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When CONSUMERS and CREATORS are happy
everyone in the middle will have gotten digital distribution right
I Run an Indie Label. And Here's Why I Support the MegaUpload Shutdown...
By Sam Rosenthal
If The Tech Industry Had Its Way, Hollywood Would Be Zynga
By Alexia Tsotsis -- I just read Paul Graham's SOPA-soaked call for a tech startup that would kill Hollywood. You would have to be a complete idiot to think Hollywood isn't ripe for disruption BUT... it is some function of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the New York media industry to tell human stories and distribute them - they are all symbiotic. If this is the case then why can't we all just get along?
Here's a List of Every Single Digital Music Service In the World...
By Paul Resnikoff
Is France's 'Three Strikes' Anti-Piracy Banhammer Working?
By Andrew Orlowski -- IFPI says yes. We look at the file-sharer numbers.
At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface
By Glenn Peoples -- On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies... The service had just 1.2 million users back in July 2010. By June 2011 it was up to 5 million users.
Shut Up and Play the Hits Documents LCD Soundsystem's Final Days
By Beth Carter ... When you start a band can you imagine how it will end?
The 5 Most Important Skills Twitter Teaches Us
By Wes Davenport -- Picture this: one day, a company comes out of nowhere to introduce a service that renders Twitter obsolete. Overnight, all of those hours you spent cranking out tweets are useless. Or are they?
ITU In "Urgent" Meeting On Global Spectrum As New Devices Gobble It Up
By William New -- A high-level, highly technical UN meeting that occurs about once every four years at which key decisions are made about wireless communications opened today in Geneva. The meeting comes as devices such as smart phones and tablets are devouring many times more spectrum than mobile phones of the past.
Twitter Acquisition Confirms That Curation Is the Future
By Mathew Ingram -- Twitter made an interesting acquisition on Thursday, when it bought a young Canadian startup called Summify, a company whose service (as its name implies) was designed to cut through the noise of all those social-media streams and summarize the content that matters.
This Week in Music Apps: Scribbling Music, Prize-Winning Music Mag, and Android for iTunes on the Cheap
By Connor McKnight
Who Knew? Myspace Has A Facebook App!
By Eliot Van Buskirk
Campaign Launched to Teach Consumers About Ad-Stalking
By Out-Law.com -- An organisation representing US marketing bodies has launched a new advertising campaign to raise consumer awareness of online behavioural advertising (OBA)
Google+ Funny Numbers Mask Falling Growth
By Matt Asay -- Google has always been about crunching big numbers. But only recently has it begun to apparently fudge them.
Here's a Record Player That Was Hacked to Translate a Tree's Rings into Music
By Harrison Weber -- Years is a piece by Bartholomäus Traubeck, and it consists of a record player that plays slices of wood. Yep, you read that right.
David Lowery's Top 10 Lamest Excuses For Stealing Artists' Music
Dean Kay has been at the helm of some of the most highly respected and forward thinking music publishing companies in the world, first as COO of the Welk Music Group, then as President/ CEO of the US division of the PolyGram International Publishing Group, and now as President/CEO of his own precedent setting venture, Lichelle Music Company. Prior to his involvement in publishing, he was a successful songwriter, having had hundreds of his compositions recorded - including "That's Life" by Frank Sinatra. Mr. Kay has been a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP since 1989 and is Chairman of its New Technologies Committee. He is also on the Board of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).
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