Last FM

William Fitzsimmons

Where have I been all these months? With my head in a hole obviously.

My colleague Zef alerted me to the joys of www.last.fm – and what a joyous day it was.

Fleet Foxes performs tomorrow night at the SFBH here in Wellington. I like their music. So, I type their name into last.fm and a plethora of sound-a-like bands and artists present themselves to me. I found The Dodos (who are playing at the SFBH on Friday) and the odd-looking singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons (pictured).

I’m officially in heaven.

This site is a perfect example of how making music available in it’s entirety can lead to sales for that artist. After hearing the ‘matches’ with the artists I currently like I’m sorely tempted, when finances allow, to purchase the real disks of these artists.

Unlike Warners, who have extracted their artists off YouTube, the artists and distributors on LastFM realise that this is a new way of establishing a following.

Thank goodness for that.

Steve Jobs confirms his illness in letter

Here it is:

January 5, 2009
Letter from Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Dear Apple Community,

For the first time in a decade, I’m getting to spend the holiday season with my family, rather than intensely preparing for a Macworld keynote.

Unfortunately, my decision to have Phil deliver the Macworld keynote set off another flurry of rumors about my health, with some even publishing stories of me on my deathbed.

I’ve decided to share something very personal with the Apple community so that we can all relax and enjoy the show tomorrow.

As many of you know, I have been losing weight throughout 2008. The reason has been a mystery to me and my doctors. A few weeks ago, I decided that getting to the root cause of this and reversing it needed to become my #1 priority.

Fortunately, after further testing, my doctors think they have found the cause—a hormone imbalance that has been “robbing” me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy. Sophisticated blood tests have confirmed this diagnosis.

The remedy for this nutritional problem is relatively simple and straightforward, and I’ve already begun treatment. But, just like I didn’t lose this much weight and body mass in a week or a month, my doctors expect it will take me until late this Spring to regain it. I will continue as Apple’s CEO during my recovery.

I have given more than my all to Apple for the past 11 years now. I will be the first one to step up and tell our Board of Directors if I can no longer continue to fulfill my duties as Apple’s CEO. I hope the Apple community will support me in my recovery and know that I will always put what is best for Apple first.

So now I’ve said more than I wanted to say, and all that I am going to say, about this.

Steve

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