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Vintage: Cassette tape player

Although not nearly as soothing as a gramophone, the cassette tape player was once the whirling music-master of its day. Watch and be soothed by the turn of the tiny wheels and miniscule teeth. But please do it with the SOUND OFF.

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Today’s music-related clip voted Most Likely to be IM’d to Me

Flight of the Conchords, the highly IM’d (to me; on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis) HBO musico-comedy offers this highly insightful meeting of music and machine. And that meeting, as some of you may know, is what the ListeNerd is all about. Also, the clip features the speaking voice of one Mr. Hopkinson’s Computer, who is this site’s familiar and/or totem spirit.

The Humans Are Dead (aka, the Robot Song)

I hate media! On RSS feeds and the economics of content

I don’t technically hate media, but I usually stick to music tech and general geekery on this blog, in efforts to avoid getting bogged down in the same-old, same-old meta media discussions. However, today a funny feed reader juxtaposition’s drawing me out of my anti-media shell.

Does it mean anything at all that on the same day the Freakonomics guys and the New York Times opt for partial RSS feeds (which are just sort of a pain in the ass, not the devil) and reductively sum up and dismiss the idea that “content wants to be free,” defending their stance on the principle that people need to get paid, a prominent venture capitalist blogger talks about distributed media and the nature of digital content in regard to his own blog, writing: “We need to think of content as bits that can be created, assembled, re-assembled, anywhere at any time. Because that is, in fact, what digital content is. I am slowly but surely breaking the content I create up into parts and creating them in different places and then re-assembling them in various ways.”?

Here: newspapers. Here: a tech VC.

Tech / tunes links 8.22.07 – Deeper in debt

*Some more info on the MTV-RealNetworks deal. $230M from MTV. And an analysis this morning by the NYTimes.
*Previously, I mused on whether many musicians were using twitter for marketing / relationships (Coulton does, but it was pretty much only comedians on twitter there for a while). Looks like they’ve begun. One, Alison Sudol, gets pimped in the most recent Twit newsblast. (I hope newsletter placement isn’t Twitter’s plan to make revenue.) That said, if Pownce gain enough users, it seems like that social network, with its filesharing capabilities, would be the more logical musician’s marketing choice.
*YouTube has started running ads. Called InVideo Ads, they show up over the bottom 20% of some videos, as they roll. Here’s what YouTube itself has to say about them. [via]
*Music makes kids happy! [via]
*Using Last.fm to sell books. A fictional detective from an Ian Rankin book lists his favorite tracks using Last.fm, as does the author. [via] I’m not sure if there are any Fakesters on Last.fm or not, but I love the idea of setting up a few playlists solely for the purpose of scrobbling a fictional character’s music.
*Sales for Mentos were up 20% last year, the biggest spike ever. Due to viral video. [via]
*The L.A. Times does a deep reading of the “Chocolate Rain” phenomenon. Their take: the song is about racism. But it’s funny. The article eventually led me to the YouTube’s Top 100 in the music section, which amazed me. An Avril Lavigne video leads the pack with 50M+ views, and the top 20 is littered with the likes of My Chemical Romance. For all the talk of ugc, it’s still the pros who get crazy exposure. Also, 50M views. Wow. That’s a lot of 14-year-old users.