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Garyopa: SoftMOD Stopped with LU64x Batch of Nintendo Wiis

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289w ago - Its not a secret that homebrew is a good hardware seller and if a company does not want us to have it then hackers and coders will have a hard life.

But what happens if all goes too quick as we can see on the Wii for now, but here are the findings from Garyopa:

To quote: There has been some recent changes in the current batch of Wii's from Nintendo.

Most of them seem to be in the LU64 serial number lot, and reports of them start around the last week in March, and so far there is alot of different theory's on what Nintendo changed, but it seems that almost all attempts of SoftMODing these Wii's have been killed.

All tho, the menu still shows that it is running on v3.4, and you can infact run the Twillight Hawk using Zelda, and successfully install the Homebrew Channel, and even install the IOS16 using WAD Manager, and even install the cIOS249 WAD using the WAD Manager v1.3, after that any more playing around with the NAND seems to be left with users just staring at a black screen with no output on why is wrong. The famous IOS downgraders, just black out, as all backup loaders and channels and the famous SoftMII and SoftCHIP programs just halt dead once the "cIOS249" is installed.

Most theories are pointing to that 249SLOT as been blocked by Nintendo, and that...
 

Report: 17 Million People Stopped Buying CDs in 2008

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292w ago - Not only are CD sales still falling, but a whopping 17 million customers stopped buying CDs altogether in 2008.

The economic downturn is cited as one reason for the sharp decline, but new services offer viable ways for the music industry to survive this rocky transition period.

While overall music sales were up 10 percent in 2008, the year saw a drop not only in CD sales, but in the number of customers actually purchasing music. But according to a new report, the act of music listening is actually on the rise. While digital music purchases remain strong, the numbers show that there is still much more work to be done in the industry's transition to a new, more diverse set of business models.

NPD's annual Digital Music Study found that there were 17 million fewer CD customers in 2008 than in past years. CD sales have been dropping for quite some time, and while 1.5 billion songs were sold digitally last year, the number of Internet users paying for digital music only increased by 8 million in 2008.

NPD saw all demographics pulling back on CD purchases, but the most significant groups were teenagers and those over 50.

The primary reason for cutting down on CD purchases was a simple slashing of entertainment budgets across all demographics. Cheaper prices for digital albums...
 
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