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US Digital Music Sales to Bury CDs by 2010 August 27, 2009

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Is it time to bid farewell to the CD?

It is if you listen to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).

According to Arts Technica, the IFPI is claiming that “If current trends hold, U.S. digital music downloads will rake in more money than physical formats next year. Worldwide, digital will overtake physical by 2016.”

The United States is ahead of the technological curve, with consumers buying “the most digital music relative to their total music purchases.”

The growth of the U.S. digital market, the story says, “was quite constant from 2004 to 2007, then jumped 12 percentage points during 2008.”

The article continues: “Extrapolating this growth shows that digital music will account for the majority of major label revenue in the US market in mid-to-late 2010.”

You’ve been warned.

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The Weather Channel Launches New Digital Music Site TheWeatherChannelMusic.com August 27, 2009

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It is now a breeze for consumers to download the popular tunes showcased on The Weather Channel network.

The Weather Channel licensing division has announced the launch of http://www.TheWeatherChannelMusic.com , marking the popular weather company’s first foray onto the digital music scene.

TheWeatherChannelMusic.com features music currently being played on The Weather Channel network from some of today’s most popular artists and independent musicians – as well as additional musical selections listeners may enjoy.

For more: http://www.TheWeatherChannelMusic.com

KCRW Launches New Online Music Channel Eclectic24 Labor Day – September 7 – 9am PST August 27, 2009

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On Labor Day, September 7, 2009, KCRW will launch Eclectic24 — a new, online, all-music channel blending the collected talents and tastes of all the station’s DJs into a single voice streaming 24 hours a day. The stream will encompass the whole scope of the public radio station’s musical footprint over the last 30 years, integrating musical discoveries from across KCRW’s talented team of DJs — favorite new releases, the best of our rich live performance archives — with the voices of numerous musical icons that have appeared on the station over the years.

What’s special about this new channel is that it combines those fresh ideas with the rich history of our station in a non-stop music stream for our fans worldwide,” said KCRW Music Director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic Jason Bentley. Eclectic24’s programming curator is current KCRW DJ and former Music Director Chris Douridas, who is tapping into the station’s vast and ever-growing digital library of over 500,000 songs and its exclusive archive of 2000+ live performances and interviews, as well as exclusive KCRW music features like the Guest DJ Project and Today’s Top Tune (KCRW’s free song a day).

The station’s move online in 1998 and early foray into podcasting exposed a huge international audience to our programming and Eclectic24 cements KCRW’s place as a unique and vital resource for independent music discovery.

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Url: http://www.kcrw.com/eclectic24

Detroit Musician Creates Music Videos for the Hearing Impaired–He’s Deaf Too August 27, 2009

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Sean Forbes was born into a family of musicians. According to Detroit Make it Here, a Web site powered by Crain’s Detroit Business and Detroit Renaissance, Sean’s stepmother is a pianist, his brothers play saxophone and bass and his father and uncle lead the Detroit country rock band The Forbes Brothers. Therefore, the odds were good that Sean would also have some musical genes. He does.

The 27-year-old Farmington Hills resident plays drums and bass. But one thing differentiates him from the rest of his family. He’s been deaf since he was a baby.

Being deaf since he was young and having an interest in music put Sean into a unique position. He understood that others like him probably appreciated music as well. Maybe he couldn’t hear the music, but he could feel the music of instruments vibrating. He wanted to try to translate the power of lyrics in a way that deaf people could understand.

Sean posted his videos on YouTube, where they immediately became popular. Joel Martin, a music publisher in Ferndale, eventually signed on to help Sean start his own music video company, D-PAN (Deaf Performing Artists Network).

Here a news clip from a Detroit television station which introduces Sean, followed by a video based upon a song by John Mayer entitled Waiting For the World to Change.

The people signing in this video are hearing impaired performers from around the country who are signed by Sean’s company to star in the videos. These videos are compiled into DVD volumes and sold in stores and online.

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