December 07, 2012

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, December 7

The ASCAP Daily Brief

Cutting through the media clutter to bring you relevant news and commentary on the rapidly evolving music industry and how it affects your livelihood.

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.

Congress Hear ASCAP Loud and Clear at IRFA Hearing
By Etan Rosenbloom -- Congress has begun hearings on the Internet Radio Fairness Act. ASCAP believes that any discussion of music licensing reform should address how Internet royalty rates undervalue songwriters, composers & publishers. We brought that message to Capitol Hill, and we’re encouraged to know that our allies in Congress are listening.

Spotify's Bold New Transition from Streaming Music Service to Music Platform
By Mark Mulligan -- Spotify today gave an update on the year to date and announced a host of new features...of most interest, to me at least, was a slew of new features that collectively transform the Spotify experience.

Google+ 'Ghost Town' Now Has Half A Billion Members
By Dan Lyons -- In the 18 months since Google launched its social service, Google+, the engineers and marketers behind Google+ have suffered the slings and arrows of some pretty negative punditry...And today Google announced a pretty huge milestone - its service now has half a billion members.

AT&T's Q4 Will Be a Doozey Thanks to the Smartphone
By Kevin Fitchard -- AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega predicts a record smartphone sales quarter over the holidays, beating even last year's 9.4 million device sales. The conditions that made last year's Q4 a success are in place, including the timely fall release of the iPhone.

Rhapsody Lets Android People Collect Music with Microphones
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Rhapsody unveiled a neat app today that lets Android users identify songs as they play over speakers. Rhapsody SongMatch (free) lets premium Rhapsody subscribers add these songs to their collection instantly, so basically, you can collect music wherever you go, storing it all in the cloud, using only this app and the microphone in your Android smartphone.

Apple Stock Has Biggest Drop in Four Years. But Why?
By Chris O'Brien -- You know things have gotten bad for Apple Inc.'s battered stock price when analysts start pointing to something called a "death cross" as the best hope for salvation.

[That's Ray Kurzweil - not The Amazing Criswell although, on occasion, there are similarities.]
Kurzweil at Techonomy: Artificial Intelligence Is Empowering All of Humanity
By Adrienne Burke -- If you know electronic synthesized music, you know the work of Ray Kurzweil. But the MIT futurist and transhumanist has many more inventions to his name than electronic keyboards...

No Longer Vaporware: The Internet of Things Is Finally Talking
By Clive Thompson -- The rise of the machines has begun.

HAL Takes Over and LSD Takes Off: 12 Big Innovations of the 1960s
By Wired -- Today's leading-edge technology is headed straight for tomorrow's junk pile, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. Everyone loves the latest and greatest. Sometimes, though, something truly revolutionary cuts through the clutter and fundamentally changes the game.

Online Ad Firm Agrees to Stop 'History Sniffing' in Web Browsers
By Christine Mai-Duc -- A digital advertising company agreed Wednesday to end its practice of "history sniffing," the practice of secretly tracking Internet users' activity through their Web browsers.

6 Philosophical Reasons Indie Bands Fail
By James Moore

Can Apps Teach You To Improvise Jazz?
By Harry Decimo -- Trolling through the app stores, a musician sees plenty of options for learning new tricks, and all sort of tuners and other utilities. But truly useful musicians' tools designed for players who know what they are doing are decidedly rarer. ... However, we found some, in the form of Jazz Apps Mobile's iImprov series, which provide a refreshing example of what mobile technology can provide for both beginning and expert musicians.

Relative Unknowns Flourish Among The Grammy Award Nominations
By Randall Roberts -- An avalanche of young and relatively unknown acts such as Fun., Frank Ocean and Miguel stood out among the Grammy Award nominations. ... both hip hop and country were also mostly ignored ... [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

Music Blog Zeitgeist 2012
By Jenna Wortham -- This is the kind of year-end list that speaks to me: A run-down of the most blogged-about musicians of the year.

The Nighttime Earth From Space Like You've Never Seen It Before
By Betsy Mason -- [The Electoral College illuminated.]

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. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Academy of County Music (ACM), the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), and the California Copyright Conference (CCC). Click here to read his full bio

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