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Links for 9.19.07: Mozart sucks, Slash hates reality TV, SX deals + more

*SoundExchange inks a deal with some small webcasters – but the small internet radio stations would still have to pay a higher royalty rate on artists who aren’t SoundExchange-affiliated. More (and more coherent) commentary at Listening Post.

*Notes on the Future of Music Policy Summit from the WaPo. [Coolfer]

*The A.V. Club interviews Slash. The modest guitarist on reality television: “It has just turned into the lowest form of entertainment. It has become the kind of medium where it’s taken the human condition and exposed it to the point where there’s actually no personality left. It’s just all so commonplace now, and there’s no privacy and no mystique to anything.” [A.V. Club]

*R. Kelly says he can’t explain Trapped in the Closet, calling the project “my alien.” [Rolling Stone via MeFi]

*First Baby Einstein goes out the window, now classical music, too. A recent study says that there’s “no compelling evidence” that listening to classical music will amp kids’ cognitive development. Unless it’s Mozart’s “Leck mich im Arsch.” [Mental Floss via Grooveshark]

*The execrable local: City Pages’ local music issue, Picked to Click, is out. I haven’t read City Pages in probably a year, but I link out of sympathy.

*Hip-hop pop-ups: A brilliant site that plays hip-hop tunes and produces pop-up ads of brands mentioned as they are invoked. [Fimoculous]

*Behold: The iPod Nano embedded in a cassette tape. But has anyone yet embedded a shuffle into a first-gen iPod brick? Hello? [Crave]


Links for 9.15.07: the iPod sucks (x2), Danzig on books, Mansinthe + more

*Apple doesn’t want anyone else playing on their iPods – cuts off Linux users. [Techmeme]

*Another way to digitally capture music now on cassettes and vinyl. [Shiny Shiny]

*Glenn Danzig talks about his book collection! Second only to the Glenn Danzig knockout in the Danzig video pantheon.

*Marilyn Manson has his own brand of absinthe, Mansinthe. [Stereogum]

*Cringely: the iPod sucks. Also, Google’s NEW plan for world domination via the 700-MHz auction.

Tech / tunes links 8.23.07 – Let’s start with a few questions

*Would you like to wear an iPod on your head? Please do so.
*How musical is a whale? And other zoomusicological questions. [via]
*Ars Technica brings the hate to a recent study by the Institute for Policy Innovation that claims music piracy has cost the U.S. economy $12.5B and is inhibiting job growth, calling it a “$13 billion fantasy.”
*Small internet radio broadcasters rejected a SoundExchange royalty rate offer yesterday. [via]
*The Muse’s Muse: A long-running web hub for songwriters. [via]
*uPlayMe, yet another music discovery tool, has taken a new round of VC funding for a few million bucks. [via]
*Sounds like BlogMusik will be going legit. TechCrunch reports that they’ve cleared up their copyright problems and will be offering free streaming, while making their money from eyeballs and affiliate revenue from partners who sell downloads.
*Coolfer reads the boring stuff so you don’t have to: SpiralFrog, which works on a free, ad-supported model in which users have to visit the site and perform tasks on a semi-regular basis in order to keep their music library active (oy) is losing a lot of money.
*Wow, heavy with the dry music 2.0 stuff today. Will try to make it up to you.

iPod-esque fake Zune ad starring Steve Balmer’s silhouette

With yelling! (But why no brown background?) [via]

Tech / Tunes links 7.17.07 – Too Many Jam Jars

*ScrobblePad: OOOh. A scrobbler for OS X that lists iTunes and iPods song info on at the same time. [via]
*METAL: Buy recordings of live Metallica concerts. Don’t steal them.
*ReVoice Singtones lets you karaoke your own ringtones. It also uses voice enhancement, so you can sound just like your favorite pop star. [via] Related: Google launching ringtone search?
*Borders to make it easier for tech-challenged old people (WHOM HE CLASSIFIES AS 35 AND OVER) to fill their mobile media devices. Like a genius loading bar for content. [via]
*Check out the Prince 07/07/07 line at MNStories.
*Miniblog consolidation: post to Pownce, Twitter, Jaiku and Tumblr all at once. (Admission: I have accounts with all of these services.)
*Starbucks is bringing exclusive content to market through iTunes. [via]
*Music blogs by the man: Usually late, rarely embedding video. Good luck.
*TechCrunch covers Jamendo – they offer DRM-free music by artists publishing under Creative Commons licenses. Business model undetermined (scary!), but TC speculates that they’ll be an Imeem competitor, with artists sharing in ad revenues.

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 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.