problem has occurred at Magnatune, and the service is currently unavailable. I'm working on fixing it just as soon as possible... update: the main server is down (operating system corrupted) and we'll be restoring from... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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I've written a program called "ripcheck" which runs a variety of tests on a WAV file, to see if there are potential mistakes that occurred in converting a CD to a WAV file. I've made this program available as free... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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I'm pleased to announce that all the music on Magnatune is now downloadable in the Opus audio format. What is Opus? Opus is a fairly new, open source, IETF standard audio format that provides extremely high audio quality. It has... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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By far the most requested feature on the new Magnatune site is the ability to jump around a song. I've now added that feature. When you play a song in an album, you'll see the time elapsed displayed in this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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For those of you who want to stream our music using your own audio player (i.e., winamp, vlc, mplayer) I've now added download links to playlists in various formats, both for free and members. You'll find them about 2/3rds down... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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I've added a "lofi" option for those of you with a slow internet connection or otherwise unreliable bandwidth. To enable it, on any album page at Magnatune, look below the bio text and you'll see these options: click on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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Magnatune now automatically streams "ogg" file format audio to you, when you browse the magnatune web site, if your web browser supports it (it's the default now for Firefox). The main advantages of this are: 1) about 1/3rd less bandwidth... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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As expected, lots of people have emailed us with their thoughts, problems and suggestions on the rewritten Magnatune web site. We haven't replied to all the email yet, because we wanted to first provide solutions. So... below is a list... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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Since forever, people have been emailing me to ask for these features in the Magnatune audio player: 1) the ability to set the volume level on Magnatune, and have it stick 2) the ability to turn off auto-play 3) the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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The blue imp character on the home page seems be a magnet for strong opinions, which range from "I hate it" and "At first I hated it, but now I've grown to like it", "I don't mind him" to "He's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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If you don't like seeing the blue imp during your Magnatune experience, despite having read the fascinating history behind it, here's how you can hide him. AS A FREE (NONPAYING) USER:click on "hide this propaganda" on the home page: the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
Thanks to a friendly prod by tech columnist Jared Rimer who pointed out to me various ways in which the rewritten Magnatune site was not accessible to the non-sighted. I've put a few hours of effort into fixing that, with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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Today you're seeing a completely rewritten-from-scratch new Magnatune.com web site. About a year of effort went into this, so I hope you'll find some things to like about it. A few key new features are: 0) it's pretty! it uses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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A few days ago, I gave the keynote at a conference in Manchester, UK held by the Open Rights Group. The slides can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF from here. The title is "Britain under the thumb of...",... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
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All albums on Magnatune are now downloadable in Apple Lossless format, which works and sounds great with iPods and iTunes. The great features about this format are: the audio is a perfect copy of the CD audio master. They sound... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog
Our companion company MoodMixes has just released a free and gorgeous iPhone app, which is just the ticket for those of you who want background music in your restaurant, store or business. Here is what our background music iPhone app... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at buckman's magnatune blog