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Monday, 08 May 2000 ,  Written by AVRev.com
On May 2, Microsoft announced that it is releasing a beta version of Windows Media Player 7 and the Win-Jam portable player, both aimed at delivering better online sound. The Windows Media Player features technology from SRS Labs, which boasts a sound similar to Surround. The Windows Media player also has jukebox capabilities for recording CDs and streaming audio/video downloads. WindowsMedia.com is offering new content, including product from Christina Aguilera, Madonna and Phish. Microsoft claims that its playing-card-deck-sized portable Win-Jam can carry music files that are half the size of MP3 while delivering CD-quality audio.
Friday, 05 May 2000 ,  Written by Abbie Bernstein
The classic 1984 heavy metal mockumentary cult hit "This Is Spinal Tap" has been digitally remastered for a new video and DVD release on Sept. 5 of this year. The DVD will feature commentary from the members of Spinal Tap: David St. Hubbins (played by Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (played by Harry Shearer) and Nigel Tufnel (played by Christopher Guest) and a new interview with director Marty DeBergi (played by Rob Reiner), plus new outtakes and over an hour of additional previously unreleased footage. The film is being digitally remixed and will have a limited theatrical re-release on Sept. 1. Rumour has it that Spinal Tap Action figures will be available in stores soon.
Thursday, 04 May 2000 ,  Written by AVRev.com
The House of Blues recently announced that they will be providing the Internet's first ever live music video digital download (VDD) service. Located at their web site http://www.hob.com, the music content for these downloadable music videos will be drawn from the various House of Blues venues throughout North America. Users will be able to download live tracks at a price of $2.99 per video. Fans of live music will be able to download live performance video clips from a growing catalog of artists. The initial VDD offerings will include performances by Public Enemy, Squeeze, X, Berlin and Cheap Trick. Released in conjunction with Microsoft’s new Windows Media Player 7, HOB.com will offer users a free download from the alternative rock/rap group 311 (pictured at right) until May 8th.
Monday, 01 May 2000 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Former Eagles drummer/vocalist and solo recording artist Don Henley recently announced a summer concert tour coinciding with the May 23rd release of his new album ‘Inside Job’ on Warner Bros. Records. Henley’s last solo release 1989’s ‘The End of the Innocence’ sold over 6 million copies in the Unites States. ‘Inside Job’ is Henley’s first album for Warner Bros. Records after his much publicised split with Geffen Records in 1995. Tickets for the shows went on sale April 28-May 1. See the tour schedule below for the concert listing in your area.
Monday, 01 May 2000 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Napster, the newest buzz in the world of online music, is causing controversy; it has record companies and many artists up in arms. What is Napster, you ask? It is a program written for Windows that is essentially a search engine for compressed MP3 music files. Currently Napster is not available in a Mac version but can be used with Virtual PC and Linux. A Mac version called Macster is also now available.
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