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  • Every Day: The Best of the Verve Years

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    • Joe Williams was Figure Two in my three-man education in singing. A brilliant vocalist, scatter, and interpreter of jazz and blues, Williams produces music that's totally unique, yet sounds so effortl
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    • Weather Report
    • This is Weather Reports quintessential line-up captured live. Jaco Pastorious and Peter Erskine join Wayne Shorter and, of course, Joe Zawinul to create this masterpiece.
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    • While she didn't always have the best taste in song selection, Aretha Franklin is a must-study for anyone with interest in the human voice. She has the kind of powerful, recklessly passionate deliv

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    • Man, there's nothing like good, old fashioned, rock and roll... add a bit of industry resentment to that with a double-shot of cynicism, and you get one of the best "new" rock bands going. This album

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Mixed Views Dominate the Discussion of iPod, iTunes Legal Issues

Norway, Denmark and Sweden last week expressed concern over the inability of iTunes Music Store customers to play their purchases on anything other than an iPod, with Norway on Tuesday setting a deadline for Apple to change its DRM policies. MarketWatch on Tuesday noted that Finland is considering joining the coalition.

With France also looking to force Apple to open its iTMS DRM to competitors, reporters Tom Braithwaite and Kevin Allison spoke with Francisco Mingorance of Europe's Business Software Alliance, who said that the threats "seem to have legs." Peter Jamieson, chairman of the UK record industry trade body BPI, told the writers that while Apple "has been both a brilliant innovator and successful friend of the industry, sadly, it's given them an 80 percent market share."

In the United States, Defective By Design staged protests at some of Apple's retail stores last weekend, and a representative from the UK's Open Rights Group commented to MarketWatch: "If I buy a car I expect any brand of petrol to work in it. Consumers are starting to see that they can do less with the music they buy."

However, Jupiter Research analyst Mark Mulligan pointed out: "Digital downloading wasn't merely failing to get out of the starting blocks; its feet were firmly nailed to the starting blocks before Apple came along. Without Apple the digital music market would be half its current size."

Van Baker, an analyst at Gartner, added: "Consumers are likely to object rather loudly if governments force Apple's hand and it withdraws iTunes from the market."

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