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Company granted patent on new infrared technology

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Smartphone gig

We’ve never quite understood why some people choose to go to gigs and watch them through their smartphone screens – doesn’t that sort of negate the point of actually being there? – but it’s certainly a massive thing these days. If Apple has its way, though, it might not be a thing for too much longer. Read the rest of this page »

Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service

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Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, according to people familiar with the matter. Read the rest of this page »

Apple’s Billion, GarageBand’s New Instruments and Beijing’s Big Tech Shift

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Apple is celebrating the rich history of Chinese music today, adding traditional Chinese instruments including the pipa and erhu to its recording software GarageBand as well as a full library of loops inspired by Chinese musical styles. The company has also more wholly localized the entire application for Chinese users, “with all sounds, loops and instruments now translated to Simplified Chinese or Traditional Chinese.” Also notable is a new feature which allows artists to upload their work directly to Chinese-borne social giants QQ and Yukou. Read the rest of this page »

Music Theory: 4 Jazz Techniques for Electronic Composers

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Taking tips from the Jazz greats like Monk, Coltrane and Corea can help you sound more like electronic producers like Thavius Beck, BT, and Richard Devine. Check out these 4 music theory tips. Read the rest of this page »

PRS for Music Foundation Launches New Program to Provide Support For Emerging Acts

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The booming live industry may be where the majority of artists make their money, but for new and emerging acts the costs of touring can still be prohibitive. In response, PRS for Music Foundation — the independent charitable arm of the U.K. collecting society — has teamed with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union to offer a new 72-hour flash funding initiative. Read the rest of this page »

How To Fix Broken Headphones Using These Simple Soldering Steps

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This video and detailed step-by-step instructional article shows you how to repair broken headphones! Don’t throw them away until after you’ve tried this! Read the rest of this page »

Downloads, While Waning, Are Far From Dead

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Recent numbers from the RIAA point to the death of the download, at least in the U.S. Despite that trend, though, 45.95 percent of consumers asked in a recent survey said they are “more likely to download content.” That statistic comes from a new report by Limelight Networks — the content delivery company that first supported Netflix’s streaming service in the late aughts — which surveyed 1,136 consumers this past February and that outlines how people view, and use, downloads in an increasingly streamed media world. Read the rest of this page »

A Guide To Clearing Samples In Music Production

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So you made an awesome track using a sample from another piece of music by another artist, and want to shop it to labels to release it for profit – what do you do next? Artists like Vanilla Ice, Two Live Crew, Bashmore, and Baauer have all faced allegations of unlawful sampling with some cases even going to the US Supreme Court. As a small time or professional producer how do you approach sampling and when do you decide that it is in your best interest to get sample clearance? Read on to find out from guest writer, lawyer, and producer Saleem Razvi. Read the rest of this page »

RJD2 Explains Losing and Winning With ‘Mad Men,’ the Licensing Inspiration of His New Record

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RJD2 Explains Losing and Winning With 'Mad Men,' the Licensing Inspiration of His New Record

“I have a four-year-old son who wakes me up at 7:00 a.m. every day,” RJD2 tells Billboard on the phone from Columbus. “I haven’t toured since I had my son. I’ve done gigs and spot dates, but I haven’t gotten in a vehicle and gone out for three weeks at a time,” he says. As his touring life cooled, RJD2 has focused on other ways to work. Read the rest of this page »

The Legality of Selling ‘Used’ Digital Songs and Movies Headed to Appeals Court

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For those who have amassed an extensive iTunes collection of songs and movies, is there any hope of reselling these works? Read the rest of this page »

David Lowery, Cracker Frontman and Artist Advocate, Explains His $150 Million Lawsuit Against Spotify: Q&A

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Just before the New Year, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery dropped a bomb on the music business in the form of a proposed class-action copyright-infringement lawsuit against Spotify. The suit, filed on Lowery’s behalf by the law firm Michelman & Robinson, asserts that Spotify lacks mechanical licenses for many of the songs it’s streaming. (In addition to paying public performance royalties through ASCAP and BMI, streaming services like Spotify also need to get mechanical licenses for songs, either by striking direct deal with publishers or using the statutory license.) The lawsuit says Spotify could potentially be liable for up to $150 million in damages.

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‘This Is How Things Get Messed Up’: Raekwon’s Music Business Advice

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Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon put on his mentor hat in a recent interview, saying that it’s important for young artists to keep their business interests and friends separate. Surrounding yourself with yes-men and hangers-on is the wrong way to go, he told Jan DeLeon. Read the rest of this page »

5 Reasons To Consider Tuning To 432Hz For Meditation Music

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The 432 Hz debate continues. Whether you agree with the scientific research (or lack of) behind using 432 Hz, here’s Torkom Ji weighing in with 5 reasons 432 Hz could be ideal for meditation music. Read the rest of this page »

Producing Drums: 4 Tips to Make it Sound Real

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With so many of us working directly with drum sample libraries, here’s four quick tips on how to make your drums sound real when you don’t have the budget to hire Lars Ulrich. Read the rest of this page »