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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.)

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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 8.1.07 – 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 7.24.07 – Grinding Along

*Social media site Twango purchased by Nokia for $96M. Nokia’s CEO says the buy’s about creating new revenue streams, including music downloading.
*OMG. The iPhone sucks? The New York Times reports on iPhone security flaws.
*The Hello Experiment: Recreating Lionel Richie’s “Hello” video.
*It’s now up to you to discover the world’s next major band – via cellphone. Orange and Sony Ericsson have launched MobileAct Unsigned, wherein cell users will download and rate tracks from unsigned bands. Who wants to spend time fumbling with their phone to download and rate unsigned bands is still unclear. [via]
*XM and Sirius promise to offer a la carte pricing if their merger goes through. Hmmm. Sounds fancy – and French. [via]
*MFR (that would be Minneapolis Fucking Rocks, for those of you who don’t have overly delicate eyeballs) puts together a playlist for last night’s YouTube debates. Politics aside, MP3s include Black Flag, Metallica, Public Enemy.
*Music and Life: According to Alan Watts and South Park. A bonus tune/philosophy mashup: Lebowski and My Little Pony.
*The top ten bands who never existed. Fictional muppet band wins in a landslide! [via]

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?

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: Investors.com 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 7.3.07 – Dead and Risen Edition

*Allofmp3 is dead! All of Mp3Sparks.com 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 7.1.07 – The July Kick-Off Edition

*CNN Money on content – and especially mobile content – crossing platforms. “Buy Once, Play Anywhere” [via]
*Yahoo! Music Videos will now bore Facebookers right in the white-collar social network. They’ll bring users music videos based on the songs and artists in their profiles and those of their friends. [via]
*Tickets by text. ShopText lets music fans buy concert tickets via text mesage for The Knitting Factory, in addition to buying stuff from a bunch of girlie magazines. Doesn’t look like there are other venues right now.
*Attendio = another entry in the dizzying widget world. Display what concert you’re planning on attending on your MySpace page or blog, and your pals can buy tix thru the widge. [via]

MusicStation offers all-you-can-hear mobile tunes

Cellphone music service MusicStation from Omniphone launched in Europe today, offering Europeans (and, soon, consumers in Asia) a tune package iPhone buyers won’t get.

For a monthly fee, MusicStation customers will be able to download unlimited tracks each month. The service works on 2.5 and 3G phones, comes pre-installed on participating carriers’ handsets, and MS has deals with Sony BMG, Warner, EMI, Universal, and some indies. There are a few quasi-social functions, like being able to check out what tracks are most-listened-to by other users. [via, with more info here.]