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Yamaha and LIPA announce Make it Break it 2009

April 14, 2009

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Yamaha and LIPA announce new partnerships and additional prizes

The Make it, Break it songwriting awards (MIBI), founded in 2005 by Yamaha and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has launched the 2009 campaign for applicants, this year including new promotional partnerships with EMI publishing, HMV retail and XFM Radio, which have all joined the programme to increase the prize and awards fund.

MIBI is a unique music awards competition that does not focus solely on songwriting and performance skills, but includes adjudication on the promotional talent of 14 to 19 year olds. The format encourages and supports the skills essential in creating successful records: making the son and then breaking it through marketing and innovation.

In addition to the prizes for the young talents, the contest also offers the winners’ schools a £500 prize of Yamaha equipment. The educational establishment with the most applicants received for the contest will receive the opportunity to have an on-site master-class held by a LIPA lecturer specifically crafted for the school or college.Lines are now open for this year’s competition at makeitbreakit.org, which provides entry details and video interviews with members of the judging panel – including Coldplay’s Chris Martin (pictured). The competition has two age categories of 14 to 16 year olds and 17 to 19 year olds, with judges selecting three winners from each category.

Winners receive a host of prizes including performing at the awards ceremony held in the Paul McCartney auditorium. Also included is an all expenses paid music academy at LIPA, with master-classes, an A&R meeting with EMI and a recording session.

Mark Featherstone-Witty the CEO and founder of LIPA said: “The question is simple: what can we do to add to the learning journey of the talented? Our new partners have embraced this challenge and together we will take MIBI to a new level. We want MIBI to be the best educative experience for singer/songwriters in the UK.”

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Music Industry Inside: Ringtones can cost more than the actual song!

January 30, 2009

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Juniper Research released a report in 2005  stating that the ringtone industry could bloat to $9.3 billion (USD) by 2009.

Lets take a look at Britian’s  No1 in the charts right now to get a feel of where things are headed.  Introducing  Lady GaGa

Just Dance (Download)
by Lady GaGa

Price: $0.99
Remix "Just Dance Feat. Colby O'Donis"

Just Dance (Ringtone)
by Lady GaGa

Remix "Just Dance Feat. Colby O'Donis"
Hmmm so it appears the standard pricing is that the ‘actual song’ is nearly three times the cost to purchase than a snippet in ringtone format.

” While the downloads of mobile ringtones and realtones will comprise the bulk of revenues ($4.8 billion), the market for full-track downloads is expected to increase from just $20 million in 2004 to nearly $1.8 billion in 2009, while ring-back tones – already generating substantial revenues in Asia – should be worth $2.7 billion worldwide by the end of the decade”

And depending which source you read a staggering $14 Billion by the end of 2011 (ezinearticles.com)

Still waiting to find the results of that particular forcast however there is no deneying the effect that the music industry is in a strange position right now where the ringtone can cost more than the actual song.

Music sales worldwide fell by about 7 percent last year as another sizable jump in digital sales failed to make up for a deepening decline in the compact disc market, according to John Kennedy, chief executive of the industry’s main international trade group. The IHT reports.

Revenue from music sold over the Internet, via mobile phones and in other digital forms, rose by 25 percent last year, to $3.7 billion, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said in a report set for publication Friday. Digital sales accounted for 20 percent of the industry’s revenue, up from 15 percent a year earlier.

Meanwhile, growth in downloads from online music stores like Apple’s iTunes has slowed. … That is hastening the music industry’s push to develop new business models for digital music.

Major record labels have joined with Nokia, the maker of cellphones, to provide free, unlimited music downloads in Britain. …

“The industry has shifted to Plan B,” said Mark Mulligan, an analyst at Forrester Research. “The record companies have realized that the only way they can fight free is with free itself.”

“Mobile Music Sales Will Reach $3.2 Billion by 2012 But Analysts Say ‘Tracks Must Be Free’, The music industry has got to be prepared to give music away for free”according to analysts Screen Digest.

But full-track downloads will only make up half of that, with the rest still coming from things like ringtones. The report warns “paying for music is progressively becoming a niche activity as the value of recorded music is already in steep, possibly terminal, decline”.

In 2000, U.S. consumers bought 785.1 million albums; last year, they bought 588.2 million (a figure that includes both CDs and downloaded albums), according to Nielsen SoundScan. In 2000, the ten top-selling albums in the U.S. sold a combined 60 million copies; in 2006, the top ten sold just 25 million. Digital sales are growing — fans bought 582 million digital singles last year, up sixty-five percent from 2005, and purchased $600 million worth of ringtones — but the new revenue sources aren’t making up for the shortfall.

Hense Crazy Frogs mere existence

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Source:
http://ezinearticles.com
http://www.ringernews.com

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Destructive reign of digital music

January 6, 2009

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Happy new year. Let’s start with a prediction:

2009 could be the year the compact disc finally dies. It could be the year lots of other things die as well — polar bears, the high street — but CDs will be the big one. Don’t believe me? Sales are estimated to have slumped 27% in the last quarter compared with 2007, a year in which they’d already nosedived, and anyone who sells them has gone or is going out of business. The writing is on the wall.

How are we to feel about this? If you ask me, absolutely delighted, because CDs have always been, well, a bit rubbish.
What with their instantly crackable spines, tiny little inlay cards and infuriating frequency responce! Bah! [ed]

Consider, if you will, what we have lost because of the CD. First, it pretty much killed off vinyl, but it also murdered tape. What is childhood without tape? No wonder your modern teenager spends all day stabbing and binge drinking: it’s because he’s not at home struggling to record pop songs off the chart show when Bruno Brookes isn’t speaking. And how are boys supposed to express their unrequited love for girls without the compilation tape (complete with handwritten inlay card)?

So good riddance to the CD. With any luck it will help all those ageing, hysterical Take That fans who rushed out to make ‘The Circus’ the fastest-selling CD of the millennium get over their addiction.
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This brings us on to the future, and, even though it won’t include Take That, it is bleak. Things are going to get worse before they get better. The death of the CD has not been brought about by a nostalgic return to tapes and 78s. No, the thing that killed the CD is the iPod. And the iPod is worse than the CD. Yes, it’s very nicely designed and pocket-sized. But clicking down a list of virtual albums is not the same as rummaging through an actual shelf of albums.

And there’s iPod-associated anxiety, a dangerous condition caused by the sheer inability to choose which track you want to listen to from the eight billion available. And why is it that the moment I set fire to my irritatingly scratchy CD collection, I know that the iPod will break? Or the computer will have a fatal error? And I’ll lose my virtual music collection because, well, it was virtual. And I didn’t back it up

What do you prefare to look at ?  This??

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Or this??

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Source: Matt Rudd

Kam DDX5000 – Pair

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Numark PT-01USB Portable Vinyl-Archiving Turntable

PT-01USB permits users to listen to and transfer their vinyl records to digital MP3 files anywhere and anytime thanks to its convenient, rugged design and ability to run on either wall or battery power. An RCA line output is provided for simple connection to any DJ, PA, or stereo system. An auxiliary input allows conversion of audio from any…

Numark TTUSB

The Easiest Way To Digitize Your Vinyl. The TTUSB is a unique, plug and play, USB compatible turntable that makes digitizing your vinyl record collection to your PC or Mac a snap. Packaged with all the necessary cables to connect with a computer or stereo playback system, along with software to remove clicks, pops, and other…

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All you need is a digital guitar to join the Beatles!

January 6, 2009

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The surviving members of the band have been resistant to new technology, refusing to allow their music to be downloaded from online stores such as iTunes.

Instead, in the band’s first significant move into the digital world, fans will be able to transform into any member of the quartet and sing, drum and strum along with their favourite Beatles songs.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono-Lennon and Olivia Harrison have given their blessing to the new game. They will all be involved in its development and design before it is launched sometime next year.

The exclusive deal between MTV Games, owners of the Rock Band franchise, and Apple Corps, the company established by the Beatles to oversee their business interests, was announced yesterday. Jeff Jones, chief executive of Apple Corps, said that there were still no plans to make Beatles music available for digital download.

“The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of the Beatles and their music,” Sir Paul said. “I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out.”

The two surviving members of the band have been cautious about iTunes, fearing that digital downloads can be pirated too easily. In the past they have dabbled with offering streams of an album from their website and running trailers on YouTube.

The creators of the game would not disclose its title or its price. They did say that it will be a standalone game, not an add-on to Rock Band or Rock Band 2, which was released this month. Even so, Rock Band musical instruments will be compatible with the game.

Analysts estimate that the market for music-based video games, such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero, are worth about $1.2 billion (£730 million) in the US alone. The music download market was worth about $2 billion in America last year.

“The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time and how wonderful that the Beatles’ legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerised world we live in,” Starr said. “Let the games commence.”

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Podcasting: What is it? How do I do that?

November 21, 2008

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Podcasting is creating your own content (mp3 or video for example ) with intent for users to download using one of several programs that have been created to retrieve your audio file automatically, like iTunes or Google reader etc.

Podcasting is simply distributing audio content using RSS. The process is suprisingly simple, and by making audio content available using RSS, podcasters give listeners more control over what they listen to and when. Also, many podcasts are available for syndication, which increases a broadcasters exposure.

For more infomation on RRS check our article here

Here is a breakdown of what you will need and need to know to be able to Podcast:

Skills you may need….

1. How to record your audio and save it to an .mp3 file. (Video is of course also allowed)

2. How to upload the .mp3 file to a website or hosting service

3. How to upload the RSS “feed”  burner service.

After creating your material using an audio editing program of your choice you’ll need somwhere to store it online. if you have a sever upload it here, if your lost at the word ‘server’ …get a blog like ‘WordPress’ or ‘Blogger’.

The majority of things you will have to master in order to Podcast are online and if your new to Blogging, Podcasting is an ideal  reason to start. Your ‘Blog’ will allow to to upload you MP3’s and store them within your Blog enabling users to visit your site and download or even better ‘Subscribe’!

There are many different ways to create/ store your Podcasts, you just need to find the server and Feedburner that works for you, the videos here all do things a little different so dont worry if you do things different also!

An RSS feed is the final step in transforming your collection of audio/video files into a bona fide podcast! With FeedBurner’s SmartCast service, you can use any blogging tool that creates a feed to publish your podcast. Here’s how it works: If your blog post contains a link (<a href=””></a>) to an audio/video file, we’ll convert it to an RSS enclosure — a special link found only in your feed — that programs like iPodder, iTunes and NetNewsWire recognize. Google Reader and several other online readers also recognize enclosures and offer a playback link or audio control when they encounter them.

Equipment you may need…

1. Audio Editing Software

2. A Microphone

3. A Sound Card

Steinberg Sequel 2

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need HipHop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live…

Sony Media ACID Music Studio 7

If you’re serious about making your own music, ACID Music Studio software is the perfect tool for original song creation, multitrack audio and MIDI recording, and studio-quality mixing, and effects processing. Share your songs any way you want — burn your own CDs, upload to the web, prepare audio for podcasts, or export to your MP3 player.

Blue Snowflake

Blue offers up the Snowflake, the world’s first truly professional and portable USB mic. With plug-and-play simplicity, podcasts, web conferences, or adding voiceovers to video projects takes on a new level of ease and quality. The Snowflake is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and it’s low-profile design makes it a perfect fit with either desktop or laptop systems.…

Behringer Podcastudio USB

Introducing the Radiolutionary Podcastudio USB Bundle from Behringer. Looking for a new way to express yourself? Ever wanted to be a famous producer? Then podcasting is the answer and the Behringer Podcastudio bundle has all you need to make high-quality podcasts and home recordings. Go on air straight out of the box with this fantastic Podcastudio recording…

Samson C03U Recording Pak – Recording / Podcasting Pak

Samson changed the way the world records audio with the C01U and C03U USB Studio Condenser microphones — the first studio quality condenser microphones equipped with a USB interface. The C03U Recording / Podcasting Pak includes everything needed to record digital audio on a PC or Mac with an eye on maximum portability.

Edirol UA-25EX

Mobile Connectivity with Pro-Studio Extras Rugged, compact, and feature-filled, the new UA-25EX is a portable-interface powerhouse. Ideal for computer-based audio engineers who appreciate mobility, this 24bit/96kHz USB audio interface is equipped with pro-grade microphone preamps, a newly-developed analog compressor/limiter, and ground-lift functionality for studio and stage.

Tascam US-144

The follow-up to the mega popular US-122, the new US-144 delivers everything you’d want in a portable audio/MIDI interface and more.

Record two tracks at a time with zero latency; whether you have a PC or a Mac, your song ideas go down in real time, real easy. Its size means you can take it anywhere you go…

Edirol R-09HR Including Free 4GB SD Card

The R-09HR is a professional, high-definition recorder that travels light and performs like a heavyweight. With crystal-clear 24/96 fidelity, the R-09HR is the new flagship of EDIROL’s award-winning R-series recorders. Features 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM high-resolution, low-noise recording Newly developed Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit (I.A.R.C.) High-grade, high-sensitivity stereo condenser microphone built in …

List of sites that accept podcast submissions.

iTunes – submit your iTune podcasts

Podcasting Station – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

Podcasting News – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

DigitalPodcast – enter the category scroll to the bottom and click add url

Podcast Alley – submit podcast title, website, xml feed, and description.

Podcast Bunker– recommend a podcast, only high quality podcasts will be added.

Podcast411– add a podcast

AllPodcasts – index a podcast (an RSS 2.0 feed with an audio enclosure), enter the URL for the RSS feed into the field below and click “Index”.

iPodderx – submit podcasts to ipodderx directory

audio.weblogs – ping audio web logs to update them

Podcast.net – List your podcast on podcast.net and watch your audience grow!

PodcastHost – add a podcast to PodcastHost

Podsites.com – post a “podsite”

Pocketcasting – submit a podcast

RSS Network – submit to podcast category

Podcast Pickle – submit to podcast category

Plazoo – submit to podcasts or vlogs

Singing Fish – submit music/video directory

Blog Universe – submit podcasts to directory

Digital Podcasts – add podcasts to the digital podcast directory

PodFeeder – podcast submission

PodFeed – podcast submission

Open Media Network – submit audio and videocasts

Podcast Charts – chart podcasts (requires membership)

iPassages – Christian podcast submissions

My Podcast Center – small podcast directory

PodBlaze – small podcast directory

Podcast Shownotes – post podcasts on blog

Loomia – post podcasts and rss feeds

GetAPodcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Syndic8 Podcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Podcast Shuffle – post podcasts

idiotvox – submit a podcast feed

Blinkx – submit a podcast feed

PodNova – submit a podcast

PodCasts Yahoo – submit a podcast (top right corner)

Blast Podcasts – submit podcasts

Pod Spider – submit podcasts

Pod Lounge – The Pod Lounge relies on user submissions to help build the database and we appreciate any additions you can provide

Amigo Fish – submit a feed/podcast

AudioFeeds – submit music podcasts only

Every Podcast – submit podcasts

Fluctu8 – submit podcasts

Get a Podcast – submit podcasts

HardPodCafe – submit podcasts

Podcast Shuffle – submit podcasts

Podcaster World – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – submit podcasts

PodTower – submit podcasts

Vital Podcasts – submit podcasts

Religious Podcasts – submit religious podcasts (only accept religious casts)

Educational Podcasts – submit educational podcasts

Podcast Videos – submit videocasts

Feedshark – automate submissions to 10 podcast sites

YakkYakk – podcast submissions

Pluggd – podcast submissions

Canadian Podcasts – submit podcasts

Fetching Podcasts – submit podcasts

GODcasts1000 – submit Christian podcasts

Church Podcasts – submit Christian podcasts

Realty Feeds – submit real estate podcasts or feeds

MLPodcasts – submit realty podcasts

Podcast Directory – submit all podcasts

Medical Feeds – submit medical podcasts

Sports Podcasts – submit medical podcasts

Podcast Reviews – submit podcasts

Tech Podcasts – submit technology podcasts

FireAnt – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – add a podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

PodcastLikeThat – add podcast feeds

Australian Podcasts – submit podcast feeds

GetAPodcast – submit podcasts

Pod-Planet – submit podcasts

Sports Podcasts – Submit sports related RSS feeds and podcasts.

Political Podcasts – Submit political feeds and podcasts.

Government Podcasts – Submit podcasts and feeds ONLY from government agencies. Feeds from both Local and federal governments are accepted.

iBiz Radio – Submit podcasts (only submit business podcasts)

Podcast Blaster – Submit podcasts

YouLoud – add podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

Educational Podcasts – Submit educational podcasts and feeds.

Blubrry Podcasts – login to submit podcasts.

Podcast Empire – submit podcasts.

AOL Podcast Beta – submit podcasts.

Podcast Like That – submit podcasts.

AudioFeeds.org – submit podcasts.

Digg Podcasts – DIGG podcast directory.

EPN – Educational Podcast Network

Family Friendly Podcasts – submit child safe podcasts

Hwy777 – submit christian podcasts

Mirpod – submit podcasts.

Podcast Directory AU – submit Australian podcasts.

Podcaster World – submit podcasts.

Pod Farm – submit podcasts.

PodMopolis – submit podcasts.

RECAP – submit educational podcasts.

Speecha – submit audio podcasts.

Women in Podcasting – submit podcasts.