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Links for 9.11.07: Apple’s plans, 50 v. Kanye, Dan Deacon’s skull + more

*Read Digital Music News on Universal’s possible plans for a subscription-based service.

*Apple has sold 1 million iPhones. Also, BusinessWeek asks: Does Apple want a piece of the wireless spectrum?

*Kanye and Fitty want you to know: It’s Kanye vs. 50 Cent day.

*Make way for another Tron movie. [Pop Candy]

*Facebook is doing another round of funding. So they can buy people. I still only have a fake Facebook account.

*Philly experimental label Fried Tapes embraces the cassette tape.

*Where is Dan Deacon’s green skull? Additionally, with the redirects and the poor site and search performance, Pitchfork’s digital practices are an eff you to readers. Just saying.

*I just signed up for Streamy, a sort of uber-feed reader with sharing and other social media components. Hopefully, I’ll have time to look at it.

Tech / Tunes links 9.7.07 – Would you like a rebate?

*Apple will give you $100 if you bought a super expensive iPhone. Also: let’s take pictures of people making the walk of shame to get their credit! (Also: Apple wants to cut the price of TV show episodes from $2 to $1. There will presumably be no refunds for previously bought shows.)
*Bono writes Pavarotti’s obituary for The Sun. [XRRF] Also: the Bono dartboard.
*Musicians die earlier: A study from Liverpool John Moores University’s Centre for Public Health found that rockers are 2X to 3X more likely to die a premature death than the general population. [Future of Music]
*Led Zeppelin reuniting for a one-time gig. I always liked “Kashmir.”
*We’ve talked about context- and geo-specific media at the day job for a long time. Josh Rubin riffs on it vis-a-vis Starbucks and the iPhone. [PSFK]
*“Thunder Road” is the first comic book to be published exclusively to cellphone. [Slashphone]
*Cringely on Steve Jobs and the iPhone price cut: “It wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t a thoughtless mistake. It was a calculated and tightly scripted exercise in marketing and ego gratification.”

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.

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 9.3.07 – The Widest Stance of All

*The New York Times takes on the topic of Nokia, their new music store and the general handset manufacturer vs. cell phone carrier battle that’s brewing. A Forrester dude says choice fatigue and consumer confusion are the “downside of convergence,” but that’s just dumb. Changing the way the carriers do business is a great thing for consumers, even if it’s confusing in the short run. MoCoNews follows up the NYT article with commentary of its own.
*Snarkmarket points to an apparent cross-the-dial recording of New York radio the night John Lennon was shot.
*MFR puts together a playlist for wide-stanced former Idaho Senator Larry Craig.
*Does the iPhone Nano come out this week? The WaPo says YES. [textually]
*Ahhh. Another link for the cyclical blog: Florence Foster Jenkins never gets old.
*Pownce intros a bunch of new features, including notices for upcoming events, the ability to embed videos in notes, and the ability to list all your social networks. I haven’t signed in to pownce in weeks.

Tech / tunes links 8.27.07 – Ride the Lightning

*After winning a Russian court decision, AllofMp3 says it will be making a comeback. [via]
*Do you need a $600 music player-cum-therapy device? It’s not an iPhone.
*Since James Brown’s death, at least a dozen people have stepped forward to see if he was their father. Wow; three yesses, so far. [via Getty Images]
*Sasha Frere-Jones talks a bit about how YouTube has helped some hip-hop dances go cross-crountry viral of late; hyphy, snap dances, etc.
*NoSo is an anti-social network that throws “non-events” for member who want to escape the same-old social networking scene. Cute gimmick that should work for about two days. [via]
*Spore: What is it good for?
*Online Fandom starts rolling out friend data. (Personally, I’m not much of a friender.)
*Everybody knows by now, but some kid freed the iPhone from AT&T and poor Miss Teen South Carolina got a bit confused. Funny thing is, I agreed with pretty much all of her points.

Tech / tunes links 8.13.07 – Step 1: Acknowledge you have a problem

*ISPs in the UK are apparently freaking out about the bandwidth that’s going to be eaten up by people using the BBC’s iPlayer.
*David Pogue’s take on internet radio – and internet radios – in the Times.
*The WSJ on the Chinese factory –one of the largest in the world – at which iPhones (and tons of other elecs) are made. With video! And super-droney commentary!
*In honor of Tay Zonday: “Chocolate Radiohead,” courtesy of Ill Doctrine. [via]
*Yesterday was Vinyl Day, in honor of Thomas Edison’s invention of the phonograph way back in the day, like 400 years ago. If you are interested in the execrable local (which, of course, I mean in the most affectionate way possible), perhaps you will enjoy this Minneapolis vinyl-themed thread.
*What’s on Martin Scorsese’s iPod? Clapton, Van Morrison, Dylan, the White Stripes. Plus, he’s seen Arctic Monkeys live! [via]
*And, of course, need I remind anyone that R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” part 13 dropped today on the IFC? A little broad for my tastes (yes, even compared to the midget/stripper under the sink.)

Tech / tunes links 8.9.07 – Sore in all sorts of places

*The Internet Radio Equality Act may not be dead yet.
*A brief tales in Flickr images: How My iPhone Almost Killed Me. [via]
*Universal Music invests in, a hip-hop quasi-soc net that I wrote about a couple weeks ago (they were hosting a rap-with-the-Wu contest). [via]
*JamGate wants to be the DIY musician’s distribution portal without the, uh, gates of MySpace. One upside: Musicians get paid as soon as music is purchased from their site. [via]
*A Bob Dylan art exhibit is touring Germany. Couldn’t be as good as his book. Right?
*The execrable local: the Pizza Luce Blockalypse (block party) August 11 will feature The Alarmists. And pizza. [via]
*The APPLE has been removed from Apple keyboards. It will be buried next to the closed Apple in a private ceremony. [via]
*Warning: some salty language ahead. From creator of The Wire David Simon, on the subject of writing in this month’s The Believer: “My standard for verisimilitude is simple and I came to it when I started to write prose narrative: fuck the average reader. I was always told to write for the average reader in my newspaper life. The average reader, as they meant it, was some suburban white subscriber with two-point-whatever kids and three-point-whatever cars and a dog and a cat and lawn furniture. He knows nothing and he needs everything explained to him right away, so that exposition becomes this incredible, story-killing burden. Fuck him.” [via]
*Related! (Though not toward the end of versimilitude.) When I first read Letters To Wendy’s in Harper’s, it blew my mind. Upon seeing the rest of the book, it was somewhat less awesome. But that first impression? DUDE. Now, John Vanderslice reading a selection of Joe Wenderoth’s book from Daytrotter’s Bookery. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND LISTENING TO IT.

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 7.30.07 – In Holy Rattlesnakes

*Rumor: AT&T makes a deal with eMusic; users would be able to download 5 songs for $7.50 per month. [via]
*Code names for upcoming Microsoft Zune versions: Scorpio and Draco. (SO METAL-AWESOME.)
*YouTube will supposedly have it’s copyright-protecting automatic anti-infringement technology in place by September. One hater talks about how it will work.
*Rob Walker, the possibly partially brain damaged writer of the New York Times Magazine‘s Consumed column makes it around to the Buddha Box several years late. Consumed’s apparent M.O.: Lukewarm analysis of stone-cold cultural phenomenon. (It’s a shame because the column has potential. Maybe dude should have stuck with critiquing ads on Slate?)
*Ann Coulter on Rage Against the Machine: “They’re losers, their fans are losers.” But what does she think of the Black Eyed Peas?
*Digital Audio Insider on eMusic’s pricing and the long track (aka the Godspeed You! Black Emperor) problem.
*When children are too young for an iPod, perhaps an mp3-playing teddy bear will sate their gluttonous 3-year-old media consumption needs.
*Mark Ronson remixes Dylan. [via]
*Identification of “new” musical genre brings out the haters. Nu-gaze. (I not-so-secretly love it when people try on names for emerging – or even re-hashed – movements; nu-gaze, shoetronica. However, I hate it when Rob Walker tries to do it.)
*Hate your iPhone? Watch one get disassembled. [via]

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 7.16.07 – 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?