MySpace Records

MySpace Records has finally made it to the big time. The Rupert Murdoch/News Corp entity has done deals with the major labels to give them the kind of access to MySpace as the indie labels once had -- alone.

Well, not so fast.

Some indie labels including big ones like Koch Records are quoted as being livid that MySpace would treat their company differently than those of the majors.

Let's get this right.

MySpace has gone Hollywood -- given better deals to the majors while allegedly ignoring the very indies that helped MySpace Records get rolling.

Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, an international licensing&hellip

MySpace Records

MySpace Records has finally made it to the big time. The Rupert Murdoch/News Corp entity has done deals with the major labels to give them the kind of access to MySpace as the indie labels once had -- alone.

Well, not so fast.

Some indie labels including big ones like Koch Records are quoted as being livid that MySpace would treat their company differently than those of the majors.

Let's get this right.

MySpace has gone Hollywood -- given better deals to the majors while allegedly ignoring the very indies that helped MySpace Records get rolling.

Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, an international licensing&hellip

Radio’s Last Critical Decision

To quote that great American philosopher Rick James -- "It's such a very freaky scene".

Friday, the NAB was outed for behind the scenes jockeying in Congress as the House took up a bill that would simply allow Internet streamers to continue negotiating with the record label's representative, SoundExchange, in an effort to try and resolve the dispute over royalty payments.

The bill introduced late Thursday was necessary because Congress is headed for recess and law requires this enabling legislation while Congress is away from Washington because the parties are seeking a statutory license.

It doesn't guarantee a thing&hellip

Radio’s Last Critical Decision

To quote that great American philosopher Rick James -- "It's such a very freaky scene".

Friday, the NAB was outed for behind the scenes jockeying in Congress as the House took up a bill that would simply allow Internet streamers to continue negotiating with the record label's representative, SoundExchange, in an effort to try and resolve the dispute over royalty payments.

The bill introduced late Thursday was necessary because Congress is headed for recess and law requires this enabling legislation while Congress is away from Washington because the parties are seeking a statutory license.

It doesn't guarantee a thing&hellip

Music Memory Cards

The big four record labels have come up with a new way to replace the CD.

You might want to sit down for this one.

Fingernail-sized memory cards that will hold an entire album, notes, cover art and allow for some personal storage by the consumer.

Some 449 million CDs were sold in 2007 -- a 19% percent drop from the previous year and a continuation of an almost constant eight year decline in sales. Fifty million were sold digitally (Nielsen) -- not enough to give the labels any comfort that they have found the modern day replacement for the decreasingly unpopular CD.

Of course the largest number of song&hellip

Music Memory Cards

The big four record labels have come up with a new way to replace the CD.

You might want to sit down for this one.

Fingernail-sized memory cards that will hold an entire album, notes, cover art and allow for some personal storage by the consumer.

Some 449 million CDs were sold in 2007 -- a 19% percent drop from the previous year and a continuation of an almost constant eight year decline in sales. Fifty million were sold digitally (Nielsen) -- not enough to give the labels any comfort that they have found the modern day replacement for the decreasingly unpopular CD.

Of course the largest number of song&hellip

My Mobile Radio

I've waited a long time to share my thoughts on mobile "radio" -- that would include terrestrial signals and Internet brands.

Now, I'm ready.

Keep in mind this is my personal opinion and yours may differ. But it will be fun to trade views.

My mobile listening is done on an iPhone. I have enjoyed the iPhone -- although I had a lot of trouble initially trying to get the email to "push". Now, the mail works reasonably well. My calendar (on Entourage) is still a pain -- duplicating events such as birthdays many times every time there is a software update. One birthday a year is enough for me -- I don't know about&hellip

My Mobile Radio

I've waited a long time to share my thoughts on mobile "radio" -- that would include terrestrial signals and Internet brands.

Now, I'm ready.

Keep in mind this is my personal opinion and yours may differ. But it will be fun to trade views.

My mobile listening is done on an iPhone. I have enjoyed the iPhone -- although I had a lot of trouble initially trying to get the email to "push". Now, the mail works reasonably well. My calendar (on Entourage) is still a pain -- duplicating events such as birthdays many times every time there is a software update. One birthday a year is enough for me -- I don't know about&hellip