A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

A new iPod Nano. New iPod Touch. New ZuneHD. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new portable music player. Or a head scratching time, if you have trouble making a choice, like I do.

Guest: Donald Bell, CNET

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Scientists at the University of Rochester are working on a different kind of encoding that promises to make sound files 1,000 times smaller than MP3s.

The new method is not a recording technology. Instead, it recreates music in a computer based on what it knows about the real-world physics of an instrument and its human player.

Researchers say the real benefit is expressiveness, not file size.

This story originally aired April 10, 2008

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Next week in Minneapolis Jammie Thomas, a single mother of two from Brainerd, Minnesota, is scheduled to on trial for copyright infringement for the second time.

A jury found her guilty in 2007, ordering her to pay $220,000 in damages for illegally distributing 24 songs by the likes of Aerosmith, Green Day and Guns N’ Roses over the KaZaA peer-to-peer network. But a judge subsequently threw out the conviction.

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