Machinima.com is hosting a World of Warcraft machinima music video contest. Music by the Ataris.
Prepare yourself for dancing gnomes. And the like.
EMI’s been busy lately. In addition to Amazon and iTunes deals, the struggling label’s finally signed a deal with YouTube. YouTubers can now find vids from EMI artists on the videosharing site, and they’ll also be able to use EMI tunes legally in their user-generated mashups.
Personally identifying data (like your account information) is being embedded in downloaded iTunes songs. And while that previously wouldn’t have drawn much notice, the introduction of DRM-free songs on iTunes gives it new meaning. The metadata would, of course, allow one to see who had posted the songs on filesharing networks, but Ars Technica also posits that Big Media care greatly around “casual piracy” – buying songs for buddies – as well.
Bottom line: Don’t let your friends listen to your music. It’s wrong. And sick.
[via Ars Technica]
Co-founder of Last.fm Richard Jones blogs the usual stuff. (Aka more money, more opportunities, etc.)
“OH NOES UR SELLIN MY SCROBBLES!!1!! — Don’t panic. The openness of our platform and our approach to privacy won’t change.”
Despite the assurance, a lot of people seem worried, and it’ll be interesting to watch the unsubscribe phenomenon.
(In fact, the PERFECT Web 2.0 company might be one that unsubscribes users with a single click when their beloved social media organ is purchased by evil Big Media. Angel investors, please leave your e-mail addresses in the comments.)
Middio says it organizes the 10,000 music videos uploaded to YouTube. Which seems like an easy enough functionality for, say, someone like Google, to add to the Tube itself, but apparently amps the relevancy and strips away the growing visiual detritus on YouTube enough to make it worth users’ while.
The Slacker online music player launched today.
Will be able to play with it later this morning, but it won’t have differentiating appeal (from Pandora as recommendation engine or from Last.fm as music-enabled soc-net) until the music device launches.
The LA Times has the details.
The crazy little music community with the tech department that hates my Mac sells for $280M, despite only about 1/4 of its 16 million users residingin the U.S.
Advertising on Last.fm to be beefed up (ugh) and it would make sense for CBS to contribute significantly to Last.fm’s recent attempts to push into video.
Hi. Most first blog entries are awful: they say too much, they say too little, they do or do not ironically or inironically include a picture of the author’s cat. This first post will also suck, but it will be short. And also comforting in its predictability.
I am the ListeNerd. My aim in this blog is to track, discuss, explain and take pleasure in the intersection of technology and music.
My day job is as a media, entertainment and technology editor for a consumer trend company.
Now here we go: on to better things.
Pulling some music stuff off my previous blog to get this one going:
I used to love Last.fm – until the audioscrobbler stopped working on my Mac and they wouldn’t tell me how to fix it.
Pandora’s fine, but I’m not all-partially-directed-serendipity all-the-time; I’d like to be able to jump to specific songs when the mood strikes me, and to do that would require a player switch, probably to iTunes. Of course, Hype Machine rules; it’s the best way to get a quick hit of a particular song you’re trying to track down, but it’s not good for any extended listening. I Mogged for awhile. My biggest complaints about them? The page layouts made me feel like I was 16, and when I tried to un-Mog myself, it was a major pain in the ass.
Additionally: Tried Songbird as soon as it came out for Macs – the interface was too black, and I was lost for the first (and only) two days I tried it. MyStrands had NOBODY on it at the time I tried it (I asked for a song similar to The Arcade Fire’s Neighborhood #1, but the algorithm was like, “Sorry. Never heard of it.” Also tried: iLike (Reason abandoned: iDon’t Remember.) and Slacker (just some online noodling).
Now there’s Critical Metrics, a service that sounded cool, but now just seems like a Hype Machine thing (it launches its own little player) with social media aspects built in.
After a year of wandering in the music player and music recommendation wilderness, here is what I want: My Last.fm audioscrobbler back. And iTunes is still just good enough.