February 15, 2013

The ASCAP Daily Brief for Friday, February 15

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.

Music Kingpin Jimmy Iovine: "Most Tech Companies Are Culturally Inept"
By Lucas Shaw -- Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will launch a new paid subscription music service this summer (Beats Electronics) branded under the successful Beats headphone brand, Iovine said on Tuesday. Speaking at AllThingsD's conference in Laguna Beach, the chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M sought to explain why his service will be better than the ones currently available.

Google Under Fire for Sending Users' Information to Developers
By Jessica Guynn

[Tip: Make music for those who still buy CDs.]
The Decline and Fall of the Top 10
By Mark Mulligan -- The impact of technology on the music business is well understood, but it is also having a dramatic impact on the music buying population, which in turn is changing the face of mainstream music. [Witnesseth: Josh Groban Beats Tim McGraw To Top of Billboard 200 Album Chart By Piya Sinha-Roy]

Comcast Buys the Rest of NBCUniversal for $16.7 Billion
By Mathew Ingram

6 Signs Smartphones Will Replace PCs as Hardware Hubs
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- In terms of digital audio, Audiobus provides a particularly good example of how "smart" portable devices are becoming more like computers...

More Details Emerge About Scope of Apple Smart Watch Project
By Erica Ogg -- Apple may be further along in developing an "iWatch" than previously thought. A new report says there is a team of 100 people working on the project.

What If An iWatch Replaced Most Of The iPhone's Functions?
By Anthony Wing Kosner -- [Let me see if I have ths straight...PCs will be replaced by Smartphones and iPhones will be replaced by iWatches -- I think I'll stick with my windup PC until the dust settles.]

YouTube And Vevo Are Friends Not Frienemies
By Eliot Van Buskirk -- Google and Vevo are already partners. In fact, Google and YouTube pretty much built Vevo, as many media reporters know.

Wi-Fi Expansion Plan Has Automakers Worried Over The Connected Car's Future
By Kevin Fitchard -- The spectrum automakers plan to use for vehicle-to-vehicle networks sits right up against the airwaves the FCC wants to reallocate for Wi-Fi. The auto industry says that's the perfect recipe for interference.

Can You Feel Me Now? The Sensational Rise of Haptic Interfaces
By Nathan Hurst -- Haptics is to touch the way optics is to sight. It's a user interface that circumvents the cluttered inputs of sight and sound, and it's appearing in an increasing number of objects we interact with daily. Vibration is just the beginning.

[Is any of this starting to creep you out?]
Social Tracker: It Knows Where You Are, When You're There, and When You'll Be Back
By Meghan Kelly -- The U.S. government can track where you are, who you're with, what you look like, and where you'll likely be next thanks to a tool created by defense contractor Raytheon.

[Creep you out - 2]
Pentagon Inks Deal for Smartphone Tool That Scans Your Face, Eyes, Thumbs
By Spencer Ackerman

Good Musician Health Habits
By Musician Coaching -- Dr. Arkady Lipnitsky, DC is the Director of Chiropractic and Rehabilitation at Pain Physicians NY and specializes in treating and preventing many of the muscular and skeletal health problems that plague musicians and athletes...I talked to Dr. Lipnitsky about the foundation of his practice and the causes of some of the most common injuries and conditions he sees in the musicians that come to him for treatment.

Album Launch Publicity Gimmicks of Famous Artists
By James Hill

Library of Congress to Unveil National Recording Preservation Plan
By Randy Lewis -- The library is set to release a plan that contains 32 recommendations to enhance preservation and access to millions of recordings in light of deterioration or outright loss. [Thanks to Michelle Kay for the link.]

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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