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The 5 Most Pivotal Moments For Digital Music In 2012

first_imgThere could hardly have been a more symbolic official end to the Napster era and more importantly, the beginning of one in which all-you-stream music subscription services are seen as a legitimate way forward for the industry. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich not only shared a stage with Napster cofounder Sean Parker to announce the band’s arrival on Spotify, he hugged him. Major questions remain about the viability of Spotify’s business model and whether it can fairly compensate artists, but it’s still early in the game and the fact that Metallica has embraced the model is a positive sign. Don’t hold your breath for The Beatles, though. 3. BitTorrent Goes Legit2012 was the year the strict association between the word BitTorrent and piracy started to erode. It still has a long way to go, but BitTorrent, Inc. has been aggressively marketing itself as a legitimate content distribution platform and teaming up with established artists and authors to prove it. Author Tim Ferriss may be the most high-profile content producer to partner with Bit Torrent, but musicians have been experimenting with the platform as well. After Pretty Lights published a bundle of free music and videos on BitTorrent, it soared to the top of Pirate Bay’s download chart, the DJ saw a 700% increase in traffic to his website, collected 100,000 email addresses and, probably not coincidentally, sold out two concerts at the Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado. For musicians, BitTorrent may provide an unexpected path to revenue. 4. Internet Radio Fairness Act IntroducedInternet radio providers like Pandora and iHeartRadio are expensive to operate. That’s largely because these companies operate under a different royalty rate regime than terrestrial and satellite radio stations, both of which pay far less than Pandora to copyright holders. In September, a bill called the Internet Radio Fairness Act (IRFA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that aimed to level the playing field. Record labels, royalty collection organizations and some artists were less than thrilled with the IRFA. Congressional testimony and debate got underway in November and the issue is expected to continue to be a contentious one in 2013. Whatever happens with the IRFA as it was originally drafted (many predict its demise), something needs to give, and that something will have to balance the need for innovation with the rights of those who create music for a living. The end result of the debate that kicked off in 2012 will have a huge impact on radio’s future. 5. Amanda Palmer’s Blockbuster Crowdfunding Experiment2012 was the year that independent musicians, desperate for a new business model, started taking the crowdfunding craze seriously. In an age when revenue is harder and harder to come by for musicians, many turned to fans to help fund the recording of their album, production of music videos and other projects.There were plenty of successful campaigns, but none got more attention than that of Amanda Palmer. The singer took to Kickstarter to fund the release of her album and ended up blowing past the $100,000 goal to rake in more than $1.1 million. Suddenly, crowdfunding looked like a viable model for musicians. The Amanda Palmer example is not without its caveats, though. For one, not all independent artists will have a fan base as rabid as the famously social media-savvy Palmer. About half of all music-related Kickstarter projects fail to reach their goal. For the right projects and artists, though, crowdfunding can work quite well, as Palmer demonstrated. Any artists that do luck out on Kickstarter might want to do their best to avoid the public relations headache incurred by Palmer after she invited unpaid musicians to play with her onstage – and was subsequently lambasted across the Web. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 2. Lars Ulrich Hugs Sean Parker, Embraces Spotify  9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App john paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 2012 was a big year for music. No, I’m not talking about Adele, Call Me Maybe or the Tupac hologram. The big news this year were the shifts at the intersection of music and technology that occurred as the industry continued to figure out its digital future. Indeed, the biggest moments in music tech this year all had to do with piracy or the tricky evolution of a business model to replace the one that started dying a decade ago. 1. The Death Of SOPA / Megaupload Raid These two events were not officially related, but they happened within 24 hours of each other and they both helped frame the debate about content piracy. In late January, the uber-controversial anti-piracy bills called SOPA and PIPA were tabled by the U.S. Congress after massive online protests. The death of SOPA meant the fabric of the Internet would be spared from the wrath of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and set the stage for new legislative battles.  Just as that attempt at fighting piracy ended, an even more dramatic one began when New Zealand police – by request of the U.S. Justice Department – arrested Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and several of his colleagues in a military-style raid. The hacker group Anonymous responded with large-scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that took out the Department of Justice’s website. For the first time, the so-called “piracy wars” started to look like an actual war. The Megaupload raid marked the beginning of a lengthy legal procedure, but it also raised major questions about the rights of non-infringing cyberlocker users and caused similar services to get more serious about fighting piracy, if they didn’t shut themselves down all together.  Tags:#digital music#internet radio#Kickstarter#music#Pandora#SOPA#spotify#streaming music 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Railways job to volleyball player who lost her leg

first_imgArunima Sinha in hospital.Finally, the government has woken up to the plight of volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost her leg for resisting a robbery. Arunima, who had been pushed off a moving train by robbers in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, will get a job.The government was shaken out of its slumber only after Arunima snubbed the paltry compensation of Rs 25,000 offered by the sports ministry on Wednesday. Now the railways has said that it will offer her a job.In addition to that, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday also clarified that what he offered on Wednesday was only interim compensation. Now, his ministry has released an additional Rs two lakh as medical relief to her, with the assurance that even more money would be given, if needed.”I have written to the Home Minister to give her job in CISF. If needed, we will give more relief and attempts to get her job in other ministries as well. We are releasing Rs two lakh as medical relief to her,” Maken said.Maken also slammed the UP government and the railways, saying, “The UP government had more responsibility in this regard. They should try to catch culprits and given more compensation. Even the Railway Ministry could provide her job.”Following her fall, one of Sinha’s legs had to be amputated below the knee. The other leg suffered multiple fractures as she was hit by a train passing on the adjacent track. The accident occurred near Bareilly station during her journey from Lucknow to Delhi on the Padmavati Express. Sinha had on Wednesday said she was a victim of attempted robbery. “They tried to snatch my chain. I resisted and got into a fight. Suddenly, they pushed me off the train,” she said.advertisementRailway board offers helpRailway Board chairman Vivek Sahay has said not only will his department offer her compensation, but will also work towards rehabilitating her. Sahay added that the railways have begun looking for a non-governmental organisation to ensure prosthetic aid for the hapless victim. Arunima, who was crippled for life after allegedly being pushed off a moving train in UP, was offered just Rs 25,000 as ex-gratia by the Union sports ministry. An enraged Sinha on Thursday turned down the government’s financial assistance – shortly after it was announced by Ajay Maken, MoS with Independent Charge for Youth Affairs and Sports. The 23-year-old demanded a government job to compensate for her career loss. Sinha had to face more humiliation on Thursday when the Government Railway Police (GRP) brushed aside her claim that she fell off the train during a scuffle with robbers.last_img read more

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Loss puts Ceres in Hanoi crosshairs

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP But with Vietnamese champion Hanoi nipping Tampines Rovers of Singapore, 2-1, for top spot in Group F, Ceres needed at least a draw to avoid Hanoi in the Final Four.But the 0-1 loss to Becamex set the stage for a titanic collision between Ceres and Hanoi in the next round with the Bacolod-based club hosting the first leg on June 18 and the second leg set at the Vietnamese capital a week later.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think it will be really tough now,” said Ceres defender Alvaro Silva, who played for Hanoi for two seasons, when asked about their matchup with the Vietnamese champions.Hanoi boasts a talented crew that powered Vietnam to the AFF Suzuki Cup title last December—a run that included a semifinal win over the Philippines. For Stephan Schrock, Carli De Murga, Kevin Ingreso and Mike Ott, who were part of the team that lost to Vietnam, it will be an opportunity for payback against the club led by Nguyen Quang Hai, who is considered the best player in Southeast Asia at the moment.Brazilian striker Wander Luiz pounced on a mistake from sub Joshua Dutosme, before beating Roland Muller with a long-range striker in the 88th minute, sending Becamex into the next round, where it will meet Indonesian side PSM Makassar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Rodriguez eyes third crown PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess BACOLOD CITY—It’s a defeat that could come back to haunt Ceres-Negros in the AFC Cup.Having clinched a spot in the semifinals with a game to spare, the Busmen could afford to drop their final Group G match against Becamex Binh Duong last Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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