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I awoke today and found
The frost perched on the town
It hovered in a frozen sky
Then it gobbled summer down

Greetings from Vail, Colorado, where it’s the final week of the season and I’m using zinc oxide on my lips to prevent blisters.

Just a moment ago it was winter. I was wearing my 3.0 underwear and my down mittens, and now there’s bare spots on Pepi’s Face and everybody in town can’t wait until the tourists leave and they can too, for a hard-earned respite in Cabo or Moab…anywhere where it’s hot.

But I still want it to be cold.

Funny this skiing thing. It’s the only constant in my life. I’ve wandered from the faith, but upon my return I find the sensation is still the same, exquisite, sensational…literally, it’s all about feeling, and I tend to live an intellectual life.

And when I want to disconnect from this life I pull up the tunes that mean so much to me but not necessarily to others. Like Tom Rush’s rendition of “Urge For Going.”

And, Of Course, Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings | Techdirt

Just a few days ago, we wrote about how the record labels were trying to have it both ways. That is, on the one hand, they are arguing in a variety of cases that the DMCA shouldn't apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, while also arguing against any attempt to treat pre-1972 sound recordings the same as if they were under federal copyright law. At the same time, they are claiming that it's somehow unfair that Sirius XM and Pandora aren't paying statutory licensing fees on those very same pre-1972 recordings.

Having already sued Sirius XM over the issue last fall, the RIAA's record labels have nowtargeted a similar lawsuit at Pandora. The lawsuit itself is highly misleading, taking statements from Pandora totally out of context (the labels have a habit of doing this). The most obnoxious of these misrepresentations is the RIAA's claim that Pandora recently stated in SEC filings that there's a risk factor if the company is "required to obtain licenses from individual sound recording copyright owners for the reproduction and public performance of pre-1972 sound recordings." 

LinkedIn Hits 300 Million Users Amid Mobile Push

LinkedIn proudly broadcasted its increasing mobile traffic last week, but that's not the only growth the company is experiencing.

LinkedIn announced Friday it has reached 300 million registered users, a jump from 277 million members at the beginning of the year. LinkedIn announced the 200 million user milestone inJanuary 2013, which means the company has added an average of 6.6 million new users per month over the past 15 months.

YouTube Still Serving Ads on Hate Rock Videos. | The Trichordist

In the wake of the Jewish Community center shootings Sunday we would just like to remind everyone that YouTube/Google is still serving ads on hate rock and neo nazi videos. Maybe there is a case for free speech here, but there is no excuse for profiting from this garbage.

Also many of these video channels are actively engaged in recruiting members for hate groups. You can verify this yourself. Here is a list of Hate Rock bands compiled by the ADL. Search Youtube for these bands videos and then look at what is going on in the comments.

Big Labels Take Aim at Pandora on Royalties - NYTimes.com

The music industry has opened a new front in its war against Pandora Media: royalties for songs made before 1972.

On Thursday, several major record companies filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, accusing Pandora of violating the state’s common-law copyright protections by using recordings of older songs without permission. Along with a string of cases filed last year against Sirius XM Radio, the suit highlights an obscure legal issue that has come to the fore with the rise of streaming music online: that recordings made before Feb. 15, 1972, are not subject to federal copyright protection and may be missing out on tens of millions of dollars in royalties, according to industry estimates.

In the suit, the three big labels, Sony, Universal and Warner Music, along with ABKCO, an independent label that controls the rights to many early songs by the Rolling Stones, accuse Pandora of playing old songs without licenses. Like the suits last year against Sirius XM — the band the Turtles (“Happy Together”) acted first, with a $100 million class-action suit, and the labels followed with their own complaint — the case argues that even though songs from before 1972 are not under federal copyright, Pandora should have to get permission to use them under state law.

[Interview] Jodi Chall, COO and Co-Founder of SongLily - SoundCtrlSoundCtrl

Though it seems too stark to believe, this statement sums up the appeal of music licensing marketplaceSongLily. Started last year by Les Borsai (CEO) and Jodi Chall, (COO), SongLily is aiming to fill a pair of often misfitting shoes. Music licensing is generally complicated, and when there are already other “no-frills” music request sites competing for the attention of programmers and producers, (such as Syncofy) one has to wonder, “How can SongLily possibly make easy any easier?

That question is answered quickly enough. On the home page for SongLily’s website, visitors and prospective licensees are greeted with a bright and colorful screen devoted to song titles, artist names, bottom line prices, a built-in music player, and a shopping cart. There’s no denying SongLily’s music marketplace wants to streamline customers to “purchase and sync in media,” without inducing hassle and headaches in the process. Beyond permission acquisition efficiency, SongLily is also pouring energy into supporting a specific crowd that lies so close, and yet so far, from the inner workings of music industry: app developers.

Fred Wilson: Turntable.fm Was ‘Too Social’ | Evolver.fm

Turntable.fm, whose launch was originally reported here, was an amazing, first-of-its-kind web app that nobody uses anymore, because it flamed out and people moved on. The problem with this group listening app, which let a handful of people choose music for everyone in the room, with everyone represented as cute little avatars in an actual room was that few users kept DJing away and racking up points, but the rest of us soon gave up — after just six to eight weeks, according to a new Business Insider interview with Fred Wilson, whose firm had invested in the company.

Turntable.fm was web-only during its quick rise, although the eventual iOS version was nice. People listened to it on a computer, which means they were doing something else, instead of the real-time up/down voting or DJing that made Turntable.fm so fun. In less than two months, most of us went back to something that required less intervention.

Samsung's Milk Music Service Will Soon Include Ads

When Samsung introduced its first Internet radio service Milk Music in March, one of the things that stood out was that it was available free and without ads. That may change soon, according to information disclosed by Samsung today.

Nestled away in an infographic about Milk Music is a pricing plan which suggests that the free version of the service will “soon” include advertising. Those wanting to avoid corporate messages interrupting their listening will be able to pay $3.99 per month for a premium service that Samsung hints is also on its way, complete with as-yet-unknown ”exclusive features”.

Irving Azoff’s Next Frontiers? Publishing and Blue-Chip Marketing | Billboard

Azoff MSG Entertainment's latest dealings in the marketing and publishing arenas say much about where the action is in the music business. On April 8, AMSGE, the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Co., announced its third acquisition since Irving Azoff and MSG partnered up last September. The group acquired a 50 percent stake in Burns Entertainment, a Chicago-based matchmaker of celebrities and advertisers that recently paired Romeo Santos and Macklemore with Dr Pepper and Azoff management client Chelsea Handler with 7-Up.

Wu-Tang Clan fans pooling $5 million to buy sole copy of the group's next album | The Verge

There's truly a Kickstarter project for just about everything. Case in point: a new fundraising effort to pool together $5 million to buy the upcoming Wu-Tang Clan album, which the group is planning make available to only one lucky person. Last month, Wu-Tang Clan member Robert "RZA" Digg described the album, called The Wu — Once Upon a Time In Shaolin, as a true collectors item, something equivalent to "having the scepter of an Egyptian king." The group's already been offered $5 million for it, putting it well out of the reach of normal humans. And that's not sitting well with two twenty-somethings from California and Utah, who have taken to Kickstarter to raise those funds collectively, then distribute the album to backers:

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