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Music Labels vs Apple

'Apple' is now girding for a showdown with at least two of the four major record companies over the price of songs on the iTunes service. Signs of conflict over pricing issues are increasingly apparent. This month, Apple started its iTunes…
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Should ISPs Pay for Music?

A scheme that would shift the cost of digital music from users to Internet service providers is gaining international support. "William “Terry” Fisher, a Harvard law professor and director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society…
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Interview with Napster President Brad Duea

The BBC has published an interview with Brad Duea, president of Napster. A few interesting sound bites: Online music will become an ”exploding multi-billion dollar space in the next two years.” ”A lot of time people think of ownership…
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An authorized P2P service that makes sense

PlayLouder is an MSP, or 'Music Service Provider' that provides unlimited music downloading as part of its broadband Internet Service.  The files contain no DRM and even MP3s can be swapped among PlayLouder subscribers without restrictions. …

News from NARM

This just in from last weeks National Association of Recording Merchandisers connference in San Diego.  More finger pointing and denial from the music industry.  "We have lost a generation."  Wow.  No wonder they…
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More Sony vs. Apple

Sony has announced a new series of flash-based digital music players designed to give the iPod Shuffle a run for the money.  The new Walkman Beans sport a built-in FM tuner and are available in 512 MB and 1 GB versions.  The units…
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Roadcasting - or mobile P2P

Imagine being able to broadcast and receive digital information from your Wi-Fi enabled car, cell phone, handheld computer or MP3 player as you move around your environment.  Everyone participates in a dynamic, decentralized network of…
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Sony vs. Apple

In the past, Sony with it's Walkman brand, dominated the personal electronics market for music.  Today it is Apple and it's iPod that dominates the market. Many Wall Street analysis publicly stated that they didn't feel Apple could sustain…

Confessions of a cut and paste artist

From William Gibson, in Wired "Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical. The record, not the remix, is the…
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P2P file sharers found to be avid online music buyers

A study published today by UK research firm The Leading Question claims that people who share music files online also buy four and a half times more music online than your average music listener. Instead of tragically costing the industry money,…
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KCRW audio interview: The Politics of Culture

The Digital Age and The Future of Music. It's no secret that the music industry is challenged on multiple fronts. Now that we're in the digital age, how can they change their outlook? Celia Hirschman, KCRW's music industry commentator, speaks…

Winamp Creator Delivers Jamming Platform

Winamp Creator Justin Frankel has built a collaborative online jamming environment for musicians. Frankel's new project, Ninjam, allows musicians to jam and record over the internet.  A high speed connection is required, but the latency…

Record Biz Still Sinking

Sales down almost eight percent in first half of 2005 Gloom returned to the record business in the first half of 2005, as album sales dropped 7.6 percent compared with the same period last year, despite blockbusters from 50 Cent, Mariah Carey…
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Senate to consider Online Music License

The US Senate has recently turned its attention to online music licensing. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property initiated the discussions Tuesday. At root is whether the current licensing framework for digital services…
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Yes. Hear it on the air. Buy it on your phone.

Check out this very cool web interface for a mobile music service. YES.
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Stocks That Will Rock Your World

The new names in digital music are familiar, but they specialize in commercial music. Everyone knows Apple Computer as the company that is now moving more iPods than Macs. Former peer-to-peer bad boy Napster is now the lobotomized pimp of commercial…
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Is File Sharing Really Killing the Music Industry?

From The Future of Music book There is no direct proof that file sharing itself is hurting the music industry. Record companies are touting this single-bullet theory to explain away all the ingrained problems of an antiquated business reaching…
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Message for the Music Industry

For the industry, the best news about the Supreme Court ruling is that both music and technology companies can move forward with a clearer understanding of what the rules are.   It is time to get to work.  There is a fantastic…
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The Argument for P2P - MGM vs. Grokster before the Supreme Court

This excerpted from the March 29th transcript of the oral arguments in MGM vs. Grokster between Richard Taranto Esq, attorney representing Grokster, et. al. and Justice Anthony Scalia. MR. TARANTO: Let me say a few words about what the record…
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Atlas Plugged Interview Part 2

Held back by fear, you are. The music industry can’t preserve its current model of total control. Rather, it must embrace P2P and other new technologies because consumers won’t accept anything less than full freedom. In the future,preventing…

Fans Spread Jams With Music Mixes

Music fans once turned to radio DJs to expose them to new music. But as music grows on the net, listeners are relying on friends and strangers to feed them -- often in creative combinations. Forget the album and corporate radio. Fan-built…
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CD Baby founder Derek Sivers on musicians of the future

"Before, say, ’94 or ’95, before the Internet came around, there seemed to be a sharper divide between those who create and those who consume: It seemed like you were supposed to be either one or the other. I love to see this kind of…
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MGM vs Grokster

All eyes are on the Supreme Court, with a decision in this important case predicted as early as next week.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is defending StreamCast Networks, the company behind the Morpheus peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing…
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More support for Music Distribution via P2P

Online music distribution is set to grow significantly over the next few years, forcing industry to reconsider their business models and posing regulatory challenges to governments, according to a new OECD report on the digital music industry. A…
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Internet Piracy Sails On

"The report said it is difficult to establish a causal connection between the rise of file sharing and a drop in music sales. While the music industry's revenues fell 20 percent from 1999 to 2003, other factors, such as illegal CD copying,…

Scenario for the Future of News

A frightening glimpse into the future of information and the impact of personalization and the web on the news we read.  Be careful what you ask for. get razzled here
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Digital Train Leaving the Station

As TVT's chief executive officer, Steve Gottlieb, puts it: "Manufactured pop culture is disintegrating before your eyes as the Net takes hold," and the nimbler, less risk-averse indies are best positioned to take advantage of the digital…
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Some See Benefits of File Sharing

Independent labels use networks as a way to reach consumers, not necessarily make money. "...To many independent labels, the main goal is simply to introduce music fans around the globe to little-known artists who have no chance of being…

Cringely on The Future

"How do you predict the future?  That's easy.  How do you create the future?  That's hard." Good reading here
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Let’s Get Digital - Radio Show

New York - WFUV Presents - If the new world of mp3 blogs, mash-ups, downloads and ringtones boggles your mind, tune in to Let's Get Digital as host Jen Guerra takes a musical look at all things online.  The New Yorker Pop Music Critic Sasha…

Chapter One of "Future of Music" book now online

"It is the year 2015 and you wake to a familiar tune playing softly. It gets you out of bed and makes you feel good. As you walk into the bathroom, your Personal Media Minder activates the video display in the mirror, and you watch a bit…

Chapter One of “Future of Music” book now online

"It is the year 2015 and you wake to a familiar tune playing softly. It gets you out of bed and makes you feel good. As you walk into the bathroom, your Personal Media Minder activates the video display in the mirror, and you watch a bit…

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