Thursday News Threads

  • Okay, so when I say “slotMusic,” do you hear “Blue-Ray” or “HD-DVD”? Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony BMG have joined SanDisk to create a new music media format, slotMusic. Emerging from the land of electronics in the form of tiny disks, slotMusic cards have one gigabyte of capacity (enough for songs, liner notes, album art, videos, and the like), and they are to sell for approximately a price of a CD. At the risk of sounding like a slotMusic infomercial, here is the companies’ description of how they work: “slotMusic cards enable [people] to instantly and easily [listen to] music from [certain artists signed by Universal, Warner, EMI and Sony BMG] without being dependent on a PC or internet connection. Users simply insert the slotMusic card into their microSD-enabled mobile phone or MP3 player to hear the music without passwords, downloading or digital-rights-management interfering with their personal use.” Yow!
  • You Are In Control, an international conference for those in the music and media industry able to make it to Iceland, is wrapping up today in Reykjavik. Among the presentations will be one addressing Radiohead‘s innovative release of In Rainbows, which the band made available for download to consumers without setting or enforcing a price each would pay for the album. Deeming the release a success, the report noted that “for Warner [that is, Warner/Chappell, the publishing company responsible for the album] it served to prove a point that by licensing directly (i.e. outside the collecting society network) and by offering a genuine one stop shop for licensing (i.e. combining all the digital rights into one offer from a single entity) the publisher was able to generate far more money for both themselves and the band than would have been possible under the traditional system.” To which the teeming masses respond: Fine, but is it available on slotMusic?

  • They said he can’t rap about being broke no more, but as for coke… Reports are out that Eminem is back with a new album entitled Relapse. Dr. Dre is producing Shady’s follow-up to Encore, and Interscope/Aftermath plans to release the album in early 2009. According to Rolling Stone, 50 Cent has deemed the upcoming months a “three-headed monster,” given that Relapse (first head) will follow the release of 50 Cent’s Before I Self Destruct (second head) and precede the release of Dr. Dre’s Detox (you get the idea).
  • The Seattle-based Anomie Belle will be releasing their debut album, Sleeping Patterns, on November 2nd — the same night the band be at The Tractor Tavern. Get your trip-hop/electronica fix all in one night! Right in time for the… well, for once we’re not mentioning what will happen on the 4th.
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