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Fridays newest story: The morphing of MTV

By Steve Spears, Times Staff Writer In Print: Sunday, July 31, 2011 Thirty years ago, the music world changed forever with the words: “Ladies and gentlemen . rock ‘n’ roll.” No longer would we just listen. 1, 1981, complete with footage of a rocket launch, a moon landing and the planting of an MTV flag complete with a grinding guitar riff that would serve as the network’s theme music during its early years. Pretty heady imagery, comparing a 24-hour music channel to mankind’s reach into outer space. But looking back three decades later, it was entirely appropriate

TechnoBuffalo iPod Touch with 3G Leaked on Apple’s Site?

Did Apple just accidentally reveal on its site that the next iPod Touch will have 3G, or will this day go down in history as the one where art departments lost their minds?  First we had a Target ad showing what could be the iPhone 5, or it could just be someone being funny in their advertising crew, and now Apple is showing off what could be a huge rumor of what is happening with the next iPod Touch?  Someone stop the madness! An eagle-eyed reader named Michael Smith dropped by the iTunes page on Apple’s site today and happen to notice that the iPod Touch shown in the picture had a very tiny “3G” up in the top left corner.  We admit it’s tiny as heck, but if you get close enough to your monitor you can see it.  And when you blow it up, it does become pixelated, but you can still distinctly make out that it says “3G.” This would not mark the first time that Apple has used iPhone screen shots for the iPod Touch if that is the case here.

Washington City Paper (blog) The Live Nation/IMP Wars Are Not Over

It’s a big day for concert behemoth Live Nation: The company announced the first handful of shows at its new Fillmore venue in Silver Spring. It’s also been an ugly week: The company is engaged in an astroturf battle with online ticket reseller StubHub. Live Nation started a non-profit called the Fans First Coalition, StubHub started the similarly named Fan Freedom Project, and the two have been scrapping over control of the legal ticket-scalping market . Both groups claim to speak for consumers; neither group is especially palatable. Making things even uglier is the fact that Live Nation isn’t exactly being altruistic: Its Ticketmaster division owns the smaller ticket resellers TicketsNow and TicketsExchange.

Fascinating: Model of access to online music continues to evolve

Online music has gone through several phases. The Napster phase was great for users, because it meant you could download whatever you wanted for free and ignore the legality and ethics of the matter. The iTunes phase brought legal online music purchasing to the masses, but was not much different from buying a physical album; you still had to buy anything you wanted to listen to. The third phase of online music is subscription. The subscription model enables you to pay a small monthly fee to be able to listen to as much music as you want so long as you keep paying the monthly fee.

I was completely taken aback by – Windows XP Media Center: A Look Back

I often get very personal remarks from the anti-Microsoft crowd, as if a Microsoft product defeat were somehow personally bothersome to me. Generally speaking, Microsoft highs and lows don’t impact me in that sense, but every once in a while a technology or product does comes down the pipeline that is indeed personally important, for whatever reason, something that affects me, my family, and others around me in ways that most products and technologies do not. Media Center was such a product, and while I have long since moved on from this solution for various pragmatic reasons, it’s hard to escape the notion that Microsoft was on to something there and if things had just gone differently, it might have changed the world. When Microsoft revealed its Windows-based ambitions for the living room in January 2002, just months after the Windows XP launch, it seemed they were on the right path. The company opted to enter the living room through the PC rather than a new set-top box because Windows was familiar and powerful, and at the time, that division could do no wrong

HTC 7 Pro (US Cellular) (We’re getting very tired with news like this)

While HTC’s Android cell phones have stolen the show, the company originally made its name here in the United States on deluxe, full-featured Windows Mobile phones. Cellular continues that tradition, albeit with Microsoft’s vastly improved Windows Phone 7 OS . The HTC 7 Pro is a solid smartphone, and a good choice if you text or email more than the average person, although it lacks the battery life and third-party app catalog of other models.

Design, Call Quality, and Apps
The HTC 7 Pro measures 4.6 by 2.3 by 0.6 inches (HWD) and weighs a substantial 6.5 ounces.

Chinese search engine in a deal to pay record companies for music

China ‘s 470 million internet users will soon be able to legally download more than half a million songs including hits ranging from Lady Gaga’s Boys Boys Boys to Frank Sinatra’s My Way. The landmark deal between Baidu, China’s version of Google, and three of the world’s largest record labels ends a six-year legal battle about “notorious” piracy in the world’s most populous country. Under the terms of the deal, Sony, Universal Music and Warner Music will receive an undisclosed fee every time one of Baidu’s millions of users downloads or streams a track online. The deal comes after the record labels and US officials accused Baidu – which is by far China’s biggest search engine handling almost 80% of the country’s internet traffic – of “deep linking” customers to third-party sites that host pirated music.

WOOT – iTunes’ New Rival

iTunes’ New Rival Spotify isn’t the only company doing this. There are others like Rdio, Pandora, and in the space. But …

How Spotify Can Challenge Apple iTunes’ Market Dominance

Within the United States, Spotify also enjoys another unique advantage: Spotify’s music streaming service is integrated with Facebook , which means users can easily share songs with friends.
Operating in only seven European countries, Spotify has 1.6 million paid subscribers and more than 10 million registered users. Spotify is seen as the future of digital music business and is billed to eclipse pioneer Apple iTunes.
Instead of selling individual downloadable tracks, Spotify will offer a three-tiered subscription model that lets customers choose between a free, ad-supported service, an ad-free subscription for $5 and a premium service available on mobile devices for $10.

Saturday’s worrying story – Pitchfork Music Festival offers everything but the kitchen sink


July 16, 2011 9:32PM



Updated: July 17, 2011 2:24AM

The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival opened Friday afternoon and quickly established a yin-yang balance to the weekend’s musical offerings. The annual indie-rock-and-more event at Union Park in Chicago’s West Loop features nearly 50 bands over three days on three stages. More than 50,000 fans are expected to attend over the weekend, culminating in a sold-out lineup today featuring controversial rap group Odd Future. Shortly after the gates opened Friday, the music began ­— light, blissful tunes on a side stage from electronic duo Gatekeeper vs.

Discover much more on the touchy subject of music here – Pitchfork Music Festival 2011: Day 1 in review

 Tune-Yards’ Merrill Garbus (above) is as volatile as a blindfolded chemistry experiment, her voice a pretty trill one minute, a feral shriek the next. She builds songs from a modest array of clicks, taps and rim shots on a snare drum, a handful of wordless vocal riffs, and then loops them into a mini-orchestra of sound. Pretty soon she’s in the midst of spiraling hurricane, looking to break through, her voice ululating over Afropop rhythms and darting horns. She unleashes a wordless whoop as “Powa” drives to a close, which charges the fans.

Read all about music here – Pitchfork Music Festival draws smaller crowd than usual


July 16, 2011 12:40AM



Updated: July 16, 2011 1:37AM

Pitchfork, the three-day music festival expected to draw 50,000 people to Union Park this weekend, has become an annual rite of summer for many city residents. But unlike previous years at the seven-year-old fest, Friday night’s crowd did not appear to be a sell-out, and tickets remained for Saturday. Still, those who attended Friday were just as enthusiastic to be there and were happy they enjoyed mild weather before an expected heat wave wallops the Chicago area. “The weather today is great,” said Adam Zielinski, 26, who attended the outdoor event with his girlfriend, sister and her boyfriend