Last weekend, our man Alex Maiolo was at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago for three days of skinny jeans, warm beer and music. But it wasn’t all R&R: Alex was there to talk to musicians and managers about FMC’s Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT). From July 16-18, Alex was there hepping the hepcats to their health insurance options and how the new health care reforms might impact musicians. If you were there, we hope you got to say hello!
Here’s some more of what’s been happening in the wide world of music-tech-policy-law… read more
It's been a while since we've done a news roundup. No, we weren't saving it for a snowy day — we've had enough of those lately. At any rate, here's a rundown of what's been happening out there in the wide world of music.
Canada: Not Just For the Olympians
Canadian Music Week is a major event not just for our Northern neighbors, but for the rest of the world, too. It's coming right up (March 10-14, Toronto), so make your plans now... Official Siteread more
Your semi-weekly (OK, basically when we remember!) roundup of the hottest stories in music, technology, policy and law.U.S. Regulators Open Probe Into Music Royalties
U.S. regulators have launched an inquiry into whether certain broadcasters are refusing to air the music of artists who demand to be paid when their songs are played on the radio. The Federal Communications Commission reviewed a June petition by a music coalition that accuses radio stations of skipping songs of artists who support legislation aimed at paying royalties to artists.Billboardread more
Sony Agrees to Provide Its Older Songs to eMusic
In another example of struggling major music labels and Internet services finding common ground, Sony Music Entertainment has agreed to make its back catalog of songs available on eMusic, one of the largest music retailers on the Web. Brad Stone, New York Times, June 1, 2009read more
Spotify CEO Talks Portability, Premium Service Growth
Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming service Spotify, says he wants to build on the early popularity of the ad-supported free model by developing a portable service and attracting users to the premium service. Jen Wilson, Billboard.bizread more
Music Fans Will Buy Songs, Says Head of Free Online Music Site Spotify
Record sales are down, illegal file sharing persists and a whole generation is getting used to enjoying music for free. But Daniel Ek, the man behind Spotify (still not available in the US), the world's fastest growing online music service, is convinced that fans will still pay for songs they love if they are packaged in the right way.
Alexandra Spotting, Guardian UKread more
Online Music Retailers Slashing Prices
The Boston Globe has a solid piece on the recent trend in falling prices for online music. Services like Amazon MP3 have been aggressively cutting prices, including a $3.99 deal last week for U2's "No Line on the Horizon," with some other album (not track) prices as low as 99 cents. AppScout.comread more