April 11, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Wednesday, April 11

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Canard du Jour: Do You Still Have Your Personality After Google Makes a Copy?
By Chris Castle -- You've heard it a thousand times at least: You can't steal copyright because when you make a copy the work is still there! It's MAGIC! You still "own" the thing you had before, whatever it is, the punters just made a copy of it. And then these punters sit there looking like they've said something intelligent and you're not sure if you should call the people in white coats or throw them a fish.

BYOD Is Unstoppable. Smart Companies Must Build Apps
By Matt McLarty -- The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has gained unstoppable momentum. And thanks to the burgeoning mobile app market, employees have high expectations for these tools. They want an attractive user experience tailored to their devices. In other words, companies need to invest in building apps, period.

[Infographic] How the App Stores "Really" Stack Up
By Dan Rowinski -- If you liken app stores to race horses, Apple is the biggest, baddest thoroughbred in town. Google Play is a fine specimen with some distinct qualities but has a lot of work to do in the practice yard before catching up. Everything else is an also-ran.

Drowned In Sound's Sean Adams on Hype, ‘Best of' Lists, and Why He's Not Making a Spotify App
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- This is the second part of an interview with the legendary Sean Adams, founder of the Drowned In Sound music reviews site. We spoke about the changing nature of writing about and recommending music in 2012.

NPR's New Ability to Power Streaming Monetization
By Mark Ramsey -- NPR's recent deal with Triton Digital is more than a means of measuring webcast metrics. It's also an important step in the direction of monetizing NPR's streaming content and sharing that revenue potential and that power with affiliate stations.

New Technology Would Allow Radio to Segment, Hyper-target Different Geographies Within a Single Station's Coverage
By Paul Maloney

Pandora Stock Hits All Time Low
By Bruce Houghton

Rdio Wants to Become ‘More like Pandora'
By Music Ally

Vevo Thinks Outside the YouTube Box
By RICG -- Advertising Age reports that Vevo has been working to increase the proportion of its content that is viewed outside the YouTube platform over the course of the past year. To do so, it's developed mobile applications and laid the groundwork for distribution agreements over Boxee, MTV, Facebook and Xbox, the magazine notes.

Track Names in iTunes
By Barry Gardner -- Once I deliver a master disk to a client I often receive a call or email asking a common question. I am often asked how to get the track titles and artist details to be listed in the iTunes application. Contrary to popular belief iTunes does not retrieve track names from the CD itself.

Why Facebook Bought Instagram On The Way To Its $100-Billion IPO
By Jessica Guynn -- Not since Google bought YouTube has an acquisition grabbed the world's attention the way Facebook's $1-billion deal to buy Instagram. And it's bound to get tongues wagging again about startup valuations shooting into the stratosphere.

"Digital Natives" Switch Between Devices and Channels Every 2 Minutes, Finds Study
By Michael Schmitt

Remembering Jim Marshall (1923-2012)
By Jon Bonner -- Jim Marshall, the founder of Marshall Amplification and designer of one of the world's most popular line of amplifiers, passed away on Thursday, April 5th in Buckinghamshire, England. He was eighty-eight years old, and what he left behind is recognized throughout the world as being one of the loudest, smoothest line of rock amplifiers, praised by some of the most legendary musicians of our time.

Kinect-Controlled, 4-Story Pipe Organ, a Phantom of the Organist
By Peter Kirn

[Now THAT'S technology! -- Great video included with story.]
Record-Breaking Rube Goldberg Machine Pops Balloon in 300 Steps
By Alexandra Chang -- Rube Goldberg machines make accomplishing a simple task - like putting a stamp on an envelope - an over-engineered marathon of moving parts. This year's Rube Goldberg Machine Contest held at Purdue University featured one of the most complex contraptions yet...

Dean Kay


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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