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Links for 9.9.07: Fergie’s hummer, Habbo Hotel, the iDrink + more

*BoingBoing points to a blog post by a music reviewer who got an earful after his watermarked promo CD went up on a P2P.
*The NYT covers “Across the Universe,” the forthcoming cinematic rocke-era about the Beatles. I posted a clip of the execrable Bono pyschedilically singing in it previously. Also: have I mentioned that I hate Bono?
*If you didn’t know: Habbo Hotel is HUGE. The virtual world has 6.5 million active users. Also: the importance of being a “gameless game.”
*Listenerd fave Fergie is going green and selling her 2005 H2 Hummer. The $$ will go to Global Green USA. Bidding is currently at $61k. Watch those seats, though!
*The iDrink brings iPod style to alcohol consumption. [Shiny Shiny]
*The Times on marching bands.

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 8.23.07 – 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.

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 8.7.07 – Drowned in a dirty old pan of oil

*Microsoft wins mp3 patent case, throwing out a lower court’s jury verdict. This means you can keep listening to mp3s.
*To that end, we can begin inculcating the next generation: an mp3 player for the 0-3 set.
*SoundExchange (the peeps who collect online radio royalties) was caught funding political activities – which they’re not really allowed to do.
*Pitchfork and M.I.A. squabbling! Could not be anything but annoying.
*Amusing slide show of artists responsible for the 90s’ worst songs. Included are Billy Ray Cyrus (father of Hannah Montana!), Limp Bizkit and Hootie and the Blowfish.
*Wired helps undergrads learn the do’s and don’t’s of filesharing. One of their tips: “bribe the existing nerd ringleaders.”
*Top 100 country songs. Old school.
*Nerd hack of the day: Guitar Hero axe made out of Legos. Oooh, plus the air guitar wristband. And more nerd music mashing: A Commodore media player.
*Dylan covers from the likes of Sufjan Stevens on the way? Speculation on the double-disc soundtrack to forthcoming Todd Haynes Dylan biopic “I’m Not There.”
*Dell buys Zing, the company that provides the platform for the Sansa Connect mobile music player.
*Josh Spear thinks the iPhone sucks.

Tech / Tunes links 8.4.07 – Up and Atom

*Ypulse’s Mashup 2007 tells the world how teens consume music. Since the video isn’t really readily shareable, though, they apparently don’t want too many people to see this(?).
*eHope you like jammin’, too. Another online musical performance collaboration tool: eJamming.
*120,000 people have downloaded the beta version of the BBC’s iPlayer, despite complaints about the technology’s excessive Microsoft coziness.
*Would you mind buying a license to share music files? Quote: “People should pay less for less.” [via]
*Rippin’ cool iPod dock in the shape of a dirigible.
*Like Revver for music videos (but maybe without all the CEO firings?): YourMelodyTV lets music video makers promote their videos and monetize eyeballs. [via]
*Billboard will include data from streaming music users as part of its Hot 100 calculations. [via]
*Social media expedite musical discovery and listener experimentation.

More links, less context: Not for the faint of heart

*Nokia launches its own music service to challenge the iPhone-iTunes juggernaut in Europe on August 29. Upload songs from phone to PC, transfer songs to non-Nokia phones, 1 million songs+. [via]
*Illegal downloads are at an all-time high. [via]
*N’gai Croal pwns Roger Ebert RE: videogames and their cultural merits. (Had a similar conversation with him about vidgames at CES this year.)
*Killing the record sleeve. (Don’t say it’s already dead.)
*Record labels are racing the likes of iTunes to deal up with social networks to sell songs on them. [via]
*GOOD magazine links to a Bono video retrospective. I love GOOD (and long have), I hate Bono (and always will).
*Led Zeppelin is finally ready to sell songs via iTunes.

Interview with LimeWire staff

The cryptically identified “Limewire staff” talks with file-sharing news source Slyck.

1) LimeWire’s creating a store to sell legit downloads to open some time this year, and will separate buyable content from p2p stuff “similar to how Google keeps sponsored links separate.”

2) The company’s BitTorrented future: “Previous versions of LimeWire have been Gnutella programs. Moving forward, LimeWire will be a Gnutella and BitTorrent program.”

3) And finally on LimeWire’s litigation with the industry:

“The record industry has a good track record of shutting down peer-to peer providers, closing Napster, Aimster, Grokster, iMesh, BearShare, eDonkey, WinMX, i2hub and others. This has done nothing to reduce overall peer-to-peer use, however. Shutting down one service merely fragments and shifts the user base to other services. Many now are overseas, open source, and don’t even exist as a business entity. Tens of thousands of lawsuits against individuals haven’t slowed the adoption curve of peer-to-peer, either…Litigation isn’t a good digital business model.”

Also: Never realized that Limewire had the mid-cap! Love it.

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.