June 24, 2005

Another Round of Ringtone Stats [3:07 pm]

Ringtones make sweet music for record label [pdf]

Plus, some thistling past the graveyard by Sony:

While download services like Apple Computer Inc.’s (Nasdaq:AAPL - news) iTunes seem to have settled on a standard price of 99 cents per song, ringtone sellers can charge two to three times as much for a 15-second snippet.

“This is not a fad that will go away in the next year or so,” said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

[...] “Ultimately we believe the phone will be the player of choice for mobile music,” said Sony’s Hesse.

Sony BMG already makes as much money from ringtones as it does from computer-based digital downloads, and ringtone revenues at rival EMI Group Plc (EMI.L) only slightly trail those from song downloads.

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Declan on the Brewing Public WiFi Battles [11:16 am]

Should cities be ISPs?

An opening federal salvo has come from Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, who introduced a bill last month that would effectively prohibit state and local governments from providing Internet, telecommunications or cable hookups if a private company offers a “substantially similar service.” Existing municipal services already in place would be permitted to continue.

[...] Another bill veering in precisely the opposite direction could be introduced as early as this week by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Their proposal, the Community Broadband Act of 2005, is expected to permit a town or city to explore the option of deploying its own broadband network.

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OT: Poor Wendy…. [10:48 am]

The EFF’s Wendy Seltzer gets skewered in one of the entries for this week’s Photoshop Phriday, Sensational News Stories! — the perils of a bad frame and video capture software.

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Promotion in the Digital Age [8:28 am]

Fans Spread Jams With Music Mixes

Music fans once turned to radio DJs to expose them to new music. But as music grows on the net, listeners are relying on friends and strangers to feed them — often in creative combinations.

Forget the album and corporate radio. Fan-built playlists and mixes are taking over the way people get their music.

[...] While amateur mixing has been around since the days of taping the radio, making mixes is faster and easier with digital songs. And as people pick and choose what they like, they are sharing these musical collages with their friends — and strangers — on the web.

“Mix tapes and playlists are really the new container for music,” said Lucas Gonze, creator of Webjay, a site that allows visitors to build playlists from free (and legal) MP3s compiled from sources all over the web. “They’re dirt simple, they’re social and they work.”

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IP, Drugs and Aids [7:53 am]

The NYTimes editorial comes out in support of Brazil’s efforts to exercise the WIPO treaty exemptions for key drugs: Brazil’s Right to Save Lives

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