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Digital Distribution for Indie Musicians

CD Baby, online retailer selling CDs by independent musicians has announced a digital distribution system to help musicians get their music sold on “popular legitimate download services” like iTunes, Listen.com, etc. There is a comprehensive outline describing the distribution system on their website.

“The Deal
You keep all the rights to your music.
You just lend us the right to be your digital distributor: to get your music to legitimate music services like Apple iTunes, Listen.com, and more.”

Fast Company: Digital Squared: Living in an iTunes World

“The success of Apple Computer’s iTunes venture is a harbinger of something big. In the first two weeks, Apple supplied nearly 2 million songs to be downloaded onto personal computers all over the world, at a cost of 99 cents per song. Assume for a moment that Apple continues to sell 1 million digital tracks per week for the next 12 months. By next year, the company will have collected nearly $52 million in revenue to divvy up between the partners in the enterprise. That is the beginning of a real business.”

Stuff Magazine: The Future Of Music

In the August issue of Stuff magazine (UK) is a 6 page feature on how to make the most of the new Napster - the Apple iPod is featured as is the iTunes Music Service and various other options.

“Record sales are down, music piracy is up and the pop charts are at an all time low. When piracy threatened profits, the record industry destroyed Napster but created a void into which Kazaa has stepped with the ultimate weapon of mass distribution: peer-to-peer file-sharing.

Yet music is more important now than it has ever been.

Freed from the living room, it exists on your computer, in your car, in your pocket, at work, on TV, in shops, in bars, in clubs.

It’s everywhere. Music is not dying, it’s just going through the biggest revolution since Woodstock.
Do you have the kit to make the most of it?”

NYT: What Albums Join Together, Everyone Tears Asunder

“The pop album made its way through the 20th century by staying adaptable, transforming itself from analog grooves to digital bits. But can the notion of an album — a collection of songs sold as a single unit, to be heard in a certain sequence — survive the Internet?

That question has been raised more insistently since Apple Computers started its iTunes store, where songs can be downloaded for 99 cents and complete albums for $9.99. Apple recently announced that 6.5 million songs have been downloaded since the store opened on April 28, fewer than half of them as part of albums. Its competition, Buy.com’s buymusic.com, is expected to announce its opening on Tuesday, selling downloads for the much more widely used Windows operating system.”

CNET: RIAA warns individual swappers

“The Recording Industry Association of America said it has sent cease-and-desist letters to five people whom it suspects of illegally offering massive amounts of copyrighted music through peer-to-peer networks. 

The RIAA learned of the swappers’ identities after a protracted legal battle with Verizon Communications, which unsuccessfully fought attempts to unmask its subscribers, citing concerns about privacy and legal liability.”

CNN: Music industry wins approval of 871 subpoenas

“The music industry has won at least 871 federal subpoenas against computer users suspected of illegally sharing music files on the Internet, with roughly 75 new subpoenas being approved each day, U.S. court officials said Friday.

The effort represents early steps in the music industry’s contentious plan to file civil lawsuits aimed at crippling online piracy.”

Wired: Upload a File, Go to Prison

“A new bill was proposed Wednesday that would send a person to jail for five years and fine them for $250,000 for uploading just one file to a peer-to-peer network.

The bill was introduced by representatives John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and Howard Berman (D-Calif.).

The bill, called the Author, Consumer and Computer Owner Protection and Security Act of 2003 would allocate more money to the justice department to investigate copyright crimes and would also enable information sharing between countries to help in copyright enforcement abroad.

The bill states that uploading a single file of copyright content qualifies as a felony.”

“PMPE” movie features iPod

Another short film featuring the use of iPod to help set the ‘mood’ of the movie has a private eye searching for a woman’s missing man. Titled “PMPE” (Phillip Merlow, Private Eye),  this movie is another in a string of movies produced for an iMovie contest for interns at Apple. According to a recent comment on the “iPod Love” news item, those within Apple are encouraged to vote for the movies presented by interns to determine the winner(s).

Macworld UK: iTunes ‘will become Net-songs king’

“Apple’s iTunes Music Store could capture 20 per cent of the US paid-music download market, claims Needham’s analyst Charles Wolf in a report this week.

Wolf believes Apple could generate annual revenues of $600 million through its store, and that this figure could increase. He describes the Store as ‘providing an arguably superior customer experience.’”

Apple posts ‘Pods Unite’ video

  • July 18, 2003
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Apple has posted a new web page featuring the new VW Beetle/iPod promotion, “Pods Unite” along with the television ad showcasing the new duo. The iPod deal will only last through the summer so Apple says, “get in touch with your Volkswagen dealer pronto.”

“It was inevitable, really. When two groups of people have so much in common, eventually they find each other. Volkswagen and Apple. Buy a New Beetle. Get a new iPod. And the kit that brings them together (plus a lot of other cool stuff like free music and a $100 Apple Store coupon).”

iPod 10GB for $299 + $50 Amazon.com credit

Delamac: The second-generation iPod 10GB costs $299 (list price) with free shipping and a $50 credit towards a future purchase at Amazon.com. That compares favorably to the last deal we mention, $269 shipped (since expired). Offer ends July 27, 2003.

iPod Love

A person named Devon has posted a movie dedicated to the new ‘love’ in his life. You won’t believe this one until you see it.

“American iPod” Cartoon

William “Macboy”  Levin, creator of numerous online cartoons has posted a new animation titled “American iPod” featuring a singing/dancing Steve Jobs with iPod.

iPod Software 1.3 for Windows to be released

Update: Apple has since removed the ‘Windows’ button from the download page. We hope Apple posts the link soon and quick’s teasing our Windows iPod users.

It would seem that Apple is getting ready to post the long awaited iPod Software 1.3 for Windows. A ‘Windows’ button has appeared on the official iPod Software 1.3 download page, but is not yet active.

Apple Updates iPod FAQs

  • July 17, 2003
  • iPod,

Apple has posted an updated version of its Knowledge Base document titled, “iPod: Frequently Asked Questions.” It’s definitely a must read for any iPod user.

Buyer Beware: iPod auctions on eBay

  • July 17, 2003
  • iPod,

Brigid Alverson of the Melrose Free Press has written an article about John Cameron, a computer crimes detective in Melrose, Virginia who’s done everything from impersonating a 14-year-old girl online, capturing computer con artists, and stopping credit card fraud.

“Online auction fraud is the other crime that keeps Cameron busy. “Every department has a couple of cases they are working on,” he said. In one case, the winning bid for a new Apple iPod was $200, far less than the list price. The deal was too good to be true: The seller used a stolen credit card to buy the Ipod directly from Apple and had it shipped to the buyer, Cameron said. “It comes back as a stolen credit card, he walks away with $200 cash, and the credit-card company gets stiffed for the $400 or $500 dollars it costs for the iPod,” Cameron said.”

There is also an active thread in the forums about eBay auctions gone bad.

iPod 30GB for $399 shipped

Delamac: Several readers note that Dell Home offers Apple’s iPod 30GB for $449.10 in its Software and Peripherals store. Apply coupon code “479FC56ACC2E” to knock $50 off, yielding a net price of $399.10. That’s $5 off our last mention and nearly $80 less than what most other merchants charge. Shipping is free. Offer ends today.

NYTimes: Can an MP3 Glutton Savor a Tune?

Rogier Van Bakel writes an interesting article about the consumption of music, be it MP3 or CDs.

“But with so much worthwhile music pouring into my computer and from there into my iPod, none of it seems quite as long-lasting or momentous as the old tunes. I’ll come across sets of MP3’s I have no recollection of having downloaded just weeks earlier. Such forgetfulness would surely turn into full-blown musical amnesia if I used free illicit services like Grokster, KaZaA or Morpheus, where the repertory is many times bigger than that of any fee-based MP3 site and where my musical greed would go dangerously unchecked.”

Apple: Profits rise from sales of music and 3G iPods

Apple today posted a net profit of $19 million and revenues for the third quarter were $1.545 billion in its financial results for fiscal 2003.

“‘This was a great new product quarter for Apple, starting with the iTunes Music Store and the new third-generation iPods, and ending with the announcement of the Power Mac G5 and the developer preview of Panther, the fourth major release of Mac OS X,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple

Booq releases PodPaq case for 3G iPods

pic Booq has released a new iPod case called PodPaq. Made of ballistic nylon and trimmed in nappa leather, the PodPaq features a snap closure flap lined in Neoprene and sides made of Neoprene. It’s only made for 15 and 30GB iPods. The case also has a quick release belt clip and access to all of iPod’s functions. PodPaq retails for $39.50, is in-stock and will ship July 22nd.

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