2016-05-31
News:Kraftwerk loses hip-hop music-sampling copyright case | Ars Technica

Kraftwerk loses hip-hop music-sampling copyright case | Ars Technica: "“This is an important decision by the German Constitutional Court and a sensible one,” German Pirate Party MEP, Julia Reda, told Ars."

I would never pass up a chance to quote the German Pirate Party.

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2016-05-30
News:Why can’t the Estonian president buy a song off iTunes for his Latvian wife? | Ars Technica

Why can’t the Estonian president buy a song off iTunes for his Latvian wife? | Ars Technica: "PALO ALTO, Calif.—I don’t usually dress up for interviews, but I also don’t usually interview heads of state, either."

Me three, either.

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2016-05-28
News:The inside story of Musical.ly - Business Insider

The inside story of Musical.ly - Business Insider: "The team turned Zhu's new idea into an app in 30 days, and launched Musical.ly in July 2014. Immediately, they saw the numbers were great. Around 500 people were downloading it a day, but more importantly, they kept coming back. "

Like Hipstamatic, they'll use it forever. Let's value this at a couple of billion.

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2016-05-24
News:Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming

Facebook intros Continuous Live Video API for non-stop streaming: "Facebook is pushing heavily into live video in general, exploiting it as a way to keep both the public and business clients engaged with its services. While the company's Live API had just 12 partners when it launched in April, there are now over 100. Using the API allows broadcasters to employ effects, mixing, and multiple professional cameras. "

Live streaming internet video is headed for meritocracy. Pay no attention to the Umbrella corporation trying to turn it back into old media. Use Periscope or Twitch or YouTube.

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2016-05-18
News:Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house to investigate music deletion issue

Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house to investigate music deletion issue: "This past Saturday, two Apple employees, identified only a 'Tom' and 'Ezra,' flew from California to Pinkstone's house in Atlanta, Ga., in hopes of exposing a potentially devastating iTunes issue that wiped 122GB of music, some of it original compositions, from the musician's laptop ten days earlier. "

As they say, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".

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2016-05-14
News:Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, 'safeguards' coming next week

Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, 'safeguards' coming next week: "Earlier this month media outlets latched onto a blog post from freelance composer James Pinkstone, who claimed iTunes deleted some 122GB of music from his laptop, including original works. After speaking with Apple support representatives, Pinkstone came to the conclusion that the mishap had roots in the way Apple Music and iTunes handles music files. "

Did we say "never"? What we meant was "sometimes".

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2016-05-13
News:Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, 'safeguards' coming next week

Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion issue, 'safeguards' coming next week: "Earlier this month media outlets latched onto a blog post from freelance composer James Pinkstone, who claimed iTunes deleted some 122GB of music from his laptop, including original works. After speaking with Apple support representatives, Pinkstone came to the conclusion that the mishap had roots in the way Apple Music and iTunes handles music files. "

Probably be best for everyone if Apple Music was a completely separate app from iTunes. No, wait! Let's put every music playback function that's ever been designed into one application. We'll call it megalomania.

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2016-05-11
News:BBC iPlayer - HARDtalk - Brian Eno - artist and musician

BBC iPlayer - HARDtalk - Brian Eno - artist and musician: "HARDtalk - Brian Eno - artist and musician Stephen Sackur talks to Brian Eno, the hugely influential contemporary music maker. His output has been prolific and varied. Is he an artist impossible to label?"

If you K.

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News:Apple might pull the plug on iTunes music downloads

Apple might pull the plug on iTunes music downloads: "Apple is planning to give iTunes music downloads the boot in as little as two years, according to sources currently working with the company."

Thanks for the heads up so I can start buying CDs again.

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2016-05-09
News:Spotify expands video into original programming, setting up battle with Apple Music

Spotify expands video into original programming, setting up battle with Apple Music: "Music streaming service Spotify on Monday announced plans for 12 new original video series, in a move which could further intensify competition with second-place rival Apple Music."

Unless the series is Austin City Limits, I'd say this is called "I don't know what business I'm in."

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2016-05-05
News:Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously. | vellumatlanta: "I had just explained to Amber that 122 GB of music files were missing from my laptop. I’d already visited the online forum, I said, and they were no help. "

Wow, great product design.

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2016-05-04
News:Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC

Apple Music to get more intuitive UI, expanded Beats 1 radio, 'marketing blitz' at WWDC: "Citing sources familiar with the company's plans, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that Apple plans better integration between Apple Music and iTunes, and also plans to expand its Beats 1 radio service. In addition, Apple is also said to be planning a major ad campaign to promote the changes."
And the BEATS go on...

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2016-05-03
News:Review: Japanese hologram pop star Hatsune Miku tours North America | Ars Technica

Review: Japanese hologram pop star Hatsune Miku tours North America | Ars Technica It only makes sense that music-producing companies would look for an even easier path to control a pop star's career and image.
Pop music is just a commercial product, why should anybody start caring now about how it is manufactured? Synthespians don't OD on heroin. They don't require a bowl of M+M's with all the green ones removed. They live forever and never age. Sounds like the music equivalent of South Park or The Simpsons.

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