jm + mp3   37

What the hell is going on with SoundCloud?
tl;dr: major labels.
Despite having revenue coming in from ads and subscriptions, SoundCloud still relies on outside investment. While the company received $150 million in a funding round at the end of last year, it pales next to the reported $526 million Spotify gained in June, and if one report is to be believed, SoundCloud is running very low on cash. Furthermore, sources suggest that potential investors are waiting to see what happens with Sony and Universal before ploughing in more money. With the high sums reported to be involved, it’s a stalemate that could potentially break the company whether it decides to pay or not.
soundcloud  music  mp3  copyright  sony  universal  spotify  funding  startups 
august 2015 by jm
This Is My Jam shutting down
but, crucially, with an Andy-Baio-approved archival process. Nicely done -- this is a good example of how to do it
api  archiving  music  mp3  this-is-my-jam  archival  shutdown 
august 2015 by jm
Listen to a song made from data lost during MP3 conversion
Ryan McGuire, a PhD student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, has created the project The Ghost In The MP3 [....] For his first trick, McGuire took Suzanne Vega’s ‘Tom’s Diner’ and drained it into a vaporous piece titled ‘moDernisT.” McGuire chose the track he explains on his site because it was famously used as one of the main controls in the listening tests used to develop the MP3 algorithm.
mp3  music  suzanne-vega  compression 
february 2015 by jm
Cambodian Rocks (MP3s)
wow, WFMU's "Beware of the Blog" did a really good job of assembling these classic 1960s Cambodian psych mp3s, featuring Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Sereysothea among others. I still love the start of Ma Pi Naok....
mp3  download  music  cambodia  psychedelia  wfmu  1960s  sinn-sisamouth  ros-sereysothea 
april 2014 by jm
Removing DRM Boosts Music Sales by 10%
Based on a working paper from University of Toronto researcher Laurina Zhang
Comparing album sales of four major labels before and after the removal of DRM reveals that digital music revenue increases by 10% when restrictions are removed. The effect goes up to 30% for long tail content, while top-selling albums show no significant jump. The findings suggest that dropping technical restrictions can benefit both artists and the major labels.

more details: , "Intellectual Property Strategy and the Long Tail: Evidence from the Recorded Music Industry", Laurina Zhang, November 4, 2013
ip  copyright  drm  mp3  music  laurina-zhang  research  long-tail  albums  rights-management  piracy 
december 2013 by jm
Universal Music Group adding audible "watermarks"
including on paid-for, losslessly-compressed digital audio music files:
Why isn't UMG's watermark talked about more? Maybe people think the audio quality problems are due to some kind of lossy compression, as I did, and ignore it completely, or blame the streaming service/distributor. The problem here is that the UMG watermark degrades the audio to about the equivalent of a 96 kbit MP3. My guess is that if consumers were informed about what is going on, they would care. Especially those who pay full retail price for digital downloads advertised as lossless audio.
lame  audio  drm  media  music  umg  universal  watermarks  noise  consumer  mp3 
may 2013 by jm
The Rise And Fall Of The Obscure Music Download Blog: A Roundtable
One internet music "sharing" trend largely unnoticed by the powers that sue was the niche explosion of obscure music download blogs, lasting roughly from 2004-2008. Using free filesharing services like Rapidshare and Mediafire, and setting up sites on Blogspot and similar providers, these internet hubs stayed hidden in the open by catering to more discerning kleptomaniac audiophiles. Their specialty: parceling out ripped recordings — many of them copyrighted — from the more collectible and unknown corners of music's oddball, anomalous past.

While the RIAA was suing dead people for downloading Michael Jackson songs (and Madonna was using Soulseek to curse at teenagers), obscure music blogs racked up millions of hits, ripping and sharing 80s Japanese noise, 70s German prog, 60s San Francisco hippie freak-outs, 50s John Cage bootlegs, 30s gramophone oddities, Norwegian death metal, cold wave cassettes made by kids in their garages, and the like. It was the mid aughts, and the advent of digitization had inadvertently put the value of the music industry's "Top Ten" commercial product in peril. That same process transformed the value of old, collectible music as well. If one smart record collector was able to share the entire contents—music, artwork and all—of one vinyl LP on his blog, for free, and upload another item from his 1,000+ collection the next day, for weeks and years, and others like him did the same, competing with each other about who could upload the rarest and most sought-after record, and anyone who downloaded it could then share it again and again… Suddenly everyone in the world had the coolest record collection in the world; and soon, nobody in the world had the coolest record collection in the world.

Obscure music download blogs weren't shut down like Napster or Megaupload were (though they were indirectly affected by that crackdown); they just, mysteriously, seemed to burn out on their own sometime around 2008. While some are still around, their number represents only a fraction of that mid-00s heyday. Was this because obscure music blogs had overshared the underexposed and blown the whole thing into oblivion? Is the fact that a guy in Japan will no longer pay $500 on eBay for a first pressing of the No New York compilation because he can find it for free on the internet good for the world? Was the commodity-lost but the knowledge-gained an even exchange? To explore what was going on then, I assembled this email roundtable discussion between creators of some of the most popular blogs of the time: Eric Lumbleau of Mutant Sounds, Liam Elms of 8 Days in April, Frank of Systems of Romance and Brian Turner, Music Director of WFMU.

(via Loreana Rushe)
music  mp3  blogs  obscure  via-loreana-rushe  history  2000s 
november 2012 by jm
Some Facts & Insights Into The Whole Discussion Of 'Ethics' And Music Business Models | Techdirt
David "Camper Van Beethoven" Lowery's blogpost about music sales, ethics, piracy etc. looks like it was pretty much riddled with errors regarding the viability of the music business, then and now. Empirical figures from Jeff Price from Tunecore, and others, to debunk it:

"'Well here’s some truth about the old industry that David somehow misses. Previously, artists were not rolling in money. Most were not allowed into the system by the gatekeepers. Of those that were allowed on the major labels, over 98% of them failed. Yes, 98%
. Of the 2% that succeeded, less than a half percent of those ever got paid a band royalty from the sale of recorded music. How in the world is an artist making at least something, no matter how small, worse than 99% of the world’s unsigned artists making nothing and of the 1% signed, less than a half a percent of them ever making a single band royalty ever?'"

[...] "Another example of Lowery being wrong that Price responds to is the claim that recorded music revenue to artists has been going down. Price has data: 'This is empirically false. Revenue to labels has collapsed. Revenue to artists has gone up with more artists making more money now than at any time in history, off of the sale of pre-recorded music. Taken a step further, a $17.98 list price CD earned a band $1.40 as a band royalty that they only got if they were recouped (over 99% of bands never recouped). If an artist sells just two songs for $0.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $1.40. If they sell an album for $9.99 on iTunes via TuneCore, they gross $7.00. This is an INCREASE of over 700% in revenue to artists for recorded music sales.'"
music  mp3  music-business  piracy  techdirt  david-lowery  tunecore 
june 2012 by jm
On The Record: Forging a future for the music industry
The original article is now paywalled, but the comments thread contains a fantastic discussion between some very smart young, and old, musicians, discussing music in a digital age where copying is trivial, the future of the music business, copyright, etc.
music-business  bill-whelan  music  mp3  copyright  on-the-record  irish-times 
april 2012 by jm
Artist and Hacktivists Sabotage Spanish Anti-Piracy Law | TorrentFreak
'In an attempt to sabotage a new anti-piracy law that went into effect today, hundreds of websites in Spain are participating in a unique protest organized by a local hacktivist group. The websites all link to an “infringing” song by an artist loyal to the protest, who reported the sites to the authorities to overload them with requests.'
hacktivism  spain  art  music  mp3  piracy  p2p  sinde  soap  hacktavistas  eme-navarro  sgae 
march 2012 by jm
Gunnar Kreitz, _Spotify - Behind The Scenes_
the innards of Spotify's client, server fleet, and P2P layer, from the dev team themselves. good stuff
spotify  streaming  servers  networking  music  mp3  dns  p2p 
may 2011 by jm
Music Industry Lobbyist Becomes Europe’s Copyright Boss
'Maria Martin-Prat, who was formerly employed as Director of Legal Policy and Regulatory Affairs at IFPI, has now been selected to lead the EU unit that deals with copyright and enforcement issues.'
ifpi  policy  europe  ec  eu  acta  filesharing  music  mp3  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Spotify Second Largest Source Of Revenue In Europe For Labels
wow. the WinAmp guys were right -- 'on a European level, Spotify is the second single largest source of revenue for record labels. This means that 2010 saw dramatic increase in its usage as well as payouts to record labels and artists themselves.' this via an IFPI report
ifpi  music  spotify  streaming  revenue  record-labels  europe  sweden  isps  mp3  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
One of the ICE domain seizures was a legit mp3 blog, posting legal promo mp3s
At least one of the sites seized by DHS was an mp3 blog which posted authorised, promotional mp3s, sent from record label VPs and artists -- ie. none of the supposedly "infringing" files, actually were infringing. (via Tony Finch)
mp3  music  piracy  law  ice  dhs  filesharing  copyright  copyfight  techdirt  via:fanf  seizure  mp3blogs  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Digital Socket Awards
'We’d like you to nominate the longlist of best music of 2010 on From this, 26 blogger judges from towns and cities all over Ireland will each score their top choices to reach a shortlist of three finalists in each category. The winners will be announced on 3 February 2011 at a live event in Dublin’s Grand Social.'
blogs  blogging  irishblogs  music  mp3  mp3blogs  ireland  awards  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Some figures about Eircom's "3 strikes" system
1000 notifications a month, and 'Eircom is guaranteeing that it will never hand subscribers’ personal details to the music industry and will never monitor their online activities. They will, however, take the word of the music industry and their monitors on face value and presume it is accurate as a matter of course.'
eircom  filesharing  three-strikes  piracy  music  mp3  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Copyright, music downloads and lobbying in overdrive
the comments explain a lot about the horrifically one-side Seanad debate on filesharing and 3-strikes for Ireland -- a lot of links to Ireland's old guard in the music biz
ireland  music  mp3  filesharing  download  three-strikes  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
U2 Manager Blames 'Free' And Anonymous Internet Bloggers For Industry Troubles | Techdirt
great Mike Masnick post responding to the latest woe-is-me missive from U2's asshat-in-residence Paul McGuinness (via Jim Carroll)
via:jimcarroll  u2  mp3blogs  paul-mcguinness  mike-masnick  techdirt  music  mp3  downloading  filesharing  piracy  blogging  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
SoundCloud Developers Manifesto
'We recognize that only through your apps and hacks, can SoundCloud fully realize its potential as the audio platform.'
apps  hacks  soundcloud  mp3  music  hosting  files  json  rest  oauth  apis  http  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
The result of the IMRO & music blogger meeting | Nialler9 Music Blog
upshot: IMRO will think about it and get back to Nialler et al; in the meantime, everyone operates as before. one to keep an eye on, even if you're not Irish; this will play out overseas soon too. Good call getting Simon McGarr along
music  mp3  shakedown  imro  nialler9  ip  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
article on the IMRO-vs-blogs LOEL spat
by an ex-Hot-Press staffer. interesting: Hot Press 'also publish MQ, the IMRO members’ periodical.' well, that would explain a lot
hot-press  ireland  music  mp3  loel  imro  shakedown  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Indie music mogul: The net's great for us
Martin Mills of Beggar's Banquet. thought-provoking interview, and he nails it on this: "People who in their 30s a few years ago who may have stopped listening to new music, or were listening to iterations of music they heard in their late teens or early twenties, are now able to discover entirely new things. You've got new artists being discovered by 30, 40, 50 and 60 year olds. You'll now have a group of friends talking about music and sending links." That EXACTLY described my situation a few years back
martin-mills  beggars-banquet  music  record-labels  xl  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
may 2010 by jm
Irish music blogs under attack over royalties | Music |
'If IMRO goes ahead with its plan, targeting music blogs around the world, there will soon be legions of frustrated bloggers. And it will be much worse if other regional publishers follow suit.'
imro  ireland  guardian  news  blogs  music  mp3  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
On The Record » “This music blogger IMRO licence thing”
Jim Carroll's blog post on the IMRO mp3blog shakedown. Comment thread has some good stuff from Irish music heads
imro  mp3  blogs  music  ireland  jim-carroll  shakedown  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Nialler9's getting the IMRO shakedown
Irish music blogs apparently need to pay a minimum of EUR150/year to the collection agency for "making copyrighted music available online" -- and they intend to ask _all_ sites who offer music, Irish or not, to pay this fee (!)
imro  shakedown  nialler9  ireland  music  mp3  blogs  blogging  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Mix Tape Amnesty
ha! 'The amnesty was created in an effort to finally rid the country of illegally taped music. Although technology has evolved, the law on this issue has remained unchanged and these mix-tapes still constitute a threat to artist royalties.' Remember: home taping is killing music
mixtapes  funny  history  ireland  virals  music  mp3  filesharing  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Grooveshark Mobile for iPhone
nifty, an official app for this music-streaming site -- although for jailbroken iPhones only
jailbreaking  iphone  music  grooveshark  streaming  mp3  apps  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Review of the decade: Alexis Petridis on pop
great line: 'In the future perhaps every artist will be famous for 15 comments'
music  grauniad  alexis-petridish  aphorisms  fame  internet  web  mp3  from delicious
december 2009 by jm
Mint Studio Multi-Room Wireless Speaker
$130 speakers; outputs from computer via USB, transmits to wireless receiver, which also has an iPod dock and a line-in. exactly what I'm after! (thanks Jason for the tip)
via:jcosper  music  sound  mp3  home  wireless  speakers  from delicious
november 2009 by jm
[mp3] Belle and Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo (Avalanches remix)
great tune, great remix. just spotted it on so thought I'd post it
mp3blog  mp3  belle-and-sebastian  avalanches  music 
july 2005 by jm
[mp3] Belle and Sebastian - I'm A Cuckoo (Avalanches remix)
great tune, great remix. just spotted it on so thought I'd post it
mp3blog  mp3  belle-and-sebastian  avalanches  music 
july 2005 by jm

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