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A new way of selling digital downloads

May 23, 2007
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A new way of selling digital downloads

DiscRevolt is a way to sell digital downloads at the merch table via band-specific download cards. You upload songs to our site and design artwork for a plastic card. We print the cards with a special access code on the back, and you sell them to fans at live shows. Fans enter that access...
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The revolution is coming

May 17, 2007
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The revolution is coming

By SAM ROBERTS With the number of nonwhite Americans above 100 million for the first time, demographers are identifying an emerging racial generation gap. That development may portend a nation split between an older, whiter electorate and a younger overall population that is more Hispanic, black and Asian and that presses sometimes competing agendas...
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Design for the other 90%

April 10, 2007
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Design for the other 90%

“What’s so exciting about this show is that it marks a sea change,” says Cynthia E. Smith, who curated the exhibition, which opens May 4. “It surveys the trend toward more socially responsible design. A whole range of nonprofits and for-profits, community groups and international organizations are getting involved to create products that can...
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Top of the charts from a home studio

April 10, 2007
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Top of the charts from a home studio

“Acoustic guitarist Kate Walsh has knocked Take That off the top of the iTunes download album chart – but does not even own an iPod. The 23-year-old guitarist recorded her album in a friend’s bedroom and named it Tim’s House in his honour. The homemade album has proved a unexpected hit with iPod fans...
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Rock the net for your Music listening rights

April 2, 2007
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Rock the net for your Music listening rights

…”Sensing a revolution in the way Internet traffic is managed, rock musicians find themselves in the unusual position of defending the status quo. Independent, lesser-known musicians and smaller record labels launched a nationwide campaign Tuesday to support the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, which they said is under fire from...
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US CD sales plummet as people turn to digital music downloads

March 23, 2007
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US CD sales plummet as people turn to digital music downloads

…”Consumers are sending a message to artists that “while you may have put a lot of thought into the sequence of the album, I only like these three songs,” said digital music industry analyst Michael McGuire of Gartner Research. “It comes back to consumers being in complete control of their media experience, and that...
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IHT – Charles Saatchi draws Chinese artists to his gallery’s retooled Web site

March 13, 2007
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IHT – Charles Saatchi draws Chinese artists to his gallery’s retooled Web site

…”Saatchi is fixated these days on Chinese artists, the hottest sector of the global market. And when he saw these shyly tentative Web postings, something clicked. “There are so many artists in China who want their work to be seen,” he said in a recent interview at his London home, pausing every now and...
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Developing nations to test new $150 laptops

February 19, 2007
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Developing nations to test new $150 laptops

From Brazil to Pakistan, some of the world’s poorest children will peer across the digital divide this month — reading electronic books, shooting digital video, creating music and chatting with classmates online. Some educators may also be hostile toward it because the machines are designed to encourage students to experiment with everything from music...
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Inspiration on You Tube?

February 19, 2007
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Inspiration on You Tube?

Simon just emailed this video over.  Its pretty inspiring to see what six bored people can do.  Is boredom an inspiration?
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