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the betterPropaganda digital music newsletter

Welcome to the betterPropaganda digital music newsletter. Every two weeks we will be sharing the really important industry developments from media sources around the globe. We also hope to provide insight into what these developments mean, dispelling existing myths and offering reliable perspectives from a broad variety of sources.


Ken Manning,


The future of music 2005
More competition, more MP3s, more gigs and more gigabytes, more free-agent artists, more great sounds – expect 2005 to be a hell of a year for music.

SightSound looks to shut down Napster – again
Napster's future online has come into question once again with SightSound Technologies filing a motion on Monday to shut down the company's music download business.

Sony To Launch Service That Will Rival Apple's iTunes
Sony is to setup a global music download service under the Playstation brand in an attempt to take on the dominance of Apple’s iTunes.

Music industry embraces an online future
Music executives walked into this year's Midem conference beneath a giant banner promoting Napster, once the beleaguered industry's nemesis but now one of the services helping it turn a corner.

Smithsonian's song catalog goes on sale online
Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and the barking tree frogs are finally going online.

Online music stores break into mainstream
Online music stores broke into the mainstream in 2004, with more than 200 million tracks sold in the United States and Europe, a tenfold increase from the previous year, according to data released Wednesday.

Jukebox is reborn for the Internet age
The Internet has changed the way people listen to music in their personal space. (Think iPod and other portable music players.) Now, it's also changing the way people listen to music in public places, such as restaurants and bars.

INgrooves Mobile Music release
INgrooves Mobile Music will release exclusive and custom ring tone content from some of the biggest names in Dance/Electronic and Hip-Hop, including D-Block (The Lox), The Crystal Method, Thievery Corporation, Grandaddy and Felix da Housecat.


Blog Torrent and Participatory Culture
In this GrepLaw interview, Downhill Battle's Nicholas Reville describes the success (and takedown) of, alternative ways to buy music, what indie musicians think about filesharing, and real ways to counter threats to creativity and an open culture.


Banda Aceh Ambient Vigil
betterPropaganda staffers Jonah Sharp and Terbo Ted performed at a global ambient vigil for Banda Aceh Tsunami victims and survivors.


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