If Streaming Rates Stand, “We’ll Have to Shutter”, Says Pandora Founder

A Copyright Royalty Board decision last week chose to adopt a strict new fee structure proposed by a collection body of the RIAA for all web streams, far out of proportion to the fees paid by other media (broadcast, satellite radio) and previous paid by radio streams. Will the higher fees benefit musicians? Not if you ask the streamers; numerous arguments online suggest the cost of the new fees would actually exceed income, from everyone from small streams to enormous ones, and could threaten services like Pandora. For additional background: Webcast royalty rate decision announced at the Radio and Internet …

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Funky Music Art: 28 Gig Posters in 28 Days Complete

Nat “funnelbc”, creator of the CDM logo and graphic appearance, took on a project the rest of us at Team CDM thought was completely insane:

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28 Free Gig Posters in 28 Days: CDM’s Designer Nat Plans for a Busy February

Have a gig coming up? Need a rocking poster to publicise said gig to the wider community? You should check out Nat’s 28 Posters in 28 Days Poster Challenge! You know you’re going to get a great result, because Nat designed this here website, and CDMo, and the forums. You should get in quick, however, because he doesn’t seem to be starting out in the most positive frame of mind: They said I couldn’t do it! My girlfriend said I couldn’t do it. I don’t think I can do it… Let me preface this by saying that I have a …

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A Real Web Music Success Story: A Death Metal Parrot Clears the Way for Avian Vocalists

You may have heard a lot about the InterWeb, a new network that magically connects people around the world through their Compute-trons. You might have heard about its powers to promote music, perhaps by an ill-researched story yesterday where I stupidly pointed to a UK artist who will go unmentioned here. (As it turns out, which I would have known had I bothered to, um, read, all of the following did indeed happen: “girl produces webcast from basement,” “girl gets fan following,” “girl makes it big,” “girl signs record deal,” “girl hires publicist.” Just in the reverse order. It doesn’t …

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AudioBase: Massive, Indie-Contributed Loop Library Online

Selling CDs? Not in 2006: now it’s about selling loops. AudioBase.com, just acquired and rebranded from the former identity appleLoops.com, already has 1,500 loops for cross-platform use. The whole library costs just US$99 (or $19.50 for a single 200-loop library), and you get instant online access rather than waiting for a shipment. Indie artists, take note: they’re taking submissions. Artists like Steve Stoll (pictured) have found fame, so why not you? There aren’t any particular limitations on genre, and I wonder if the current formats (AIFF/Apple Loops) will be expanded under the site’s newly cross-platform charter. Martin Sitter, the well-respected …

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Best of the Rest: Underground Music Making Edition

It’s a sad day: you’ve dumped all those music site news feeds because you had real “work” to do. Good news: it’s time to take a look at the best of the rest on the Web. This week, I’ve got some great articles plus downloadable sounds, video, software, to keep you up with underground digital music making: Our friend James Polenco of Fake Science now has his own blog looking at the media industry. Expect lots of coverage of emerging distribution methods and independent music. Speaking of indie music, GarageSpin gets the scoop on a video download feed called iMusic …

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Fake Science Launches Indie Music Store; SF Party

This Friday November 4, our friends at Fake Science Labs (home of some terrific podcasts) will be launching a new way for independent labels and artists to sell their music online. Here’s what’s revolutionary about it: $2 per EP (5 songs or less) / $5 per LP 60% of the money goes direct to the artist High-quality MP3s with no nasty DRM More on this as they make their official announcement Friday. In the meantime, if you’re in San Francisco, they’re throwing a bash Friday night with friends like Ms. E (pictured); details Friday night after the break so you …

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Music as Activism: iTunes Videos Could Help Sudan + Indie Film

Indie film and iTunes? Maybe hard to believe a day after the announcement when you can only watch a few ABC TV shows or Pixar shorts, but Dave Ahl of Modiba Productions writes us in with an optimistic take: I just wanted to let you know how revolutionary Apple’s announcement regarding paid downloadable video segements is for independent film-makers. Modiba Productions (an African music and film company raising money and awareness for African social and political causes thru the arts) has been waiting for precisely this business model. For the first time ever, small companies without retail distribution or a …

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