If you're still pirating music, stop. It's illegal and wrong and stealing and bad and yadda yadda. But it's also dangerous because you don't even know who you can trust anymore. There is no honor amongst thieves, record labels are using a task force of students to hunt down other students who pirate music.
Thanks to Hulu, you don't have to stay up past your bedtime on Saturday nights just to catch SNL. You can get all the goodness online for free whenever you feel like it. Wrong! Splitsider points out that some of the best sketches aren't ever posted online for legal reasons.
In 1978, Congress put the Copyright Law into effect. Most of it was standard fare, but it included a caveat which wouldn't be relevant for 35 years: songwriters would be able to reclaim publishing rights from record labels.
Come on, we all do it. A new iTunes update comes trickling into our computer and we're prompted with the comically massive iTunes Terms and Conditions and just clickity click our lives away without even reading. But what's really inside it?
Google Music! iTunes Live! While rumors have ebbed and flowed about streaming music from Cupertino and Mountain View for well over a year now, is it possible that HP is going to beat both to the punch?
Music publishers are none too pleased with Amazon's decision to launch a music locker service where anyone can store up to 5GB of MP3s and stream them back over any internet-connected computer or Amazon's Cloud Player Android app, without a cent going either to Amazon or copyright holders.
According to CNN, Apple and other digital download services are in talks with record labels to up music files from 16-bit to pristine, high-fidelity 24-bit. But while Macs can handle 24-bit music already, iPods and iPhones would need to be retooled to accommodate the sweet sounds. Soon please! [CNN]
Instead of eulogies for a music industry too slow to adapt to the digital age, its mourners should just print up this chart on huge poster boards. And while digital sales are helping staunch the bleeding, as you can see here it's not nearly enough.
AllThingsD is reporting that EMI Music has just signed a deal with Spotify. Counting Spotify's previous deal with Sony, the awesometastic music service now has two of the four major record labels locked up. The other two? Warner, who has said nice things about Spotify before, and Universal, who happens to be the…
How much of a failure was the RIAAs campaign of ridiculous lawsuits of file sharers? How does a 98% loss of a $58 million investment sound? That's good business right there.
The number of major record labels seems set to drop to a mere three, as EMI has failed to make a deal for North American distribution rights with either Universal or Sony. Updated
It's a lousy time to be a record label. Profits are tanking, bands are angry—OK Go just ditched EMI—and YouTube and BitTorrent changed the game. Still, some labels are transforming themselves to help musicians in the digital age.
If any band could justify not selling individual tracks, its Pink Floyd. What, you just want Summer '69 but not Atom Heart Mother Suite? Come on. Now, you won't have that option.
Those crazy cats at OK Go are tugging at our heartstrings yet again, with the release of a brand new video for the song This Too Shall Pass. It takes the Rube Goldberg machine concept to another level completely.
In response to fan uproar over being unable to embed OK Go's YouTube videos, lead singer Damian Kulash wrote the following letter. It's an eye-opening—and discouraging—inside account of how poorly the major labels manage the music you love.