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The Barter System Lives On with Swaptree

How many times have you found yourself on eBay or Half.com longing for the option to simply trade an item of yours for a desired item that someone else was selling rather than have to shell out your hard-earned clams? Well, your prayers have been answered. Swaptree allows visitors to trade books, CD’s, DVD’s, and…

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Roundup: Mobile Music News

So much mobile music news plus so little time equals roundup! – AT&T announced that it will be rolling out its very own mobile music application for its smart phones. The app, which will cost users $6.99 a month, will give users access to 40 genre-specific Internet radio stations, a Shazam-like feature that will identify…

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The Campaign For Why Music Matters

Today marks the launch of Why Music Matters, a multimedia campaign designed to stress the importance of paying for music instead of stealing it. The campaign, which involves major CD, digital, and mobile retailers, as well as the major record labels, identifies all the outlets where consumers can legally purchase music and also tells the…

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Kings of Leon’s Modest Digital Milestone

This week Kings of Leon became the first artist in history to sell 250,000 digital albums in the UK. The album responsible for most of these sales, Only By the Night, was the top-selling digital album of 2009 on iTunes in the UK and, to date, has spent over a year on the UK’s Top…

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Zazzle: Combining Lyrics and Merch

A custom products company called Zazzle recently announced an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing to start Lyrical Inspirations Fan Merch, a product line that is purely for and by fans. In conjunction with Artsprojekt, Zazzle’s artist-driven clothing website, artists from around the world have created a number of legally licensed interpretations of musician’s lyrics and…

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Cookin’ With Fool’s Gold Records

Almost every record label has a blog these days. Some have weird diaries. Some have cool contests. Most give away MP3s. For the most part, though, these blogs function as little more than fan-friendly news wires. Few labels use them as branches to build their brands on, though dance music label Fool’s Gold Records is…

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Muziic, exploiter of Youtube, now available in app form

If there’s one thing the music industry is cautiously optimistic about right now, it’s apps. Apps are predicted to outsell CDs in 2012. People pay for apps. People seem willing to buy music through apps. So labels and artists alike must be super-pissed that Muziic, which 16-year-old programmer David Nelson first published as a desktop…

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MtyMx: Close, But Not Close Enough

Every music festival has its problems. Woodstock had its mud. Field Day had its security and its birds. Camp Bisco had a drug problem. Of course, one man’s mud is another man’s chance to go mud-wrestling with a bunch of friends and/or hot girls, but it seems that one man’s drug-war-ravaged country is still another…

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Small brands, small bands can work together

BFFB Chats With: Lars Murray, Columbia Records What kinds of bands can license their music to brands in this day and age? According to Lars Murray, any kind. Have a look at this clip put together by the good folks at Brand Flakes for Breakfast, and get excited about the possibilities.

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“Live at Moog” Sessions: A Musical Space Odyssey

Last week, Paste Magazine announced a second season of “Live at Moog,” a web music series produced in collaboration with the venerated synthesizer manufacturer, in which artists and bands record a few songs in a studio full of Moog instruments at the company factory in Asheville, North Carolina. This means somebody gets to play with…