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Tag: filesharing

Links for 12.20.08: RIAA’s suits, streaming video $, Sing with the King…

*Swapping: The RIAA is going to stop suing filesharers and start bugging ISPs. People talk about this like it’s such a great thing. Who knows where ISPs will land… Additionally, it looks like WMG has started pulling its videos off YouTube. Uh BOY.

*Wilco: Long ago, I linked to a story in which Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy talked about the prospect of his son someday reading about his drug use on Wikipedia. Now Tweedy’s son is blogging. [stereogum]

*Names: The A.V. Club’s Year in Band Names rounds up some of the worst band names of the year. My favorites are the fecal ones. And the emo ones. I don’t know what that says about me.

*Streaming: YouTube’s the streaming king for the record labels – it’s been reported that Universal Music Group will make $100M from streaming video this year – most of it from YouTube. Google’s video site, however, isn’t making squat…yet.

*Recording: If you still have a telephone, you can record a song with Elvis Presley himself by going to Sing with the King, calling the number provided, then getting back an ecard with your recorded tune. Apparently, it’s legit, though it sounds like the kind of app that was created to bilk old people out of their money. [miami herald]

*Records: Waxy links to the Universal Records Database, which records some of humanity’s stupidest activities. You may run across such music-related records as the fastest accordion player and the most times whistling happy birthday in one minute.

*Radio: Minnesota Public Radio’s Weekend America got cancelled. I didn’t like it.

*Metal: You probably heard. Headbanging is bad for your health. Or maybe you didn’t hear, if your inner ears are already too damaged.

*Twitter: These Venn diagrams of Twitter terms are attractive. If you are attracted to circles. I tried “whipping,shitties,” but it wasn’t as spectacular as I was expecting it to be. [waxy]

Links for 9.15.08: Best Buy’s Napster, Dylan poems, ugly metal men, fat guy shirts…

*Business: The evolution (or devolution?) of the Napster mission and public image is about as interesting as a brand history can be. It was announced today that Best Buy is buying Napster for $121M.

*Money: The Wiggles are Australia’s top-earning performers. Take that, Russell Crowe. (I also have a 30-Odd Foot of Grunt quip prepared, but it is inappropriate to share in this context. I’m sorry.) [parent dish]

*Poetry: The New Yorker publishes some new poems by Bob Dylan. They are short!!!!1 [universal music group]

*Metal: Who are the 10 Ugliest Dudes in Metal? I honestly believe that Lemmy should be #1, and I will go to my grave thinking so. [metal sucks]

*Punditry: Giga Om’s take on why MySpace Music will fail: “The reason I call it mission impossible is because I think the labels and MySpace are trying to win yesterday’s war.”

*Talk: Peefork goes on a Coney Island tour with Girl Talk’s Greg Gillis. But do they talk to him about live, on-stage concert sex? OK, well maybe they should have.

*Royalty: Last.fm streams the new Kings of Leon album, “Only By the Night.” [licensing plate]

*Internet culture: Twitter is penis is a service that republishes certain twitters, replacing some of the words with the inherently comical word “penis.” I don’t know why. [tobs]

*Fashion: This has made the rounds, but you need to read it anyway – Fat Guy Shirts. [kate]

Links for 9.1.08: Faux Kanye blogging, Cohen in Montreal, rat meat price hike…

*Mockery: Best Week Ever has been blogging in the style of Kanye, and it is amusing. To wit: BALL SCRATCHER FOR EXECUTIVE GENTLEMEN

*McSweeney’s: Reflections on Seeing Leonard Cohen Perform in Montreal on June 23, 2008. Oh look, something worth reading.

*Image: This car has bump RATHER THAN a trunk. [superpunch]

*The Bloviator: The New Yorker offers up 9 (web-sized) pages of Alec Baldwin. “My father wasn’t a violent or mean-spirited person, but he was a very strict disciplinarian in school and he knew that some of these kids only understood one thing. . . . The older I got, I learned to behave as he did, which was to not be afraid of anybody. And I’m not afraid of anybody. Wherever I go, I don’t have a drop of fear in my whole body. Never. Never.”

*Digital music: Universal’s catalog has appeared on 7digital‘s European music stores. [hypebot]

*Off topic: The price of rat meat has quadrupled in Cambodia over the past year due to inflation. [wmmna]

*Fashion: Pleasedress.me is search engine for t-shirts. (It’s not called t-oogle!?). [techcrunch]

*T-shirts: The 1980s Vintage Rock T-shirt Hall of Shame includes the likes of Elton John and Sting. You will note that it does not include HAWKWIND. [largehearted boy]

*Gadgets: A USB hub (with 4 ports) that looks like a cassette tape. In case you are interested in surrounding yourself completely with cassette tapes.

Links for 6.26.08: Neil Young’s enemies, P2P traffic, Prince’s mania…

*P2P traffic accounted for 44% of all internet traffic in May? So says Digital Music News.

*Starbucks is ditching much of its highly hyped music initiative. A pretty big move considering just months ago they were heavily pushing on the super-vanilla music front.

*What is on Barack Obama’s iPod: Stevie Wonder, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan. BUT CAN HE LOAD THE IPOD HIMSELF? [indieblogheaven]

*Read: Some tips for cleaning and organizing your iTunes. My personal philosophy (for iTunes and everything else) is to instead become part of the chaos. But to each his own. [jimray]

*”Red State fans” wanted to kill Neil Young during his concerts in support of the “Living With War” album. I have always been a closeted fan of Greensboro. (Is that a state?)

*Prince tries to kill a Norwegian tribute album of his work. I would have done the same if I were in his place. (No idea.)

*The special Joy Division Zune has been UNBOXED. Also, there is such a thing as the “Zunerama forum.”

Links for 5.15.08: Apple’s DRM plans, The Beatles’ machinima…

*The Guardian: How is Apple changing DRM? Subscriptions rising?

*Extending album art: What your favorite albums look like beyond the cover… Did no one mock up that one Sugar Ray album? [tobs]

*Bloggers can feature Amazon MP3 tunes on their blogs now thanks to a widget. In boring news, I haven’t blogged about widgets in a long time. [coolfer]

*The New York Times writes up Kanye’s space alien aesthetic and his ego. Sure, he can pick on Entertainment Weekly, but what will Mr. West have to say about the paper of record?

*The Office‘s Creed has a platinum album to his credit with his band, The Grass Roots. [earfarm]

*FlyTunes: Add streaming video from the likes of Comedy Central and NBC to your iPhone. [listening post]

*Video: Machinima music video for The Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” made with World of Warcraft. [urlesque]

*They may give Jammie Thomas, the Minnesota woman busted for music filesharing, another trial.

*Also: The RIAA is on Limewire like crazy. WATCHING YOU.

*Off topic. BusinessWeek on Twitter. If you want to understand social media, read this. [buzzwatch]

Links for 2.16.08: Hulu for music? Kareem blogs? Tweens buy?…

*A Hulu for music? MySpace and NBC are working to strike a deal to offer ad-supported tunes. [paidcontent] (Do enough people even know what Hulu is to re-use it like this?)

*The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle talks writing with The Guardian: “Well, first I studied hard drugs. Then at the end of that period of time I went to nursing school.”

*Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is blogging for the L.A. Times. [mefi]

*Look here: Vizzies of Last.fm’s friend network. I don’t friend on Last.fm. [magnetbox]

*My Old Kentucky Blog posts local boys’ Tapes ‘n Tapes’ latest, “Hang Them All.”

*The NPD group says tweens prefer iTunes to filesharing. Soon they will prefer the Amazon MP3 store to filesharing. [hypebot]

*The next release of the videogame Rock Band will include tunes by Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots and Garbage. [kotaku]

Links for 12.31.07: RIAA fights, cellphone abstinence, hip-hop’s fall…

*The University of Oregon stands up for students’ privacy rights in a legal fight vs. the RIAA.

*Our Digital Music runs its list of Top Ten Digital Music Stories of 2007.

*Read: an unfocused article on the future of hip-hop from the New York Times, but the nugget seems to be that a diminished mainstream market could be good for creativity of the genre.

*Filesharing is on the rise in Japan. According to one survey, 9.6% of internet users run filesharing software. Huh. [mediaeater]

*Sting is a toe sucker. [huffpo]

*Wired runs the top P2P swapped songs of 2007; Listenerd icon Soulja Boy comes in at #7.

*Cellibacy: A New York comedian gives up her cellphone for two months, documenting it here. [textually]

*Docudrama “The Killing of John Lennon” opens at the IFC Center in New York on January 2. The trailer. [nyer]

*Totally off topic, insane and NSFW: The Ballbra – a men’s underwear revolution. [mefi]

Links for 12.9.07: Oddball X-mas albums, Mr. Productive, 50’s filesharing stance +

*50 Cent: Artists must simply learn to deal with filesharing. [techcrunch]

*7digital tries to stir things up by declaring a “price war” on iTunes. [digital music news]

*Paste brings us Mark Ronson’s top tunes of 2007. [mediation] Again, check out Largehearted Boy’s list of year-end music lists.

*The New York Times: The Year in Ideas. Includes: The Next Violin, Craigslist Vengeance, Radiohead and Indie Rock Musicals (previously listenerded).

*The L.A. Times calls Jack White Mr. Productive. Also, he is pale.

*A gallery of the most bizarre Christmas albums ever. [neatorama]

Links for 11.2.07: Public radio rawk, Movember, Mac-o-lantern’s +

*It is Movember. Grow your moustache for charity. Up next lunar cycle: Decembeard.

*NPR is pumping up its music coverage. I would like to go on record as saying that the grating earnestness of public radio rock talk show Sound Opinions makes it pretty much unlistenable. The end. [digital music news]

*Tech Digest critiques the Nokia online + mobile music store that opened recently in the UK. Also: Warner is withholding its content from the store due to other copyright squabbles with Nokia. [hypebot]

*The Local: Esquire calls screenwriteress Diablo Cody (Juno) a Woman We Love. [marrina]

*Slyck on inadvertant file-sharing. My mouse slip.

*A couple days late, but behold the Mac-O-Lantern. [wonderland’s del.icio.us]

Links for 10.29.07: Kanyeisms, what is gay?, free Paste, Jammie thongs +

*Thank You and You’re Welcome – a book of Kanyeisms.

*The undergarment for heavy Limewire users: the Free Jammie thong.

*Paste magazine pretty much lets people pay what they want for a one-year subscription. [coolfer]

*Metallica covers Garbage (video). [idolator]

*There’s a new Magnetic Fields album coming out in January. Distortion. [getty images]

*Imeem has made a deal to add EMI’s catalog to its social music fun times. [techcrunch]

*The New York Times on Dumbledore’s gayness: What is gay?

*Inside the mind of a 9-year-old file-sharer. [kottke]

*iPods may be killing people. With pacemakers.