ARCHIVE: June 2005

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June 30, 2005

Live 8 Concert, July 2

Live 8 is an amazing concert event revolving around an amazing cause. Check out the info here. "10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers, and 1 message... To get [8 world leaders] to stop 30,000 children dying... Read More

Music Plus TV, Independent and Unsigned Music Videos

Music Plus TV launched its independent and unsigned internet music video channel this month. Their focus on commercial-free, independently-funded and interactive content may win them a psyched fan base. A cable network will follow in January of 2006. Not too... Read More

New Music TipSheet Junior

Here's a funky little plugin that let's you see the latest new releases coming out. Behold, the New Music TipSheet Junior: (Hm...apparently, if you're using a Firefox browser, you may be staring at a blank post. For those of you... Read More

June 29, 2005

No More MGM vs. Grokster Headlines!

I vow not to add another MGM vs. Grokster post to the many, many great articles that already exist everywhere. Except this one. P2P file-sharing certainly won't stop. And it's still a good way for indie artists to get... Read More

Nine Inch Nails Releases Another GarageBand Track

NIN is releasing another track, "Only" on With Teeth, in several file formats, including GarageBand, ACID, Live, and Pro Tools. Trent explains: Well, the experiment of releasing The Hand That Feeds in GarageBand format was a resounding success. ... I've... Read More

June 28, 2005

iTunes 4.9 Incorporates Podcast Downloads and UPLOADS

iTunes 4.9 was launched today. The biggest news for unsigned artists? Anyone can UPLOAD podcasts -- check out the shiny new button in the iTunes Store: If you have a podcast ready, this is your chance to get it heard... Read More

June 27, 2005

Music Player Live!, A Musician's Wet Dream

The Music Player Live! consumer music summit is taking place October 21-23 this year. Hosted by Music Player Network, the world's leading music instrument publishing company, the event includes "three days of exhibits, live performances and interviews, with lessons and... Read More

June 24, 2005

Long Tail Economics and Digital Music

If you haven't already read Wired Magazine's The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, you really should. The 5-page noodle-cruncher's title has become a favorite buzz word for anyone dealing in ultra-niche, unsigned/independent, digital content. To summarize: Forget squeezing millions... Read More

June 23, 2005

Savage Beast Technologies, A Music Recommendation Engine

Savage Beast Technologies is yet another company developing a music recommendation engine to connect listeners to music they will enjoy. Many companies play in this field, including Amazon, ChoiceStream, Yahoo, and Polyphonic HMI. Savage Beast's model is closer to that... Read More

June 20, 2005

Sound Lab: Interview with CEO and Virtual Tour

The new NYC Sound Lab, a subscription membership-based Soundnasium with digital workstations, recording studio, and Beat School, launched in May. Imagine a production center with amazing software and gear you can use any time, and a Beat School that teaches... Read More

June 19, 2005

A Recording Engineer's Perspective

Pro Sound Blog presents the "Rants of a recording engineer & professional drummer." Editor Mediaguru, offers the following advice to recording engineer hopefuls: Stay away. You can't blame him. In one post, he shows pictures of four bounced musicians' checks... Read More

June 15, 2005

MacWorld Conference Focuses on Music - GarageBand, Apple Logic, DJs, Electronica...

If you're located in or near Boston, you should really check out the MacWorld Conference & Expo on July 11-14. This particular fiesta will be focusing on music. A quick glance at some of the sessions scheduled makes me green... Read More

June 14, 2005

FM Radio...Continues to Stink

Traditional broadcast radio is losing out to online music services and Satellite radio. This is great good news for independent and unsigned bands, as popular music has a smaller foot hold (albeit still large) in the online listening world. Constantine... Read More

June 13, 2005

GarageBand "How To" For Creating a Podcast

C.K. Sample at The Unofficial Apple Weblog created his first podcast using GarageBand software, using a couple different methods. He describes the results, along with some of the technical difficulties he encountered. The comments contributed by readers provide equally valuable... Read More

June 10, 2005

Indie Labels Form New Trade Group

The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) was formed last week by a group of 125 independent record labels to give them more leverage with the four major music labels, John Borland reported. CEO of TVT Records and member of... Read More

eMusic Offers 100 Free Downloads in Trial Music Subscription

eMusic is currently offering 100 free mp3 downloads [Note: the offer was updated to 25 free songs] as part of a trial subscription to their enormous library of independent music. Pretty cool; if nothing else, it's a great way to... Read More

June 08, 2005

Cool Band Names

Cool band names. We've all thought of one at some point, whether for a real band, or for hypothetical amusement. Juliet just didn't get it: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would... Read More

Jam Online With Ninjam, Skype For Musicians

Justin Frankel, creator of Winamp, innovates again. He announced a new project, Ninjam, that allows multiple musicians to jam online with actual audio (not MIDI). Pretty friggin' cool. Geographic constraints are no more. Sorta. "Streaming audio...wouldn't that create huge latency... Read More

June 07, 2005

Cool Band Names

Cool band names. We've all thought of one at some point, whether for a real band, or for hypothetical amusement. Juliet just didn't get it: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would... Read More

June 06, 2005

GarageSpin Spectacular iPod Accessory Awards, June 2005!

It always amazes me how the iPod single handedly created an entirely new industry, that of iPod accessories and services. Below are two that recently grabbed my attention: The winner of the GarageSpin Spectacular iPod Accessory Award for June 2005... Read More

June 05, 2005

Roadcasting: The New Road Rage

Car-To-Car Streaming? As I embark on a 13 hour drive from Kalamazoo, MI, to Harrison, NY, I can only wish that the technology being developed by Carnegie Mellon University graduate students was already on store shelves. The technology (dubbed "Steer-To-Steer"... Read More

June 03, 2005

Magnatune, Indie Label With a Revolutionary Business Model

Magnatune's tag line is "We Are Not Evil." I love it. Magnatune is the first for-profit record label to adopt Creative Commons' copyright licenses into its core distribution strategy. Anyone can listen to all of their music at no cost.... Read More

June 02, 2005

Remix Trend Expands as Record Labels Jump In

Adam Pasick writes in Reuters about the record labels' 180 degree turn regarding master recording licensing for "mashup" use. Over the last couple years, labels have become increasingly willing open their vaults for use by DJs and Remix artists: Amid... Read More

June 01, 2005

Bob Baker's Artist Empowerment Radio

Bob Baker recently started an online radio show, Artist Empowerment Radio, that offers advice to independent songwriters, musicians and bands (as well as creative people of all kinds). It's available in both podcast and streaming formats. From Bob's mission statement:... Read More