Napster history - 15 years later

How Napster Completely Ruined My Career

Thank You Napster It was 15 years ago, almost to the date, that a start-up digital music service completely ruined my life. Two teenage punks named Shawn/Sean, who, over the years I’ve come to admire and respect, created a piece of free software that any other teenager could download. Many did. How many? Well in

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facebook music identification feature

New Facebook Music Identification Feature Sinks Shazam

Facebook Music Identification vs. Shazam Facebook is now taking on Shazam. You probably have Shazam installed on your Android or iOS smartphone and if you don’t, I’m sure you know someone who does. Just in case you don’t know, Shazam is a way cool mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you. The creators

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Slashathon 2014

Attention Hackers: Slashathon Wants Your Help In Releasing His New Album

Slashathon Summons All Hackers To SXSW If you’re like me and are a fan of tech, music, marketing, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash you are going to love this. The former GN’R guitarist has created something to “create solutions for artists to engage their communities for an album release.” In other words, Slash is offering

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Time for a new Prince Lawsuit!

Another Prince Lawsuit Filed For $22m Against 22 Fans

Time For a New Prince Lawsuit! Prince is at it again. He’s raging against the Internet for what seems to be like the gazzillionth time on his “copyright warpath”. This time, the Prince lawsuit targets 22 individual Facebook users for $1 million each! It’s quite possible that these 22 people could pretty much be some

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Rap Genius versus Google SEO

Rap Genius Loses 80% Search Traffic From Google’s Penalty

Rap Genius SEO vs. Google So whatever happened with that Google vs. Rap Genius SEO scandal? If you need to catch up on the story read this first, then this, and then the open letter to Google from Rap Genius co-founders. Great reads. To sum up quickly, as an early Christmas present, Rap Genius found

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YouTube Music Awards Show 2013

YouTube Music Awards – A Lesson In Chaos

The YouTube Music Awards – The First Ever This sounded like an awesome idea from the beginning. To me anyway. I mean first off this has never been done before. The YouTube Music Awards? Secondly, wow is the world’s second largest search engine and probably #1 music streaming and discover service, host, produce and live

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streaming music services - YouTube is next!

YouTube To Launch Music Streaming Services

YouTube Music Streaming Services Music streaming is freaking awesome. If you’re a fan of music and you haven’t experimented with any major music streaming services you’re really missing out on a an amazing music consumption and discovery experience. I’ve been enjoying and testing streaming music since the days of which, back in the day,

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It’s the entertainment industry’s release schedule that breeds piracy

After working in the entertainment industry for well over a decade, specifically in the music business, I’ve been witness to insane release schedule practices that blew my mind way before illegal downloading of mp3’s (read: Napster). At first I could understand that delaying a CD release could build demand for the product (i.e the record). A single

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