Gant Mizick ASCAP Daily Briefing
Democratic, But Dangerous Too: How the Web Changed Our World
In two decades the world wide web has become the most powerful information tool since Gutenberg’s printing press, but also the most intrusive and threatening. Aleks Krotoski, presenter of a major new series on the history of the net, reports.
Social Media Is Finally About the Media
By Caroline McCarthy — What does the maelstrom of hype around the launch of Apple’s tablet device have in common with Google’s announcement that select Sundance Film Festival titles will be available for rent on YouTube, or Digg founder Kevin Rose’s comments to the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper that the social news site he founded has “drastic” changes ahead? A lot, actually.
If You Could Just Monetize This, That Would Be Great
By Paul Resnikoff — Understandably, a major focus of Midem has been monetization. That introduced a number of ‘conference cliches’ and platitudes, including tired jabs against major labels, consumers, legislators, and entrepreneurs. But more constructively, Midem integrated executives from other industries, many of whom are grappling with similar challenges.
There’s No Such Thing As Free Content
By Jolie O’Dell — Someone, somewhere ends up putting out money for everything you do online, every piece of news you read, every web app you use. It takes professionals and hardware across a gigantic industry to make these things work.
Labels Learn To Monetize Apps
By Andre Paine — Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue – and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music conference in Cannes.
The Tipping Point for Radio?
By Jerry Del Colliano — Monthly fees have failed miserably in the music sector but Apple could pull it off with a cool new device that allows consumers to read books, save the newspaper industry from itself, access school textbooks, read PDFs, go online, use apps from Apple’s app store, play video and movies at a whim, listen to Internet radio and Pandora and on and on…. But what appears to be left out is radio — terrestrial radio. [Thanks to Tom Bocci for the link.]
Digital Piracy on the Rise on Campus
By Arth Pandya — Record number of student copyright infringement violations reported.
Swedish Music Fans Start to Steer Clear of Pirates
By Eric Pfanner — Sweden, long considered one of the world’s most welcoming havens for digital piracy, is now showing signs of turning back toward legal, licensed music, both online and in stores. Music sales in Sweden rose 10.2 percent last year, according to the recording companies’ international trade group, even as they fell by nearly 10 percent worldwide, continuing a nearly decade-long downward spiral.
Tetris Passes 100 Million Paid Mobile Downloads
By Barbara Ortutay — More than 25 years after its birth, Tetris is the best-selling mobile game of all time, having surpassed 100 million paid downloads on cell phones around the world.
Astronauts Finally Get Internet Access in Space
AP — – In a high tech first – really, really high – astronauts in space finally have Internet access. Space station resident Timothy (TJ) Creamer had been working with flight controllers to establish Internet access from his orbital post ever since he moved in last month. On Friday, his effort paid off. He posted the first live Twitter post truly from space.