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A few more links. For fun. Not profit.

*Is this what a radio should look like? Olinda: a prototype for the BBC. [via]
*JamJunky has only been around for three months, but they’ve already been bought by StreetBee, a record label promoter. [via]
*Apparently, the RickRoll is the new Lemon Party. No, I will not link to the lemon party site, nor will I explain it. OK, here it is. Ah. Nevermind.
*Lily Allen’s wit (here unedited) on display on her MySpace page:
“I have called george bush a c**t at pretty much every show i have played over the past year , that is because I think he is one and i stand by that . You can make up your own mind as to whether you agree with me or not , thats just how i feel . Just because i hate george bush doesnt mean I hate america , quite the opposite , I think the US is a great place.”
*Subtly titled Fairmusic is “the first global initiative for fairness and justice in the music business.” Fair music and fair culture sound cool, but fairness and justice in business? [via]

Tech / Tunes links 8.4.07 – Up and Atom

*Ypulse’s Mashup 2007 tells the world how teens consume music. Since the video isn’t really readily shareable, though, they apparently don’t want too many people to see this(?).
*eHope you like jammin’, too. Another online musical performance collaboration tool: eJamming.
*120,000 people have downloaded the beta version of the BBC’s iPlayer, despite complaints about the technology’s excessive Microsoft coziness.
*Would you mind buying a license to share music files? Quote: “People should pay less for less.” [via]
*Rippin’ cool iPod dock in the shape of a dirigible.
*Like Revver for music videos (but maybe without all the CEO firings?): YourMelodyTV lets music video makers promote their videos and monetize eyeballs. [via]
*Billboard will include data from streaming music users as part of its Hot 100 calculations. [via]
*Social media expedite musical discovery and listener experimentation.

Metaverse music musings

Just some anecdotal notes on metaverse music. AdWeek, Coolfer, and others have recently been musing on whether alt worlds can sell music, teeing the conversation off a recent report that CMG is setting up a nightclub on some There.com island, then forcing artists like Lily Allen, Korn, and the Beastie Boys to play concerts there. Obvs, the BBC has been trying to set itself up as a portal for live music in Second Life, staging concerts by Gnarls Barkley, Duran Duran, etc., since 2006, and there are others getting into the metaverse music game.

Viacom’s recently been trying to hop into the metaverse its own way: by building its own music-first metaverses. I posted previously – though only briefly – about wandering the lonely streets of the Virtual Lower East Side. What was it like? For somebody who actually likes music? And NOT someone who “prefer[s] pajamas and laptops over live music?”

Pretty boring. The ambient music that played in-world was actually pretty good (for someone with Grizzly Bear-esque mainstream-side-of-indie-pop tastes); it changed as you walked around, like a hyperlocal virtual radio station. Never was able to take in an in-world concert there, though the very empty venues looked like they were constructed with a good degree of verisimilitude.

What was funny about the whole experience, beyond the fact that I had to pose as a goateed, hoodie-sporting hipster with chin-length hair, a pallid complexion, and large sneakers – wasn’t anything to do with the music – the ability to buy it or listen to it – or with the functionality of the world itself. The weirdness was purely social. A very large percentage of the dudes wandering around; listening to music or doing a dead, AFK avatar sway in the aisles of the VLES American Apparel store actually worked for the world. (Granted, this was a limited, alpha release, so not too many regular citizens were to be expected.) In that way, it was really just like an old-time record store or other retail outlet. A few wary customers, a lot of bored but sorta attentive clerks. And a bunch of piped-in tunes.

On the plus side, though, you can dance pretty well. And there were “bums.”

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.

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]