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Tech / tunes links 8.5.07 – Back with my brand-new invention

*The Times Online reports on Sellaband and SlicethePie: two quasi-futures markets for new music. Fans put down real money, helping to back a band who has uploaded demos, and can then get returns on their investments if the groups gain popularity and start selling well. Somebody’s ready to start crowdsourcing the money men now, it seems.
*As hotels have been doing for years (W Hotels have been creating, and even selling, special mixes for a long time), for-sale condos are starting to carefully tailor their soundtracks.
*Top 10 covers of videogame songs on YouTube.
*Guitar Hero III’s 11 new tracks announced; they include the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Suck My Kiss” and Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast.”
*The WSJ reports on mp3 collections, individualism, and identity within the institution of marriage. (Also at issue: whether newlyweds should combine their blogs.)
*Prospect magazine on the economics of modern music. (Where selling CDs at your concert can cannibalise your t-shirt sales and destroy profits.)

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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 7.14.07 – The Broadband Connection Returns in a Fiery Blaze of Glory Edition

*For 4 out of 10 iPhone buyers, the device was their first iPod! Also, 51% of buyers switched to AT&T from another carrier. (USA Today) [via]
*Microsoft to pay Zune users commission to share music? [via]
*From some prime real estate on the WSJ: Radio stations use filesharing data to inform their playlists. (Top songs for the week ending July 10 include Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and chronic pants-wetter Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
*Rushkoff (as part of Assignment Zero) on crowdsourcing in Wired. Funny to see, in the mainstream media, someone struggling with the line between collaboration as a social-driven phenomenon vs. the dollar-driven (at least partially) decisions to contribute people are making more and more often. (Hashed this one out at my day job a ways back.)
*June 2007’s 10 hottest Music 2.0 sites. (iLike’s rise didn’t look as steep as I thought it would.) [via]

The White Glove Tracking Project

The White Glove Tracking Project, a crowdsourced datamining endeavour to record the location of Michael Jackson’s white glove in all 10,060 frames of the Billie Jean video, is complete.

What will be done with this information, with the white glove’s elusive, long-sought, frame-by-frame location? The WGTP is encouraging people to share their own innovative ways of visualizing this important data.

Check out this, one of the first videos to come of the project.

And another, correlating the speed of the music with the relative height of the glove and appropriately titled Speed v. Height is quite good as well.

Gallery of vizzies and movies (hope there will be a lot of them rolling in!) here. [via]

Crowdsourced Modest Mouse vid

[via Dethroner]