Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

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Never a better time to own Ableton Live 7 Suite

March 17, 2009

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Between now and the April 1st when a UK customer unlocks their Live 7 purchase, they will receive the following downloads:

  • Free ‘Operator’ FM synth module Operator is an FM synthesizer that delivers an eclectic spectrum of sonic possibilities and musical inspiration.
  • Free ‘Drum Machines’ software Drum Machines offers a choice selection of classic drum machines, meticulously sampled to faithfully reproduce the original sounds. Drum Machines is easily tweaked with cleverly mapped controls, allowing users to experiment with the inner workings of the instrument and adjust to taste.
  • A special upgrade price of just EUR 49 for Ableton Live 8 (upgrade download direct with Ableton)

Visit our Youtube pages for a full set of Ableton videos


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YouTube Pulls Music Videos From UK

March 11, 2009
Youtube wide vs. UK flag

YouTube has pulled thousands of music videos off its UK web site in a dispute over rates and reporting with British collection society PRS. The take down could take several days, but gone will be videos from all four majors (WMG’s were pulled several weeks ago in an unrelated dispute) and most indies.

In a statement, PRS cried foul. “Google has told us they are taking this step because they wish to pay significantly less than at present to the writers of the music on which their service relies, despite the massive increase in YouTube viewing. This action has been taken without any consultation with PRS for Music and in the middle of negotiations between the two parties.”

But Google paints a very different picture. “PRS is now asking us to pay many, many times more for our license than before…we would lose significant amounts of money with every playback. In addition, PRS is unwilling to tell us what songs are included in the license they can provide so that we can identify those works…that’s like asking a consumer to buy an unmarked CD without knowing what musicians are on it.” Negotiations are said to be continuing to resolve the dispute.

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Beck’s Offering For Record Store Day – Bands Clamour To Support Independent Record Stores

February 17, 2009

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An exclusive seven-inch from Sonic Youth and Beck are the latest offerings for this year’s Record Store Day – a worldwide event in support of independent record stores. The day, April 18th, will see artists joining forces to create exclusive new tracks, live shows, feature bands staffing checkouts, and many more musical goodies.

Over 40 stores in the UK have already signed up and all will be able to sell two split seven-inch singles from the Beggars stable. The first showcases Sonic Youth covering Beck’s ‘Pay No Mind’ and Beck covering their ‘Green Light’. The second will feature Jay Reatard’s ‘Hang Them All’ and Sonic Youth’s ‘No Garage’.

Rough Trade East in London has already confirmed gigs by Sky Larkin and Sunny Day Sets Fire – as well as bands working the tills – for the day, and there’s more to come.

Artists from around the world, from Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows to Ziggy Marley, are adding their voices and faces to the cause. Ronnie from The Killers tells a little tale about a boy, his dad and their indie record store here

Many acts are giving away freebies, such as lyric books from Bruce Springsteen, chocolate from India Irie and special vinyl remixes from Franz Ferdinand.

“I think independent record shops will outlive the music industry,” comments Damon Albarn.  “Long term, their value to people is far greater, because even in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you can’t replace the actual look on someone’s face when they are playing something they really rate and think you should listen to it too. It’s special.”

The event has even joined forces with YouTube to create a Record Store Day channel, where all musical fans and independent record store supporters can add their thoughts. Click here to get involved.

Developed in the States by Eric Levin of Atlanta’s Criminal Records and Michael Kurtz of Music Monitor Network, April 18th will be the second time music fans celebrate independently-owned record stores around the globe.

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Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

February 3, 2009

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Isle Of Man Charging One Pound Per Month For Unlimited Music

Rebuilding copyright for the digital age. It’s a massive task, but perhaps crafting a new and digitally coherent way of protecting content for creators while exploiting the web’s distribution network would be easier than trying to batter a centuries old system into something that will work today.

One conceptually intriguing but practically complex solution would be an internet tax, payable through every web connection to cover all copyrighted material online.

Content owners would have to register their work with some giant central rights database (surely YouTube has made a start with that?) but users could download anything and everything they fancied, in whatever form and through whichever platform they preferred. It would legitimise file sharing amongst others.

But where in the world would this tangled web of online content ever become a reality?

In the Isle of Man, says the New York Times, where a proposal would allow the population of 80,000 to pay £1 per month on top of their broadband charge and have unlimited music downloads.

‘Blanket licensing’ was proposed in France in 2006 but turned down after furious lobbying from copyright owners. They prefer the ‘disconnect them’ approach, which seems rather Canutist in the face of illegal music that accounts for 95% of digital music, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

Its chief executive John Kennedy dismissed the proposal as “a state-imposed tax that would be unworkable in practice and discriminate against consumers who want Internet access without music services”.

Meanwhile, the Isle of Man’s inward investment department has started talks with record labels.

Given the island’s record in launching 3G phones before the rest of the world and its 70% broadband penetration, this could become a fascinating experiment.

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Band Website Displays Copyright Claim from its Own Label

January 27, 2009

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The above screenshot, taken earlier today, shows a video posted to Death Cab for Cutie’s Official Website. The message is a copyright claim from the band’s own label, Warner Music Group. Yes, you read that correctly.

The explanation is likely simple: the band, or its staff, embedded an unauthorized YouTube version of the music video which was later removed from YouTube. (Incidentally, DCFC has removed the embed code entirely this evening after the story began rising on social news site Reddit).

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YouTube Now Mutes Videos With Unauthorized Copyrighted Music

January 14, 2009

It seems YouTube’s connection with Google has started to take its effect.

YouTube users often create an original video using their favorite popular song as the audio. I’m afraid that they won’t be able to do that much longer, since YouTube has started muting videos that use unauthorized copyrighted music (and that pretty much means all user-created videos.)

You can see some examples here, here and here.

The official notice from YouTube under the video says the following:

This video contains an audio track that has not been authorised by all copyright holders. The audio has been disabled.

sealIf YouTube starts being thorough about this, you can expect to see a significant percentage of all YouTube videos muted. The implications are a bit different than with removing copyrighted professionally produced content, like an official music video; we’re talking about tens of thousands of fan made videos, funny spoofs, remixes and the like being pretty much destroyed, and I’m guessing users will be less than thrilled about it.

Not tomention its virtually impossible to find Prince songs on YouTube…Honeymoons’ over

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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.”