Archive for December, 2006

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Many Many mp3

December 31, 2006

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Very good music related comic strip at Bassist Wanted by American artist Porter Mason.

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Allofmp3

December 30, 2006

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Very good music related comic strip at Bassist Wanted by American artist Porter Mason.

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Digital Music Group Announces Management Changes

December 29, 2006

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Digital Music Group, Inc., a content owner and global leader in the digital distribution of independently owned music and video catalogs, announced that Anders Brown, Chief Operating Officer, and Richard Rees, Vice President of Business Development, have resigned their respective positions.

Mr. Brown has expressed a desire to pursue opportunities closer to his home and family in Seattle, Washington, and will remain active in his position through March 31, 2007, in order to ensure a smooth transition of his responsibilities. Mr. Rees, based in Austin, Texas, has resigned, effective December 31, 2006, to join an Austin-based investment firm. Mitchell Koulouris, DMGI’s Chief Executive Officer, will continue to lead content acquisition activities, and others within DMGI’s business development department will assume Mr. Rees’ responsibilities.

“I am very thankful to have had these two friends, Anders and Richard, as part of the hardworking and creative team that took DMGI from a concept to the public company it is today,” said founder and CEO of DMGI, Mitchell Koulouris. “They have been instrumental in positioning DMGI as a leader in the ownership and distribution of digital media, and we wish them success in their future pursuits.”

Mr. Koulouris added, “Leadership changes like this are not uncommon for fast growing companies with entrepreneurial roots. We will make an announcement concerning our revised management structure at an appropriate time during the first quarter of 2007.”

Founded in 2005, Digital Music Group, Inc. is a content owner and global leader in the digital distribution of independently owned music, TV, film and video catalogs. DMGI acquires the digital rights to media catalogs and digitally encodes them into multiple formats for distribution to online music, mobile, and video stores. Their retailers include: the iTunes Music Store, Google Video, RealNetworks, Napster, Wal-Mart Music, Yahoo! Music, InfoSpace, Moderati, Zingy, 9Squared, and many others.

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Online Shoppers Overwhelm iTunes Store

December 28, 2006

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Swarms of online shoppers armed with new iPods and iTunes gift cards apparently overwhelmed Apple’s iTunes music store over the holiday, prompting error messages and slowdowns of 20 minutes or more for downloads of a single song.

Frazzled users began posting urgent help messages Monday and Tuesday on Apple’s technical forum for iTunes, complaining they were either not allowed into the store or were told the system couldn’t process their request to download songs and videos.

It was not immediately clear how many people were affected by the slowdowns, and Apple Computer Inc. would not immediately comment Wednesday on what caused the slowdown and whether it had been fixed.

Analysts said the problems likely were the result of too many people with holiday iPods and iTunes gift cards trying to access the site at once.

Traffic indeed was heavy over the holiday, with more than four times as many people visiting the iTunes Web site on Christmas than at the same time last year, online market researcher Hitwise said Wednesday.

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Fans pay tribute to ‘Godfather of Soul’

December 27, 2006

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The James Brown statue on Broad Street in his hometown of Augusta was draped in an American flag and a red scarf Tuesday as several dozen people gathered to pay their respects to the late singer.

Flowers were left at the base of the statue in tribute to Brown, who died Monday in Atlanta. He was 73.

The singer died of heart failure less than two days after he had been hospitalized with pneumonia and only three days after leading his annual holiday toy giveaway in Augusta.

He also had diabetes and prostate cancer that was in remission. But he initially seemed fine at the hospital and talked about his New Year’s Eve show at B.B. King Blues Club in New York, said Brown’s agent, Frank Copsidas.

Brown, who lived in Beech Island, South Carolina, near the Georgia line, won a Grammy for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as Grammys in 1965 for “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” (best R&B recording) and for “Living in America” in 1987 (best R&B vocal performance, male.)

He had a brief but memorable role as a manic preacher in 1980’s “The Blues Brothers,” starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.

In a statement released Tuesday by his publicist, Aykroyd said, “No one has ever integrated music, musicianship, dance and showmanship so effectively as did J.B. Every rap, hip-hop, house, soul, R&B, rock and pop artist practicing today has been influenced compositionally and choreographically by Mr. Brown.

“Fortunate were those of us who were able to engage his talents and witness his latest shows. The greatest on-stage revue of music in the history of our planet.”

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Amazon to Sell DRM-Free MP3s?

December 26, 2006

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Amazon looks set to plough into the digital music market next year.

Right now this is just conjecture but rumor has it the retailer started romancing music labels last week to enter the music download market at the end of the first quarter of 2007. The big news, however, is that it seems interested in selling mp3s without any DRM attached.

As the first major download store launch since Microsoft made it clear with ZUNE that it was not supporting it’s own PlayForSure DRM, perhaps Amazon was left with no choice. Yahoo! Music, Napster, URGE and others based on PlayForSure are starting to look like forgotten step-children. Only eMusic has gained real momentum against the iTunes juggarnaut and eMusic sells mp3s.By embracing mp3s, Amazon completely avoids all player compatibility issues by selling in the only format that plays on all devices including the ubiquitous iPod.

Amazon is already the internet’s number one destination for physical music sales and has now available a service of free mp3 downloads. We’ll just have to wait for further developments to know if this speculation will become official.

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X-Mas when I was a kid…

December 25, 2006

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“In school nativity plays I was always the bloody little donkey, I was never Mary.”
Geri Halliwell