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GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2017 06:27 AM
Comcast throttling BitTorrent was no big deal, FCC says | Ars Technica

Net neutrality rules unnecessary because ISPs will do the right thing, Pai says.

GearAndGuitars 23rd December 2017 06:25 AM
Ajit Pai and the FCC want it to be legal for Comcast to block BitTorrent - The Verge

This is what happens when you’re honest about killing net neutrality

Whitecat 22nd December 2017 10:00 PM
Turntables are golden as UK retailers report bumper Christmas sales | Business | The

HMV predicts turntables will be its top-selling technology product, beating both headphones and speaker docks

Whitecat 22nd December 2017 05:22 AM
Beatles' favourite Vox getting back to where it once belonged in UK | London Evening

Vox, the musical equipment maker beloved by the Beatles and U2, is returning to its British roots by exploring plans to shift more production back  from Asia. The 60-year-old engineering group, founded in Dartford, is looking to onshore a small number of highly skilled jobs from Vietnam after a successful test run building handcrafted amps in the UK.

Whitecat 20th December 2017 11:18 PM
Audiotonix Buys Solid State Logic |

James Gordon, CEO of Audiotonix, said: "We are growing the Audiotonix Group with professional audio brands that have exceptional technology, committed people and a real passion for what they do.

Whitecat 20th December 2017 04:29 PM
U.S. Court of Appeals Sides With Songwriters, Publishers on Fractionalized Licensing

As the music industry heads into the holiday season, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals just gave songwriters and music publishers a gift with its decision that the consent decree allows fractionalized licensing.

Whitecat 17th December 2017 04:40 AM
Former Warner Bros. Staffer Unearths Sealed Copies Of Prince’s Black Album, Dis

In 1987, Prince was supposed to release an LP called The Black Album. But after he became convinced that the album was "evil," the Purple One decided to shelve

Whitecat 11th December 2017 08:33 PM
Apple Shazam: Why is the US company buying the music app? - BBC News

Rivalry against Spotify and augmented reality ambitions are two possible reasons for the takeover.

Whitecat 11th December 2017 07:00 PM
Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam | Article [AMP] | Reuters

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

Whitecat 10th December 2017 09:19 PM
Indies feel pushed out of vinyl boom as 'dad rock' sells in record numbers | Music |

Small labels report lengthy production delays as big stars monopolise Europe’s two main pressing plants

Whitecat 9th December 2017 01:25 PM
Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source |

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Whitecat 7th December 2017 07:04 PM
Apple 'On Schedule' to Terminate Music Downloads by 2019

Apple is scheduling a complete removal of music downloads from the iTunes Store by 2019, part of an aggressive transition towards streaming.

Whitecat 7th December 2017 02:07 AM
Caroline Polachek Pulls Out Of Moogfest Over Lineup Announcement - Stereogum

The Durham, NC-based experimental festival Moogfest announced its initial 2018 lineup today with a list focusing on the female, nonbinary, and transgender

Whitecat 6th December 2017 06:48 PM
Federal Judge Asks Spotify: 'How Many Songs Have You Infringed, Anyway?'

Spotify's licensing problems went from bad to worse.* And these damages could be seriously catastrophic. Here's the latest from New York.

Whitecat 5th December 2017 10:09 PM
How Dua Lipa became the most streamed woman of 2017 | Music | The Guardian

Her smash hit New Rules gave relationship advice to an army of young women, making her more popular than Beyoncé and Rihanna – and her carefully nurtured rise could change the music industry for good

Whitecat 5th December 2017 05:32 PM
Mariah Carey is still making a ****-ton of money off “All I Want For Christmas Is Y

There’s one of them at every winter holiday gathering. “Happy capitalist exploitation day!” they’ll sarcastically intone, or maybe just cheerfully snark, “Happy buy people stuff month.” Yes, there is always someone ready to ruin your holiday cheer with their bold, no-holds-barred ability to point out that these yearly rituals involve purchasing gifts, and that means participating in the exchange of money for goods and/or services. While they are fearlessly drawing attention to the fact that the holiday involves doing the same thing you do every other day—buy stuff, only in this case you do it to be nice to others, you monster—you’re presumably (hopefully) on your third whiskey-infused egg nog.

Whitecat 2nd December 2017 06:43 PM
The Feds Want Martin Shkreli's Secret Wu-Tang Album - VICE

As well as a bunch of other bizarre rich-people ****, per a new court document.

Whitecat 28th November 2017 03:35 PM
Ticket resale sites could face court over consumer law concerns | Business | The Guar

Competition watchdog promises to widen investigation into sales tactics used by websites such as Viagogo and StubHub

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:36 PM
Spotify's Top 'Fake Artists' Make Six-Figure Salaries

According to Epidemic Sound CEO Oscar Höglund, his (alleged) ‘fake artists’ on Spotify earn five-digit pound sums for their works.

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:34 PM
The Payola Blues: New Technology, Same Old Tune?

Has the sanctity of tastemaker playlists been polluted? Is a golden era of streaming passing us by in the blink of an eye?

Whitecat 28th November 2017 02:34 PM
Americans: Get Ready for a Serious Spotify Price Hike

Cities and some lobbying groups have pushed Virginian lawmakers for a hefty sales tax on Netflix and Spotify. The idea may soon catch on in other states.

GearAndGuitars 27th November 2017 01:45 AM
Have You Been Suckered on Net Neutrality Debate by Google and Big Tech? | The Trichor

Tomorrow July 12th you will probably be asked by a well meaning friend *or perhaps someone that works for a progressive activist group to call or write your congressman and ask them to support "net neutrality." *IMHO I think you will be making a mistake. I really don't give a **** if I get flamed…

Whitecat 22nd November 2017 02:49 PM
'We could build something revolutionary': how tech set underground music free | Music

YouTube, social media and even Bitcoin are allowing musicians to reject major labels and go it alone – but the industry is fighting back. Can artists use technology to stay truly independent?

Whitecat 22nd November 2017 12:29 AM
Donald Fagen Sues Walter Becker’s Estate - Stereogum

Steely Dan lead singer Donald Fagen is suing the estate of his longtime bandmate Walter Becker in an effort to keep the band's name and music alive. Fagen

Whitecat 21st November 2017 08:57 PM
The vinyl frontier: why do we keep sending music to outer space? | Music | The Guardi

Sónar festival is beaming cutting-edge dance music to an exoplanet 12 light years from Earth. But can such experiments ever be more than hubris?

Whitecat 21st November 2017 08:38 PM
How ‘Africa’ by Toto Became the Internet’s Favorite Song - Motherboard

Somehow, this cheesy, emotional tune, which turns 35 this year, inspires unironic, almost undivided adoration across the web.

Whitecat 20th November 2017 05:59 PM
Your music tastes can be changed by using magnets on your brain | New Scientist

Around three minutes of brain stimulation is all it takes to change people’s love of music, and even how much money they’re willing to spend on it

Whitecat 20th November 2017 01:04 PM
Musicians, You’re About to Lose Your Tax Deductions – Finance For Musicians

Musicians have been asking me if the new tax bill passed by the House yesterday will have any impact on us. Yes, the legislation, if passed in the Senate, will greatly reduce the ability of professional musicians to deduct many of the expenses we incur in our work.

Whitecat 20th November 2017 11:03 AM
Swedish music industry rocked by sexual assault scandal as 1,993 women sign open lett

Nearly 2,000 women working in the Swedish music industry have alleged that they have experienced sexual assault, harassment or overt sexism during their career – in an open letter calling for drastic change

Whitecat 19th November 2017 08:12 PM
Nick Cave Holds Press Conference About Playing Israel To “Take Stand” Aga

Nick Cave, the dark poet of rock, on Sunday accused the anti-Israel boycott movement of trying to bully musicians and said he was taking a "principled stand" by

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:22 PM
Pandora Death Watch: Stock Sinks Below $5 as Users Flee App

Pandora Radio's stock has plummeted to all-time lows. Users have all-but-abandoned the service. Will the streaming platform finally shut down soon?

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:21 PM
November 8th, 2018: iHeartMedia Declares Bankruptcy

iHeartMedia is hitting hard times*— and warning investors of a possible collapse ahead.* That is, in less than one year. Here's the latest.

GearAndGuitars 19th November 2017 03:18 PM
Like It Or Not, Taylor Swift Is Onto Something With Her Streaming Stra

Fans may be annoyed that Swift’s new album is not available on streaming services right away, but Team Taylor is wise to experiment with windowing.

Whitecat 18th November 2017 01:59 AM
From Fleet Foxes to Grizzly Bear: has the 'Pitchfolk' scene finally burned out? | Mus

With Bon Iver going awol and sales falling steadily, it looks as if the era of the heartsore wildman may be over

Whitecat 15th November 2017 09:25 PM
Influential Jazz and Classical Label ECM Records Releasing Entire Catalogue to Stream

Huge news for fans of Keith Jarrett, Steve Reich, Pat Metheny, Arvo Pärt, John Abercrombie, Vijay Iyer, and countless other seminal jazz, contemporary classical, and New Age artists and composers: The ECM Records catalogue is coming to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and all major streaming services.

Whitecat 15th November 2017 08:34 PM
Warped Tour Ending In 2018 - Stereogum

When you think about it, it's crazy that the Warped Tour was still happening. The traveling festival tour has crossed North America every summer since 1995.

Whitecat 10th November 2017 01:04 PM
China’s Toutiao is buying in a deal worth $800M-$1B | TechCrunch, the lip-syncing app popular with teens and young people, has been sold to Chinese social media giant Toutiao, according to an announcement made..

Whitecat 10th November 2017 11:04 AM
StubHub and Viagogo offices raided in ticket touting investigation | Business | The G

Competition and Markets Authority officials seize data relating to schemes that allegedly benefit industrial-scale touts

Whitecat 10th November 2017 09:15 AM
Canadian scalper's multimillion-dollar StubHub scheme exposed in Paradise Papers - Bu

A CBC/Radio-Canada investigation done jointly with the Toronto Star has revealed how a Canadian scalper has been able to vacuum up thousands of tickets to some of the highest-grossing concert tours and shows in a matter of minutes and resell them at a premium with the help of the ticket website StubHub.

Whitecat 9th November 2017 02:00 PM
Woking musician secures record deal after 27-year-old cassette tape found in American

A music collector from Oregon tracked down Carola Baer after finding her tape in a charity shop

Whitecat 8th November 2017 11:38 PM
Deliverance Interrupted - Feature - Portland Mercury

A Vancouver music company tried to release new music from Prince. They didn’t get very far.

Whitecat 8th November 2017 03:36 PM
V Festival is over, Richard Branson announces | The Independent

V Festival held its last edition this year, Richard Branson has announced.* The popular music event which had been running for 22 years has been scrapped the Virgin head said in a statement, effectively making this summer's*show with*Pink and Jay-Z as headline acts the last.*

Whitecat 8th November 2017 03:03 PM
Why does Taylor Swift write so many one-note melodies? - BBC News

The singer has dozens of melodies that sit on one note - but it's less of a cop-out than you think.

GearAndGuitars 8th November 2017 06:48 AM
C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch | MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY [Editor Charlie sez: What’s more fun than using Facebook to expose Facebook? What’s more fun than hosting a blog on Blogger to expose Google? What’s more fun is posting a video on YouTube exposing*YouTube!] via C3 Uses Fire to Fight Fire — Artist Rights Watch

GearAndGuitars 8th November 2017 06:47 AM
Pandora Is Losing 850,000 Listeners a Month. Now for the Bad News...

Pandora has los 8 million users in 9 months, according to the latest financial disclosures.* What could be worse than that?

Whitecat 8th November 2017 12:25 AM
How a big Australian bank bought into Sheryl Crow's back catalogue | News | The Guard

Paradise Papers reveal that leading banks are parties to schemes that use tax havens to minimise tax for their wealthy clients

Whitecat 7th November 2017 07:47 PM
Tidal Begins Adding Liner Notes to Albums and Songs | Billboard

Tidal has begun adding in-depth credits -- including composers, musicians, vocal breakdowns, mastering, production, mixing, label info and even album artwork credits -- to millions of albums and tracks.

Whitecat 7th November 2017 04:31 PM
JAY Z sells $6 tickets to US gigs to cut out touts and resale rip-offs - BBC News

Exclusive music news, big interviews, entertainment, social media trends and video from the news people at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.

Whitecat 5th November 2017 11:37 PM
A Global Shortage of Magnetic Tape Leaves Cassette Fans Reeling - WSJ

Brisk demand from fans both old and new prompts a Missouri company to dust off production blueprints for a long-paused business. “The finest equipment the 1960s has to offer.”

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