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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]


Tech / Tunes links 7.13.07 – My Heart Will Go On

*Net Radio gets a stay of execution. New internet radio rates won’t be enforced until a deal is reached. [via]
*Local blog Culture Bully points toward the five best music videos featuring puppets. Land of Confusion = #3? COME ON.
*Good Magazine presents Linguistic Appropriation – a mix list of songs in which “the speaker wrestles with a foreign language in one way or another.” One that I love, but didn’t make the list: Swede-popper Jens Lekman singing of a lost love: “She said it was ‘all make believe,’ but I thought she said ‘maple leaves.'”
*Videogame publishers bring the noise: points out the proliferation of music-based videogames, as seen at this year’s (mini) E3. What’s out there or coming? SingStar, Rock Band, the Guitar Hero series, etc. And soon, a music video game for the Wii called Boogie, a party game for the Wii from Konami, and for the Nintendo DS, a game called Jam Sessions. RELATED: Accordian Hero III! [via]
*The New York Times on Boomers and their hearing loss. 1 in 6 Boomers can’t hear very well.
*mocoNews gives a round up of a Mobile Music Now! mini-conference. Upshot: Old people (25-44) are the ones who pay for mobile music and tech.
*Daring Fireball roams with his iPhone, noting neighborhood WiFi networks. Some: Notorious BTG, SnazzyPants.

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]

Tech / Tunes links 7.9.07 – The Fried Crispy Edition

*The Guardian on declining album sales, the viability of the CD and vinyl as the prime mover in niche markets.
*Fast Company offers its take on Starbucks’ Hear Music record label. Their retail stores have 44 million customers a week – a lot of eardrums. Meanwhile, Romenesko’s Starbucks Gosisp blog asks what Starbucks’ sound really is.
*10 applications from iPhoneDevCamp (a barcamp event that brought together developers to make usable apps for the Jesusphone). Includes “The Pool,” which turns the iPhone screen into a pool of water that ripples when you touch it, and Tilt, a phone game that requires the player to tilt his phone to catch and gobble up falling food. Meanwhile, GigaOm is upset at the iPhone’s lack of games.
*AllofMp3 is dead! Long live AllofMp3. (And actually, AllofMp3 replacement Mp3Sparks is dead now, too). has sprung up to take both of their places. Maybe we can get a nano-site that points people to the current iteration of AllofMp3? [via]
*The L.A. Times on the Disney Music Group: swimming rather than sinking. Hannah Montana, people. Hannah Montana.
*Metaverse music: Second Life dimming as marketing destination? It is pretty funny to see 50 Cent hitting the Zwinky circuit so heavily.
*A Treehugger take on Live Earth as a political event (rather than a musical one).
*No Sideloading? JupiterResearch report says only 5% of Americans sideload (move music from their PC to their cellphone) their cellies. Only 2% download songs to their cells over the air. [via]
*Music-sharing hacks from Sampled + Sorted here (using Google Page Creator or SnatchIt widgets). I still haven’t heard much about people using Pownce to either share (large amounts of) or market music.

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.

Tech / tunes links 7.5.07 – The National Workaholics Day Edition

*iTunes Music Festival, a month-long slate of concerts at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts that includes Paul McCartney, Editors, Amy Winehouse, The Go! Team and more, marks an Apple flirtation with record label territory. They’ll record concert performances and sell them online, just as eMusic and others have been doing. [via]
*All kinds of cool FoxyTunes stuff: Music 2.0 dude Jason H. is using FoxyTunes (and TwittyTunes) to Twitter DJ (it is a strange priesthood indeed, who even knows what that phrase means). The Twitter DJ page allows twitterers to recommend and post music from Twitter. What, no Pownce?
*Mashable also reports that FoxyTunes is releasing an upgrade, and that its Signatunes will let users add songs to their blogs or e-mails (like an e-mail ringtone echoing what you’re currently listening to). Haven’t tried it yet, but it works with Worpress, so I’ll give it a whirl.
*TechDirt asks whether it’s copyright infringement to simply embed an infringing YouTube video on your blog. And whether copyright holders will try to crack down on it.
*Quiltsryche: “Evil Rock Quilts” – for your Heavy Metal living room. [via]
* puts twitter on an iPhone like interface. What, no Pownce? Again? [via]
*With a huge boost from Facebook, iLike claims to be the fastest-growing digital music service. (Whatever that means, but sure.) iLike’s CEO: “Comparing the Facebook platform to (MySpace) widgets is like comparing the emergence of mammals to dinosaurs.” [via]

Does the iPhone suck? The debate continues. Sort of.

*The Wall Street Journal on the iPhone sucking: Well, actually it just addresses how it can be a pain in the ass to switch phone numbers. “There are a small percentage of iPhone customers who’ve had a less-than-perfect [activation] experience.” Wow. Harsh.
*Plus, if you really do think the iPhone sucks, mod it.

ALSO: iPhone fame tracker (famous people spotted with iPhones):
Katherine Heigl (and she’s smoking, too!)
Lindsey Lohan (not smoking! or eating!)
Spike Lee
Steve Jobs

Two more iPhone incidents: intentional and accidental



Tech / tunes links 7.3.07 – Dead and Risen Edition

*Allofmp3 is dead! All of is risen – same legal quandary and cheap music, new url!
*mocoNews on “the product”: Don’t say the iPhone sucks, say “reality sets in.” Upsides: super cool. Downsides: recessed headphone jack (a super funny downside), YouTube is spotty, max of 8 browser pages.
*Paradigm shift: “Still not comfortable referring to the iPod as a piece of software,” from Joel Johnson @ Dethroner. I wonder if Lindsey Lohan is thinking the same thing. Meanwhile, GigaOm talks about using the iPhone as a WiFi-enabled music player.
*We are all Daft Punk Now: The Carleton Singing Knights and Kanye.
*“Think Digitally, Broadcast Locally,” a multi-syllabic Chicago Classical music program, will focus on the internet’s influence on classical, jazz and world music. More info here. [via]
*T-Mobile UK is offering new music downloads for mobiles – x-platform it by downloading to your PC later for no additional charge. [via]
*Tunecore will distribute Public Enemy’s next album. They take it to digital outlets, including iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic, and artists keep almost 100% of the download sales. [via]

Tech / tunes links 7.2.07 – The Jesusphone Hangover Edition

*Rocketsurgeon’s Music 2.0 directory is growing out and up; now has news feeds.
*Some iPhone stats: Through the weekend, Apple sold up to 500,000 phones for about $300M, at a profit of at least 20%. [via] Rumor’s also been floating that Nintendo’s soon going to develop iPhone games and sell them through iTunes.
*Also: to the blogosphere the lovechild of Miranda July and David Cross would look like this.
*You can now put Pownce on Facebook (what, they couldn’t work in an iPhone angle somewhere?). Figure out how here.
*Webcast concerts: A recent T.I., Twista, and Lupe Fiasco MySpace concert drew 330,000 MySpace viewers. Over 300k people for a webcast? (Side note: God, I hate WebEx.) I wonder how long the averaged people watched. T.I. has 1.7 million friends. [via]
*Universal doesn’t want a long-term deal with iTunes; they might opt for short-term sales agreements. [WSJ link]
*(Totally tangential): Armageddon. Looks like we’re effed.
*Tales of a metaverse aesthete: A self-described “fat, bald guy” who specializes in meticulously crafting avatars.

Fourth speaker?

Fourth Speaker – though it’s been up and running longer than the ListeNerd – is a new-to-me blog that covers the convergence of music and cell phones. (Great timing, considering the much-anticipated roll out of a certain holy and unnameable product!)

One of the bloggers appears to be Steve Safran, a stalwart from one of my favorite video platform-hopping blogs, Lost Remote. What’s interesting: while Lost Remote felt very much like an organic community built up around ideas about the future of television (and please note that I’m NOT that versed in the site’s origins), the feel of Fourth Speaker seems a lot more linked to the “CelleCast Team,” of which Safran is a member. Nothing wrong with being both a corporate citizen and a blogger, but the differences in one user’s perceptions of two websites that address similar subject matter seems notable.

It turns out, the iPhone does not suck.

At least according to Daring Fireball. He doesn’t even mention anything about music in his extensive review. Except (tangential!) that there’s a remote on the earbud. Wow. An Apple product, the next generation of the iPod, the biggest Apple geek — nothing musical.

I hope it still plays mp3s.

This will be the last iPhone update.

Until Monday.

At the earliest.

Tech / tunes links 6.30.07 – The Not Standing in an iPhone Line Saturday Edition

*Former record label slave Prince is giving away his newest album in the UK. And a bunch of people are super mad about it. On the plus side, maybe more people will know who he is now?
*The creators of one-time YouTube sphinx, current Revver product-placement innovator LonelyGirl15 are launching a show, Kate Modern, on the Brit-friendly soc net Bebo.
*Some Sony phones (like the Walkman) will be able to use Gracenote Mobile Music 2.0. Includes the ability to look up songs by punching in some lyrics or playing a snippet from the tune, then purchase the track. [via]
*DRM-free front: HMV is starting a DRM-free download service in September. Snocap signs a deal with EMI, allowing music fans to buy DRM-free tunes from the label off MySpace pages as wel as artists’ pages.
*Meredith Vieira thinks the iPhone sucks. (Caution: pre-roll video ad.)

Famous and semi-famous people waiting in iPhone lines roundup

*The mayor of Philadelphia.
*Diggnation dudes Kevin Rose and Alex the PC guy.