The broadband music jam arrives

Forget collaborating on a Google spreadsheet — why not collaborate on a kick-ass cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train.
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We plugged guitars into computers and adjusted our headphones. I clicked “record” and began laying down a bass track alongside the guitarist’s. As we watched our tracks appear in the audio-mixing software, he recognized something familiar in the chord progression and played a guitar part from the Beatles’ “Let It Be” that fit perfectly over my bass line.

This guitarist and I had successfully traded a musical idea — a common enough occurrence, except that we’d never met, and weren’t in the same room or even the same city. But we were collaborating in near real time using the music-making site eJamming. Although we’d hit a few glitches, it felt like a breakthrough moment.

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2 thoughts on “The broadband music jam arrives

  1. Comcast last year paid the state of Florida $150,000 to deal with this exact issue and the ambiguity that surrounded it. Each month, Comcast would contact the top 1,000 users of its 14.4 million user network network, regardless of how much data they had transferred, and warn them that they were violating the acceptable use policy. When users asked what the limit was, they were simply told that they needed to stay out of the top 1,000 user list—something impossible to know.

    The state attorney general said that “a 'top 1,000' criteria, as previously applied, did not clearly and conspicuously disclose to the consumer the specific amount of bandwidth deemed to be excessive under Comcast's subscriber agreements.” In response, Comcast adopted the explicit 250GB/month cap.

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