Thursday, July 19, 2007

Internet Radio Death Knell

Web radio faces its death knell | Technology | Guardian Unlimited Technology
But something is bugging SoundExchange, and falling CD sales is probably it. CD sales fell 15% in the first half this year compared to the same time last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and that's an ongoing trend, says Van Dyke.

Falling CD sales are causing the labels to push for revenue from play services rather than product sales,

Imaging the Music

Glad I found this site again, thanks to Slashdot and NPR...

IRENE Home Page
Using methods derived from our work on instrumentation for particle physics we have investigated the problem of audio reconstruction from mechanical recordings. The idea was to acquire digital maps of the surface of the media, without contact, and then apply image analysis methods to recover the audio data and reduce noise.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Internet Radio Reprieve?

It looks like the threat of Congressional action may have brought the RIAA back to the bargaining table.

Listening Post - Wired Blogs
The SoundExchange executive [Jon Simson, executive director] promised -- in front of Congress -- that SoundExchange will not enforce the new royalty rates. Webcasters will stay online, as new rates are hammered out.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Music industry blinks

So SaveNetRadio go the attention of the weasels at SoundExchange.   And of course, Universal stamped its little foot and refused to play with Apple.

Here's two articles that 'splain it all...the second from Fake Steve Jobs nails it...

NewsFactor Network | SoundExchange Offers Internet Radio a Deal
"SoundExchange continues to demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the Internet radio industry. SoundExchange is unable, or perhaps unwilling, to recognize that performance-based royalty rates and looming threats of billion-dollar minima inhibit investment and growth of royalty-paying music industry business models," the group said in a statement. "What has been proposed falls well short of even the lowest standard of a temporary fix."

The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs: The music industry nobs have finally figured out what we're doing
The guys running the labels are pretty stupid -- most are just dirtbags who started out as band managers or promoters -- but now at long last they are kinda sorta finally vaguely getting clued in to the fact that both parts of their business model are fucked.