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Music Streaming Site Grooveshark Wins Discovery Hearing vs. Universal Music Group

Posted in legal, mp3, recording industry with tags , , , , on June 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to an article posted on, internet start-up Escape, owners of the streaming site won an important ruling in which discovery will be shared by both sides in the case, which should level the playing field in terms of monetary outlay via each sides lawyers.

Thanks to The Music Industry Report for the click-thru.


Who Really Needs Whom?

Posted in news, opinion, recording industry with tags , , , on April 15, 2010 by thirteenburn

Over the past few months there have been plenty of articles where musicans have spoken out in favor of having far more of a say in how – and for how much – their own material is distributed via the web.

And yet, with zero surprise I might add, the RIAA seems to see it differently, claiming just the opposite: that it’s the musicians who increasinly need the industry to survive and not the other way around, despite acts like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails and others having already proven otherwise and unequivocally so.

Completely ignored are the pleas for enhanced copyright protection from artists and unions. — Neil Turkewitz, EVP, International, RIAA

Story courtesy of the

.mp3? Meet MusicDNA

Posted in mp3, news with tags , , on March 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

According to, one of the developers responsible for the .mp3 file format has developed a new file format that can be used for anything from music to blogs, to artwork and even video applications.

The new file, MusicDNA, can include things like lyrics, videos, artwork and blog posts, which will continually be updated, as well as the music.

I wonder how the RIAA is viewing this latest development?

“And the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt” – me

The Pot Calling The Kettle Black

Posted in mp3, news, recording industry with tags , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2010 by thirteenburn

OK, grant it: this is an old story, now close to some three-plus months old, but I hadn’t seen it before and thought I’d repost it.

The fine website,, posted a story back in December, describing the incredible double standard of the recording industry as it pertains to their collective ideology towards “compensation for copy-written material” as it pertains to their labels and their artists, and yet BMG, EMI, Sony, Universal Music and Warner Music Group all owe monies to other artists not affiliated with their labels and are being sued for it.

While the major record labels were dragging file-sharers and BitTorrent sites to court for copyright infringement, they were themselves being sued by a conglomerate of artists for exactly the same offenses. Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal face up to $6 billion in damages for pirating a massive 300,000 tracks.

The unparalleled (save for this country’s political “leadership”) intellectual dishonesty of the recording industry is simply mind-numbing.

“And the recording industry still can’t figure out why they’re going bankrupt.” – me

You Can Take It With You

Posted in opinion with tags , , on February 6, 2010 by thirteenburn

The other day, I started thinking back to when Sony came out with the Walkman and remembered how utterly cool a concept it was to be able to take your music with you wherever you went. No longer was your music collection relegated to your bedroom, living room or wherever you happened to have a stereo set up, nor was that true of your automobiles. As long as you had fresh batteries, and a functional way to carry multiple cassette tapes, you could listen to your favorite KISS record literally in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles away from the nearest source of electricity. I can remember thinking how technologically “advanced” we had become as a society.

Since the humble beginnings of the Walkman, society has taken very quickly to the idea of being able to take our music with us wherever we happened to be. No longer was our music collection relegated to our just our bedrooms, living rooms or our just our automobiles. We could take our favorite band with us wherever we chose to go. All that was needed was a functional cassette carrier, a good supply of batteries and of course, several of our favorite store-bought or mixtape cassettes. Of course with so much to carry, the ‘fannypack’ was indispensible to have, and I never understood why someone didn’t come up with a marketing idea marrying the two. Clearly it would have been a match made in heaven.

But that was the seventies. Fast-forward to 2010 and you can’t walk into a department store, electronic store or a mall without seeing a display of portable .mp3 devices and from Apple’s iPod to the Microsoft Zune, there is an .mp3 player for just about every budget. A smaller company in the portable player game is SanDisk, who recently enlisted Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry as a pitchman for their slotRadio television ad campaign in support for the Grammy Foundation. I’ve used SanDisk’s players and they’re just as good as the higher priced models and in my opinion, should be taken seriously when deciding to purchase an .mp3 player.

With the advent of the digital age and the WorldWideWeb the way we listen to and purchase music changed almost overnight and for the better, proving that you can, indeed, take it with you.