Archive for August, 2006


The Rolling Stones Rebelling

August 31, 2006


Keith Richards could be in trouble with Scottish authorities for smoking throughout the Rolling Stones gig in Edinburgh last Friday.

The guitarist flouted new laws banning smoking in public places by lighting up frequently during the show at Hampden Park and the city council says it will investigate the incident.

Richards could face a hefty £50 fine! Could the Stones be rebelling?


Puzzled About the War/Economy/Politics/…/?

August 30, 2006


“Can’t you see it all makes perfect sense, expressed in dollars and cents, pounds shillings and pence? It all makes perfect sense!”, Roger Waters founder member of Pink Floyd


SpiralFrog Signs Universal And Tests New Model

August 30, 2006


Spiral Frog and Universal Music Group just announce a deal covering the United States and Canada for the new digital music store expected to launch in December. Spiral Frog is a start-up created by a group of music industry veterans with a new business model based on free downloads supported by advertising.

The tracks downloaded from the store will be DRM protected, virus and spyware free. The founders of Spiral Frog believe there is a great deal of interest from advertisers in targeting the core audience of the service, the crowd between 13 – 34 years of age. Yahoo and MSN have experimented with free video services supported by advertising with variable results, making experts look with interest to this new digital music initiative.


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Linkin Park Added To iTunes

August 30, 2006


Less and less artists resist the seduction of on line sales. The latest addition to the extensive catalogue of legal digital music is Linkin Park. An agreement was closed with iTunes to make available digitally the complete Linkin Park catalogue, along with a few exclusive never released before tracks.

According to the band, iTunes told them that their name was one of the most requested in searches and there seemed to be no point in holding the songs out of a legal service any longer when they are readily available from many illegal sources.

Linkin Park follow a stream of other resistants, like Metallica who have closed their own deal with iTunes just last month (link to that post). There are now fewer big names refusing to join the growing digital music market. Still, there is no forecast for when tracks will be available from such luminaries as The Beatles (which has already been announced twice), Led Zeppelin or Radiohead.


Googling is not a verbe!

August 29, 2006


Worried with a possible decline in value of one of their best assets – its name – Google officials have inundated media organizations with legal letters asking them not to use the company name as a verb.

“We think it’s important to make the distinction between using the word Google to describe using Google to search the internet, and using the word Google to describe searching the internet. It has some serious trademark issues”, a spokesman for the company said.

It’s not likely that internet users will cease to go “googling” information about their favourite subjects in the most immediate future. Even the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary released in June includes the name “Google” and Merrian-Webster’s Dictionary released in July consecrates the term “to google” as a verb.

Analysts are not so sure about Google’s fears. Other well known brands are indisputable leaders of their market segment, having in some cases been associated with the actual segment, which has only contributed to the strength of their brand. Terms like having a Coke, leave a Post-it, take an Aspirin or in the case of our industry listening to too many people generically refer to digital music players as MP3s or iPods, has become common daily language.


There Is No Devil, Says Tom

August 28, 2006


Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just God when He’s drunk.
Tom Waits


Dylan Says Modern Recordings Are ‘Atrocious’

August 28, 2006


Bob Dylan says the quality of modern recordings is “atrocious,” and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc. “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really,” the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Dylan, who released eight studio albums in the past two decades, returns with his first recording in five years, “Modern Times,” next Tuesday.

Noting the music industry’s complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, “Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing anyway.” “You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them,” he added. “There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like … static.” Dylan said he does his best to fight technology, but it’s a losing battle. “Even these songs probably sounded ten times better in the studio when we recorded ’em. CDs are small. There’s no stature to it.”

Quoted from: Reuters