Links for 7.21.08: Prisoners’ musical tastes, iLike’s expansion, Billy Joel fans speak…

by Josh Kimball

*Business: EMI has a crazy new idea. They may start considering the desires of consumers in how they do business. [koar]

*Retro tech: Cassette tapes still sell like mad. In prisons. There is a captive audience of 2.3 million incarcerated Americans.

*Online: Favtape lets music geeks create mixtapes from their recent Last.fm and Pandora favorites. Forgive me, father, for I have not audioscrobbled in more than a year. And I have not confessed to not audioscrobbling in almost a day. [mashable]

*Social media: iLike now has 30M+ users, and is expanding functionality to include concert promotion ads.

*Interviews: Do you want to hear whooping from some Billy Joel fans at Shea Stadium? I have the video for you. Also, you may want to carefully inspect your priorities. [coudal]

*Criticism: Pitchfork is telling me what the best overlooked albums for 2008 are. I give this list a 7.1. (No idea.)

*Experiments: Paul Westerberg is offering a one-file 43+ minute album (titled 49:00) that costs $.49. I have an Amazon gift certificate, so I just might buy this one! [universal music group]

*The listenerd: A recent comment about this blog read “Thanks to listenerd for the link, which I almost passed over because it looks too random to be valuable….wrong! :)”

*Too random to be valuable since 2007.