Entries tagged with: iTunes
"Many, many people really, really like U2. It hasn't always been easy to remember that fact amid the caustic--and often hilarious--responses to the band's Sept. 9 release of Songs of Innocence. U2's decision to team up with Apple to deliver the new album to every iTunes subscriber, unasked, raised valid questions about consumer choice and personal space in a world that routinely infringes on both. Moreover, while Apple paid U2 for the album, critics of the deal suggest this point may have been lost on iTunes customers who got it for free. If so, that messaging is certainly at odds with U2's intentions.TIME also points out that U2 have ANOTHER album on the way soon, "a whole new album and a world tour." In related news, Neil Young's Pono is "is shipping on time and as promised for its slated October release, hand-in-hand with its dedicated music service."
As an article in the new issue of TIME reveals, Bono, Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr believe so strongly that artists should be compensated for their work that they have embarked on a secret project with Apple to try to make that happen, no easy task when free-to-access music is everywhere (no) thanks to piracy and legitimate websites such as YouTube. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music--whole albums as well as individual tracks. The point isn't just to help U2 but less well known artists and others in the industry who can't make money, as U2 does, from live performance. "Songwriters aren't touring people," says Bono. "Cole Porter wouldn't have sold T-shirts. Cole Porter wasn't coming to a stadium near you."" [TIME]
U2 surprised the world last week when they announced their new album, Songs of Innocence, was ready to be heard and being given away by iTunes. What iTunes users soon realized is they were getting whether they wanted it or not, as it basically downloaded to everyone automatically. (You might have it and not even realize it.) For some who didn't want the record, getting it off their iTunes/iPhones/iPads has proven tricky. So much so that Apple now has a dedicated page with one-click removal of Songs of Innocence:
If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014 and will be available for purchase after that date.Click away to say bye bye Bono.
Apple reportedly spent $100 million on the album.
Jack White's debut solo album, Blunderbuss, is out April 23rd but streaming on iTunes now.
As mentioned yesterday, "Tickets for the April 27 performance at Webster Hall in New York City are available for American Express Cardmembers during an exclusive presale window beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 12:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available to the general public beginning Tuesday, April 17th at 3:00 PM ET at www.Ticketmaster.com."
Watch and listen to Jack discuss the new album with Bob Boilen at NPR in the video below...
"A group of DJs allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy their own songs on iTunes and Amazon, boosting their chart ratings and netting them nearly £200,000 in royalties.I've wondered about this before - not buying your own music with stolen credit cards, but buying your own music at all to boost yourself into the charts. In this day and age when you only need to sell 30,000 records to be in the Billboard Top 10, it seems reasonable to believe that others have at least considered it.
The nine musicians are believed to have provided 19 songs, described by police as of 'indeterminate quality', to a distribution company which uploaded them to the music websites.
They then used 1,500 stolen or cloned US and British credit cards to buy almost £500,000-worth of the songs.
As the tunes soared up the charts, more and more people bought them and the DJs even came to the attention of big record producers - until they were arrested yesterday. [Metro.co.uk]
"EMI Music today the debut of the first iTunes Pass with groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode. With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they're available.Depeche Mode initially announced their upcoming tour with no venues listed. That is no longer the case. The August 1st NJ show will take place at the Borgata in Atlantic City, and the show happening on August 3rd is in fact at Madison Square Garden. All dates and their new video, below...
The first iTunes Pass [debuted February 24th] in conjunction with Depeche Mode's forthcoming 12th studio album, "Sounds of the Universe," to be released on April 21 in the US. Fans who sign up starting [that day] get the alternative/dance pioneers' new single, "Wrong," as well as the Black Light Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track "Oh Well." They will also receive the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album's release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting [that day] for $18.99.
"As we work to better understand music consumers and help create stronger connections between fans and artists, we are pleased to work with Apple and Depeche Mode to kick off iTunes Pass," said Ronn Werre, president, Music Services for EMI Music. "We think it's a great new platform that will change the way artists engage with their audiences and also a powerful new way for us to build value for our artists' music. And with iTunes Pass, Depeche Mode are once again demonstrating that they are true trailblazers and innovators when it comes to creating amazing music and connecting with their fans."
Find your event, and look for the Ticket + "Years of Refusal" iTunes download ($9.99 added). After purchasing, you'll receive a code to download the digital album on iTunes when it's released.Tickets for all four NYC-area shows go on sale Friday at 11:00 AM.
Offer valid Thursday 1/8/09 10AM - 10PM local
venue time for the following cities:
New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY - Webster Hall
Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Offer valid Friday 1/9/09 10AM - 10PM local venue time for the following cities:
Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom.
today in NYC
* One For The Team @ Cake Shop
* FOTP presents Yikes! @ Glasslands
* R. Stevie Moore & Chris Bolger @ Maxwell's
* Talibam! & Car Commercial @ Issue Project Room
* Regal Standard, Doug Gillard & Graham Smith @ Pianos
One For The Team are in town from Minneapolis to play Cake Shop on (coincedentally?) the same night one of their songs plays on MTV's The Real World Brooklyn... which premieres tonight.
Kenny Loggins was born today in 1948.
Downloads boost 2008 single sales.
"Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow record companies to set a range of prices for them."
Music Industry Ditches MP3-Snooping Security Firm.
RI judge hears arguments in music downloading case.
New Eminem and 50 Cent tracks are on the Internet.
Blitzen Trapper's new video for "Furr" below...
Hot Chip on the Daily News (thx Brian)
Gov. Paterson's proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.
Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an "iPod tax" that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other "digitally delivered entertainment services."
"We're going to have to take some extreme measures," Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
radiohead @ malahide 2008-06-07 (kadj)
The idea of it is better than the result, but it's still Radiohead covering Portishead...
Early this month, as the story goes, Jack White walked into the offices of his record label with the finished masters of the new Raconteurs album and demanded that they release it ASAP. Never ones to back down from a challenge, Warner Bros. arranged to have it in stores on March 25, as was announced on Tuesday. This morning, though, Apple managed put it out even sooner when they accidentally made it for sale on iTunes. At least a few people purchased it before it was taken down, and copies are floating around on file-sharing services right now. Jack White is going to be SO EXCITED! [NY Press] (thx all)Something slightly similar happened to Arcade Fire too once.
Some Raconteurs tour dates HERE.
* How to save the record label (maybe)
* RIAA goes after more OSU students
* Universal Music Group to acquire Univision Music Group
* More teenagers ignoring CDs, report says
* Wagering on when iTunes will top Wal-Mart in music sales
* Apple is No.2 music seller in the US, and big in Europe too
* RIAA Training Video Leaked onto Torrent Sites
Some of the video below....
Fans Treated to Complimentary Music With the Purchase of Every Concert Ticket at Ticketmaster.com
Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company is expanding the music libraries of concert fans throughout North America by providing fans with complimentary music with every concert ticket purchased online at Ticketmaster.com. The special offer is an extension of Ticketmaster's focus on rewarding fans with great opportunities to discover new music and connect with new and favorite acts. [press release] (via)Ha. Bob Lefsetz chimes in...
This is TicketMaster's idea of cool? Overcharge me for the ticket (maybe not their fault, we can blame that one on the greedy act/manager/agent), then hit me with all kinds of bogus fees and then give me ONE FREE SONG? Whoop-de-dooActually the press release is too good, so here's some more...
"Ticketmaster's concert program gets digital and live music directly to the fans, enabling them to experience new and undiscovered music," said Sean Moriarty, President and CEO of Ticketmaster. "We are dedicated to providing Ticketmaster buyers with rewarding opportunities across all categories of live entertainment and these special music offers are a great way to kick off the summer concert season."