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Music Biz

July 18, 2005 Edition

* Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep
* New Shop Solution For Labels And Artists To Legally Offer And Sell Music-Downloads
* Music On Command - Downloading Music For The Radio Listener
* Guinness World Records Book Of British Hit Singles & Albums And Easy Karaoke Sing The Praises Of The Univenture UniKeep Disc Wallet
* Sibelius 4 Adds MusicXML 1.1 Support
* The First Ever Fully Automated Internet Radio
* Warner Bros. Records Relies On Digital Distribution Leader Promo Only MPE To Exclusively Deliver Milestone Single For Rockers "Trapt"
* Record Or Listen To Your Favorite Tunes With The RIDATA MP3 Player
* TrustyFiles Update Provides Legal File Sharing Software, As Defined By The United States Supreme Court

Justice Department Announces International Internet Piracy Sweep

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Acting Assistant Attorney General John C. Richter of the Criminal Division and FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Louis M. Reigel today announced another far-reaching and aggressive international enforcement action against criminal organizations involved in the illegal online distribution of copyrighted material.

Beginning yesterday morning, the FBI and law enforcement from 10 other countries conducted over 90 searches worldwide as part of "Operation Site Down," designed to disrupt and dismantle many of the leading criminal organizations that illegally distribute and trade in copyrighted software, movies, music, and games on the Internet.

"By dismantling these networks, the Department is striking at the top of the copyright piracy supply chain - a distribution chain that provides the vast majority of the illegal digital content now available online," said Attorney General Gonzales. "And by penetrating this illegal world of high-technology and intellectual property theft, we have shown that law enforcement can and will find - and we will prosecute - those who try to use the Internet to create piracy networks beyond the reach of law enforcement."


New Shop Solution For Labels And Artists To Legally Offer And Sell Music-Downloads

It was just a question of time. The Internet has a massive impact on the international music business. What has been made responsible for the recession of Labels now unfolds as a new chance for music culture.

While Apples iTunes and other big players successfully started the age of electronic music distribution MusicDock is approaching the subject from a different side. MusicDock enables artists and labels to open an Online Shop on their own Homepage and by this to be in control of digital music distribution.

MusicDock is not a music portal, but offers distribution technology for digital content as a service. MusicDock is a completely Internet-based shop solution. It's very easy to create your own shop, upload music, customize the design and integrate it into your website. MusicDock supports all kinds of MP3 formats plus WMA and AAC. The shop is running on the MusicDock servers that also offer the complete payment infrastructure. The best: MusicDock neither charges set-up nor monthly fees. Only when sales occur MusicDock asks for 40% of the revenue, which covers cost of servers, software, bandwidth and payment service fees. The shop owner receives monthly statements and gets his 60% in time with a payment target of 60 days. MusicDock offers the standard credit cards and soon also local payment methods and Paypal.


The Private Inside Elements Of The Music Industry Revealed In Andre Gray's New Book "Internet Killed The Video Star"

As a result of the creative freedom enjoyed by the emancipation of musicians and the instant global distribution allowed by the digital music revolution, the best and most diverse music this world has ever heard is yet to come and the major labels are in serious jeopardy.

"The future of the music does not belong to the major labels. It belongs to the true independents", states Andre Gray in his first book, OInternet Killed the Video Star', set to arrive on shelves this week. The author reveals the private inside elements of the music industry and why independent musicians are poised to prosper from the digital age and globalization. He encourages musicians to keep control over their music and stick to their beliefs.

"For the first time in music business history musicians can have both domestic and global music distribution and a direct and interactive relationship with their fans all over the world without the reliance upon any major label or distribution system", Mr. Gray insists, "The primary objective of musicians should not be to secure a recording contract with big record companies but rather to seek out the many alternatives made possible by the digital music revolution."


Music On Command - Downloading Music For The Radio Listener

Nielsen Broadcasting BDS, and Baxter Technologies Inc. have joined data services for the public for downloading music for the radio listener. Radio listeners have the ability though a new system called Music On Command, as they're in their car, office and home, to dial an 800 number when they hear a song, and download that song as its played on the radio.

Baxter Technologies Inc. has developed a new software to capture songs over the radio waves and compress them through the Nielsen monitoring system and deliver to the listener the song at the time it was playing over the radio waves.

Mr. Baxter has developed a user-friendly system that one is not needed to be in front of a computer to order music. Baxter's vision is when you hear it and you like it you want it, and developed the software in conjunction with Nielsen Broadcasting to enable the listener to download music talk shows or newscasts of their choice at anytime they hear what they want.


Guinness World Records Book Of British Hit Singles & Albums And Easy Karaoke Sing The Praises Of The Univenture UniKeep Disc Wallet

London-based Easy Karaoke is a leading manufacturer of a wide-range of top quality CD+G discs for karaoke usage. All of its tracks are licensed and produced to the highest standards. One of its licensors is Guinness World Records, publishers of the all-encompassing tome, "Top 100 British Hit Singles & Albums", the definitive guide to British music in the rock-and-roll era.

The agreement between the two companies allows Easy Karaoke to market a seven-disc CD+G set of the Top 100 British Hit Singles of that same time frame. The list was compiled based on votes cast by readers of the Guinness book. (A sneak preview: after 31,000 votes, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' emerged as No.1. The complete list can be found at the book's web site Packaging those seven discs is where Univenture takes the stage.

"We wanted the package to reflect the high production values of the book from which the discs were a spin off," David Roberts, Guinness World Records book of British Hit Singles & Albums editor commented. "The book is the world's best-seller in the category pop-music reference. We are very happy with the professional look and quality of the UniKeep Disc Wallet. Easy Karaoke selected it and we feel they made an excellent choice."


Sibelius 4 Adds MusicXML 1.1 Support

Recordare LLC, an Internet music software and publishing company, announced today that Sibelius 4 has included support for Recordare's MusicXML 1.1 format for digital sheet music. Sibelius 4 comes with a built-in MusicXML 1.1 importer. Enhancements to the ManuScript language in Sibelius 4 will allow Recordare to add MusicXML 1.1 support to a new version of its Dolet for Sibelius plug-in, scheduled for release later this month.

Sibelius 4 is the latest release of the flagship music notation product from London-based Sibelius Software Ltd. With the addition of MusicXML 1.1 support to Sibelius 4 on both Windows and Macintosh OS X, sharing music notation files with colleagues who use different programs has become easier and more reliable.

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Sibelius Software Ltd. commented, "Adding MusicXML to our new version, Sibelius 4, achieves a better workflow for our customers as they import files from other programs. By supporting the MusicXML format we believe we are providing Sibelius customers with greater flexibility and choice."


The First Ever Fully Automated Internet Radio, a new radio broadcasting concept at The best mix of alternative music, although editorial effort is very low because broadcast is generated automatically by the UMM of PWsoft

The popular website is one of Germany's most successful music sites for young visitors between 14 and 35. Music listeners can find news and stories, CD-reviews, artist information and a lexicon on pop music as well as tour dates and information on other music events. Only one important thing was missing: they had enough writing about music but now they are playing it.

Since internet broadcasts aren't limited to certain regional frequencies they can be accessed from all over the world. Pages like can simply be opened and instantly you can listen to your favorite station at your workplace or at home. Internet radios offer an unbelievable amount of variety that cannot be achieved with short wave broadcasts. is a digital revolution. Thanks to PWsoft's UMM-system the webradio can broadcast without end even if the music editor has gone for an extended holiday. The UniversalMixMachine cannot only produce playlists for music and jingles but also sequences of digital content such as text, pictures or videos dynamically. And it uses exactly those criteria for selection, the editor would use anyway when selecting content by hand.


Warner Bros. Records Relies On Digital Distribution Leader Promo Only MPE To Exclusively Deliver Milestone Single For Rockers "Trapt"

Coming off a highly successful showing at the Radio and Records Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, industry leader Promo Only and tech partner Destiny Media Technologies, announced today that Warner Bros. Records has chosen the Promo Only MPE System EXCLUSIVELY to deliver the latest single from popular rock group TRAPT to radio a day before the physical CD Pro will be available.

Promo Only MPE, which has delivered more than five times the tracks of any competitor in the US and has delivered more than 50% of charted singles, has achieved the highest adoption rate in all music formats for digital distribution, a vital factor in Warner Bros. Records deciding to choose Promo Only MPE exclusively to deliver this important track.

"Promo Only MPE has proven to be a force in this industry," said Tom Biery, Senior VP Promotion for Warner Bros. Records. "After selling nearly 2 million records, and having the #1 Rock and Alternative song of 2003, I am thrilled to begin our relationship with such a huge band as Trapt and having their single digitally delivered by Promo Only MPE."


Record Or Listen To Your Favorite Tunes With The RIDATA MP3 Player

Advanced Media, Inc., manufacturer and marketer of the popular RIDATA brand of recordable CD and DVD media, electronic storage products, and digital media accessories, has added an RIDATA MP3 player with a two-color 128X64 OLED Display to its RIDATA brand of storage products.

The RIDATA MP3 player is the ultimate on the go partner to store and take essential files and music anytime and anywhere. In addition, the integrated FM radio keeps users current with the latest news and music, while the built-in voice recorder will help you to remember vital information when it's needed.

The compact RIDATA MP3 player supports MP3 / WMA / WAV audio formats and is equipped with a high speed USB 2.0 interface. The player is designed to meet the performance, capacity, ruggedness, and small form factor requirements of today's portable audio devices and features: multi-language graphic user interface, A-B Language learning, hot key for FM/REC/EQ/A-B, five EQ modes (Normal / POP / Jazz / Classic / Rock), and digital voice recording in SP/LP/EP sample rates. There is an SD/MMC card slot (with a capacity for up to 1GB) and a line-in recording from CD player or phone as a WAV format, also offered is an optional FM radio feature.


TrustyFiles Update Provides Legal File Sharing Software, As Defined By The United States Supreme Court

RazorPop, a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing developer and distributor, proclaimed July 4th the United States P2P Independence Day in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 27th decision in MGM v. Grokster. RazorPop released an update of its popular TrustyFiles software that complies with the ruling.

"The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that P2P technology is legal," said Marc Freedman, CEO of RazorPop. "It truly is our Independence Day. The highest court in the country maintained the Sony doctrine based on substantial non-infringing use. Innovators are free to continue to develop new technologies like P2P that benefit consumers and society."

"What the Court said is illegal is people infringing copyrights and companies that induce users into such activity. We have always stood against copyright infringement. In our latest software release we make this clearer than ever before. Upon installation the first thing our users see is a warning against using our software for infringement. The message is simple, direct, and unavoidable to ensure that we are not inducing our users according to the Supreme Court ruling."


Provided by the MusicDish Network. Copyright © Tag It 2005 - Republished with Permission

Grand Stand

MusicDish Network Promotes 60's Love Child Astrella-Celeste

MusicDish, an Internet music magazine publisher and artist marketing/development firm, is proud to announce the addition of Pop/Jazz singer Astrella Celeste to the MusicDish Network roster. Combining a variety of online viral marketing strategies, the MusicDish Network will be coordinating a broad campaign in support of her debut album "Blue Star" (the Spanish translation of Astrella Celeste).


MusicDish At MIDEM: J-Music Distribution, France

J-Music Distribution describes itself as "the very first European distributor of Japanese music whose activities link Japanese artists and their management, Japanese record companies, and European distributors together to provide a stable framework of distribution from artists to music retail store."

Formed in December 2005, J-Music Distribution representatives brought their business vision to "MIDEM, The World Music Market's 40th Edition" conference in Cannes, France.


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