Change is coming to how we get the radio we listen too. Radio listeners will go from having 10 choices on their radios to thousands. Good times, good times.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
So much has changed since I wrote here last. On the plus side, it looks like there is going to be a lot more free music on line, with heavyweights like Sony and BMG both making rumblings that they want to move in that direction.
Some very very bad news as well. It looks like The RIAA is about to put all of the independent radio stations out of business by hiking up the licensing fees that these of little stations pay per song to each user. They are aready were beyond reasonable from a deal struck back in 2002, but this new fee structure leaves it far, far behind.
The RIAA can only have pushed for these fees for one reason. Small, free, independent radio took the power out of their hands, and gave it back to normal people like you and me. With a strong Internet radio community, we finally had choice, and that is the last thing that the RIAA wants us to have. They want to jam the same 20 fluff songs down our ears and keep control of what we buy at the CD store.
Sadly, they have likely succeeded. Great stations like RadioParadise.com and Soma.FM are the likely casualties. That, or they'll have to move to countries like Canada who are not in bed with the Corporate music industry's muscle.
That's a bit of a rant, but its worth it, this is an important issue, especially for up and coming bands who need a wide variety of venues to play their stuff. Fortunatly, more and more sites like 4gauge are springing up every day, and 4gauge.com is back online.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
The rest of us have a much harder time doing this, but this site helps.... A Lot. You can click around on a color pallete, and it searches through Flickr to show you images of predominantly that color. Not only do you get the color, but you get to put the color in context. Amazing
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The English band Koopa is likely to be the first. From the article -
Chart rules were changed at the start of January to count all digital single sales, even if there is no CD version.
"It's fantastic that a band like us can have an
opportunity to put ourselves into the top 30 with Razorlight and U2,"
manager Gary Raymond told the BBC.
Until 1 January, an artist needed to release singles on
CD or another physical format - and therefore have a record deal - to
qualify for the chart.
But bands who sell songs themselves through approved download services are now eligible.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
I spend about half my time on OSX, and the other half on Ubuntu. I really do prefer the Gnome interface. I know that I'm probably one in a group of about one who feels this way, but thats the way it is. Long live competition that dirves innovation.
One gadget from Apple that I may have a harder time saying no to is iTV. Are those shows on iTunes that you pay for commercial free? If so, I wonder how long they will stay that way.
This one in particular sticks out. He's got a knack for both page design, and stunning graphics. I like how much action there is in the layouts and graphics he uses. Even in designs of quieter moments, you get the feeling that its only a pause to reflect inbetween the action.
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Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
I don't recommend sites like this one - http://www.elance.com/