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Infographic: Money, Music and Piracy

Don’t really believe piracy is responsible for all the lost dollars here (it’s actually a corporate machine resistant to change coupled with the absence of innovation in a changing technological climate), but the graphics sure are cool.

Infographic by: in an interesting outreach strategy to get music bloggers to give them incoming . . . → Read More: Infographic: Money, Music and Piracy

Will Cocktail Make You Buy Albums?

I’ve read countless articles that opine for the days of sitting on your bed staring at gigantic vinyl LP artwork while an album plays on a giant turntable in the background. It’s safe to say those days are dead, although there’s certainly a future for added-value album assets in the interactive realm.

For me — aside from the ultimate fan-boy, lust-after-anything-they-release bands (e.g., Radiohead, Dream Theater) — I tend to shy away from interactive extras and special release albums with bonus tracks. I just want the album, and I want to immediately rip it into digital form easily.

I’ll be the first to . . . → Read More: Will Cocktail Make You Buy Albums?

RIAA earns itself $1.92 million in MN court case

From the Star Tribune (via Metblogs): Woman ordered to pay $1.92M in music downloading case
Jammie Thomas-Rasset, 32, a Brainerd mother of four, was found liable for downloading and distributing more than 1,700 songs on Kazaa, an Internet file-sharing network.

…a federal jury in Duluth found her liable up to $220,000 for copyright infringement of the 24 songs the RIAA focused on — $9,250 per song

While I respect that artists and labels deserve to be paid for their work, the RIAA isn’t going to save itself by sticking to archaic business practices nor suing individuals who download music.

Considering the popularity of iTunes and . . . → Read More: RIAA earns itself $1.92 million in MN court case