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betterInformation, 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.


Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P
About 36 million Americans - or 27% of Internet users - say they download either music or video files and about half of them have found ways outside of traditional peer-to-peer networks or paid online services to swap their files.

Record Sales Up, Credit File Sharing
For the last few years the record industry has experienced drops in CD sales and blamed it all on file sharing. All of it.

Bentley College Readies Legal Content Distribution
Bentley College has partnered up with Ruckus Network, a Virginia based firm that provides media distribution architecture to college and university campuses. The industry-sanctioned service provides music from major as well as independent labels through centralized campus locations.

Music Fans Reach For The Stars
With infinite capacity and far-flung communication links, the Internet has opened a universe of options to music enthusiasts.

File-Sharing Case Worries Indie Artists
Recording industry executive Andy Gershon sees opportunity in the online file-sharing networks that most of his rivals decry as havens for music pirates. As president of V2 Records, home to such established acts as The White Stripes and Moby, Gershon mines such Internet distribution channels for new fans and revenues.

The Grokster Case's Silent Majority
Using no more than my laptop and any one of a hundred cheap or free online services, I can be a recording studio, record label, music store and marketing machine.

Camping Out for the Grokster Case
Forget Star Wars premieres. A seat at the MGM Studios v. Grokster Supreme Court hearing Tuesday morning was the hottest ticket in town.,14...

David Byrne Launching Internet Radio Station
Musician and artist David Byrne, known most widely as co-founder of the Talking Heads, has just launched an internet radio station that streams the music he digs.

Not an iPod
If Grokster can be held liable for piracy, defenders argue, what about iPods and other new technologies that can be used either for legitimate uses or for piracy?

Cell Phone Songs Prompt Control Questions
The rush is on to deliver music and video to mobile phones, with wireless providers and device makers jockeying for position to grab their share of the payday, all parties mindful of the surprising billions being spent on musical ringtones.


Let Fans Decide on Digital Rights
A program called PyMusique that sidesteps the protection on songs bought from Apple's iTunes Music Store raises interesting questions about digital rights management and their affect on consumer behaviors. Sites like betterPropaganda figure prominently in this discussion.


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