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Business News [11-05-2009] more news Digital Distribution Of Music – A Panel Of Professionals Shows You The Money November 7, 2009

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Reaching fans and generating income in a digital world are the topics for a special presentation by the California Copyright Conference in Los Angeles.
The CCC event will feature representatives from some of the industry’s top digital companies and content providers.

The program, which offers CLE credit for attorneys, will take place Tuesday, November 10, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Sherman Oaks, California.

“As traditional physical modes of content distribution have seen dramatic revenue declines over the past decade, many have looked to digital distribution as the entertainment industry’s white knight,” notes CCC president Jonathan Rosner.

The program is entitled “Digital Distribution: Generating Interest and Income Using Today’s Internet Tools” and will feature panelists Zahavah Levine, Chief Counsel of YouTube; Kevin Arnold, CEO and Founder of IODA; Matt Burrows, Senior Counsel, Apple iTunes; and and Matt Fitz-Henry, Director of New Media for Walt Disney Records. Co-moderators of the program will be Eric Polin, Sr. VP of Music Publishing for Universal Pictures, and Diane Snyder-Ramirez, VP of Royalty Accounting & Administration for the Royalty Review Council.

About the California Copyright Conference
The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. For more information on The CCC or to register online for the November 10 program, visit http://www.theccc.org or call 818-379-3312.

Mufin Launches Mufin Player Pro, Music Player with Interactive 3D Sound Universe for Enriched Music Discovery and Management August 28, 2009

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Mufin has released a unique sound-based music player that brings music discovery and management into the digital age.

The new mufin player pro knows the sound of your music and provides a visual navigation of music collections based on their sounds — to make organizing, enjoying, and discovering music easier than ever.

Traditional music players sort music collections by artist or title name (no different than stacking physical CDs or albums on shelves) — thus filing the Beastie Boys after the Beach Boys, or pairing the Jonas Brothers with Johnny Cash. Instead, mufin’s unique soundsort technology organizes tracks according to each song’s musical qualities (tempo, instruments, sound density, etc.).

Grouping songs based on sound makes it easier for users to find the right songs to match their mood, particularly when dealing with extensive music collections.

The new mufin player pro takes sound-based management a step further with its ‘3D Sound Universe’. This visual navigation tool displays an entire music collection on a single screen. Songs are aligned according to sound metrics into distinct sound galaxies, and the closer songs appear in the universe, the more similar their sound metrics. “Digital music technology has so much more to offer than just MP3. Mufin player pro lets you playfully travel your music collection guided by its sound, something that you simply can’t do with your physical record collection.” says Jürgen Jaron, CEO of mufin.

Mufin player pro is available now for $29.99 at http://www.mufin.com.

Additionally, the company launched the official release of its free mufin player at http://www.mufin.com, which was previously in beta.

Both mufin player pro and the free mufin player incorporate strong social features to let music lovers share newly-discovered tracks and old favorites with friends.

In addition to the soundsort technology and visual navigation, mufin player pro includes:
• Automatic cleaning up of song details — including misspelled artists or titles, a sound-based duplicate song finder, and advanced drag-and-drop ID3 editing.
• Sound-based recommendations — mufin’s sound-based recommendation engine searches a database of over 6 million songs to suggest new songs that sound similar to any track.
• Personal DJ: mufin creates perfect playlists to match any mood in seconds. Users simply select any track (even self-produced songs!) and mufin automatically builds a playlist with tracks that match musically.

The free mufin player includes soundsort technology, social networking features, playlist creation, import/burning CDs, sync with MP3 players and iTunes. In addition to the player releases, mufin has improved its web interface on mufin.com, adding fun music visualization tools that map out song recommendations for intuitive navigation and song discovery.

With mufin’s music recommendation and recognition technology, only the sound of the song matters and not its popularity, origin or subjective grouping. Mufin empowers companies to monitor music usage and help their customers rediscover and manage their music collections in a new way using automated playlist creation, visual music navigation or automatic repair of incomplete or missing meta information in digital music files.

Mufin’s recommendation and recognition technologies work where your music is, whether it’s on the desktop, online or mobile device.

Visit http://www.mufin.com for more information or to download the free mufin player or mufin player pro.

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.

For more on this matter:
http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2009/08/global-digital-music-sales-to-overtake-physical-by-2016.ars

Bandwidth Music | Technology Conference 2009 Features a Gathering of the Early Digital Music Leaders July 25, 2009

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The Bandwidth Music | Technology Conference, an annual gathering of music/media executives and digital music professionals, takes place on August 27 and 28, 2009 in San Francisco. Featured at this year’s conference will be the “Hindsight is 20/20” panel, a gathering of the leaders of the early digital music companies. The panel will examine the early possibilities they saw and challenges they encountered as well as their thoughts on the present state of the industry.

The panel, moderated by Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic, will feature Hank Barry who was the CEO of Napster; Gene Hoffman, Jr., the co-founder of eMusic; Gerry Kearby, the co-founder of Liquid Audio; and Ken Wirt, whose background includes being the Founder and CEO of Riffage.com.
Bandwidth Conference 2009 also will feature prominent trailblazers from various segments of the music industry in keynote conversations. Each speaker will provide a unique perspective on the current state of the industry and identify the key opportunities and challenges for today’s music, media, and tech professionals. Announced featured speakers include Cory Ondrejka, Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing for EMI; Livia Tortella, General Manager/Executive Vice President of Marketing & Creative Media of Atlantic Records; Ian Rogers, CEO, Topspin; and Jeff Price, Founder and CEO of TuneCore.
Visit the Bandwidth Conference website for registration and further details at http://www.bandwidthconference.com.