Seattle Office of Film + Music

October 26, 2009, 10:43 am
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Last week local label Hardly Art quietly posted to Amazon a sampler of 17 of the year’s more notable tracks from artists such as Le Loup, the Moondoggies and the Dutchess & The Duke, including a few special tracks that haven’t appeared anywhere else. To make things even better, the compilation is free. The collection includes a Dutchess & the Duke demo, an acoustic mix from the Pica Beats, and a song representing the fruits of the Arthur & Yu and Moondoggies live collaboration this summer. Check out the above link to download the entire sampler.

May 18, 2009, 10:23 am
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The music business’s ongoing economic apocalypse has been hell on record stores both big and small. And while the demise of fluorescent-lit megaliths like Tower Records and Virgin Megastore is sad, we have a special place in our hearts for our endangered local indie stores. Annual Record Store Day spending sprees won’t be enough to keep these stores alive. So we’re happy to see that the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, a network of mom-and-pop emporiums, is trying to figure out a way to adapt to a climate in which everyone downloads music. Earlier this month, CIMS launched, its attempt to beam the personality of the local indie record store directly onto your laptop. Right now, Thinkindie is simply an indie-centered online music store, one where you can get a 320 kpbs download of Merriweather Post Pavilion for $9.99. The site’s got a growing catalog and a few exclusive releases, but soon it’ll turn into something more.

Teen music spending, P2P use drops
April 1, 2009, 4:31 pm
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Hollywood Reporter:
Teens are buying fewer downloads, using P2P less frequently and listening to more music streams, according to a new report by NPD Group. NPD found that CD purchasing declined by 26% in 2008 while download purchases fell 13%. In contrast, more than half of teens in the survey listened to online radio in 2008 (an increase from 38% in 2007) and downloading or streaming music on social networks rose to 46% from 26%. The share of teens that listened to satellite radio also increased.

MPAA Negotiates With ISPs to Disconnect or Penalize Copyright Offenders
March 30, 2009, 11:45 am
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Hollywood studios are negotiating with broadband providers to take action against customers caught downloading movies repeatedly. Penalties range from redirecting infringers’ browsers to an anti-piracy message and disconnecting them entirely, a movie industry source familiar with the talks said Friday. The revelation came as the Recording Industry Association of America is talking with the same ISPs to get them to adopt a “three-strikes” plan and cut internet access to repeat infringers of music copyright. The RIAA proposal aims to make music fans stop trading pirated material, while limiting industry lawsuits that target individual offenders who face court damages of as much as $150,000 an infringement.

Google Launches Free, Legal Music Downloads In China
March 30, 2009, 11:43 am
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Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy. Lee Kai-Fu, president of Google in greater China, said one reason Google lagged in the mainland search market was because it did not offer music downloads, the missing piece to its strategy in a market where it trails leader Inc. “We are offering free, high quality and legal downloads,” Lee told reporters. “We were missing one piece … we didn’t have music.”