Google has unveiled its Next Big Thing at its I/O conference. It’s called Google Wave, it’s due to launch later this year, and the company describes it as a “real-time communication platform”.

What’s that? Well, Mashable has a handy beginner’s guide, which explains that it’s a mix of email, instant messaging, wikis, web chat, social networking and project management. Or, to put it another way: Gmail meets Google Talk meets Wikipedia meets Facebook meets Google Docs.

Developers will be able to build their own applications and widgets on top of it, and its features include drag’n’drop file-sharing – which although not the focus, could rile the music industry. Anyway, it seems like something worth getting up to speed with now, before it goes live.

 

Source: http://musically.com/blog/2009/05/29/what-does-google-wave-mean-for-the-music-biz/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

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While many artists and labels are striking pre-release streaming deals with services like MySpace Music, Spotify and We7, Placebo have gone a different route for their new album.

It’ll be streamable on a private section of the band’s own website this weekend, with fans having to register to get an entry code. You only get five listens though, and each time you can only listen to the complete album from start to finish – quit out after two tracks, and that still counts as one of your five goes.

It seems a bit restrictive if we”re honest, but we”re sure fans will jump at the chance for even a few listens ahead of release.

 

Source: http://musically.com/blog/2009/05/29/placebo-reveal-private-pre-release-album-playback/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

New research from the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property (SABIP) claims that around seven million UK consumers are downloading content illegally, getting free access to material worth as much as £120 billion a year.

The report also warns that internet users on the recently-launched 50Mbps broadband connections could download 200 MP3 files in five minutes, a DVD in three minutes, and the complete digitised works of Charles Dickens in less than ten minutes.

Aren’t they out of copyright? Perhaps a better example could have been chosen…

 

Source: http://musically.com/blog/2009/05/29/seven-million-brits-are-downloading-illegally-claims-report/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

May 28th, 2009

CreateSpace

By distributing your music through Amazon’s CreateSpace, you can sell both your digital downloads and CDs on Amazon without ever having to finance and ship-in your physical stock.  Simply upload your digital assets (i.e mp3s, album artwork, discface graphics) and CreateSpace will set you up with a store, make your mp3s available for download, and print CD’s and ship them to your customers on demand.  Although Amazon’s commission for this service is high, duplicating CDs per pre-paid order may save you a tidy sum in the long run.

TuneCore recently partnered with CreateSpace which adds a much needed physical dimension to its one-stop, fixed-price digital distribution service.  CD Baby already offers physical and digital distribution and, since its acquisition by Discmakers, can fulfill the printing process too.  How will ReverbNation respond?

 

Source: http://www.wearelistening.org/blog/createspace/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

May 27th, 2009

Grooveshark

Music discovery and playlist service, Grooveshark, was selected as one of ten winners in CNET’s 2009 Webware 100 in the “Audio & Music” category, sharing the spotlight with the formidable usual suspects including iTunes, AmazonMP3, and Pandora.  This is indeed a privilege for the Floridian upstart which triumphed over CD Baby, iLike, Sellaband, Jango, and other well publicized and funded music dotcoms.  Nearly 630,000 votes were cast this year.

Source: http://www.wearelistening.org/blog/grooveshark-webware-100-winner/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

May 25th, 2009

Rock the Space

MySpace and Toyota have teamed up to promote Rock the Space, an unsigned artist contest where the winner wins a record deal with MySpace Records plus $10,000 worth of Fender gear.  There’s an entire experience around the submission process, from uploading music and photos to customizing your “demo tape” widget and getting your friends to add it to their page.  The design-your-tape wizard is pretty cool.  Five finalists will be selected for a public vote.  Deadline July 1st.  Free to enter.  Details here.

Source: http://www.wearelistening.org/blog/rock-the-space/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

May 22nd, 2009

Sonicbids

Sonicbids and Delta Airlines have partnered to provide a minimum of six Sonicbids artists with airplay on Delta’s entertainment audio channels on domestic and international flights.  Dubbed “Sonicbids Indie Showcase”, the two month (September/October) programme will consist of 30 of every 90 minutes of play dedicated to selected Sonicbids artists, amounting to extensive exposure to approximately 5 million listeners on 42,540 Delta flights.  Selected songs will also be announced on air and listed in Delta’s online Sky magazine.

Submission details here.

 

Source: http://www.wearelistening.org/blog/sonicbids-indie-showcase/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

May 20th, 2009

Over The Cliff

While next-generation music pros are angling for music 2.0 success stories and peddling self-promotion concepts to upstart artists, Bruce Warila of musicXray wants us all to take a breather, not go overboard and lose our shorts.  Bruce colourfully describes the myriad of current industry obstacles and unveils a step-by-step coup d’état.  I particularly enjoyed this analogy, perhaps one of Bruce’s softer moments:

“Genres are coastlines, niches within genres are beachfront properties, and standalone artists are rocks or grains of sand.  Sticking with the metaphor: coastlines and beachfront properties are compelling, interesting and entertaining; rocks and sand are things that get stuck in your shorts and sandals.”

Read the entire onslaught.

 

Source: http://www.wearelistening.org/blog/dont-go-over-the-cliff/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

This week has seen a revival in the spat between TechCrunch and Last.fm, over the former’s allegations that the latter shared user data with the RIAA following the leak of U2’s recent album. Now Last.fm’s parent company CBS has chimed in, once more slapping down the accusations.

“Both CBS and the RIAA have already stated quite clearly, for the record, that absolutely no individual user or listener information was supplied to the RIAA by Last.fm or any division of CBS Corporation in the past, nor do we plan to do so in the future,” says its statement.

“The story posted by the website was based on an unnamed tipster. No inquiry was made to CBS or Last.fm about the veracity of the anonymous source. Those who consult such blogs should be aware of the standard by which such postings are sourced and published.”

With TechCrunch having published a leaked email that it claims proves CBS did share data with the RIAA, this one could run and run.

 

Source: http://musically.com/blog/2009/05/27/cbs-refutes-lastfm-riaa-data-sharing-accusations/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg

zune-hdIt’s been rumoured for a long time, but Microsoft has officially revealed a new Zune – the Zune HD. Due on sale this Autumn, it will offer a 3.3-inch hi-res screen, a built-in HD radio receiver, and a full-screen internet browser.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is also taking its Zune brand to its Xbox 360 console. Zune will provide TV and films for the videos section of the Xbox Live service, with more features due to be unveiled at the E3 games show next week.

There’s no news still on when (or even whether) Zune HD will go on sale outside North America, but the HD radio feature doesn’t bode well on that front. We’d heard rumours that Zune would be crossing the Atlantic for Christmas this year, but if true, that would require a model without HD Radio. And while they could stick DAB in for the UK market, that wouldn’t then be able to be sold elsewhere in Europe.

 

Source: http://musically.com/blog/2009/05/27/microsoft-unveils-zune-hd-and-xbox-integration/

Posted by: Annechien Hardenberg