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Tech companies have made billions supporting the illegal exploitation of our cultural past
while ruthlessly pursuing the dismantling of incentives creators need to fashion our cultural future.
Lowery: The Blue-Collar Musician at the Eye of the Copyright Storm
By Andrew Orlowski -- Here's how David Lowery summed up how the "don't pay for music" argument sounded to him: "Networks: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money! - Hardware: Giant mega corporations. Cool! have some money! - Artists: 99.9% lower middle class. Screw you, you greedy bastards!"
Information Technology Spending to Hit $3.6 Trillion in 2012, Report Says
By Quentin Hardy -- Europe may be a mess, the United States is having a slow recovery, and China is losing steam, but information technology is doing well. Researchers at Gartner project an increase greater than they forecast last quarter, led by cloud computing and new kinds of devices.
A Question for Music Fans: If Music Isn't Worth Your Money, Is It Worth Your Time?
By Chris Robley
Someone Else Is Stealing Your Content: URL Shorteners...
By Paul Resnikoff
Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report
By Glenn Peoples -- ...will streaming platforms become a mainstream business model that represents the future of digital music?
Are There Too Many Music Streaming Services?
By Jakomi Mathews
Five Things Spotify (And Others) Could Do Today to Level the Playing Field for Independent Artists
By The Trichordist -- We've talked about piracy, but now let's change that conversation to talk about the "New Boss" licensed services. One of the problems for artists selling their music, films or books in the legitimate digital space is getting a fair deal from the New Boss distributors.
A Reality Series Finds Silicon Valley Cringing
By David Streitfeld -- Silicon Valley is finally getting the treatment once reserved for rowdy housewives and excitable chefs: its own Bravo reality series. But the tech world is not quite ready for its close-up.
Apple Chooses Design Over Recyclability. Will Anyone Notice?
By Erica Ogg -- Last month Apple asked that the standards group EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool), which is responsible for rating the recyclability of electronics products, to drop it from its rankings...In making this move, Apple is signaling that it won't let future design decisions be governed by those seeking to uphold environmental standards.
Mobile Engagement With Applications
By Corey Crossfield -- Because there is such an intimate bond between consumer and their mobile device, the mobile environment offers a new and exciting way for artists to engage with their fans...With access portals for fans rapidly evolving with advances in technology, it is up to the artist's to include these mobile engagement tactics in their digital strategies.
Here's What's Wrong With Your Music
By Bobby Owsinski -- Readers often send me their music to comment on, and while I'd love to get to everything, sometimes that's just not possible. That said, there are a number of traits that I notice among these songs that I thought was worth a mention, since they encapsulate many of the problems that I hear.
[Now, let's see, what else can we do to extract soul from creativity. Oh, I've got it...]
Hypertunes Promises Modular Songwriting for iOS
By Andrew Garsetti -- As a musician who is as amateur as they come, I find myself appreciating anything that makes it easy to create a song...As such, you can probably imagine my jubilation at Hypertunes, a new iPhone app designed to let you build songs by manipulating blocks of sound, "the way a painter might sketch out a piece before filling in the details."
VIDEO: A Brief History of Rock N'Roll in 100 Riffs
By Chicago Music Exchange -- Alex Chadwick plays 100 guitar riffs in chronological order. It is a fun challenge to cover the caption and try to name them all just from the sound.
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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