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Month: June, 2007

Tech / tunes links 6.28.07 – Toad the Wet Sprocket Edition

*Privatunes turns DRM-free songs with user info embedded (like the EMI iTunes tracks) into anonymous files. [via]
*MORE ad-supported tunes from Qtrax. 4 labels signed, 30 million tunes and an October launch. And you have to listen to ads to hear songs. Right.
*Guitar Hero II showdown between David Cross and the Dinosaur Jr. guitarist. [via]
*You know Babelgum? The wanabbe Joost (nee The Venice Project)? Television’s non-television future? That thing? Well, Bablegum’s partenered with Baeble Music (a live concert site) to offer up indie-rock concert footage to its users. [via]
*The Guardian on ringtones and the threats of sideloading (uploading your own mp3s or whatevs and setting them as your ringtone). I have a T-mobile contract and a retarded Samsung phone that prevents sideloading by only allowing DRM’d songs (of a certain type) to be set as the ringtone.
*The BBC iPlayer will launch four months ahead of schedule, at the end of July. [via]
*The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones on R. Kelly: “Many people facing serious criminal charges related to sexual conduct would not include a song called “Sex Planet” on their CD, or, if they did, would probably omit the line about a ‘trip to planet Uranus.'”
*JupiterResearch says that 30M Americans will have music phones by the end of 2007, but that no one is listening to music on them. [via]
*Still checking out Soundpedia. Am hoping to have a better read on it in the next couple days.

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What will 2.0 2.0 be?

Touring 2.0 – Interesting post and fascinating topic.

HOWEVER.

RE: The retarded, and snowballing 2.0.

You’re surely intimately familiar with Web 2.0.

Non-random ListeNerd readers also know Music 2.0 quite well. Kottke is billing his site as Liberal Arts 2.0. Here, a listing of Food 2.0 sites. Water 2.0

And apropos of this post’s title: What will snowclone 2.0 look like?

Also HAGGLING 2.0.

eMusic mashes up its tunes with internet radio broadcasters

eMusic (my hated frenemy) is hooking up its music library with 10 internet radio services. The offerings will sync streams of internet radio stations with the eMusic catalog, and let fans download as they listen.

Who gets a piece of the eMusic pie? KEXP, Pandora, WOXY, and Bootliquor, among others. Here’s the Pandora/eMusic mashup.

eMusic is also donating money to KEXP, SomaFM and others. [via]

UPDATE: Rusty from SomaFM clarifies the relationship in the comments. (eMusic’s thing was apparently a demo, not a real deal relationship. YOU SUCK, Mashable. OK, you don’t totally suck, but still.)

Tech / tunes links 6.27.07 – The Archers of Loaf Edition

*Stereogum interviews Paul McCartney.
*PopMatters interviews Paul McCartney.
*The ListeNerd interviews Paul McCartney. Actually, no. Maybe next album, though?
*A Second Life kickoff for the upcoming Transformers movie. Also, the new Transformers theme song. [former via]
*Wiilco t-shirts! (Should that technically be Miilco?)
*The BBC covers Glastonbury.
*The new RealPlayer lets you download streaming media and store it on your harddrive. [via]
*(Tangential!) Remember how I mentioned John Hodgman loved Mixed Martial Arts? Video.
*Coolfer points toward a How-To YouTube that instructs thieves (and/or the simply curious) on how to use Google as a P2P music sharing network. (Trying to discern the instructor’s accent.)

Vintage audio video – 1920s phonograph

In Slovakian! In a garage! IF YOU WATCH IT, YOU WILL FIND IT QUITE SOOTHING.

Nanosites and the iPhone

(Totally tangential!) The iPhone seems to have inspired some of the funniest nanosites (don’t call them microsites!) out there, including – iPhoneSize.com and Is.ItOutYet.com.

Other sites in the genre include: IsParisInJailRightNow.com and IsLostARepeat.com (both via fimoculous).

If you’ve got any other examples of nanosites (single-purpose sites whose urls are often an easy indicator of that probably inane but also probably amusing purpose) or whatever they’re called, I’d love to hear about them.

The flip side of The Poetics of Space Bars

This is MIA.

Tech / tunes links – 6.26.07

*The video game industry will soon surpass the music industry in size in the US according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers analyst. [via] However, how many of these video games are being bought for the exclusive tracks bands are releasing in them? Not many? Well, what about Guitar Hero II? OK.
*The Guardian on the waning album orthodoxy and the bands who are bidding adieu to grand statements and sticking to singles instead. It’s like swearing off blogging and committing only to Tweet in the future. [via]
*imeem has partnered with Palm Pictures, an indie movie studio, to offer its social networkers a bunch of new content. imeemers will also get the chance to see what’s being billed as the first studio movie premier on a social network. [via] I bet the movie will be bad.
*E-Flux: WUNP Radio (stream here) network = conceptual art radio. [via] — Regine also leads us to xubingdotcom and ASingleScript, two projects concerned with “the natural formation of a global language.” BUT IT IS NOT ESPERANTO.
*Japanese crooner Hiromi Go has gone all Jessica Simpson (umm, kinda) and is now offering personalizable versions of one of his songs. He recorded the love song “Oyome Sanba” using 100 different women’s names. The song’s available as a ringtone. [via]

The Poetics of Space Bars

(Tangential!) WHOA. Cool! I find the way Magnetbox sees the world, through an office memo of decades past, to be utterly compelling.

It reminds me of how much I loved the idea of PowerPoint to the People – a PPT presentation competition that David Byrne took part in – back in the day.

Bloggers like Earl Boykins are thinking in similar ways, Boykins presenting his obsession with indie music information as a series of colored graphs. Nicholas Felton’s brain goes to the same place, imagining and sharing with the world a year of his life in terms of an annual report. Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Flyin’ is on the same page, organizing his own history into personal pie charts.

Understanding and communicating the world through paradigms popularized in the mundane surroundings of an office extend to visual media, as well. Finally, Indexed realizes the world of pop philosophy (in the best sense of the term) in PowerPoint-friendly diagrams.

What does it all mean? The way we understand the world has always been informed by the tools we use. And now the tools aren’t swords or hammers, they’re pie charts.

The Matches video: True platform hopping

Via Pop Candy comes The Matches’ “Salty Eyes,” with a Dylan homage updated for the information age. (Or at least updated for the 1980s? Some of those TVs look really big.)

iTunes = #3…but there’s more!

iTunes is now the third largest seller of music, behind Wal-mart and Best Buy (AP).

They’ll probably fall back behind Amazon when their digital store rolls out. Also according to the NPD Group, though: Digital music = less than a quarter of all music sold. Sales of albums down 16% this year. Sales of DIGITAL TRACKS are up 49%.

Last.fm hates on internet radio’s Day of Silence

On their official blog, Last.fm explains why they’ll be bringing the noise of June 26, the designated day of silence for internet radio broadcasters who are protesting rising royalty fees.

They say they don’t want to punish their listeners, and say the “only solution to this dilemma is commercial.”

Tech / tunes links – 6.25.07

*Did you know that Apple is coming out with a music player that is also a PHONE? It is called the iPhone.
*The MusicBrainz database (buzzwords: open source and community generated!) is being integrated into the BBC music site; it’ll loop in track listings and discographies. More here.
*Music playing widgets! They sound boring! And maybe they are. ReverbNation is a widget for the people. The people with bands. Who want other people to hear their music. [via] On a side note, who knew so many entrepreneurs would actually be in business MAKING WIDGETS? The next new economy hotspot: thing-a-majigs.
*Remember how the Smashing Pumpkins were OK again for about 12 seconds back when their web site was all user generated and shit? Well, they’re on the outs again after releasing four different versions of their latest album. However, I’m not really sure how big a deal this is. Are there really a lot of Pumpkins completists out there? [via PSFK]

THE THEREMIN

via Boing Boing