Tech / tunes links 8.23.07 – Let’s start with a few questions

by Josh Kimball

*Would you like to wear an iPod on your head? Please do so.
*How musical is a whale? And other zoomusicological questions. [via]
*Ars Technica brings the hate to a recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation that claims music piracy has cost the U.S. economy $12.5B and is inhibiting job growth, calling it a “$13 billion fantasy.”
*Small internet radio broadcasters rejected a SoundExchange royalty rate offer yesterday. [via]
*The Muse’s Muse: A long-running web hub for songwriters. [via]
*uPlayMe, yet another music discovery tool, has taken a new round of VC funding for a few million bucks. [via]
*Sounds like BlogMusik will be going legit. TechCrunch reports that they’ve cleared up their copyright problems and will be offering free streaming, while making their money from eyeballs and affiliate revenue from partners who sell downloads.
*Coolfer reads the boring stuff so you don’t have to: SpiralFrog, which works on a free, ad-supported model in which users have to visit the site and perform tasks on a semi-regular basis in order to keep their music library active (oy) is losing a lot of money.
*Wow, heavy with the dry music 2.0 stuff today. Will try to make it up to you.