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Month: May, 2007

World of Warcraft-powered machinima music videos

Machinima.com is hosting a World of Warcraft machinima music video contest. Music by the Ataris.

Prepare yourself for dancing gnomes. And the like.

EMI lets YouTubers remix its tunes

EMI’s been busy lately. In addition to Amazon and iTunes deals, the struggling label’s finally signed a deal with YouTube. YouTubers can now find vids from EMI artists on the videosharing site, and they’ll also be able to use EMI tunes legally in their user-generated mashups.

Apple puts user data info downloaded songs’ metadata

Personally identifying data (like your account information) is being embedded in downloaded iTunes songs. And while that previously wouldn’t have drawn much notice, the introduction of DRM-free songs on iTunes gives it new meaning. The metadata would, of course, allow one to see who had posted the songs on filesharing networks, but Ars Technica also posits that Big Media care greatly around “casual piracy” – buying songs for buddies – as well.

Bottom line: Don’t let your friends listen to your music. It’s wrong. And sick.

[via Ars Technica]

Last.fm founder on the CBS deal

Co-founder of Last.fm Richard Jones blogs the usual stuff. (Aka more money, more opportunities, etc.)

On privacy:
“OH NOES UR SELLIN MY SCROBBLES!!1!! — Don’t panic. The openness of our platform and our approach to privacy won’t change.”

Despite the assurance, a lot of people seem worried, and it’ll be interesting to watch the unsubscribe phenomenon.

(In fact, the PERFECT Web 2.0 company might be one that unsubscribes users with a single click when their beloved social media organ is purchased by evil Big Media. Angel investors, please leave your e-mail addresses in the comments.)

[via Waxy]

Middio: Music video filter for YouTube

Middio says it organizes the 10,000 music videos uploaded to YouTube. Which seems like an easy enough functionality for, say, someone like Google, to add to the Tube itself, but apparently amps the relevancy and strips away the growing visiual detritus on YouTube enough to make it worth users’ while.

[via eHub]

Tune/tech links

-Apple’s more expensive, DRM-free tunes go on sale this week, per the release of iTunes Plus. Hoping that Amazon will be able to separate the issues of “sound quality” (which apparently costs more) and “DRM-free” (which shouldn’t cost more) when they launch their forthcoming mp3 store, but I’m not too optimistic about it.
-mr_hopkinson’s computer’s MySpace page = what the intersection of social media and music is supposed to look like [via Coolhunting]
-(Off topic: Just music) The Take Away Shows takes away Sufjan Stevens to sing some. (I love what Daytrotter and the Take Away Shows are doing, and talk about it a lot at work.)

Not Slacking

The Slacker online music player launched today.

Will be able to play with it later this morning, but it won’t have differentiating appeal (from Pandora as recommendation engine or from Last.fm as music-enabled soc-net) until the music device launches.

It’s alive!

TechCrunch is reporting that Dead.net is taking the Deadhead phenomenon digital by launching its own Grateful Dead-focused social network.

I’ve got a pretty good guess what the targeted ads for this site will look like.

CBS buys Last.fm

The LA Times has the details.

The crazy little music community with the tech department that hates my Mac sells for $280M, despite only about 1/4 of its 16 million users residingin the U.S.

Advertising on Last.fm to be beefed up (ugh) and it would make sense for CBS to contribute significantly to Last.fm’s recent attempts to push into video.

BREAKING: Britney

(Tangential) Britney says she hit rock bottom. Also: “I saw Tyra Banks once get really upset and cry on her show because they made her look fat.”

That is all.

Tune/tech links

-JamJunky = a social media site for collaborating among songwriters
-LaLa = A business model in which they’ll offer free streaming music online, and seek to generate revenue not only through revenue, but also by selling CDs to targeted audiences. Good luck with that.
-(Tangential) News report on the emos
-(Local) First Ave makes Paste’s top 40 live music venues (via Stereogum)
-Time’s running out on the Modest Mouse green screen video mash competition.

Believe the Hype

Listening Post does an interview with the dude behind Hype Machine.

The ListeNerd

Hi. Most first blog entries are awful: they say too much, they say too little, they do or do not ironically or inironically include a picture of the author’s cat. This first post will also suck, but it will be short. And also comforting in its predictability.

I am the ListeNerd. My aim in this blog is to track, discuss, explain and take pleasure in the intersection of technology and music.

My day job is as a media, entertainment and technology editor for a consumer trend company.

Now here we go: on to better things.

ReBlogging: Audioscrobbling’s ever-lengthening tail

Pulling some music stuff off my previous blog to get this one going:

I used to love Last.fm – until the audioscrobbler stopped working on my Mac and they wouldn’t tell me how to fix it.

Pandora’s fine, but I’m not all-partially-directed-serendipity all-the-time; I’d like to be able to jump to specific songs when the mood strikes me, and to do that would require a player switch, probably to iTunes. Of course, Hype Machine rules; it’s the best way to get a quick hit of a particular song you’re trying to track down, but it’s not good for any extended listening. I Mogged for awhile. My biggest complaints about them? The page layouts made me feel like I was 16, and when I tried to un-Mog myself, it was a major pain in the ass.

Additionally: Tried Songbird as soon as it came out for Macs – the interface was too black, and I was lost for the first (and only) two days I tried it. MyStrands had NOBODY on it at the time I tried it (I asked for a song similar to The Arcade Fire’s Neighborhood #1, but the algorithm was like, “Sorry. Never heard of it.” Also tried: iLike (Reason abandoned: iDon’t Remember.) and Slacker (just some online noodling).

Now there’s Critical Metrics, a service that sounded cool, but now just seems like a Hype Machine thing (it launches its own little player) with social media aspects built in.

After a year of wandering in the music player and music recommendation wilderness, here is what I want: My Last.fm audioscrobbler back. And iTunes is still just good enough.

Effers.

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