By now, you've probably heard all about the iPad and seen the pictures of Steve Jobs displaying his new "tablet" in a manner undoubtedly familiar to the late Charlton Heston. So far, reaction to the device has been mixed at best, with some people already lining up to take potshots at Apple's latest doohickey.
We still think it's pretty neat, mostly because we're curious about what it could mean for the music biz, which is still struggling to find an attractive replacement for physical product. And as long as whatever new gadget plays nice with independent and unaffiliated creators who want to join the digital party, we're cool. read more
In 2006, OK Go’s video for “Here It Goes Again” — also affectionately known as “the treadmill video” — became a web sensation. By decade’s end, it had been viewed approximately 50 million times — no small feat for a homemade clip. Although the video made its biggest splash on sites like YouTube, many fans embedded it on their personal pages and social networks. At which point “Here It Goes Again” went viral, increasing the band’s exposure on a global scale and boosting the band’s record sales (and the bottom line of their major label, EMI). read more
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Future of Music Coalition will participate in a FREEEducause Live! webinar about — what else? — music, technology and policy.
FMC Education Director Kristin Thomson and Policy Director Michael Bracy will take part in a session called “Music 2.0: Revenue Streams, Consumer Behavior and Policy Issues.” Here’s the official description:
If you've been following the music-tech news lately, you've probably heard about the rather sudden and unexpected acquisition of digital music service Lala by Apple, Inc. Speculation has run rampant about why the country's largest music retailer — which sells individual music downloads via its iTunes store — would purchase a company that's made a name for itself via "cloud-based" access. read more
Will MOG be the service that makes streaming subscription take off in the US market? That's the question music industry observers are asking today, as the web-based streaming/recommendation music service unveils its buzzed-about monthly streaming subscription service. One thing's for sure: you can't beat the price. MOG is charging a mere 5 bucks a month for streaming, on-demand access to a huge catalog of music, all legally licensed from record labels and publishers. MOG is also letting potential customers try the service for free, for one hour. read more
Proponents of the so-called “celestial jukebox” have had plenty to be excited about over the past couple of years. Online services that allow listeners to stream music “from the cloud,” coupled with broadband connections on desktops and mobile devices, have given music fans a sea of tunes to surf on-demand. read more
New business models are springing up all over the Web to help independent musicians get revenue from their music. The Future of Music Coalition recently highlighted some of these in its “Music 2.0” series at the 2009 FMC Policy Summit:
* Internet radio. Internet radio, which is seeing an increase in listenership, plays more artists in more niche genres than traditional radio would ever be able to. Last.fm and Pandora both stream independent music and pay royalties to performers and songwriters. read more
If you've been paying any attention to music biz news this week, you've no doubt stumbled across an item (or ten) about Google OneBox -- the web search company's bold foray into the world of on-demand music. While many of the reports focus on what this new service means for fans hungry to hear tunes with one-click, they don't often drill down into what this might mean for artists and songwriters.
OneBox has already launched, so you could just go try it out right now. Or, you could read what our vigorous research revealed about the new venture. OK, it wasn't really that vigorous -- we simply entered a band into the Google search bar to see what happened next. read more