Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This Week In News

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FCC Chairman plans to recommend censure against Comcast

Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin plans to recommend that the FCC issue a warning against the ISP for imposing "arbitrarily limits" on its subscribers. The recommendation, now circulating internally, would require various disclosure and procedural shifts without applying penalties.
Margaret Kane, News.com

The iPhone and it's impact on internet radio
The new Apple 3G iPhone has received a lot of attention, but the more important story isn't the new hardware, but Apple's application store and the many programs that run on the new phone. Thanks to a few of those programs there's an even larger story - the iPhone may fundamentally change the way people listen to the radio when they're in their cars or otherwise on the go. Two free applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and another program that costs only $4.99, make it possible to listen to live radio on the iPhone from anywhere, including a moving car.
Larry Magid, CBS News

Music 2.0, Part 1: The New Indie Model
The use of Web 2.0 technologies in the music industry has changed the market forever, with musicians promoting themselves online and interacting directly with their fan bases. This has spelled opportunity for a new breed of digital music and media technology providers such as IODA, the Independent Online Distribution Alliance.
Andrew K. Burger, TechNewsWorld

Guns N' Roses to release new song via Rock Back 2 in fall
Guns N' Roses is now delivering an exclusive track to the upcoming Rock Band 2, slated for release in the fall. The song, "Shackler's Revenge," is coming from the long-awaited Chinese Democracy, an album-in-the-making for more than a decade. Game creators Harmonix and MTV Games announced the song's inclusion in the game, as well as released the entire tracklist at the game-focused E3 Media & Business Summit, hosted in Los Angeles.
Digital Music News

Featured artists fear worst from European copyright proposals
The music industry has been dancing with glee since February, when the Internal Market Commissioner announced his proposal to extend the term of protection of copyright in sound recordings in the EU from 50 to 95 years. However, while record companies and session players are rejoicing, the dream for featured performers – artists who are billed on records – now seems to have soured.
Robert Ashton, MusicWeek

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