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nuthinupmysleeve 18th November 2010 01:54 AM
Warner Music's Royalty Statements: Works Of Fiction | Techdirt

Yes... one can argue whether they are incompetent or evil, but either way, the answer is the same.
CC001 16th November 2010 03:10 PM

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tvsky 16th November 2010 08:59 AM

BUDDHA MACHINE GRISTLEISM FM3 - EXPERIMENTAL NOISE BOX - eBay (item 320608468562 end time Nov-24-10 02:14:04 PST)

this is great idea!


Cant be pirated , its like a hardware dongle for an album

and aesthetically pleasing as furniture

will we see more of this type of stuff ? I could imagine an interactive "guitar hero" style of box for more traditional artists . Is there anything else like this around?
PlugHead 15th November 2010 08:12 PM
Very interesting to see this:

Hear Tom Waits & Preservation Hall Band cover “Corrine Died On the Battlefield” « Consequence of Sound

Kinda a shame they're only releasing 504 copies, and you can buy the record WITHOUT the turntable (for $50) but TBH - that's the way to create something priceless and worthy of collectors status.

rack gear 15th November 2010 06:48 PM

November, 2010: The State of Digital Music Monetization... - Digital Music News

Spotify has paid out a total of $54.5 million dollars in royalties... since 2008... no wonder there's no firm launch date for the USA.
chrisso 13th November 2010 10:38 PM
On The Road With DJ Shadow Post #3 - Which Marketing Channels Are Working And Why - hypebot

Michael Fiebach is the Project, Marketing and Merchandise Manager for DJ Shadow. As Michael and DJ Shadow have crossed North America on tour, Hypebot readers have been getting an exclusive look inside how they market and stay connected to fans. (Read Post #1 and Post #2) Ah. Another day off. I am in Durham, North Carolina, in between a show in Atlanta (last night), and Baltimore ( tomorrow night). Things continue to go smoothly. I am definitely at the point of AUTO DRIVE. This is the point in tour when you have come to the realization that this is your...
I honestly don't......

The artist that concentrates solely on music, then places a price on the end product saying if you like my music you'll buy it and in doing so support me - is uncool. They are supposedly doing music for the wrong reasons.... to make money.

The artist that spends creative time designing and selling t-shirts, the artist that signs a sponsorship deal to promote a fast food chain, the artist that uses their creativity to write and record music for a car commercial, the artist that talks about 'monetizing' their fan base, with the email address being a highly valued capture - is cool. They are adapting to the future.

To me the most honest business model is making music and asking people to support you by buying the music. If no one likes the music, no one pays.
I don't want to support a fast food chain by default just because I like an artist's music.
I really don't want to be 'monetized', and have my email address traded behind my back.

On The Road With DJ Shadow Post #3 - Which Marketing Channels Are Working And Why - hypebot
rack gear 13th November 2010 04:55 PM
Holiday Coke TV Spot Is A Musical "Train" Wreck - hypebot

The tradition of using hit songs to enhance TV commercials is being turned on it's head as more major artists agree to write songs specifically for commercial use. Results have been mixed, but the new Coke holiday TV spot featuring Train's specially penned "Shake Up Happiness" totally derails a perfectly good holiday moment. To add insult to injury, Coke is taking it international (I apologize to my EU brothers and sisters on behalf of all Americans.) and Train is releasing it both as a single and a "bonus" to their new album. Listen, watch and weep:
Holiday Coke TV Spot Is A Musical "Train" Wreck - hypebot

rack gear 12th November 2010 03:57 AM
interesting, Itunes is now allowing artists free direct access... how much of your time is that worth?

Yes, Anyone Can Direct Upload Into iTunes. But Why? - Digital Music News
rack gear 5th November 2010 08:52 PM
Future of EMI in doubt as Hands loses legal fight - Business News - Business - The Independent

Guy Hands, one of Britain's richest private equity barons, was last night facing the prospect of losing more than half his wealth, after a New York court rejected his claim that he had been tricked into buying EMI, the disaster-stricken record company.
the latest...

Future of EMI in doubt as Hands loses legal fight - Business News, Business - The Independent

will Citibank try to sell it to WMG? Sell it to Google? Sell it to Apple so Steve Jobs can FINALLY have The Beatles catalog... Apple Market Cap is 292B... Shares trading at about $300ea...

If FREE content is such a good idea as New Tech and Silicon Valley says it is, here's there chance to put their money where their mouth is...
j-uk 3rd November 2010 03:13 PM

$187 to have an anr listen to your song and review it......really?
Ok I realise that the music industry is in dire straits but bull****ting people out of their money, is that a good way to get back in to the black.....?

Really, these people should be ashamed of themselves......

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lagavulin16 3rd November 2010 04:46 AM
Apple to Extend iTunes Song Previews to 90 Seconds in U.S. - Mac Rumors

According to Symphonic Distribution, Apple has informed music labels that it is preparing to extend the length of iTunes Store song previews in the...
Apple to Extend iTunes Song Previews to 90 Seconds in U.S. - Mac Rumors

Any thoughts? I wonder what they'll do with punk songs that are shorter than 1:30...
rack gear 2nd November 2010 07:37 AM
Who's Really Destroying Music? Take a Closer Look... - Digital Music News

interesting read that reveals a lot of truth about the tech sector and the record industry.
claend 29th October 2010 02:45 PM
Open meeting on how to create new models of revenew on the new paradigm.

During today, tomorrow and the day after.

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Free/Libre Culture Forum 2010
DaveE 26th October 2010 07:59 PM
10 Great Tips to Help You Fail as an Independent Artist

We’ve all seen and read posts and eBooks about how to ‘succeed’ as independent artists and to be honest, I’ve even written a few. But what about those…
10 Great Tips to Help You Fail as an Independent Artist

Great article! I've definitely experience some of these first-hand.
rack gear 22nd October 2010 05:09 PM

I am often misunderstood on this point that there is a big difference between "good" songs/recordings and "great" songs/recordings.

the conversation of hobbyists (soundclick) versus pros/labels (itunes) devolves into the argument that even if piracy destroy's all revenue models, "artist will continue to create"... ok, fine, sure... read on...

it just so happens that many of the "great" songs, albums, recordings are also hit recordings by labels - that's not an accident.

sure, artists with day jobs & daws will create, but will they have the support and resources to be THE BEST they can be, to grow and stretch, and evolve into the absolute GREATEST manifestation of their personal creativity?

probably not.

sure, Radiohead's "the bends" was a good, some may say great album, but could they have developed to "OK Computer" and "Kid A" without label support? Unlikely, and just as unlikely as we would have gotten Dark Side Of The Moon from Pink Floyd or Sea Change from Beck, the list goes on and on... Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots from the Flaming Lips.

It's been said that the enemy of Great is Good, and so it is with artists confined by day jobs, but liberated by DAWS. If you endeavor to create any GREAT art, you will quickly find the greatest expense, and by far, is the cost of man hours in human labor that is required to arrive at GREATNESS through the process of dedication and refinement.

This isn't some subjective "us verses them" argument, anymore than commonly accepted notion that it takes "10,000 hours" to master an instrument.

I started playing guitar two years ago as a man in his forties, if I was 14 I think I could say quite comfortably the man hours I would be able to dedicate to practice would have me playing much better than I do now.

So this isn't a judgment about the capabilities of artists with day jobs and daws as much as it is about the limitations on the artists by needing to have a day job.

Like Muser and Jaron Lanier I would much prefer a world where human creativity is rewarded and theft of human labor is punished... but maybe others would prefer the opposite as it would appear in many of these threads.

Don't Have a Hit? Then Try, Try, Try, Try, Try Again... - Digital Music News

perhaps more to the point, and very insightful post by muser from another thread...

Originally Posted by Muser View Post
sure lagavulin16. to me it's not that I think that people can't produce great Art with next to nothing.
I think that argument is a defunct argument from go.

but the people with the shoe strings are poised to be eternally with strings in their shoes and I would argue that your argument supports that supposition. even if you don't at all mean to.

The image you paint of the Artists with a good voice, a ****ty guitar, and a great song, is clearly one you are already accepting as being in such a state of affairs that, only having that minimum of freedom, is acceptable.

imo This image entails the giving over of Freedom not the obtaining of it.

in the past, people with good voice, a ****ty guitar, and a great song were usually singing about being able to afford more than a ****ty guitar.

That IS exactly why Art is bound up with Freedom and why any Art lover should respect why any act that kills the Artist may also be Killing Freedom.

Ultimately I envision a world where people will be able to support themselves by creativity and not destruction.
[EDIT 10-31-10]

perhaps I wasn't as clear as I could have been, this post sums up the intent of the original post quite well...

Originally Posted by chrisso View Post
Care to list all the great works of art produced by part timers and amateurs.

'Great art' being that which is both critically acclaimed and has stood the test of time by being loved by the public over an extended period.

Like The Beatles output, Salvidor Dali, Martin Scorcese, Miles Davis and Serge Prokofiev.

Whitecat 15th October 2010 06:43 PM
French to bankroll music-buying

France is setting up a state-subsidised scheme to tempt people into buying more music.
(if you're in France, anyway!)

BBC News - French to bankroll music-buying
Whitecat 15th October 2010 01:21 PM
Album price 'should drop to £1'

The price of music albums should be slashed to around £1, according to Rob Dickins, who ran Warner Music UK for 15 years.
BBC News - Album price 'should drop to £1'
jrt12 12th October 2010 08:54 PM
Band members arrested after blocking 101 Freeway for performance -

Officials said a band blocked the 101 Freeway in Hollywood on Tuesday morning for an impromptu concert that jammed traffic and tested the patience of commuters. In what is believed to be an effort at promotion, authorities said that members...
saw this on the news today:

Band members arrested after blocking 101 Freeway for performance | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

honestly, i dont think its a good idea cuz instead of making new fans, you're just pissing alot of people off. in a city where road rage and highway shootings are not uncommon, these guys are lucky they didnt get hurt. they did however get their band name in the paper. but i'm not in the camp that believes there's no such thing as bad publicity. do you think this was worth it/ a good idea?
chrisso 7th October 2010 03:33 AM
Do hard times equal good art?

Arts leaders warns harsh cuts will mean a cultural "blitzkrieg". But doesn't austerity bring punk rock and poetry?
Looks like all arguments for and against new business models and piracy have run their course. heh

..... In the meantime, here's a very interesting (and I think unbiased) article about austerity in art:
BBC News - Do hard times equal good art?

On first reading, I think I can agree with pretty much every line, even the Billy Bragg quote.

It's about how the Arts deal with a global financial crisis, but much of the text can directly relate to music industry discussions we've had here - government funding, poverty inspired creativity, the live scene and the post Simon Cowell music scene etc......
rack gear 3rd October 2010 01:50 AM
Unprofitable VEVO Has "10's Of Millions" In Revenue - hypebot

Vevo's revenue is in the "tens of millions," collected through sponsorships and advertising, but the site is still not profitable, CEO Rio Caraeff told an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt yesterday. "Vevo is an experiment on a grand scale,” according to Careff, with more than 50% of revenue passed on to the labels and artists. "We’ve proven that we can aggregate a large audience," he continued, "and proven that music is valuable to advertisers. If people are passionate than we can monetize that audience.” In an effort to “restore the luster of video advertising,” Vevo’s ad rate is comparable to broadcast...
Unprofitable VEVO Has "10's Of Millions" In Revenue - hypebot

so says it's CEO...

...the site is still not profitable, CEO Rio Caraeff told an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt yesterday. "Vevo is an experiment on a grand scale,”

rack gear 28th September 2010 07:29 AM
Ask The Readers: What Are Musician’s Rights? - hypebot

The other day, a commenter on the blog wrote this: “Digital content creators should have the right to control how their content is consumed. Whether they want to be financially compensated or wish to give it away for free should be their choice—not the users or The Pirate Bay.” That digital content creators should have the right to control how their content is consumed and distributed isn’t something I’d argue against, in most circumstances. This serves as a platform to talk about musicians rights, perceived or otherwise. What rights do you think that musicians should have? How can we create...
astounding... read on...

Ask The Readers: What Are Musician

if you think musicians should have rights in the digital age, you might want to leave a post at the article in the link above...
rack gear 25th September 2010 07:44 PM
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The following was mailed to the industry on Wednesday from Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) President and CEO Jim Urie:

Last June I sent an e-mail urging the music community to become more engaged in the fight against online theft. The result -- over 16,000 e-mails imploring Congress to pass aggressive laws to combat piracy.
It looks like Washington heard our call. A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation that would give the Justice Department an expedited process for cracking down on rogue websites that are dedicated to making unauthorized copies of music available to internet users around the world. The Justice Department would target the most egregious pirate websites, go to a federal court with the evidence, and then seize the domain name.

Once a site has been seized, the Court would issue an order to intermediaries -- such as ISPs, payment processors, Internet registries and registrars, advertisers, etc. -- prohibiting them from doing business with such rogue sites.

CNET called S. 3804, "one of the most ambitious attempts yet from the U.S. government to fight online piracy" and observed that "if the bill passes, it could mark the most significant antipiracy victory for the film and music industries in quite a while."

Each and every one of us needs to act NOW if we expect the legislation to gain momentum. Our community has never matched the noise created by those on the "copyleft" – we need to be louder than ever to drown out those who don’t care about our art, our jobs and the difference between right and wrong.

Please click HERE to send an e-mail to your Senators and Representative and ask that they support this unprecedented legislation. Take the time to ask your colleagues and friends to send a message as well. It’s quick and easy – just enter your home address and click “send.”

Jim Urie
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nuthinupmysleeve 12th September 2010 09:24 PM
Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts - YouTube Arts administrator and live-theater fan Ben Cameron looks at the state of the live arts -- asking: How can the magic of live theater, live...
YouTube - Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

Great talk, well worth the 15 minutes.
Reptil 5th September 2010 07:15 PM
Apple violated Facebook's terms-of-service after Ping deal failed – Apple / Mac Software Updates, News, Apps |

Sep. 3, 2010 - Apple's new iTunes-based social network, Ping, launched with official Apple documents saying that Ping could be integrated with Facebook. It can't,
Apple violated Facebook's terms-of-service after Ping deal failed
The Press Desk 4th September 2010 11:23 AM
iTunes to Double Song Sample Length [REPORT]

Are you frustrated by the fact that song samples on iTunes are only 30 seconds in length, which is often hardly enough time to get a true taste of the song
iTunes to Double Song Sample Length [REPORT]: iTunes to Double Song Sample Length [REPORT]
petermichael 3rd September 2010 05:30 AM
Cee Lo Green - **** YOU - YouTube

You can now watch the new, official video for "**** YOU" on Cee Lo's Youtube channel: Download "**** You" at http:...
Once again, this is all empirical data, but with a song like F@$k You!, he obviously had to go off the radio.

A true classic, with a vocal that hangs with any Motown track. Not for the kids. F. U.

Interesting. I see this helping the 2.0 cause, even though youtube lost it's net neutrality in August with the complete corporate ruination of it's music category page. (YouTube - Music) Terrestrial radio has got to go, so I get excited when I see success without it.
pantherish 3rd September 2010 01:57 AM

I will keep this short and sweet (hopefully)

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I have worked with a couple of bands/producers already, as well as a recording studio and general corporate clients.

I design everything from business cards, logos to t-shirts/websites as well as studio photo shoots and on location shoots too.

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DistortingJack 2nd September 2010 08:43 AM

I'm probably going to get flamed, but I think in these times, it doesn't hurt to be wrong sometimes. I think everyone involved in music making should be thinking about the business model and coming up with ideas because there is no other way to find a way out of the mess we're currently in, so please bear with me.
I've done some calculations lately and I've found some rather interesting stuff which I'd like to share in the unbelievably cynical ecosystem that is GS.

The answer to the music industry crisis has long been suspected to lie in ISPs, that give (and control) access to all internet content in the whole of the UK, whether illegal or not. Still, a good model is still not in place.

First, some numbers. I'll be succinct here, but I have calculations which I can present if needed.
National Statistics Online - Internet Access
There will be an approximate average of 20 million households with internet access in the UK for the next 5 years, meaning about 65% of total households.
BPI | Recorded Music Sales Revenue Stabilise In 2009
The UK recording industry has been making less than £1 billion on record sales since 2007.
RESOURCES - IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2009
The 2009 Digital Music Report indicates 95% of music downloading is illegal.
A completely hypothetical, gigantic database (that we'll name MusicBase), that would contain the whole of the UK musical products sold in both digital and physical formats in several versions of varying quality, added to a multi-platform piece of software for download and optional playback would cost about £1 million per year to develop and maintain (This figure took a bit longer to calculate and is an approximation based on hosting costs, software development, digital transfers, et cetera, and doesn't take into account the media campaigns that would probably cost several times that amount.)

This database would have to be managed by an organisation with a royal charter, like the BBC, or (why not?) managed by the BBC itself.
It would be a mixture between the iTunes Store, with playlist streaming like spotify or deeper, but with a higher sound quality than all three of these, and with complete, unlimited DRM-free song downloads in both lossy and lossless codecs. You want the highest quality? Download the Super Audio version in 24/96k, in stereo or even surround sound. Do you want it on your iPod? Download the MP3 version. Do you want both? You can. And it would be a fixed rate subscription. £10 plus VAT per month.
Such an unlimited, highest-possible quality, high convenience option for music listeners would eventually mostly supersede physical music sales, meaning the end of retail outlets with their rent and shipping and taxes and returns policy and unsold stock and analog master storage, amongst other costs.
Most importantly, this would mean the complete transition to the digital world, with all of the advantages this can bring. The disadvantages of current digital technology are mostly related to getting the artists paid. Current digital offers from Amazon, HMV, Tesco and even Apple do not offer the sound quality, amount of choice, paying system, and overall convenience for most users to stop downloading illegally.

And the government can arrest illegal downloaders, but it can't technically make them buy music. How do you force them, then? Well, with the age-old stick and carrot system, how else.

ISPs have the technology to know when music is being downloaded illegally. They acknowledge it openly. They can control internet traffic if they have to. But they don't care what users do, and the internet is thus a free-for-all. However, they can be made to care what their users do, if they are being paid to do so.

Imagine this.
MusicBase is online, but blocked to anyone without paid access.
Any household that is caught downloading more than 20 songs by their ISP receives a written warning. Another infringement, and they disconnect their house for a year. However, at the bottom of the warning there is an offer to pay for unlimited access to MusicBase.
£10 plus 20% VAT, so £12 total a month, for completely unlimited music. Roughly the same price of the 20 songs they illegally downloaded and less than a TV licence.
This fee would be an "add-on" to the ISP fee, meaning their client would just have to go to the ISP website and order it in a few seconds. This add-on would be offered on every new contract and £1 would go straight to the ISP, pushing them to look for illegal downloaders and to enforce the law.
To top it all, a large media campaign. "A new era for Music." One database to rule them all. From early classical music to minimal techno, from Brahms to Led Zeppelin, from dead musicians to brand new bands.
A good percentage of the population would jump right on such an offer. I would predict at least 10% of UK households in the first year of their own would, and after word of mouth and ISP warnings this number could go beyond the 50% mark.*Such a service would be cool enough for people to say they are paying for it to their friends, which is an important point.

Now, if we do the maths, £11 a month (£12-1 ISP bribe) for 50% of households means £1.32 billion per year.

Let me repeat that.

1.32 BILLION extra pounds for an industry currently worth 1 billion, with a maintenance cost of under £1 million per year. This is, of course, to be added to current CD and vinyl sales which shouldn't totally disappear, at least in the short term, and with only half of households paying for it. What's the percentage of them paying a TV licence? I suspect in a few years it would be a lot higher than 50%, thus raising that figure even more.

This is also discounting all forms of revenue that do not relate strictly to music sales. Extra money could be made by advertising on MusicBase, and by selling premium licences for commercial use, etc. or extra content like videos or tickets.
As a label or musician, you'd have to pay a minimum fee to keep your own songs on MusicBase, let's say £2 to per song a month (£4 if a hi-def version is added, £6 for a surround version), a bit more than the price for tunecore (iTunes). That would ensure hobbyists with really low click rates and lots of **** songs are giving money rather than taking from the industry. Then you add these fees to the money pool from music download.
Then, you and divide the earnings between labels and self-produced acts by song downloads. Obviously, only 1 song download per IP address. You could even add a small multiplier like 0.8x for compilations and 1.2 for rare material, or 1.5 for native UK music.

This method of purchasing would ensure:

that more artists in the system would still mean more money per artist because of the upload fee which would cancel out growing numbers of hopefuls, although most hobbyists would lose a bit of money, which I think is fair enough.
a democratising of music genres and an opening up of the market. People would be a LOT more adventurous about downloading unknown music if downloads were unlimited, so less well-known bands would make more money, proportionally. Small label running would become less expensive and the gap between unknown artists and superstars would decrease.
that the customer could choose to download (or stream even!!) music on 3 different format downloads and re-download if they want, stream the mp3 version, create favourite playlists, you name it. This would also mean the gap between lossy and lossless codecs would be elegantly closed as soon as people are willing to have big enough hard drives and we wouldn't have to keep buying our music all over again like it happened in the 80s with vinyl, cassette and then CD formats.
the freeing of the digital market from the claws of Apple.
the destruction of online music piracy in the UK, taking with it the myriads of low quality files with poor naming and no artwork and a stop to the money flow into sites like Rapidshare and such.
the opportunity for a complete streamlining of the whole music business model. Labels would completely change their way of thinking and behaving towards artists. That experimental blip-jazz-techno band might not be an instant hit (sic) but their label would stop not drop them since the price to keep the file in the servers would be so low. As long as that artist made more than £2 per song per month, or even less if the artist himself paid the fee, the label would be making money; there wouldn't be any additional overhead. Actually, the label would make even more money by having lots of small artists than having a few ones. This is what everyone has been hoping for.

I realise this would be a massive undertaking, since it would involve heavy negotiations between the government, music labels and ISPs.
But it can be done. I don't see any major drawbacks for the end user.
What do you think? Is this completely ridiculous or a rather good idea?
rack gear 1st September 2010 10:28 PM
Apple - iTunes - Ping: Social network for music.

Now your music is more social. Join the conversation, and follow your favorite artists and find out what your friends are listening to with iTunes Ping.
Apple - iTunes - Ping: Social Network for Music
rack gear 1st September 2010 01:04 AM
iTunes song samples may double in length | Apple - CNET News

Think 30 seconds isn't enough to decide whether you like a song? Sources tell CNET that Apple is making changes. They also say you'll have to wait longer for an iTunes cloud service. Read this blog post by Greg Sandoval on Apple.
iTunes song samples may double in length | Apple - CNET News

On Wednesday, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs takes the stage at the company's annual September media event, he is expected to announce that iTunes users will be allowed at least twice the amount of time to sample a song, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the move. The sources said the sample period could be extended to as much as 90 seconds.

An Apple spokesman said the company doesn't comment on speculation and rumor.

Currently, iTunes offers 30-second snippets of songs, a feature designed to give users a taste of the music to help them decide whether they like it enough to buy. Some users have long complained that half a minute isn't enough time to review a song.

rack gear 1st September 2010 01:00 AM

why leave your hometown (or back yard) when you can stream your live shows to fans without the expense of traveling? If enough people want to see your band play their town, put a price on it. If they can raise the money, you show up...

Indie Music Tech: 5 Ways to Broadcast Live Shows

5 Ways to Broadcast Live Shows

Quick Post: There are dozens of ways fans can post video segments, or stream live concerts from their mobile phones, but below are 5 sites that can help artists professionally broadcast their live shows (in no particular order):

rack gear 1st September 2010 12:38 AM
The Wilderness Downtown

An interactive short film by Chris Milk. Featuring "We Used To Wait" from Arcade Fire.
The Wilderness Downtown


rack gear 27th August 2010 01:30 AM
Report: iTunes To Go Social, Web Based Sept. 1st - hypebot

When invitations arrived yesterday featuring an Apple inspired acoustic guitar for an event on September 1st, the speculation about what Steve Job might announced went into overdrive. Separating facts from speculation isn't easy, but a new report from a relaible source matches with other off the record bits of information that we've been hearing. The rumors had already been flying about a new Apple TV device and an upgraded line if iPod touches with a camera. Some are also speculating that a music locker and/or streaming serivce will be announced, but sources tell Hypebot that's highly unlikely. This morning, Peter...
Report: iTunes To Go Social, Web Based Sept. 1st - hypebot

soulstudios 25th August 2010 03:39 AM
Written a while back, but forgot to post it here.

MP3 Happened - Now*What?? - MTT Open - Music Think Tank

Basically my (fact-supported) opinion on our future options for the music business.

MP3 Happened - Now What?

"It wasn’t the beginning of the end, just a harbinger of it. Subsequent formats such as aac, ogg later sprang up based around the same ideas, and the overall concept had already been made a reality by prior formats such as ac3 and mp2 - they just didn’t do it as *well* as mp3 did. Discard psycho-acoustically negligible information to gain a 5-12x reduction in file size - meaning a song could comfortably and easily be ported around the internet, even in the days of dialup." ...
rack gear 25th August 2010 01:55 AM
Stevie Nicks Says 'The Internet Has Destroyed Rock.' - hypebot

If I had a dollar for every time some old, 'I-live-with-my-head-under-the-sand' rock artist said something stupid about the web... I would still be a tech-blogger... But I would also have a pool of money. I’m not even sure where to begin disagreeing with what Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac has to say. I mean, come on, are her and John Mellencamp friends? Do they hang out on the weekends and yell at the kids playing on the front lawn? Does Nicks not understand that the Internet that’s 'destroying everything' is also the very means through which more musicians are gaining...
Stevie Nicks Says 'The Internet Has Destroyed Rock.' - hypebot

"they can't sustain being in a rock 'n' roll band for long without success."

Jules 23rd August 2010 11:02 AM
Twelve charged over 'iTunes scam'

Twelve people are to appear in court accused of using stolen credit cards to make money by buying their own songs through iTunes.
BBC News - Twelve accused of '£400k iTunes scam'

'£400k iTunes scam' Twelve people to face court accused of using stolen credit cards to buy own songs - BBC
gonklives 23rd August 2010 07:53 AM
Five Ways to Download Torrents Anonymously

With anti-piracy outfits and dubious law-firms policing BitTorrent swarms at an increasing rate, many BitTorrent users are looking for ways to hide their identities from the outside world. Here's an overview of five widely used privacy services.
Modern media, traditional print, TV or online have, I feel, for many years been pandering to the "Yoof" market, doing or saying anything to appear to be "down with the kids" regardless of the fact that, as journalist's who are meant to have a degree in English (?) should know about the power of word's and the context in which they are used.

The word is download.
For year's with every review, I have seen tacked on at the end the usual blah blah out of 5 and the new 21st century way to be "Cool" Download these... which is usually what the reviewer thought are the highlights of the album, but saying that would be so 20th century, right?

Now a journalist could turn around and say "erm yeah, I didn't mean steal it" but the point is the word, if someone says they downloaded something off the internet, it usually means they got it for free, why not put those English degrees to some use and rather than coming up with some dodgy headline, actually find a word that can be used and not feed the world the notion that the word download is not a "dirty" word.

Journalist's do not want to appear to be out of touch, in fact they and many people don't want to to be the walking contradiction that was their parents.
How can you tell someone downloading is bad when you used to tape stuff off the radio... That is different but I do get the analogy, my point is, when your a teenager somethings seem alright, your right to rebel against the world but you have no reference point yet, your right that singles used to be too expensive for what you got, some dodgy live versions and remixes for b-sides but that's another argument.

To not appear to be out of touch, the media has made some decision's that they thought wouldn't affect them but now with print media fading and people expecting free news, the extent of which is who has cut her hair by 1cm and other trash.

I have been visiting a site called lifehacker and sometimes they have some good tips on how to do things, an online DIY manual, if you will but I have noticed some articles about Torrrent's and again they don't mention downloading illegal content but the point is the image the word brings up...

Disclaimer...(???!!) Yes Torrent's can be used for legal downloads, Linux etc... but my question's are:

What do you think of when I write Download.
What do you think of when I write Torrent.

P.S. this is the latest of the torrent articles.... Five Ways To Download Torrents Anonymously

Look at some of the comments.

Sorry, I just noticed I didn't put this in the Piracy discussion, if someone could move this, Thanks.
Muser 21st August 2010 07:59 PM
blinkx seminar - Cannes Lions 2009 - YouTube

Clip of Grace Chih, Senior Marketing Manager at blinkx, talking about innovations in online video advertising.
Wave Goodbye to youtube Partnerships ?

Grace Chih, Senior Marketing Manager at blinkx, talking about innovations in online video advertising.

Grace Chih, thinks that advertising is a form of Art.

to date blinkx has indexed over 35,000,000 hours of video on the web and has partnerships with over 530 Media companies.

She states that youtube is now the place of premium content, placed by professional broadcasters and mass commercial Media Giants.

blinkx is a technology which only allows youtube adverts to be placed alongside premium produced content & with a corresponding context sensitive advert.

She considers blinkx to be the remote control to the internet.

YouTube - blinkx seminar - Cannes Lions 2009

once the Brand / Media Message is made indistinguishable from the product itself and Advertising is considered ART, you can say goodbye to any pretensions of being an Artist.

If your Art is a social, economic or Media critique, you won't be able to make a bean.

Well Done.
elginchris 20th August 2010 03:43 PM
Bullet For My Valentine | The Official Bullet For My Valentine Site

Official Bullet For My Valentine website featuring Bullet For My Valentine news, music videos, album info, tour dates and more.
As soon as i got to their website (to check tour dates) a pop up displayed showing me that i could get their new album on vinyl or CD with immediate free mp3 download for $14.

Thats a sweet deal (IMO) but what topped my experience off was the ability to preview full songs.

I think more artists could learn from this approach.

Heres a link to their site if you want to check out what im talking about The Official Bullet For My Valentine Site
Muser 20th August 2010 06:48 AM
MIDEM 2009: Artists, managers & digital - So, where is the money? - YouTube

Today, new revenue streams are raised through the involvement of new technology and music companies such as MySpace Music or YouTube, shaping a new music lan...
the claim that illegal file sharing is killing the industry is largely a fallacy.

YouTube - MIDEM 2009: Artists, managers & digital - So, where is the money?

Terry McBride, CEO, Nettwerk Music Group (Canada).
starts @ 3:30

He says that because the Nettwerk Music Group (Canada) is a group of managers, publishers and record labels there are in a unique positions to cross reference what shows up on the statements. They knew there were 100,000,000 views on youtube of one of their artists videos BUT this wasn't showing up on their artists statements. so they went to the label and asked, how come these youtube views weren't showing up on the artists statements.
He also says that the Major labels held onto the money generated by streaming, for the better part of 3 years.
When Terry McBride actually showed the head of the Major label a rhapsody statement, the head of the major label said He had never seen one. so... the money had been sitting in corporate accounts and had never made it down to the label..

so that means that, Artists who's labels are not developing them any longer because of the purported crashing of the industry, due to illegal file sharing is a fallacy.
The real reason they are NOT being developed is because ..

The major corporations are sitting on the money and not passing it down to the major labels.
if the Major labels don't get the money then, the subsidiary labels won't.
if the subsidiary's don't then the Artists themselves certainly won't.

so .. a given label (may or may not be) obtaining the payments from the numerous types of services out there.
it depends on the competence of the label and manager to find those, extract the money and communicate with the artist (and) more vitally, decide whether or not to use that money to develop the artist further.

Thus... the claim that illegal file sharing is killing the industry is a fallacy.

what is killing the industry are the large corporations long term strategic plans for control over the electronic communications system itself.

the Wiki on Vivendi is a master class of corporate strategic planning.
Sounds Great 18th August 2010 09:56 PM

John Mellencamp Likens Internet to A-Bomb

"I think the internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb" he said. "It's destroyed the music business. It's going to destroy the movie business."

slaphappy 18th August 2010 03:03 PM
Maybe it's time for a little optimism. A list of artists (with some details) that have done it the old fashion way- starting independent, building a dedicated fanbase, slowly playing better and better venues and selling product all along the way.

I'll start: The Avett Brothers: The Official Avett Brothers Site

Sure they were recently signed to Rick Rubin's branch of Columbia, but that was just the culmination of everything the boys had done before that. And by the time they were signed, they were already selling out larger venues and had 5 self released CD's in their catalog. Basically, they didn't NEED the label (to be financially viable), but it did help take them to the next level.

How did they become successful?

1- They poured a lot of energy into their craft
2- They put on amazing high-energy ACOUSTIC shows from the get-go
3- They connected with their fans- engaged is more like it
4- They kept touring (starting around NC and building out from there).
5- They kept touring regardless of the poor turnouts in new markets
6- They kept touring and those new markets were slowly starting to produce larger crowds
7- They kept touring and old markets were selling out, while new markets saw yet more turnout
8- They kept touring and connecting with fans and selling product
9- They continued to push and hone their craft

10- They ended up with they type of fans that don't want to steal, will travel to see them, and consider the band to be their friends (even though they may have never met).

Now the Avett's sell out almost every show and continue to grow, financially, artistically and in popularity.

And they deserve it.

Next success story?
petermichael 18th August 2010 02:35 PM

Yeah, this is starting to piss me off.

Let them keep talking like this and watch a whole lot of people start migrating elsewhere, just on general principle.

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