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GearAndGuitars 1st June 2014 07:24 PM
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Pirate Bay founder arrested after two years on the run | Technology | theguardian.co



Peter Sunde had been wanted by Interpol over an outstanding sentence for copyright violations

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 09:33 AM
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Music Piracy Is and Should Remain Illegal | NoisePorn



NoisePorn features all the latest in electronic music: News, interviews, reviews, exclusive mixes and much more

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 09:30 AM
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Consumers Sent 1.3 Million ‘Copyright Alerts’ in Anti-Piracy Effort | Variety



An anti-piracy program launched last year by movie studios, record companies and Internet providers sent out 1.3 million alerts to consumers that they were accessing infringing content.

The figures for the first 10 months of the program, released on Wednesday, were the first official numbers released by the Center for Copyright Information, the group set up to implement the voluntary industry agreement designed to curb online copyright infringement.

GearAndGuitars 31st May 2014 08:39 AM
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File sharing is alive and well, to the tune of 300 million users a month | GigaOm



Americans download more movies, music and TV shows that BitTorrent users in any other country. So why is everyone talking about the decline of P2P?

Whitecat 31st May 2014 12:13 AM
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Drum Replacement: The Dirty Little Secret That Changed Rock - Forbes



Chances are, if you’ve never worked behind the scenes in the audio industry, you probably don’t know the truth—or, at least, the vast extent of this truth—that when it comes to modern rock, drummers get by with a little help from their friends, a friend called sample replacement.

GearAndGuitars 30th May 2014 04:59 PM
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'Google should lead search engines' piracy fight' - Weatherley | Music Week



PM's IP Adviser has released a new report on search engines' role in piracy battle

theblue1 30th May 2014 02:07 AM
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Google Play Music quietly coats the globe (Q&A) - CNET



Google is expanding its Android answer to Apple's iTunes, and two execs say its streaming-plus-downloads double punch is a knockout.
Apple and Beats have the headlines, but Google's got the markets... this may get interesting.
Whitecat 29th May 2014 10:47 PM
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Amazon to Introduce Streaming Music Service This Summer, Only Offering Songs 6-Months



Amazon will be launching a music streaming service offered free to customers paying for its $99/year Amazon Prime service. The service will...

Whitecat 29th May 2014 09:25 PM
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Fender adds Bono and The Edge to board of directors | Musical instrument industry n



U2 duo will now be working with the firm on ideas for future products.

GearAndGuitars 29th May 2014 08:02 PM
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Apple Admits That Fewer Artists Are Releasing Music on iTunes... | Digital Music News



“Music is dying in the way that we know it. It hasn’t been growing in the way that we want it to. You see it in the number of artists. This past year in iTunes, it’s the smallest number of new releases we’ve had in years.”

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 11:43 PM
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Kevin Godley's New App Allows Fans to Create Music Video Mixes Online, with Arti



With WholeWorldBand, music biz vet Kevin Godley's innovative new iPad and iPhone app, users anywhere in the world can record music and video in a virtual studio with a who's who of superstars. The app just completed an initial round of financing worth five million euros led by IIU and Balderton Capital.

Whitecat 28th May 2014 10:06 PM
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BBC News - Apple agrees to buy headphone maker Beats for $3bn



Apple confirms it will buy headphone maker and music-streaming service provider Beats Electronics for $3bn.

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 06:58 PM
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Apple to announce $3bn Beats acquisition this week - report | Music Week



Deal could have a cut price tag after Beats Music subscriber figures leaked

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 06:57 PM
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Whitecat 28th May 2014 02:25 PM
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BBC News - Sam Smith to perform in first UK live music TV advert



The singer will take over an entire three and a half minute advert break on Channel 4 and transmit a live music performance.

GearAndGuitars 28th May 2014 02:35 AM
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Spotify Has Been Hacked, User's Data Accessed - hypebot



Spotify has been hacked and at least one user's data has been accessed, according to the music streamer. Spotfy says it has launched an investigation and believes that the breach only involves one user. Nevertheless, Spotify strengthening its security and saying that all Android users will be asked to update their apps within the next few days.

Whitecat 27th May 2014 04:25 PM
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Behringer takes swipe at Guitar Center in tit-for-tat row | Musical instrument indu



Music Group chief responds to Guitar Center’s severing of relationship.

Whitecat 25th May 2014 04:25 PM
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Radio 1's playlist secrets uncovered: the battle of the 'brands' | Media | The Obser



How does Radio 1 decide which songs to get behind? Nadia Khomami is granted a rare pass into its playlist committee meeting and finds it's as much about YouTube hits as good tunes

Whitecat 25th May 2014 12:08 PM
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What did Lily earn from John Lewis?



Pop star Lily Allen says she only made £8,000 from singing the John Lewis Christmas advert. So how do musicians make money in 2014?

Whitecat 24th May 2014 07:47 PM
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Apple's Acquisition of Beats Could Be Delayed Because of Valuation, Roles, and More -



Last week, reports indicated that Apple's acquisition of Beats would not be finalized until this week. With the week ending and no deal having...

Whitecat 24th May 2014 05:21 PM
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Has Dr. Dre’s drunken boast cost his company $3.2 billion? - Yahoo News



From Yahoo News: We haven’t heard anything official about its supposed $3.2 billion purchase of Beats from Apple yet and now Billboard reports*there’s a good reason for that. According to Billboard’s sources, Apple was not at all happy about a*video posted by actor Tyrese Gibson where a couple of weeks ago in which Beats founder and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre*boasts about becoming*“the first billionaire in hip-hop.” Apple was also probably not happy to hear that Gibson said that Dre was “drunk off of Heinekens” in the video, which was posted on Gibson’s Facebook page right after news broke that Apple would be buying Beats for $3.2 billion. While most of us found the Dre video funny, it’s pretty obvious why Apple did not

Whitecat 24th May 2014 04:47 PM
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Why Spotify and the Streaming Music Industry Can't Make Money - Businessweek



The streaming music service has been great at getting people to pay for subscriptions—and not at all successful at turning a profit

GearAndGuitars 23rd May 2014 09:17 PM
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U2 manager: 'Google is the greatest theft enabler on the internet' | Music Week



IMS 2014: Paul McGuinness gave a keynote interview at IMS in Ibiza yesterday

Whitecat 23rd May 2014 01:53 PM
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Why Apple bought Beats - to keep iTunes safe - Yahoo News UK



'Why Apple bought Beats - to keep iTunes safe' on Yahoo News UK. Apple has bought Beats Electronics for a hefty $3.2 billion and now it's clear why. The fruit giant wants to join the streaming music revolution but doesn't want to risk damaging iTunes sales, say sources of Tech Crunch. At the moment record labels and recording artists rely on a $1 billion iTunes turnover that's based on sales of downloads. But since they’re still there Apple won't want to abandon them altogether.

GearAndGuitars 23rd May 2014 02:34 AM
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19 Indie Label Organizations Speak Out Against YouTube... | Digital Music News



YouTube has now threatened to block the content of any independent label that declines to sign their non-negotiable contracts.

The following is a statement sent to Digital Music News this morning by WIN, a global independent label organization. The group initially threatened YouTube with a massive content boycott, but are now back at the negotiating table.

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2014 09:27 PM
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YouTube's subscription music licensing strikes wrong notes with indie labels | Techn



Trade association WIN gives online video giant 24 hours to rescind 'indefensible' letters for upcoming Spotify-style service. By Stuart Dredge

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2014 09:16 PM
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Vimeo's Innovative "Copyright Match" System Seeks To Balance Rights and Fair Use - hypebot



In a move designed to protect rights holders while honoring fair use, yesterday Vimeo introduced their new "Copyright Match" system. The new system flags uploaded content for possible use of others' work using Audible Magic's audio "fingerprints." If you're using that work with permission or believe it falls under fair use, you can immediately appeal. Vimeo's emphasis on quick communication and direct appeals reveals a willingness to commit additional funds to support both rights holders, licensees and creators who rely on fair use. Vimeo's announcement is quite thorough and informative as such important news to creators and rights holders should...

Whitecat 22nd May 2014 01:17 PM
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The art of noise: how music recording has changed over the decades | Music | The Gua



Technology provides crystal clear recordings of all the music in the world, at little or no cost. But, as a historical audio installation opens at the Science Museum, composer Christopher Fox asks why…

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2014 02:04 AM
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How Dropbox Knows When You’re Sharing Copyrighted Stuff (Without Actually Looki



Late last night, a tweet was spread far and wide showing that a DMCA notice had blocked a file from being shared on a Dropbox user's account. What was..

GearAndGuitars 22nd May 2014 01:33 AM
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New study says Pandora is “in jeopardy”; offers analysis of market driver



ClearVoice Research, a market intelligence company founded in 2006, released a 50-page survey analysis of the streaming music industry entitled Media Review: Music Streaming Services Market Profile. The report analyzes results of a 1,010-person survey of U.S. Internet-using adults. Survey questions explore how users consume music and other audio (news, sports), their awareness of streaming music brands, and their considerations when evaluating services.

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2014 10:34 PM
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NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites | Billboard



The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders.

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2014 09:43 PM
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Twitter Considered Buying German Music-Streaming Service - WSJ.com



Twitter considered buying German music-streaming service SoundCloud, but it has backed out of the talks, according to a person familiar with the matter.

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2014 08:09 PM
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Interactive: Compare Vocal Ranges of Best Singers, Billboard Nominees - TIME



See which of your favorite singers can hit the highest and lowest notes

GearAndGuitars 21st May 2014 08:07 PM
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Spotify tops 10 million paid subscribers | USA Today



Music streaming service Spotify confirmed it has topped 40 million active users, and the number of users paying for a monthly subscription topped 10 million. Since launching six years ago, Spotify users have

Whitecat 21st May 2014 06:56 PM
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The 432Hz 'God' Note: Why Fringe Audiophiles Want to Topple Standard Tuning | Motherb



Inside the fringe group of sonic purists who believe life at A432Hz—not the standard A440Hz—is more "natural," "truer," and generally in tune with the universe.

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2014 07:11 PM
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Moogfest Lost Over $1.5 Million, Seeking Community Funding For 2015 - hypebot



A grant application from Moogfest to Buncombe County has revealed quite a bit about the event including a loss of over $1.5 million. Moogfest 2014 received a $90,000 economic development grant from Buncombe County and $90,000 from the city of Asheville. They're getting started on 2015 with a request for $250,000 in community development funds. But beyond the financial success of the festival is the question of their stated goal, attracting new businesses to the region, which is hard to relate to what they're actually doing. By most accounts Moogfest 2014 was a successful event that was a good fit...

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2014 07:04 PM
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Twitter to buy SoundCloud? | Music Week



Reports suggest a deal could be underway

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2014 07:00 PM
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Coldplay’s new album isn’t on Spotify*–*and it's letting fans know why | Music Ally



Hands up who’s surprised that Coldplay’s new album ‘Ghost Stories’ wasn’t available to stream yesterday, on the day it went on sale. Thought as much.

GearAndGuitars 20th May 2014 06:21 PM
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Game of Thrones piracy arguments proven wrong by history | Financial Review



If music industry experience is anything to go by, making shows such as Game of Thrones available immediately on any device at the right price will not solve our piracy problems.

GearAndGuitars 18th May 2014 07:29 PM
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Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics Hit With $20 Million-Plus Lawsuit - TheWrap



MOG founder claims he was hired and deliberately fired before he could collect his equity grant

Whitecat 18th May 2014 01:32 PM
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Sex and drugs? Real rock rebels are into tax-efficient accountancy abuse | Stewart Lee



Stewart Lee: In his selective approach to paying tax, Gary Barlow has emerged as the poster boy for our morally short-changed society

GearAndGuitars 17th May 2014 07:07 PM
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Swedish Anti-Piracy Law Boost of Music Sales, Drop in Internet Traffic | Digital Trends



However, after a while, the effects of the law began to taper off after a while.

GearAndGuitars 16th May 2014 08:35 PM
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Did Pandora Win the ASCAP Battle or Open a Box of Namesake Trouble? | PopMatters



It’s a Wild West in music publishing, these days, and the songwriters need more gunslingers.

GearAndGuitars 16th May 2014 08:13 PM
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Songwriters Are One Step Closer To Higher Royalties | Digital Music News



This past Tuesday at the intimate 90 seated Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) announced the upcoming introduction of the Senate version of the Songwriter Equity Act, a bipartisan bill to amend two outdated portions of the U.S. Copyright Act and level the playing field for songwriters, composers and publishers seeking fair compensation for their work. The event was put together by the Senators to understand more about the Songwriter Equity Act.

Whitecat 16th May 2014 09:12 AM
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Eavis honoured by music industry



Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis is to be honoured for his contribution to the music industry.

GearAndGuitars 15th May 2014 09:13 PM
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Jimmy Iovine: What I've Learned - Jimmy Iovine Quotes - Esquire



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