16 9 / 2014

Future Classic’s Basenji: “Musicians Need to Appreciate All Types of Art” | Digital Music News

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Basenji is the stage name of Sebastian Muecke, a rising Australian electronic producer. Muecke recently signed with cutting-edge electronic label Future Classic. Blogger Sterling Hedges…

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16 9 / 2014

Let Me Explain Why U2 Is Damaging the Music Industry… | Digital Music News

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  The following guest post comes from Paul Quirk, president of the UK-based Entertainment Retail Association. U2’s much-publicised decision to give away 500 million copies…

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16 9 / 2014

Merchbar Is a One Stop Merch Shop | Digital Music News

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Back in 2009, Edward Aten founded Swift.fm, a social music network used by The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, and others. Aten eventually sold Swift.fm,…

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16 9 / 2014

Search Engines Can Diminish Online Piracy, Research Finds | TorrentFreak

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New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that search engine results directly influence people’s decision to pirate movies, or buy them legally. According to the researchers, their findings show how search engines may play a vital role in the fight against online piracy.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing and anonymous VPN services.

16 9 / 2014

Stop Calling Tor ‘The Web Browser For Criminals’ | BetaBeat

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It's time to recognize that scary hackers aren't the only users of Tor. (Photo via  Pierre Rennes)

It’s time to recognize that scary hackers aren’t the only users of Tor. (Photo via Pierre Rennes)

Yesterday, a rumor surfaced on deep web blog DeepDotWeb that Comcast was going to start blocking users of Tor, an anonymous web browser. Comcast Vice President Jason Livingood immediately and rightfully called bullshit, because for all of its customer service foibles, Comcast knows that preventing people from browsing the Internet anonymously would be a daring infringement on user privacy.

The confusion came to rest shortly after the posting of a Business Insider story called “Comcast Denies It Will Cut Off Customers Who Use Tor, The Web Browser For Criminals.” Besides reaffirming the simple notion that you shouldn’t just believe something you read on a subreddit, the story — which was viewed over 22,000 times — reaffirms the notion that Tor is a tool for evil.

But look at the headlines! Surely “Drug Market ‘Agora’ Replaces the Silk Road as King of the Dark Net" should alarm us, especially when dark net tech like Tor is "Why Terrorists Like Isil Will Always Be One Step Ahead of Us.” Those featured images are pretty scary, too.

In reality, what Tor allows you to do is to browse the Internet anonymously, and access parts of the Internet that are protected from prying eyes. Yes, this means that it is used for criminal activity — sites like Vocativ and Motherboard report almost daily on dark net drug rings, weapons trading and terrorist organizations who use Tor to cloak their identities. But beyond the scary-sounding dark net, there are dozens of use-cases for Tor that have nothing to do with cybercrime.

The Tor Project keeps a running catalogue on their site of many positive benefits of using Tor. Parents use it to protect their children’s browsing habits, journalists use it to protect their communication with vulnerable sources and whistleblowers, and people living under the grip of oppressive regimes use it to explore and express dissident political beliefs. The list goes on and on.

The Tor Project’s executive director Andrew Lewman blames Tor’s bad reputation on the if-it-bleeds-it-leads mentality of the press.

“‘Little Suzie Takes a Bus to School’ isn’t a story unless the bus is hit by a drunk driver, and little Suzie does not make it to school,” Mr. Lewman told Betabeat. “So no one writes a story about when people use Tor for good.”

For example, Mr. Lewman says, no one has written about Tor’s potential as a tool for protecting the identities of people seeking counseling or treatment for drug abuse or domestic violence — people who could use Tor’s protection as a haven for seeking help.

Instead, Tor suffers the same maligned reputation that plenty of new technologies face before they’re more widely understood — or before they begin to make money. It wasn’t long ago that Bitcoin was just a medium for illicit transactions, or that the BitTorrent was just a tool for destroying the music business through piracy.

"Think back to the Internet in the late 80’s, early 90’s," Mr. Lewman said. "We heard that the Internet was for child-molesters, money laundering, drug dealing and pornography. ‘Who would want to use this Internet thing? It’s only bad!’ That’s where the deep web is now."

As for Comcast and other Internet service providers, Mr. Lewman doesn’t think they’d ever make the mistake of ever blocking something like Tor, even if it’s just for fear of backlash from the exact parties they’re so worried about.

"I don’t imagine an ISP will come out and say, ‘We’re going to define what’s good, and say that we’re clean, holier than the Pope and more pure than Allah,’ because I guarantee that criminals will just flock to that ISP and exploit it," he said.

Regardless, fear mongering clouds the discussion of Tor’s unheralded reality: that in an age when our data has the potential to reveal our most vital personal information, there are people who could benefit from a digital safe haven.

16 9 / 2014

City Of Austin Advised To Reign In SXSW-Related Events and Traffic In Evaluation Report | hypebot

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Unofficial events occurring during SXSW, especially the “Spring Music Festival” portion, can expect closer examination when requesting permits next year if the recommendations of a report to the City of Austin are taken up. Celebrities may also be under greater scrutiny and new curfews and traffic restrictions could be in effect. While this might sound a bit repressive the main ideas sound like reasonable suggestions given the challenges faced by Austin during SXSW including the growing influx of visitors to both official and unofficial events. Early this month an evaluation by City of Austin staff was released with recommendations for…

16 9 / 2014

The Lifespan Of An Online Music Album Release, Measured In Clicks #Infographic | Dotted Music

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There is a lot of hard work that goes into the “drop” of a new album. It is an exciting time for everyone involved in the process, from the record label, to the artist, to the fans.


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16 9 / 2014

Shazam now lets you buy or stream tagged music via Google Play | Engadget

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Hey, we love Shazam; it’s been propping up our spotty musical knowledge for years. But, until now, if you wanted to grab that rare In Flagrante groove for your personal collection direct from the app, you had to go with Amazon’s music store. No bad…

16 9 / 2014

Merchbar Is a One Stop Merch Shop | Digital Music News

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Back in 2009 Ed Aten founded Swift.fm, a social music network used by The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, and others. Aten eventually sold Swift.fm,…

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16 9 / 2014

Reflecting Its Digital Shift, Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia | TechCrunch

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iheartradio cross platform Media and entertainment company Clear Channel is today rebranding itself as iHeartMedia, picking up the new name from its digital business iHeartRadio. The latter was formed three years ago as Clear Channel’s key entry into digital music, and as of June has reached 50 million registered users, the company claims. In addition, Clear Channel, now iHeartMedia, claims that its radio service… Read More

16 9 / 2014

Music Biz Conferences: Hard Working Class Heroes and Creative Belfast Presents Output | hypebot

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Two Irish music industry conferences are coming up in October. Hard Working Class Heroes is both a music festival and industry conference happening in Dublin in early October. Later in the month the one day only event, Creative Belfast Presents Output, takes place in Belfast in Northern Ireland. Output will combine a daytime biz conference with evening music showcases. Both events are free. Hard Working Class Heroes Dublin’s Music Scene - A Golden Age Hard Working Class Heroes takes place this year October 2 through 5 in Dublin. One of the organizers, Jim Carroll, says all events are free and…

16 9 / 2014

Robin Thicke isnt the only one who has blurred the lines on song credits | Music industry | The Guardian

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The singers claim that he had nothing to do with writing his biggest hit unwittingly casts light on an industry-wide issue thats all about the money

Days after Pharrells Happy became the biggest download in UK history, knocking Blurred Lines into second place, Robin Thicke found himself playing second fiddle again to his former collaborator. In details from extraordinary court dispositions in the US into the alleged similarities between Blurred Lines and Marvin Gayes Got to Give It Up, it was revealed that Pharrell wrote and arranged the whole thing but Thicke took around a 20% cut of the publishing in the song. He kept up the facade for a year during interviews where he was high or drunk talking about it as a song he co-wrote.

This has been a common practice in the music business for more than a century. More recently known as change a word, take a third, its endemic, particularly in pop, where the star insists on a publishing credit from struggling songwriters as a negotiating tactic to record their songs.

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16 9 / 2014

Small and medium businesses report high ROI for streaming ads (BIA Kelsey) | RAIN

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In its most recent Local Commerce Monitor (LCM), an ongoing survey of advertising behaviors among small and local businesses (SMBs), BIA Kelsey found high ranking for ROI (return on investment) when advertising in streaming radio. More survey participants rated streaming radio highly for ROI than they did for over-the-air (OTA) radio. Continue Reading



16 9 / 2014

Disney, Twitch, and iHeartRadio add support for Google’s Chromecast | The Verge

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Google’s Chromecast is expanding its list of supported apps today, and the company is tackling vastly different demographics. First up is some kid-friendly content: a trio of Disney Channel apps (Watch Disney, Watch Disney Junior and Watch Disney XD) can now be streamed to your TV. Chromecast functionality is available on Disney’s apps for both Android and iOS; just keep in mind you’ll need cable credentials to watch live or recent programming. And then there’s Twitch: Chromecast owners can now watch live gameplay streams on the big screen by casting Twitch from Chrome, Android, or iOS.

Chromecast also streams music, of course, and iHeartRadio is being added to the list of compatible apps as of today. We’re still holding out for…

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16 9 / 2014

Samsung Is Making Its Own Hour-Long Sitcom Starring A Fictional Employee | BusinessInsider

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Samsung is working on its own sitcom that will center on a fictional employee, which will be released via YouTube and social media, ZDNet Korea reports.

The series, which will be called “Best Future,” will be written to portray a “young Samsung” that people in their 20s and 30s would want to work for, the reports says.

Samsung is taking the name of the series quite literally. The main character, a woman who works at Samsung in the series, will be named Mirae, which ZDNet Korea said means “future” in Korean. The male lead, who shares a boarding house with Mirae, will be named Chaego which means “best” in Korean.


The entire series will consist of six 60-minute episodes and will be released sometime next month. Samsung filmed the episodes at its Seoul headquarters and offices in Suwon, Korea.

This isn’t the only web-based sitcom Samsung has released. Last year, the company launched a sitcom called “Endless Energy” that focused on its hiring policy and employee philosophy, according to ZDNet Korea.


Samsung is describing the show as a Musicom — i.e. a combination of a musical and sitcom, according to a blog post on its website. 

Let’s just hope this series is received at least a little better than Samsung’s hour-long Broadway-themed keynote presentation from last March when it introduced the Galaxy S4 at Radio City Music Hall. 

SEE ALSO: What It’s Like Inside The Factory Where Samsung Builds Your Galaxy Phone

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