PureVolume is a website for the discovery and promotion of new music and emerging artists. Each artist has a profile that typically contains basic info, updates, photos, shows and music for streaming. Artists have the option of making each of their songs available for free download. Listeners and fans can also create profiles to interact with artists and each other, as well as track and share music they like.

There are Klingons off the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow. It's worse than that, he's dead Jim, he's dead Jim. It's life Jim but not as we know it, not as we know it. We come in peace, shoot to kill, shoot to kill.

on thesixtyone, new artists make music & listeners decide what's good

After a rough quarter which suggested that the variable-track pricing record labels fought so hard for was hurting digital sales, Warner Music Group has announced that it will no longer be licensing its music to services that offer free streaming. Warner hasn't specifically spelled out if that will apply to current deals with services like Last.fm, Spotify, and Pandora, or just to future deals, but it could put a damper on them if artists like REM, Death Cab for Cutie, and T-Pain were no longer available on those services.

YouTube's biggest challenge figures to be a familiar one: persuading movie studios to make their digital rentals available at the same time the films are released on DVDs and Blu-ray discs. The studios aren't keen on that particular idea, partly because selling DVDs and Blu-ray discs is so profitable.

Mobbler is a Last.fm radio player and scrobbler for Symbian smartphones. It allows you to listen to your Last.fm radio stations and to scrobble tracks played using the standard music player.

XBMC is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, Windows, and the original Xbox.


Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.

MediaPlug is an EC2 based media appliance server capable of handling all your media encoding needs. Convert and manipulate images on the fly, transcode audio and video to mp3, flash, H.264, 3GPP for mobile devices and other popular formats, scan files and documents for viruses and more.

In our benchmarks we were only able to push 35 MB/s on small instances. So the actual requests per seconds were dependent on the object size we were pushing. The limit was always ~35 MB/s. Our typical HTML pages were around 50 to 70 KB, so we couldn’t reach the desired requests per second as our instance was at its bandwidth limit.

Usually when one instance hits its resource limits you load balance multiple ones. HAProxy is a fine example for a very robust TCP/HTTP load balancer. The problem is though, that it will not increase your bandwidth as all your traffic has to go through this one HAProxy instance. So even when you load balance multiple instances, each one is capable of pushing ~35 MB/s (—> ~350 MB/s with 10 small instances), the bottleneck will still be at ~35 MB/s (aka the load balancer).

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