Earlier this week, I attended the SanFran Music Tech Summit, best described as a meeting of the minds of those who are deeply involved or invested in the music technology space. To quote the event Web site: "We will meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to deal-making environment." I know...sounds a touch boring, but it was actually quite the opposite. In fact, I've come to the realization that conferences with an emphasis on panels are infinitely more informative, entertaining, and relaxing than those centering around massive product launches (ahem, … Read more
This post was updated at 12:02 PM on February 28 to confirm that the FX Network broadcast of the Operation MySpace concert is April 12, not March 12.
MySpace is packing its bags for Kuwait.
The social network, a division of News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media, will be holding a music and comedy event on March 10 for U.S. Armed Forces troops stationed in the small Middle Eastern country. Called "Operation MySpace," the concert will feature pop acts The Pussycat Dolls and Jessica Simpson, rock bands Disturbed and Filter, electronic artist DJ Z-Trip, and comedian … Read more
Today we welcome Pim Betist from Sellaband.com. He talks to us about his revolutionary music website that puts bands' success in the hands of the you, the internet. We also talk about Oscar winner Marion Cotillard's questionable past, as well as when exactly the world will end. Plus, we chat about the amazing Gary Busey interview that's floating around the ol' interweb.
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Hey techies, don't bother putting money down on whether the Celtics are the future NBA champions. Not when you can place a bet on Steve Jobs.
A gaming company called Bodog is taking wagers on when Apple's iTunes Store will surpass Wal-Mart as the top U.S. music retailer.
CNET News.com reported on Tuesday that research firm NPD Group is predicting that Apple will emerge as the largest U.S. music retailer sometime in 2008. NPD also reported that Apple has recently leapfrogged over Best Buy and Target in music sales.
It should be noted that neither … Read more
The story of how Once went from a low budget indie film to an Oscar nomination (and win!) is arguably more compelling than the movie itself. But its simple storyline and amazing soundtrack is why it deserves such praise. Last night, Glen Hansard and girlfriend, Once co-star, and singing partner Marketa Irgl?va (a.k.a. Swell Season) took home the Oscar for Best Original Song. If you haven't heard "Falling Slowing" yet, it's only two clicks away. Here's our review:
"Ireland's Frames have built one of the more lovely and melancholy pop … Read more
eBay announced Monday that it has appointed new CEOs to its Skype and Shopping.com properties. At the helm of telephony company Skype will be current Shopping.com president and former Evite co-founder and CEO Josh Silverman; taking his place at Shopping.com will be Andre Haddad, who joined eBay in 2001 when it acquired his start-up, the European marketplace site iBazar.
This continues an extensive management shakeup at the online commerce giant, which saw the departure of longtime CEO Meg Whitman in January. eBay itself has been going through some tough times, with seller dissatisfaction leading to a boycott over fee hikes and new rules.… Read more
Forrester Research published a report on the music industry earlier this week entitled "The End of the Music Industry As We Know It," and it offers some conclusions that shouldn't surprise anybody who's been following the music industry for the last few years: as users have shifted their behavior to computer-based digital music, the recording and technology industries have not made it easy enough to discover, share, and buy new music in new media and formats. Hence, the rise of all-digital sales will be too little, too late, to compensate for the fall in CD sales, … Read more
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Former pro skater Tommy Guerrero stopped by Studio C last week to promote his latest CD, Return of the Bastard. Along with telling skating tour stories, talking about Amy Winehouse, and breaking down his term "fatinum," Tommy got down on his guitar and strummed a few tunes for us, too.
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