All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Music’
What is your most frequently visited destination when it comes to music searches? There’s a good chance it’s Wikipedia. Heather Dougherty of Hitwise put together some interesting data involving the top music destinations online. Based on her research, the largest percentage of traffic (at 24%) went there.
All of the Microsoft haters out there will love this one. When I got up this morning and went to my car to go to the office, I plugged my Zune in to get some tunes on for the drive, and to my dismay, I could not get a single thing to come up on the screen (much less out of the speakers) except the Zune logo. In fact, the device is currently sitting on my desk with the same problem.
Late last week MySpace responded to notices from the RIAA by banning all ProjectPlaylist widgets from its site. Yesterday Facebook followed suit.
Despite the fact that Axl Rose is the only original member left in Guns N’ Roses, his (I say "his" because this is truly one man’s project with the help of some hired hands) album Chinese Democracy is quite possibly the most anticipated album in history. At this point (and I can say this as a huge fan of the original band), it’s not even that people expect it to be good.
YouTube has a couple of new things going on worth noting. First off, if you nave not noticed by now, embedded YouTube videos now carry a search box at the top. This only appears when you mouseover the top portion of the video, and disappears when you move away.
Warner Music Group’s Jim Griffen, who has been a vocal proponent of blanket music licensing at the ISP level, is out pitching the idea to some of America’s top universities.
Universal Music Group and instant messaging and group chat provider Meebo have partnered up to offer an interactive experience between users and musicians. If you are not familiar with Meebo, it allows users to sign in through other services like AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, and MSN Web Messenger.
Nearly 40 percent of the Japanese online population visited an entertainment music site in August, according to a new study from comScore.
The study found that Japan had the highest penetration of users of Apple iTunes during the month, when compared to users in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
A new European Union study shows that 5-10 percent of personal music player listeners risk permanent hearing loss, if they listen to a personal music player for more than one hour per day each week at a high volume over a 5-year span.
A European safety standard is already in place that restricts the noise level of personal music players to 100 decibels, but there is more concern over hearing damage from excessive exposure to such sources.
Nokia announced today that it is set to introduce its new music offering Comes with Music in the UK on October 16.
Nokia said Carphone Warehouse will be the exclusive retailer in Britain for the first Comes with Music model, which will sell for $230 and includes a Nokia 5310 XpressMusic handset.
The push toward making CDs obsolete has taken another step as Apple is going to begin offering album art applications. This is one aspect of physical products like CDs and Vinyl that music enthusiasts have been reluctant to part with in favor of the digital age, but when that aspect becomes available as part of said age, will they still have something to cling to?
iTunes vs. Kid Rock and The Music Industry
The Wall Street Journal took a look at why some artists are keeping their music off iTunes. Because the store does not allow full album only downloads, Kid Rock, AC/DC and others have opted out. Some acts like Radiohead did it to protect the artistic integrity of their work while others are clear that their motivation is money. Single tracks don’t net the same profits that albums do.
Apple is everywhere in the news this week, with its big score on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, its MobileMe problems, its iPhone 3G lawsuit, and now issues with the Chinese government. Apple’s iTunes store has been blocked in China for pushing a controversial benefit album.
The other day I posted an article about Pandora’s probably upcoming demise as a result of a royalty rate hike put in place by SoundExchange, which represents record labels and the artists signed to them. If popular opinion around the ‘net is any indication, the issue is a lot larger than Pandora shutting down.
An Industry in Peril
In an effort to attract readers, libraries have increased the amount of digital content they offer including books, music, and movies that can be downloaded by patrons to a computer or mobile device for free.
To access the program users need a library card, access to the Internet and some downloadable software such as Adobe Digital Edition, the Mobipocket Reader or the OverDrive Media Console.
There had to be a better way. It’s no surprise that Yahoo! Music is shutting down its download store and pointing customers to Rhapsody. But did they have to pull a Microsoft and stop supporting the retrieval of license keys or authorize playback on additional computers? Here’s the email that came last night:
The clean, clickable interface of TuneGlue delves into Last.fm to find relationships between bands, which may reveal new music you may like, or a band you’ve forgotten over the years. TuneGlue pulls its music data out of Last.fm and presents it onscreen as a clickable node.
Enter the name of a band into the search field, and it appears as a spot. Clicking the spot opens a menu of choices, including Releases and Expand. The other two options lock the node in place, or delete it.
Streaming video and music will bring in $70 billion in revenue over the next six years according to a new study from Insight Research," Streaming Media, IPTV, and Broadband Transport: Telecommunications Carriers and Entertainment Services 2008-2013."
This covers revenues generated from digital audio and video files over the Internet, an IPTV network and mobile devices. The files can be streamed on-de3mand or in real time, but cannot be stored locally.
The European Union’s internal market commissioner Charlie McCreevy has proposed extending the copyright protection for music performers from 50 years to 95 years.
"It is the performer who gives life to the composition and while most of us have no idea who wrote our favorite song – we can usually name the performer, " McCreevy said. If the copyright protection is not extended thousands of European performers who recorded in the late fifties and sixties will lose all of their royalties over the next ten years.
Cultural dissimilarities will remain; Google isn’t likely to move its headquarters to China and replace thousands of American employees. The company may overcome one other obstacle in that market, however, as it prepares to enter a partnership with Top100.cn and make music available for free.
Record label execs might be better off banging their heads against the Great Wall of China; at least that way, they’d see and feel something of historical significance. But in what’s likely to be an equally unproductive move, they’ve instead decided to sue Baidu again.
Users can listen to a track free up to three times, after which they are pointed iTunes, Amazon or 7Digital for purchase.