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Podcast Consumer Attitudes Study to be Released, January 28th–Registration Required January 27, 2010

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The results of our recently concluded Podcast Consumer Attitudes study in conjunction with the Association for Downloadable Media, will be presented by Edison Research’s Tom Webster in a webinar on Thursday, January 28th at 3:00pm EST, 2:00pm CST, and Noon PST. The webinar is free but registration is required at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/909488120 Join us!

The results of this groundbreaking look at the attitudes and behaviors of these active podcast consumers will include:

* A comparison of the effectiveness of advertising approaches across various new and traditional media channels.
* An examination of post-exposure purchase and trial behaviors for consumers exposed to podcast advertising.
* A quantification of the “halo” effect of podcast advertising for prospective brands and sponsors.
* A look at the rapid adoption of mobile audio and video consumption.
* The effectiveness of pre-recorded advertisements, sponsorships and host-read messaging in podcasts.

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Noteflight Announces Premium Online Music Notation Service January 19, 2010

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Noteflight, LLC, a company dedicated to reinventing the way people create, share and use written music, announced the launch of Noteflight Crescendo, a premium online music notation service. The next generation of their acclaimed Noteflight platform, which enables individuals to write music online, Crescendo provides musicians with advanced features and improved sound quality while still offering an easy and fun means to create and share scores.

“By launching Crescendo we are now able to provide the music community with the best of both worlds–a more powerful online music notation platform for professionals, educators, students and music enthusiasts and a free model for the novice or occasional user,” said Joe Berkovitz, President and Founder of Noteflight.

Following the successful grassroots launch of their online music composition and score-writing platform in 2008, which resulted in tens of thousands of users in 130 different countries, Noteflight Crescendo delivers users a richer sonic experience and more advanced capabilities. An affordable, approachable alternative to desktop notation programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Crescendo takes online music notation to a new level while still maintaining affordability, ease-of-use and the excitement and interactivity of a social music platform.

Built on the same elegant and powerful interface, Noteflight Crescendo users gain access to a set of sophisticated features, including advanced collaboration and a higher quality orchestral sound library provided by virtual instrument manufacturer, SONiVOX (http://www.sonivox.com). Where the free version of Noteflight includes a basic set of instrument samples drawn from the public domain, the Crescendo instrumental palette offers over forty professionally recorded wavetable instruments from SONiVOX. These instruments provide an immersive new dimension to the Noteflight musical experience.

“Our partnership with Noteflight has enabled us, for the first time, to enter the exciting new arena of cloud computing services,” said Jennifer Hruska, Founder and President of SONiVOX. “We’re thrilled by the advent of products like Crescendo that bring the audio experience of SONiVOX instruments to the global online music community.”

Rock Out With The New T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition January 19, 2010

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T-Mobile USA, Inc. announces the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.

As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.

The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.

“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”

Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.

“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device”.

With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality.

An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.

The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps with Street View, YouTube and Picasa. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.

Cakewalk® Announces New Mobile Studio Canvas January 19, 2010

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Anaheim, CA, Winter NAMM, Hall A, Booth 6700 (January 14, 2010) — Cakewalk, the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording, announces the new Mobile Studio Canvas.

The Mobile Studio Canvas for Mac, PC, and standalone performance is the first such product in the Cakewalk hardware family. Capable of producing over 1,000 sounds, the Mobile Studio Canvas includes the Roland SD-50 Sound Module, redesigned GM (General MIDI) 2, and Roland’s Solo Tones sounds. The unit’s USB memory drive can playback MP3, WAV, AIFF, and MIDI files without a computer. It is also a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as a 1×1 MIDI interface, and ships with SONAR 8.5 LE recording software for use with a computer (for Windows only).

The Mobile Studio Canvas is ideal for a wide range of users, including musicians looking for a great, general purpose sound source, karaoke and bar DJs, hobbyists and non-musicians who need portable MP3 and SMF playback, and any musician who needs instrument accompaniment for live sets.

Main Features
• Compact, portable USB Bus powered Audio & MIDI solution, perfect for laptop and mobile use
• Up to 128 voice polyphony
• 1,125 total sounds, including GM2, GS and three of Roland’s hyper-realistic Solo Tones, including Shakuhachi, Violin, and Trombone, as well as 32 drum sets great for a variety of styles
• 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/44.1 kHz audio interface with XLR/¼” inputs/Phantom Power/Hi-Z input, 1 x 1 MIDI interface, and V-Link support
• Built-in hardware DSP FX for Reverb, Chorus, and Mastering
• USB port for quick playback of MP3/WAV/AIFF/SMF (MIDI) files from a USB memory drive
• Enhanced Transport Controls for file playback including the ability to change keys, tempos, A/B Loop, Repeat, Center Cancel (for Karaoke) and more
• Powered by AC adapter, USB bus power, or batteries (6 x AA)
• Compatible with Mac and Windows computers — Includes SONAR 8.5 LE recording software (Windows only)
• Play List editor for Mac and Windows

”The Mobile Studio Canvas represents a new high watermark in Cakewalk’s continued efforts to bring leading-edge, ‘functional’ hardware to our customers,” said Michael Hoover, Cakewalk’s executive vice president of products. “It’s a perfect fit for a wide variety of music producers and consumers alike.”

Availability
The Mobile Studio Canvas will be available at select music and sound retailers worldwide in late April, 2010. For more information on Cakewalk’s complete line of USB MIDI controllers and keyboard products, interfaces, studio hardware, and more, please visit http://www.cakewalk.com/hardware. Local prices may vary, please check with your local Cakewalk distributor, or your local retailer for more details.

For localized pricing and availability visit:
• Cakewalk (The Americas except Brazil and Canada)
• Roland Australia
• Roland Brazil
• Roland Canada
• Roland Central Europe (Belgium, France, Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
• Roland East Europe
• Roland Germany (Austria)
• Roland Switzerland
• Roland Iberia (Portugal, Spain)
• Roland Italy
• Roland Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Iceland)
• Roland Music LLC (Russia)
• Roland UK
For a complete list of distributors worldwide visit: http://www.cakewalk.com/Dealers/International.asp.

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About Cakewalk, Inc.
Cakewalk, Inc. is the world’s leading developer of powerful, yet easy to use products for music creation and recording:
• Award-winning Digital Audio Workstations and Sequencers
• Integrated Music Hardware and Software Solutions
• Powered Stereo Monitors
• High-quality Digital Audio and MIDI Interfaces
• Innovative Virtual Instruments and Effects
• Entry-level Consumer Products

Millions of musicians around the world choose Cakewalk products to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries. These customers include Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers and engineers. We invite you to learn more about our company and products by visiting http://www.cakewalk.com.

Cakewalk is a registered trademark and the Cakewalk logo and SONAR are trademarks of Cakewalk, Inc. Mobile Studio Canvas and Solo Tones are a trademark of Roland Corp. Other trademarks mentioned are held by their respective owners. All specifications and appearances are subject to change without notice.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Announces Re-Branding Of In-House Label To WaterTower Music January 18, 2010

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Warner Bros. Entertainment is re-branding its in-house music label as WaterTower Music, it was announced by Toby Emmerich, President and COO, New Line Cinema.

Formerly New Line Records, WaterTower Music will begin operating under its new name immediately under the leadership of Jason Linn, who created the label in 2000 at New Line Cinema. Linn will be based in Los Angeles and report to Emmerich and Paul Broucek, President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures. The re-branding will allow the label to clearly communicate its role in supporting all divisions within Warner Bros. Entertainment as a premiere full-service music label.

“The notion of marketing music hand-in-hand with film has always been exciting to us,” commented Emmerich. “With both divisions now under the same umbrella, the sky is the limit. This is the vision Jason and I shared when we launched the label 10 years ago, and we’re thrilled to be given this opportunity to expand within Warner Bros. and serve a multi-divisional agenda.”

The label’s most recent successes include a Grammy nomination for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” a Golden Globe nomination for best original score for “The Informant!” and a Broadcast Film Critics nomination for “Sherlock Holmes.” Additionally, WaterTower’s upcoming soundtrack to “Valentine’s Day” will feature the brand-new song “Today Was a Fairytale” from multi-platinum sensation Taylor Swift, to be released February 9th.

“It has been a pleasure working with the WaterTower team on the ‘Sherlock Holmes’ soundtrack,” said award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. “They have a resourceful, aggressive and thoroughly modern approach to marketing music.”

“This past summer Jason and the WaterTower Music staff delivered the highest chart position ever held by a Harry Potter soundtrack,” said film producer David Heyman. “We’re all impressed by their passion and creativity and look forward to more collaborations – and Grammy nominations – in the future.”

Under the New Line Records moniker, the label has released over 70 titles, including the film soundtracks to “Hairspray,” “Sex and the City,” “Elf,” “The Notebook,” “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “The Departed,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Sideways,” “The Hangover,” “Rock of Ages: Broadway Cast Recording” and “Invictus,” among others. WaterTower is actively developing music projects for popular Warner Bros. brands such as DC Comics, Scooby Doo and Looney Tunes, as well as for the television shows “Supernatural” and “The Mentalist.” Its 2010 release schedule will also include “Sex and the City 2,” “Inception,” “Going the Distance,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Neurotic Media Signs Indie Labels To Hosted Model January 18, 2010

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Neurotic Media, the leading provider of online and mobile entertainment download solutions, announced that it was selected by E1 Entertainment, Madacy Entertainment/Countdown Media, and Curb Records for “Hosted Model” digital distribution services. The “Hosted Model” is a term coined by record companies for a digital distribution model whereby they host their digital catalogs with a vendor (i.e. Neurotic Media) that allows them to control and administer their distribution relationships in the marketplace directly, hands-on, in a self-managed manner.

Using Neurotic Media’s do-it-yourself admin platform, content owners such as record companies and distributors manage their digital assets on a project-by-project basis, including both business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) initiatives and direct-to-consumer (D2C) projects.

Content owners use Neurotic Media to launch brand and retail partners quickly using either Neurotic Media’s Neurolinq API tools or Neurotic Media’s do-it-yourself, template-based services. Additionally, content owners use Neurotic Media’s platform to execute and manage their in-house needs, such as empowering artist websites’ download stores, widgets, give-away campaigns, and solutions for corporate partners. Neurotic Media’s platform provides its content owner clients with an easy path to increase distribution and sales revenues, a path that has been tested and proven by major record companies since Neurotic Media launched its enterprise-class platform in 2005.

Meredith Marconi, SVP of Sales & Marketing of Neurotic Media, comments: “We’re excited to add marquee independent record companies such as E1 Entertainment, Curb Records, and Madacy Entertainment/Countdown Media to our Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) platform. With the ongoing shift of revenues from physical to digital products, independent record companies are now able to recognize returns from using our system, which in the past were considered only major label domain. Our robust, holistic digital platform offers multiple online and mobile delivery capabilities that touch many departments and initiatives within a record label or distribution company. We are proud to empower leading independent distributors who can now yield strong returns from shifting certain operations, services and programs to the digital domain.”

Universal Audio Announces Partnership With Dunlop January 18, 2010

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Universal Audio, a manufacturer of high-quality vintage audio hardware and award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins for Mac and PC, announced a partnership with Dunlop, a leading manufacturer of guitar stompboxes and studio-oriented effects under the Dunlop and MXR brands. Under this partnership, Universal Audio will deliver a range of unique and classic effects to the ever-growing family of plug-ins available on the UAD-2 platform.

“Dunlop and MXR have innovated and defined classic effects sounds for decades,” said Matt Ward, President of Universal Audio. “We hope to extend this reputation by painstakingly modeling authentic Dunlop and MXR effects for the UAD-2 platform. Guitarists and producers have embraced these effects for decades, so we’re very happy about this partnership.”

“Universal Audio and Dunlop Manufacturing both have a commitment to maintaining a tradition of true analog gear for musicians,” commented Jimmy Dunlop, Vice President of Dunlop. “When it came time to create plug-ins of our classic electronics, we knew there was only one company to turn to. We know our customers will be pleased with the level of quality and performance that UA will be offering.”

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

MIDEM Launches Mobile App, Website Adds Live Content January 18, 2010

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Following the buzz at MIDEM 2010 just got easier, with the launch of the new MIDEM mobile app, available on iPhone and downloadable on Apple Store, free of charge. And that’s not all. The MIDEM website will evolve as the show develops, thanks to videos of the conferences, live blogs and Twitter conversations from Cannes and beyond.

Already available, the MIDEM app provides details of the whole conference and concert programms, as well as the speakers and artists biographies. This new tool offers the opportunity to contact MIDEM attendees via their Twitter accounts. This app, developed by Mobile Roadie, also gives access to tweets, posts, blogs and articles about MIDEM, during and after the event.

From the beginning of MidemNet, on Saturday 23rd, the MIDEM website will share new content. Video coverage of all MidemNet conferences will be available online, along with the main MIDEM conferences. Internet users will be able to follow the different debates and react via the MIDEM blog – animated ‘live’ by a journalist from the UK consulting and research company Music Ally. The Twitter flux of comments about MIDEM will also be available on the show’s official website.

“MIDEM is adapting to new communication habits, especially when it comes to using interactive tools. The MIDEM iPhone app and the enriched website content will extend the market’s reach and enlarge the amount of content available on the web. The MIDEM mobile app is an easy way for delegates to plan their conference and concert agenda during MIDEM,” explains Dominique Leguern, MIDEM Director.

MIDEM app is available for download from:
http://bit.ly/5ulkmH

Groups Tell FCC Copyright Enforcement Shouldn’t Be Part Of Net Neutrality January 18, 2010

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules to ensure an open Internet should not be used to enforce intellectual property law, six public-interest and business groups told the Commission.

The Commission’s proposed definition of “reasonable network management” under its Net Neutrality rules would allow telephone, cable and wireless companies to prevent the transfer of unlawful content and prevent the unlawful transfer of content. There is no need for those copyright-related exceptions because the proposed rules already provide that ISPs must treat lawful content in a non-discriminatory manner, the groups said.

However, the rules could lead to “excusing overbroad techniques that interfere with lawful activities,” according to a filing submitted by Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Computer and Communications Industry Association, Consumer Electronics Association, Home Recording Rights Coalition and NetCoalition. A copy of the comments is here.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are “poorly placed to determine whether or not transfers of content are infringing or otherwise unlawful, a task generally reserved to attorneys, courts, and law enforcement,” the groups said: “In short, the issue raised by broadening the ‘reasonable network management’ exception to include copyright enforcement and the blocking of unlawful content is not whether ISPs may undertake these efforts, but rather whether they may inflict collateral damage on lawful traffic when they do so.”

There is “no evidence that lawful content or activities must be sacrificed in order to make headway against copyright infringement,” the groups said, noting that ISPs have other mechanisms that wouldn’t violate an open network, that content owners have their own tools and that there are stiff civil and criminal penalties for infringement.