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Links for 9.14.07: Ringtone hate, Wal-mart hate, Prince hate, FotC LOLz + more

*Band of Horses licenses songs to Wal-Mart and Ford.

Ben Bridwell: “My personal stance is that once that music is recorded and released to the world then I don’t really care where it goes. “The Funeral” has been licensed to death (ha, wretch) at this point and if somebody wants to throw down some duckets for it, then feel free. It also beats the hell out of stealing batteries from Wal-Mart to sell them back for 8 bucks.” Also, what a BEARD on that dude.

*Both David Pogue and Daring Fireball continue the Apple ringtone (and ringtone in general) hate.

*Social, mobile music company Mercora has become Social.FM. [Crave]

*CubeVoice: Twitter for stuff that’s even more boring than the stuff you write on Twitter. [Mashable]

*Flight of the Conchords brings the LOLz to its advertising campaign.

*The start-up story. The verdict: ff you’re a music company, hire a music-obsessed team. [GigaOm]

*Prince is suing YouTube.

*Eleven reasons why Manu Chao is global pop’s most important star. 1) My 7-month-old loves “Bongo Bong.” The other 10 are here. [Largehearted Boy]

*Queens of the Stone Age (clad in Christmas sweaters) will be appearing on an upcoming Anthony Bourdain special. Bourdain’s the speaker at a thing the day job has going next month. [Peefork]

Poison Control Center and Mac vs. PC

Daytrotter offers up mp3s from frenetic Ames, Iowa band Poison Control Center (the review evokes the likes of NMH and Apples in Stereo), who I saw play with JOHN HODGMAN, of all people, back in the day.

Also: JOHN HODGMAN, you may be the star of those ads about the things, but are you STILL FEELING SO SUPERIOR after seeing THIS?

Tech / Tunes links 9.6.07 – The Funk Phenomenon

*BREAKING: Whoa! Google Reader ditched “100+” and is now using a precise number (currently 226) to indicate unread Reader items. Take that, Apple! Also, they’ve added search.
*The new iPod nano is short and fat. And has a videoscreen. Also, the iPhone price cut has people worried. Also, video out available on all new iPods? Also, you already heard about the online music store and the Starbucks thing. Also, take THAT, Hodgman.
*The outstanding blog The Playlist links to a new “I’m Not There Clip.” (With Cate Blanchett as Jude/Dylan.)
*Groove Mobile took $6M in funding.
*Me.dium – the browse-tracking app – is holding a 5-day online music festival called RockMe. The Fiery Furnaces and provacative imagery included. [Mashable]
*Your Daily Widget: USA Today.
*Rainn Wilson v. Rob Zombie [Pop Candy]
*Listening Post interviews the CEO of ad-supported music site We7 (which I have mentioned multiple times previously).
*Pavarotti died. I feel bad for neglecting those tapes of his on my passenger seat floor now.

A few of Jobs’ music stats

From today’s iPod refresh:

“We’ve distributed 600 million copies of iTunes so far, and customers have bought and downloaded over 3 billion songs from iTunes. iTunes is the number one online music store in every single one of the 22 countries it operates in. We started with just 200,000 songs and we have over 6 million songs in every single one of those stores.”

*In 2006, 32% of tracks sold were digital-only.
*110 million iPods sold so far.

Tech / Tunes links 9.5.07 – The Hump Day Edition

*Amazon is NBC’s new BFF. The network will sell “30 Rock,” “The Office,” “Heroes,” and other shows through Amazon’s Unbox. NBC: “Amazon is a company that understands the value we provide as content owners to its business.” Uh boy.
*Other iTunes news: The iPhone was the best-selling smartphone in July, and today holds another big Apple announcement. Rumor has it, if you shine a black light on Steve Jobs’ mock turtle, you will see “EFF NBC” written in invisible ink. Also: new iPods (possibly with internet radio functionality)!
*MyStrands launches, a music video channel personalizable for each user’s listening habits. Read music 2.0 soc-net operator and MyStrand employee muSick in the Head’s post on it.
*Listening Post interviews Johnny Rotten: “Generally, the hippie lot from the previous generation were a spiteful bunch of fuckers. They didn’t want to share the world with us.” Despit advanced age, the guy can still drop a pretty good eff bomb.
*A working Guitar Hero controller made out of Legos. LEGOS! [Wonderland]
*The MetaCard is a credit card for use in Second Life, and only in Second Life. If you fall behind on your payments, watch out. [Wonderland]
*A Zune will now only cost you $200, thanks to a price cut. Still brown. [Techmeme]
*Joy Division biopic “Control” now has an official website. [Pop Candy]
*The Plusdeck2 converts cassette tapes to mp3s. I have a lot of Pavarotti tapes on the floor of the passenger side of my car for some reason. Don’t ask.
*Stephen Hawking has written a children’s book, “George’s Secret Key to the Universe.” It answers one of the eternal questions of childhood: What happens if both your parents are sucked into a black hole?

Tech / tunes links 8.10.07 – Temperature: HIGH

*Via everywhere: Universal drops DRM – for a trial run, at least. But not for the stuff they sell through Apple. Limited roll-out (cuz it’s scary!) will include Amazon and Wal-Mart as retailers.
*Video hub Veoh is suing Universal – for all the copyright lawsuits Universal’s threatened them with, apparently. This feels wonderfully fresh and exciting given that it’s normally the videosharing sites getting sued by the copyright holders.
*There’s a full setlist for the soundtrack to the Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” out. Includes Eddie Vedder doing “All Along the Watchtower,” the Hold Steady doing “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window,” and Iron & Wine & Calexico doing “Dark Eyes,” in addition to a slew of others. [via]
*Future headline: Taps for Reveille. (The first in the Future Headlines series!) Another Future Headline: Abandoned: How the Once-Promising Future Headlines Series Was Lost in the Sands of Time After But One Attempt.)
*iTunes launches its own Facebook widget. The MyiTunes widge lets ‘bookers show what music they’ve bought or what they like, though it doesn’t actually play any tunes or anything…
*Bus Radio is a nationwide radio show meant for play on the school bus. It’s supposed to improve bus safety.

Tech / tunes links 8.6.07 – Look, but don’t make your eyes strain

*Amazon leads a round of funding for Amie Street, a variable-price digital music distributor who, based on anecdotal evidence, sends out a LOT of e-mails. [via]
*The New York Times busts Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes (the magazine who said the iPhone sucks!) as Fake Steve Jobs, the author of The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. He has a novel forthcoming, so he wasn’t too mad about getting caught.
*Nerdcore (rhyming on the subject of mathematics, calculators and Weird Al) takes the spotlight once again in the Times.
*The Guardian reports on Daring Fireball‘s pithy translations of PRspeak, pro-Appleness. Water wet.
*Entertainment Weekly‘s take on the top 25 love songs. Sam Cooke, Beach Boys, the hated U2, Elvis and Guns ‘N’ Roses all make the list. No BEP’s “My Humps”?
*Have worked with (and am friends with on Twitter) this dude. I was a little too weirded out to follow the tweets closely when his wife was in labor, though…
*Recommendation engine goodness: An analysis of progress toward the Netflix $1M prize.
*Rock is dead again. This time it’s being killed by people over 30 taking their kids to concerts. Couldn’t that just be an indication that audiences are getting so young they need chaperones – who push strollers?

Tech / Tunes links 8.1.07 – In like a lion

*AC/DC hates Apple, signs with Verizon. Eminem hates Apple, sues them. iTweet loves Apple, launches twitter app for iPhone. I love Apple, so I pass on this rumor: new Nano next week. (Yes, it’s a day of dichotomies. Checks and balances. You know.)
*UK celly users download as many handset games as they do ringtones, music tracks and videos combined. (Really, ringtones, too?) [via]
Top downloads for users of Orange:
Videos: The Simpsons trailer
Music: Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars”
Games: Sonic the Hedgehog, part one
Pic/wallpaper: WWE Girls…

*Somebody on Mahalo put together a big thing about how to download music for free online. Mashable pitches in a “download everything” post. All with the caveat “don’t steal!,” of course.
*According to the Village Voice, Dancepunk 2.0 is the new Hair Metal 2.0. And even though I often write about Music 2.0 stuff, have I mentioned how much I don’t like 2.0s?
*VIP Band Manager is trying to rope in 50,000 people to manage a band. Taking the American Idol concept one step further, managers who sign on will be able to pick the members of the band, etc. – making all decisions via a little process we call democracy. I have signed up, and will be advocating with great vigor for forging a band in the image of the Black Eyed Peas. [via]
*Musick in the Head notes that Facebook has recently gotten skittish about potentially copyright-infringing MP3s floating around.

Tech / Tunes links 7.26.07 – Stifling the Night Away

*This video of a dude with some dribble on his chin dancing to “Let’s Go Crazy” while pushing some sort of Fisher Price walker (as well as the supposedly copyright-infringing music playing in the background) is the root cause of a miasma of litigiousness. Universal made YouTube take the vid down. Now the EFF is suing Universal. Yes: CRAZY.
*The former owner of AllofMP3 is now facing copyright infringement charges in Russia. (But what about the former owner of Hmm?) [via]
*Platform hopping: Prepare yourself for the John Mellencamp musical. “The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is a Mellencamp collaboration with Stephen King. Yes: SCARY. [via]
*The Daily Swarm thinks Paper Thin Walls is pushing into the music social networking scene. (Also, PTW is owned by Getty Images – which I did not know!) [via]
*Gnarls Barkley’s Cee-lo has bought up a bunch of Jimi Hendrix tracks.
*Via everywhere: Joni Mitchell signs to Starbucks’ Hear Music label (the second to do so, following Paul McCartney).
*Another iPhone update: Apple sold 274k iPhones last quarter, and wants to sell 10M by the end of next year. Also, they’ve sold a shit-ton of iPods, and earnings are booming. I guess the iPhone doesn’t suck. [via]
*Patton Oswalt reads a story for Daytrotter’s Bookery. Someone needs to do this segment drunk. Or MORE drunk.

Tech / Tunes links 7.20.07 – More Major Even Than Yesterday

*More rumors about a cheaper, scaled down iPhone by the end of the year.
*In NOMINATIONS: Justin Timberlake’s SNL tune “Dick in a Box” and Prince’s super-phallic Super Bowl halftime show both nominated for Emmy’s.
*In LISTS: 10 landmark albums that made indie rock (includes local boys Husker Du at #3). [via] 11 Mercury Prize top album nominess you can listen to now; no waiting (includes, Klaxons, Amy Winehouse). 25 top rock rumors (including Paul is dead and Gene Simmons had a cow tongue transplant). 25 heroin-inspired songs (including the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin” (huh!) and Nirvana’s “Dumb.”
*More online music tripping: Osiris mashes up tagged photos, music and lyrics to make you feel like you’re super high when listening to music.
*Brian Williams pretends to like Interpol and Cat Power. [via]
*Band vs. Fan:
Usher sues to get control of the Usherforever URL.
Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses compares amateur photography to skateboarding (?).

“You see it getting progressively worse. It’s almost like the skateboarding community, where everyone’s a fucking photographer now. You look at shots, and it’s hard to keep the photographers out of the shot, you know? It kind of seems like the same thing with indie rock; everyone’s got a fucking camera in their hand and, I don’t know, is there no sanctity left for live performance with going to a show and seeing it with your own eyes and remembering it?”

Also: video. Also: The new Band of Horses album will be called Cease to Begin.
Also: Ben Bridwell has a wicked huge beard. [via]
*Revenge of Revenge of the Bookeaters: Grizzly Bear, Feist, Sarah Vowell in NYC in August.

Tech / Tunes links 7.18.07 – The 5:30 AM Wake-Up Call

*Everyone hates Prince. Except the couple million people who got his record for free. Ars asks if albums still matter (from a $$ standpoint) to artists?
*There is a new overlord in town. (Same as the old overlord.) Blender’s Powergeek 25 puts Steve Jobs on top. Others: Perez Hilton (uggggh), Pete Wentz (ugggh) and Scott Stereogum. Actually, I’m sort of surprised that Fake Steve Jobs didn’t land SOMEWHERE on the list. [via]
*A grainy, 9+ minute educational film from 1983 on “Discovering Electronic Music” from Regine’s (of We Make Money Not Art) links. The visuals are awesome (and incredibly soothing!!).
*The widget world wars continue: ReverbNation launches a new one, MyBand. Meanwhile, iLike’s insanely popular Facebook widget has bifurcated its audience. There’s apparently a big diff between Facebook iLikers, and non-FB users.
*Sex, drugs and quidditch tournaments: UK Borders shoppers want Irvine Welsh (author of Trainspotting) to take over the Harry Potter book series.
*On Thomas Mann RE: how music and culture can inform identity and nationalism. [via]

Tech / Tunes links 7.16.07 – The Non-Talibeard Edition

*The internet radio royalty compromise requires mandatory DRM for net broadcasters? [via] Also: A handy FAQ on the ‘net broadcasting question from Digital Music News.
*Deathwatch on ringtone revenues – single-digit gains projected over the next few years, and a drop by 2011. (There’s better, and better priced, mobile content out there now, including video, real songs, casual and non-casual games, etc.) [via]
*The Association for Downloadable Media – Apple and a bunch of podcasters; trying to figure out how to make money from podcasting. [via]
*The Beastie Boys enforced a late-1950s office dress code while at work on their latest album, The Mix-Up. They did, however, have casual Fridays. But you had to wear super old-school sneeks. No lie.
*The Guitar Hero-at-the-bar phenomenon continues. Just wait for Rock Band to roll out.
*The WSJ on Iraqi pop music: “The most recent addition to the Iraqi pop scene is Akhlad Raouf, who sings about power outages, fuel shortages and paying bribes, often using the music of Western performers for tongue-in-cheek effect.”
*Forbes on the power of music pickers for television shows like Grey’s Anatomy.
*Gizmodo shows how to control iTunes from your iPhone.
*Google patent: listening to you and the ambient noise around you, then guessing what you’ll search for. Cool? Freaky?

The NY Times on Universal v. Apple

Fine overview, amusingly restrained tenor. Funny to see this take on DRM, commenting on Jobs’ “open letter” dissing digital rights management from a while ago: “There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that Mr. Jobs may be on to something.” Ahem; yes.

The piece also brings up Amazon’s wading into the digital music fray, and potential cross-sells: Free music tracks with the purchase of an mp3 player, etc. – as well as Apple’s high margins on devices.

Tech / tunes links 7.6.07 – The Proto-Beatles’ 50th Anniversary Edition

*While p2p filesharing traffic for music has remained flat, BitTorrent use for p2ping video – movies and television shows – is on the rise, with up to a 66% year-over-year jump. Explanations offered: (1) p2p music market is saturated; (2) people are being driven to more consumer-friendly legal options for music. [via]
*Have you ever wanted to pepper a music scene micro celebrity with questions in a public forum? Here’s your chance.
*I am required by contract to pass this Fake Steve Jobs link about the music industry on. [via everybody] Also, Walter Mossberg says to pass on this one. OK, I’m done.
*A couple more Apple things: (1) They’re introducing “Next Big Thing” albums – indie-music albums that will cost less than previous flat-rate albums; $6 and $7. [via] (2) They’ve patented a click-wheel cellphone.
*NEwind: A Cantata For Voice Tape & Testimony is a multimedia opera about the end of South African apartheid. It uses clips and images from recorded testimonies from torturers and torture victims, as well as music composed around the audio samplings. (NY Mag) [via]
*The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne on music festival-going: “If you’ve been up taking acid all night, you’re just getting to sleep at 6. It can be a struggle. Then there’s always the going to the bathroom at the Porta-John. My main suggestion would be, if it’s Porta-John stuff, just don’t eat very much.” [via]
*HBO CTO on rebranding DRM: Digital Consumer Enablement. Alphabet soup.
*I, for one, welcome our new avatar overlords.