|Clipcanvas Set To Offer Customizable Production Music Alongside Current Video Offering
Clipcanvas has entered a partnership to offer Smartsound’s customizable production music, alongside their current stock footage offering of more than 325,000 video clips.
* Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC2012) is now descending upon San Francisco. Chitter-chatter surrounds a newly-unveiled iOS6, more on OS X Mountain Lion, updates to an Apple-grown mapping app (instead of Google’s) and Siri improvements. CEO Tim Cook will preside, and of course, a rumors of a new iPhone are also simmering.
* Perhaps catastrophes like the Indiana State Fair and Pukkelpop are causing promoters to err on the side of caution. Accordingly, Electric Daisy Carnival organizers reacted quickly to high winds in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Attendees were initially shuttled into the bleachers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and the gates were closed before the entire evening was cancelled. Saturday tickets were accepted for the Sunday night event, in which tamer weather prevailed.
* Across the country, Bonnaroo was stuffed with names like Skrillex, Alice Cooper, Phish, Radiohead, Questlove, D’Angelo, GZA, Childish Gambino, Kenny Rogers, Bon Iver, and the Beach Boys. It was also live-streamed on YouTube, just like Coachella before it.
* The race for centralized and distributed media management continues. Qualcomm Atheros has just launched its Skifta Engine, usable by device manufacturers to create mobile-based, media distribution solutions for DNLA-enabled devices. We’re currently testing Skifta; more ahead.
* On the publishing side, the Netherlands-based Fintage House has entered into an investment and strategic partnership with UK-based Rights Agency Limited. Fintage specializes in publishing rights across film, music, and tv, including digital; the combination will widen the collective footprint in neighboring rights.
* Fanzy, a Facebook-focused, social loyalty rewards engine, now has 20,000 brands using its platform add-on. Sony Music Entertainment is among the bigger names.
* Our bad: we misspelled Azealia Banks last week (also, it’s pretty easy to misspell ‘misspelled’ for added embarrassment).
* Insert angry major label artist here. The latest is Fiona Apple, whose team is fighting label Epic/Sony to stop meddling in her latest album marketing campaign. Perhaps the irony is obvious, as is the omnipresent present-day dysfunctionality.
* Are aliens stealing our music? That’s the focus of Listen.com (and ultimately Rhapsody) founder-turned-author Rob Reid, who tongue-in-cheeks the possibility of some seriously, ‘Universal’ sized piracy. Year Zero hits shelves July 10th.
|Portable Piano Outlet Announces Launch of New Website, Inspired by Recent Studies Showing Positive Effects of Playing a Musical Instrument on the Body and Mind
The burst of research in recent years focusing on the positive effects of music on the mind and body has shed light on the numerous benefits it can provide, including increasing the capacity of your memory, enhancing coordination, relieving stress, and promoting happiness in your life (Matthews, “18 Benefits Of Playing A Musical Instrument”).
It’s Official: Songwriters Are Now Getting Less Money from Traditional Radio…http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120611bmi
* It wasn’t a music-focused WWDC, but Apple was bursting with smooth-tech releases. That includes a number of Google jabs, most notably a homegrown, Yelp-peppered native mapping app, and tighter integrations into Facebook and Twitter. Both the updated OS X Mountain Lion and iOS 6 are designed with more social aspects in mind, as well as beefed up iCloud components like Documents and mobile ecommerce-focused Passbook.
* Oh, and Siri is growing up, and navigating streets and apps alike. And on the hardware side, an ultra-thin MacBook Pro was the dazzler, while the Macbook Air got slashed sub-$1,000.
* And, remember Roqbot? The fun idea is to give music fans the ability to control music in bars and clubs through their mobile devices. Actually, the company first started making noise at SXSW in 2011, but is suddenly back with $1.2 million in funding. Check for a formal announcement ahead.
* Looks like Last.fm has had a lurking security issue for three months or more, but only recently discovered the problem. GigaOM unearths the far broader breach; Last.fm warned users over the weekend that usernames and passwords had been broadly poached.
* Someone hates us in Nashville. The Production Music Association (PMA) is hosting their executive forum on music valuations on Thursday, June 21st, not earlier as we’d mentioned. The action happens at the BMI offices in Nashville at 6 pm; more at the pmamusic.com.
* Elsewhere, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) will be holding its annual meeting in New York on June 13th. Author Robert Levine will keynote.
* In the app world, Songza suddenly has a top-ranked iPad and iPhone app, thanks to updates involving its concierge feature (not yet available on the Android side). The iPhone app is the top free app in the music category; the iPad app is the top free app overall.
* Separately, Spotify has just updated its Android app with a number of enhancements. That includes full support for Android 4.0, 320 kbps quality, and Last.fm scrobbling. Check it out on Google Play.
* Which brings us to Soundrop, a highly-social, Spotify-based app that has just rallied $3 million from Northzone.
* She kept her head up – literally. Lady Gaga suffered a mild concussion during a recent performance in New Zealand, thanks to an on-stage accident, but managed to soldier through 16 songs.
* ReverbNation is now broadening its artist affinity play on Facebook. As part of its Facebook-focused ‘Promote It’ advertising launch, ReverbNation was initially targeting users through ‘similar artist’ likes. The list has now expanded to include actual listens through Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, Deezer, or MySpace.
* Also on the funding front, MyMusic has just grabbed a $1 million angel seed round. The company is focused on aggregating the vast range of artist assets littered online, and presenting them in a more coherent, unified fashion. “The site was born out of our frustration with not being able to find all of the information about the music we loved in one place,” said CEO Rob Lane.
If the Internet Is Global, Why Is Music Still So Regional? http://digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120611borders
|.MUSIC (DotMusic) Applies for Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) with ICANN
Part of Seven-Year Effort to Create Inclusive, Transparent Entity to Serve Global Music Community