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Report: Music Pirates Buy More Music

Ars Technica reports that, according to a study conducted by the BI Norwegian School of Management, people who download music from P2P networks actually buy the most music legally, too.

Researchers examined the music downloading habits of more than 1,900 Internet users over the age of 15, and found that illegal music connoisseurs are significantly more likely to purchase music than the average, non-P2P-loving user.

Independent SF-based musician Thao Nguyen on filesharing

I had an opportunity to interview up-and-coming independent artist Thao Nguyen (of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down) for the 2009 Noise Pop Festival a few months ago. During our interview, I asked Thao what she thought about filesharing. She told me a pretty funny story—at least I think it's funny—which I captures the attitude of a lot of artists who realize that album sales are no longer the end-all-be-all measure of success.

John Pareles: Songs from the Heart of a Marketing Plan [NYTimes]

My favorite New York Times music critic, John Pareles—who was once caught at a show tracking the setlist by scoring bass lines—wrote a great piece on the way that commercial licensing, particularly 360 deals, will change how music is conceived and written: "But how soon will it be before musicians, perhaps unconsciously, start conceiving songs as potential television spots, or energy jolts during video games, or ringtones?" I'm pasting some highlights below.

Happy Holidays (Sort of)! RIAA Finally Giving Up On Mass Lawsuits!

The Wall Street Journal has announced that the RIAA will no longer sue fans who download music from the web for copyright infringement. Instead, it will work with ISP's to limit and even cut web access to the offenders. They will, however, continue with the lawsuits already in progress. They also apparently believe that piracy would have been much worse had they not used the lawsuit strategy at all. Sure.

However, this is not as great as it may seem...

LastGraph: Beautiful Timelines of Last.fm Data

agreatnotion at LastGraph

slotMusic Pre-Loaded SD Cards: The New 8-Track

A friend sent me this today: slotMusic.

Pluses: DRM-free, apparently, and they bundle it with a USB "sleeve" to ensure "seamless interoperability with all computers."

Putting the "Music" Back into MTV

For anyone who's turned on MTV in the last ten years and said "I want my MTV back," there is hope. Sometime in the last few days, without a great deal of fanfare, the network and its parent company Viacom launched MTV Music, a site that gives music fans in the US (sorry!) access to MTV's gigantic archive of music videos, including videos from CMT and VH1.

Judge delivers blow to RIAA's dodgy "making available" theory

The crux of the RIAA's cases against music fans is the "making available" theory, meaning that they do not need to provide proof of transfer in order to claim copyright infringement, they just need to show that someone had files available to share on a P2P network. Last October, a jury in Minnesota found Jammie Thomas guilty of copyright infringement for 24 (mostly bad) songs. It was the first federal RIAA victory using this argument against a plaintiff, with a $222,000 judgment in their favor.

Mixtapes & Playlists: A Few Favorites

Online playlists are everywhere, some services better than others. As with most things that come in multiple forms on the web, I've messed around with many of them and have found a few favorites. (iMeem is not one of them.) Half of the fun is just browsing and listening to other people's mixes and with a bunch of good sites popping up, there's no shortage of mixes to browse. First, I like Muxtape, which allows you to upload tracks and make one 12-track mix under your username at a time.

Will sociability make Zune cool?

With the rise of recommendation-based music discovery systems like Last.fm and iLike, and the increased importance of friends and contacts as trusted recommendation sources and filters, music discovery is more social than ever. In an attempt to compete with Apple's iPod success, Microsoft has announced that it will release a portable subscription card for its Zune players. Users had recommendation functionality in the past, but it was accessible only through the website. With the portable card, Zune users can share their favorites with other Zune users.

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