January 04, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, January 4

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.

Yes, Hundreds Upon Hundreds of Websites CAN All Be Wrong
By Dave Mandl -- Not this one though. Well, not about this, anyway

2013: The Year When Things Get Real Again
By Dan Lyons -- Real companies making real products that sell for real money. Wow. What an idea.

The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 - 10 Years Ago
By Mat Honan

A History of the Internet and Computing in 71 Seconds
By David Holmes

Facebook Tests Feature to Let Strangers Pay to Message You
By Neil McAllister -- Bug anyone you want for a buck. Facebook users may soon start seeing more messages in their Inboxes, thanks to a new pilot program that allows users to pay a fee to send personal messages to people with whom they have no direct connection.

How to Get True High-End Audio From Your iPhone
By Frederick E. Allen -- I was amazed when I discovered Spotify and then MOG. Either one allows you to stream any of tens of millions of tracks of music...But there was always a catch...Now I've found a surprisingly effective and inexpensive solution.

What Happens to Radio When Technology Kills Mobile Phones?
By Mark Ramsey -- Just as the smartphone killed the flip phone, and the iPad is killing the traditional PC, something is going to come along and kill the smartphone. Wearable computers are widely believed to be the next computing fad.

The Real Hazards of E-Devices on Planes
By Nick Bilton -- If the Federal Aviation Administration does not re-evaluate its ban on device use during takeoff and landing, someone will be hurt, but not because of interference with the plane's avionics.

AirDroid: The Free App Every Android Owner Should Install in 2013
By Kevin C. Tofel -- My pick for Android app of the year? AirDroid, which provides wireless management of your Android phone or tablet from any browser on the same Wi-Fi network. You can manage files, videos, music, ringtones and more on any computer, making for a great free companion application.

Why Most Indie Music Groups and Labels Fail (Part 1)
By Glenn MacRae

How The 80/20 Rule Applies To Your Social Media Strategy
By Hisham Dahud -- The Pareto Principle, more commonly also known as the 80-20 rule, states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes...For today's music artist, this rule of thumb applies in a more indirect way in regards to how they should properly communicate with their audience.

Has Smule Strum Solved 'Video Instagram' Problem with Audio Analysis?
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Like SongBooth and other apps, Strum (free, iOS) transforms video you shoot within the app or shot earlier into a music video of sorts. But by doing actual audio analysis of the audio in your video, and matching that to selectable background music that goes along with each filter, Strum goes the extra mile.

15 Best Cassette Releases Of 2012
By Clyde Smith -- Cassettes continued to reign in what sometimes seems like an alternate universe though most of the releases travel far beyond cassette decks with tandem digital releases if not LPs or CDs.

Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall
By Euan Kerr -- 2012 will go down as a year of orchestral turmoil in the U.S.: Strikes, lockouts and bankruptcies erupted time and again as once seemingly untouchable institutions struggled financially.

Uncork Ambient Music and Beats with Sound Bottle
By Tim Hornyak -- This prototype can record and mix sounds around you while drawing on a database of funky beats.

Boil The Frog
By Paul Lamere -- Boil the Frog [playlist generator] will take you from one music style to another gradually enough so that you may not notice the changes in music style. Just like the proverbial frog sitting in a pot of boiling water, with a Boil the Frog playlist, the Justin Bieber fan may find themselves listening to some extreme brutal death metal such as Cannibal Corpse or Deicide (the musical equivalent to sitting in a pot of boiling water).

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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