Apple is changing the way iTunes users can replace their existing iTunes songs to the new DRM-free versions. Initially, the only option available was to convert every iTunes-purchased file to the new sans-Fairplay version, for 30 cents a track, using the “Upgrade My Library” feature. On Thursday, Apple switched to a per track and/or per album model whereby users can chose which songs in their library they want to convert to DRM free versions.
Three Imaginary Girls:
Why Twitter? The 140-character limit and mobile-friendly posting means more artists are giving it a go. Texting a “tweet” is radically faster than a blog post, website update, MySpace edit, or email newsletter. Fans have never before had access like this: it’s like a backstage pass with benefits. Closeness — or, rather, the illusion of closeness — offered by Twitter can translate into an increase in loyal fans and more successful touring.
Filed under: Music | Tags: band of horses, Coachella, fleet foxes, Music, sub pop
Sound on The Sound:
The line up for the 2009 Cochella Valley Music and Arts Festival has finally been announced. Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses of Sub-Pop Records are some of the highest billed performers for Friday night’s show.
Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest Internet retailer, posted an 8.7 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit after promotions and discounts lured consumers to its Web site. Sales beat estimates, sending the shares up 13 percent. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is relying on low prices, shipping promotions and product selection to maintain growth in a recession. The company outpaced the rest of the e- commerce market over the past two years and that’s likely to continue, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Amazon.com had its biggest holiday sales ever, even as rival EBay Inc. posted its first quarterly decline. Bezos also has expanded sales of digital media, such as music and video files. The company introduced the Kindle electronic-reading device in 2007 to encourage book, magazine and newspaper downloads.
Local hiphop supercrew Oldominion (they boast 30-plus members) came into shape in 1999. This was an important year for hiphop. It marked the end of a transition that began in 1997 with the release of Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus—this transition involved two points, the mainstream and the underground, and the movement of hiphop innovation from the former to the latter. By 1999, the separation between commercial and independent hiphop was complete. Rappers around the country became something like ronins in feudal Japan—masterless samurai. Corporate record labels wanted nothing to do with battle skills and the cult of DMC. It was now not about how well you spit but how many times you have been hit by bullets. Oldominion emerged at this dark, label-less time.
It was a chilly winter day in 1969 when Ken Mansfield climbed the stairs to the roof of the Apple Records building in London. Mansfield, who was then the U.S. manager of The Beatles’ Apple Records, sat against a rooftop chimney with Yoko Ono and a handful of others and watched as The Beatles gave an impromptu live performance. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of that date, Mansfield will again battle the cold on a rooftop – this time in downtown Seattle. He’s in the Emerald City to help a local Beatles cover band, Crème Tangerine, recreate the rooftop show. The band will perform at noon Friday on the balcony of Copacabana Café in Pike Place Market. While numerous rooftop concerts are planned around the nation Friday, this will be the only one to include someone like Mansfield, who was actually present for the historic Beatles show in 1969.
Gimmick-loving (in a charming way) pop band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band have booked their first national tour. They’ll hit the road in March with Bishop Allen, in support of their upcoming self-titled release. Before hitting the road, their local CD release show will be at Neumos on March 6th with Say Hi (who are also celebrating a CD release that night).