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Category: drm-free

Links for 9.20.07: Fergie’s earwear, the new DRM, black mead +

*Slacker finalizes licensing agreements with EMI, Warner, Universal. [Digital Music News]

*Hype Machine asks its users how they discover music. The results here (spoiler: still editorial!). [hypebot] Related: Mashable’s 50 links for discovering music.

*Remember that idea about scraping legit content (like youtube vids…well, some YouTube music videos) in order to to get around licensing hassles? FIQL’s doing it now, too. (Is that pronounced “fecal?”)

Says TechCrunch: “They figured out a brilliant, if somewhat obvious, end-around to copyright laws that restrict them from playing music outright: music videos hosted on third party video sites like YouTube.”

*eMusic Remote helps users manage tracks. Good enough, but I’ve said it before: Ownership is the new DRM. Managing and storing files sucks.

*Gadget watch: Fergie’s wearing a new Bluetooth headset in her “Big Girl’s Don’t Cry” video. Heh. [Geek Sugar]

*Yeah, Chris Crocker signed a TV deal. Seth Green has to be pissed.

*Reminder: Don’t drink black mead if you have any choice in the matter.

Links for 9.18.07: Radiohead mp3s, Bono sucks, hot record sleeves + more

*Radiohead’s selling their albums in Mp3 format, but not through iTunes. Albums available at 7digital. [Listening Post] There’s still little clear data on how DRM-free is playing out for labels.

*Bono makes Radar’s Overrated Hall of Fame. YES.

*Create promote and sell (via widget!) your own digital mixtapes with Mixaloo. [Mashable]

*Check out these gorgeous record sleeves. Please. [Josh Spear]

*Demand-based pricing comes to ringtones, courtesy of Amie Street. [Listening Post]

*Ten Things That Probably Stressed Out Meg White [Stereogum]

*Willie Nelson is going to start writing songs for Jessica Simpson. [MusicFilter]

*You don’t have to pay to read Maureen Dowd anymore. Well, not money at least.

Tech / tunes links 9.1.07 – Inching the night away

*The DRM-free music store at Amazon will roll out in mid-September (the NY Post says it’ll be the week of September 17), and will apparently charge $.99 for most tracks, $.89 for “emerging artists.” [NY Post]
*NBC Universal v. iTunes: NBC says they never wanted to double prices, and that their content will be up on iTunes through December. Uh boy. [Paid Content]
*Billboard on Nokia’s Ovi: “The model that Nokia introduced this week should serve as a blueprint for how to marry Internet services with mobile services.” YES. [Mediaeater]
*Q magazine tries to define and track down “perfect songs.” For some reason, they turned to Michael Stipe and John Legend for the answers, who came up with, among others: Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” the Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil,” and Buckley singing “Hallelujah.” [The Set List]
*Laughing Squid points us at coverage for this year’s Beard & Moustache Championships (with most excellent pics). The BBC also reports on the most important event in facial hairdom.
*The ultra-phonograph: the ELP Laser Turntable.
*RE: Perez Hilton – It is said that one day there will be two kinds of humans.
*Justin Timberlake will be airing backstage footage of his most recent concert tour in Second Life. Insert “Dick in a Box” joke here. Nullus. (Had to.)

Tech / tunes links 8.28.07 – THE QUARTER

*The RIAA wins one: court says that merely making a song available on a P2P system violates copyright.
*TechCrunch says social music service ContraStream will launch next week. Another “Digg-like” music site, similar to iJigg.
*For those about to rock, we suggest doing so on pre-distressed guitars. [via]
*The net is abuzz (well, the parenting blogs, at least) with word of Yo Gabba Gabba, a kiddie show starring Biz Markie, and featuring the likes of The Shins and other indie-pop peeps. I usually loathe even mentioning the 8-to-7, but I wrote about Yo Gabba Gabba for the day job last October. (Behind the big firewall.)
*From FoxyTunes to TwittyTunes: Mashable does its “# ways to _____ in ______” snowclone with “music” and “Firefox.”
*Mmmmmmm. A tape-playing toaster. [via]
*More food-meets-music mashing: Wendy’s helps music mixers make tunes at ThisIsMyBurger. NICE. [via]
*Department of Forgotten Beards: Stereogum covers the latest Revenge of the Bookeaters show, including posting an AWESOME beard pic. I’m sorry I ever hated you, Stereogum.
*Reading in the Daytrotter Bookery: My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden.
*LimeWire’s legit music store rolls out pricing: A buck for DRM-free tracks. A subscription plan with 75 downloads for $25 a month. Some other, smaller tiers. [via]
*The execrable local: The 400 Bar is collapsing.
*The not-so-execrable local: Uncle Conrad got some Sound Unseen 2007 Artist of Distinction Award. Or something. (Scroll down a bit–no idea what’s up with the random midcap (ConRad), but at least they spelled the last name right. Also, a Mary Lucia piece on the matter. [via grandma]

Tech / tunes links 8.25.07 – Nervous tension. Nervvvvvous tension.

*Chuck Klosterman does a Trapped in the Closet roundup for the Guardian. [via]
*Twitterment answers the question: What are we twittering? The app allows the curious and the bored to examine the subject matter trends of Twitter users. Looks like mentions of dogs and cats are about even in the mornings, but dogs start to pull away in the afternoons. Wheeeee!!!!!
*I hadn’t noticed Mashable Invites before, which allows Web 2.0 junkies to sign up, and stand in line to receive invites for 2.0 applications in beta (or sometimes alpha, I guess) mode.
*A long TechCrunch post on how to find DRM-free music online.
*Digital Audio Insider on using as a tool to measure fan devotion. Includes a massive chart!!! [via]
*A Virtual World Radio Network launches in Second Life, and it sounds like they want to be the BBC of the metaverse everybody now loves to hate. [via]

Tech / tunes links 8.21.07 – Zero sleep. NONE.

*The really big news of the day: MTV is partnering with Rhapsody, and looks to be abandoning its URGE music store, a venture with Microsoft. MTV will contribute editorial content, including music blogs. This on the heels of recent news of MTV putting $500M into videogames.
* – the site that helped people turn MySpace tunes into MP3s quickly got closed down, but the author of the site’s code is now spreading his seed across the internet. So to speak. [via]
*SlashPhone sounds rightfully excited. A few more pics and details on the Nokia N95 phone that appears to be coming to the States with a U.S. version shortly.
*From Textually comes word of a Japanese device that allows listenerds to control their MP3 players by clenching their teeth!
* is taking its UK music listening data offline, publishing charts on dead wood in Music Week. [via]
*Universal’s DRM-free experiment starts today! And yes, I was right about gBox, one of the startups that’s selling their tunes. You have to be on a Windows machine running Explorer or Firefox to even use the site. Wow.
*Also, the Top 10 Karaoke Songs to Avoid at All Costs. [via]

Links: SO DRAB

*“How Guitar Hero Saved Guitar Music” on Machinist. [via]
*Nerd heaven: Via Mashable, YuDoMagic is a video aggregating site for magicians. AWESOME.
*Musicane has a widget that sells DRM-free music from…yes…uh huh…innovatively punctuated Black Eyed Pea Will.I.Am. What’s interesting (in addition to this being the Black Eyed Peas) is that they’re doing revenue sharing for bloggers and soc-netters who embed the widget on their sites and sell music. Love it: Expect to see a Will.I.Am ListeNerd widget within days. [via]

More links. Because the energy is still within me.

*John Lennon’s solo stuff will be sold DRM-free through iTunes. Also, the Wu Tang Clan plans on covering the Beatles. Wu covering the Beatles, everyone taking a crack at Dylan for the biopic soundtrack – apparently it’s the month for covering the Baby Boomer canon.
*I posted an interview Slyck did with a Limewire associate about a month back, in which Limewire said they were working on a legal music-selling store to complement their P2P service. It’s here. [via]
*Shoutmouth takes a position on who the 50 Hottest Women in Music are. [via]
*In addition to showing up on the “I’m Not There” soundtrack, The Hold Steady will be appearing on the soundtrack for…”The Nanny Diaries!”
*The Arcade Fire and LCD Soundsystem will release a “split 7-inch single.” 7-inch? Wha?

Tech / tunes links 8.14.07 – Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

*MediaPost comments on recent DRM-free moves by the labels, pondering whether they feed into plans for free, ad-supported models in the future (in addition to subscription and download models). We’ve talked about this crap at the day job for a couple years. A quote: “For now, music labels are just trying to stimulate competition by giving other companies a way to compete against Apple, which will sell about 20% of all music sold, not just digital, in the United States this year.”
*TechCrunch covers Strayform, a startup that enables musicians to upload their music, then beg for things. Bands make proposals – asking for donations and offering, among other things, to mention contributors in future songs. Fans, of course, get to download the music and maybe catch a tech-savvy band on the rise.
*gBox – not owned by Google – will be selling Universal’s DRM-free tracks. Google will just serve up ads (there was confusion about this, including by me, when the announcement of UMG’s partners came out). Is this “California-based startup” they’re talking about the gBox that doesn’t support Firefox? (IE only?!?) [via]
*Pitchfork interviews Manu Chao. The Dude’s favorite song, hands down, is “Bongo Bong.” A quote: “Tradition is something that is in permanent evolution, you know? It’s difficult to think about what’s going to be traditional in 500 years. Maybe traditional will be Motörhead. They will find a CD of Motörhead and say, oh, that’s the music they listened to 500 years ago.” On the dude tip: Rock-inspired baby stuff.
*Mashable hauls out 30+ tools for iTunes; Display lyrics! Set up hotkeys! Show your latest played tracks on your blog! Exhausting.
*DJ Envy presents mixtapes for mobile phones, to be distributed through Cellfish, which I wrote about a while back. I have been wondering about ringtone subscription plans that introduce an element of surprise and serendipity into the subscriber’s life (not just the people around him or her) for a while now. I think the fun of a whimsically changing ringtone outweighs the utility of knowing which ring is yours for the majority of people under 40. Okay, maybe 30. [via]
*I had no power all last night, and just got it back this morning. I am tired. [via my airconditioner]
*AT&T admits it’s censored other bands, before Pearl Jam @ Ooza ’07.
*Sampled + Sorted charts the Top 20 music 2.0 sites for July 2007. Oooh. Pretty colors.
*Yanko Design‘s combo MP3 player / CD player has wicked style. The nutcracker of MP3 players! [via]
*Dinner with the Band TV! [via]
*Great YouTube collection of unusual music performances on TV (but inexcusably leaves out Tay Zonday’s Jimmy Kimmel performance!). [via Getty Images]

Tech / tunes links 8.11.07 – Don’t ever give up

*A study from Stanford and McGill monitors subjects’ brain activity as they listen to a concert. One- to two-second breaks in the music trigger a flood of brain activity. On an anecdotal note, I do my most pithy microblogging during the spaces between iTunes songs.
*Universal announced that they bought indie record label V2 Music for around $14M. So this week they bought a label, went DRM-free, thumbed their nose at Apple, and got sued by Veoh. [via]
*In other Universal news: their DRM-free tracks will be watermarked with unique identifiers, so if the tracks make it onto p2p networks, they’ll know who put ’em up. [via]
*A hand-crank media player ensures one can watch short, amusing videos during power outages. Also features a radio, flashlight, an mp3 player, and an e-book reader. [via]
*Master P has given his official endorsement to Barack Obama for president. [via]
*The Nokia N95, which we talked a lot about at CES for my day job (and which RULES), might be coming to the U.S. (with 3G). [via]
*Cool to see that Hypebot’s hopped on the vintage audio bandwagon. Looks familiar… (Still very SOOTHING.)
*Vicarious Music’s 100 Days That Changed Music. The best one: 9. “April 1, 2032, Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy released; Weeks after Axl’s death in a tragic tanning–bed accident.” Comforting to see Axl getting taken down a peg.
*Reminder: Episode 13 of R. Kelly’s magnum opus “Trapped in the Closet” comes out on Monday!
*On the way: A Halo-themed Zune. You know it’s Halo because the brown is much more military! It’s available for pre-order. [via]
*Chicago Tribune article on strong vinyl sales at some of the city’s newer vintage record stores. [via]
*SubPop has started its own internet radio station. [via Getty Images]

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 7.25.07 – Stinking of hair dye and ammonia

*Apparently, the iPhone really did suck: Although analysts were guessing that up to 700k iPhones had sold in the first few days, only 146k were actually bought. That’s still a lot of super-expensive phones. [via]
*A Burger King promo is offering DRM-free downloads from EMI’s catalog. [via]
*List of the day: The 10 Most Creative Music Lists (includes Top 10 Hangover Songs and 10 Worst Celebrity Bands). Someday, I would like to have a blog that consists only of lists of lists.
*The Prince and the Paper: Lots of talk these days about how newspapers should leverage one of their few remaining competencies – their meatspace distribution network. RE: Prince, LA Observed on papers delivering music.
*British gov keeps its copyright cap at 50 years instead of pushing it to 95. Roger Daltry is steamed. [via]
*Bonus list (but not a list of a list): Top Ten Classical Music Samples in Hip-Hop (Kelis and Luda rocking Big Moz.)
*The fireTunes Firefox extension allows you to send songs to Facebook friends. (Blown product naming opportunity – no FireFace?)
*Yo! Indie Rock Raps: Turning dirty Akon songs into My Chemical Romance-esque teen anthems. [via]

Tech / Tunes links 7.11.07 – The Abbreviated for My Work-Life Balance Edition

*MIT’s Technology Review on how to make the iPhone better.
*Fake guitar news: For Guitar Hero III and Rock Band – Fenders and Gibsons.
*Donate your mix tapes to a Good cause, Good Magazine asks. Get it? Good-Good. [via]
*Anti-DRM t-shirts. [via]

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.