Posts Tagged ‘iTunes’

Green Day have released a new video for a song off their latest album ¡Tre! The “X-Kid” video reminds us of a simpler, analog time free of streaming services, iTunes downloads, and YouTube videos. There is not much to see in this video. Someone just presses play on a cassette tape and lets it play.

Let it roll yourself, and just listen to the music.

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Today I was fortunate enough to steal some time to sit down and listen to an album by bryan Titus titled, …anymore. bryan Titus was kind enough to send me a copy of his album to check out and I am glad that he did. Initially, it ended up taking me a few days to get to listen to the album since my roommate got hooked on it and it disappeared into his room for a bit. When I got the album back I was then a little apprehensive to listen to it since it was described to me as “really Country.” I was really shocked, and pleasantly surprised, that it was not so much Country but more of a mixture of genres.

…anymore. seemed more Rock oriented to me than anything, but it certainly had some other genres mixed into the pot. There was some added dashes of Country, Gospel, Blues, and more. The album is a wonderfully blended eclectic mix that seems to be likable across many demographics. In fact, one person who heard the album with me said that it would probably sell well in a Starbucks. I was able to play the album for several different people throughout the day and they all loved different aspects of it. Right away, the listener is greeted with sound from a band that seems like they are having a good time, and this feeling transfers onto the listener. Multiple people who heard the music moved their bodies and tried to sing along without knowing the lyrics or the actual melody first. The music seemed somewhat infectious. With emphatic vocals, bryan Titus certainly does not hide on the album. He is right out in front, commanding his band through a concerto of musical good times. Backed up by a dynamic band built up of Jonathan Weed (Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals), Will Weissman (Bass) , and Jeremy Miller (Drums & Percussion); …anymore. at times seemed reminicent of some Dave Matthews or the Counting Crows. All of the guys with bryan Titus are professionals, they have been playing together for some time, and it shows. …anymore. is a tight album with a nice mix that could be liked by many. It’s good any time music.

bryan Titus is out playing live quite a bit and I encourage you to check him out if you can. He has been taking over the Los Angeles area for the past few years, but he does manage to get around. To find out what he is up to, check out his Facebook Page. His next show is at the Genghis Cohen on Friday April 13th at 8pm. Go check him out!

…anymore. can also be purchased online in a few places including the following:

Bandcamp

iTunes

Amazon

If you would like to check out a preview of his album beforehand, you can do that, here:

CREDITS:

Bryan Titus – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Violin & Viola

Jonathan Weed – Acoustic, Electric & 12-String Guitars, Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Will Weissman – Bass

Jeremy Miller – Drums & Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Gerry Mattei – Keyboards & Piano
Skip Edwards – Pedal Steel (tracks 3, 7 & 11)
Charlie Superfly – Guest Vocal (track 1)
Tracy Nicole Chapman & Debbie Kee – Add. Vocals (tracks 2, 3 & 8)
Hanna Kondo Weed – Backing Vocals (track 7)
Ryan “Frogs” McCormack – Add. Percussion (track 9)

Recorded at Sonic Environments by Jeffery Weed. Vocals recorded at Eargasm Studios by Chris Wonzer and additional recording at Radar! Studios by Jonathan Weed.

© 2010 by Bryan Titus/Jonathan Weed
All rights reserved. Neon Zion/BMI Gasius Clay/ASCAP

Cosmic Love Ball 2012Returning this year to the fabulous San Francisco Fillmore the 2012 Cosmic Love Ball, now in it’s 7th year, is going to be the biggest, boldest, futurist-est lovetasm yet! The massively sassy music you’ve come to expect will be comin in hot with EOTO, MATERIALIZED, and Love in the Circus. Vau De Vire Society will be dancing and dazzling; Klown Korps will provide romantic mischief and much, much more fun!

Tickets: $29.50
Limited VIP Packages available: $75.00
VIP Includes: Special ambient viewing area, private access, poster, treats, and surprises!

FESTIVE ATTIRE PLEASE

EOTO will drop their mad dance machinations while MATERIALIZED brings their big Love Ballin’ best with special appearances by Brian Jordan on guitar (Karl Denson, Lauryn Hill), MC Radio Active, and Robin Coomer (Loop!Station) singing her heart out. The super cool Love In The Circus will be here from LA and the fun just keeps comin’!

Don’t miss the mad mad fun. GET THERE EARLY! Vau De Vire Show in the Poster Room STARTS AT 9PM SHARP!! The great DJ Funklor will be spinning at 8:30 and the fun won’t stop till last champagne pops!

BUY TIX NOW
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ABOUT THE BANDS:

EOTO
“With no two shows alike, fans have come to expect the unexpected. Changes in mood, energy, and inspiration are reflected—in real-time—by rhythmic and melodic shifts in the music as EOTO makes their way through a plethora of tools and techniques. The duo moves effortlessly from choppy dubstep to whip-smart, four-on-the-floor house to psychedelic trip-hop. It’s a dance marathon, but everyone’s in it together.

MATERIALIZED
Materialized is an ongoing musical collaboration built on the core of a lifelong friendship between Grammy Award winning keyboardist (Mighty) Dave Pellicciaro and drummer Dale Fanning.
Based in Oakland, CA the band builds their energized sound on big beats and sonic scapes. To keep the music constantly growing they engage a revolving cast of talent for their live shows ranging from a powerhouse two-man match to trios, full band with a horn section, singers, video and dancers including their main associate, Cuban-born bassist Carlitos Del Puerto (Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock).
Materialized has released their EP CD “Songs About Music” and are dropping three fresh singles on Feb 1st. Check these high octane adventures on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify and Pandora.

Love In The Circus
Love in the Circus features unique and seductive melodies that combine and blur the lines of electronica, rock, jazz and blues with sultry, edgy, museful hooks.
The group was formed by singer/bassist Leanna Rachel and producer/guitarist Chris Brickler. Curtis Cunningham joined the group on drums, Eric Hargett on keys/saxophone and Cha Chi on percussion/synths. The High Priestess and Leah Zeger add beautiful textures on the harp and violin, respectively.

Well, it is finally here. Apple‘s online cloud music storage is here to compete with services from Amazon and Google. Now, for $24.99 per year, Apple will scan your computer and match as many tracks as they can to their iTunes Store library. Once a track is matched it becomes available to every device that is synced with your Apple iCloud account. iTunes Match also automatically upgrades all lower quality tracks you may have to 256-Kbps quality. A pretty nice upgrade for those of  you who have really old 128-Kbps tracks from the early days of Napster and other music sharing services.

The main advantage iTunes Match has over other music cloud services right now is probably the fact that when you sign up with the service you don’t have to upload your whole music library contents to their servers. This is due to the fact that Apple has been able to sign agreements with major music labels which permits them to simply match your tracks against their own extensive music library. This saves everyone a lot of time and bandwidth when setting up and maintaining the service.

To use iTunes Match, first download the latest version of iTunes. Then, open up the Store sidebar, where you’ll find the iTunes Match feature. After paying for the service, Match will index your music and match as many tracks as it can with Apple’s library. After everything is matched, you can enable the feature on all your other iOS devices by going to the “Music” tab in the devices Settings. Slide iTunes Match to “on,” and you should be good to go. Your iOS device will begin syncing your music and playlists; and songs will download to your device as you play them.

Apparently, for three years multiple government agencies from around the world could have been hopping on your computer and seeing what you were up to. Yup, it appears that a British company called Gamma International had been marketing software called, FinFisher, which has been used to hack into machines running Apple’s iTunes.

Gamma International say they offer “zero day” security flaws, which have not been publicly disclosed, so attempts to exploit them are unlikely to be detected by anti-virus programs. They created the FinFisher software to exploit a vulnerability via a bogus update to iTunes, which is installed on more than 250 million machines worldwide. They then marketed this software to government and police agencies all around the world, including Egypt’s feared secret police, to spy on specific targets within the general public.

The crazy thing is that Apple was informed of the flaw in their iTunes software three years ago, in mid-2008. Seeing that Apple usually fixes security flaws within about 90 days, it raises questions as to whether Apple was willingly allowing this government hacking to take place or not. Seems that the hacking has been stopped for now though. Recently, Apple issued iTunes update 10.5.1. This update explained that, “a man-in-the-middle attacker may offer software that appears to originate from Apple”, adding that the “issue has been mitigated.” We’ll see.

I’m just glad that I have recently started using Spotify more!

Pete Townshend, the legendary guitarist and frontman for the classic rock band, The Who, slammed Apple’s iTunes at the beginning of this month, calling them a “digital vampire.” Speaking in Manchester in northwest England, Townshend called on the online music giant to do more to assist the artists from whom they are making so much money from. Townshend was quoted as stating the following:

“Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west Internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire… for its enormous commission?”

He went on to describe how record labels and publishers had provided a range of services to artists, offering editorial guidance and how they would nurture artists creatively in the past. He did offer a possible solution though. He stated that he he feels Apple should hire 20 talent scouts “from the dying record business” to help new acts and provide financial and marketing support to the best of them.

Although I do feel that this is a great idea on one hand, I do not think that it would be a smart move for Apple overall. I feel that by doing so, Apple would open themselves up to a whole new industry that they know nothing about. Right now, they are riding a fine line, but they are still very much a computer company and not a music company. I say keep it that way and let’s try to find better ways of incorporating Apple’s iTunes into the music industry’s overall model. What are your thoughts?

In a move to bolster it’s market share in the online, on-demand music industry, Rhapsody has agreed to aquire Napster subscribers and certain other assets from Best Buy, which will receive a minority stake  in Rhapsody. Rhapsody President, Jon Irwin, said in a statement,

“This deal will further extend Rhapsody’s lead over our competitors in the growing on-demand music market…. There’s substantial value in bringing Napster’s subscribers and robust IP portfolio to Rhapsody as we execute on our strategy to expand our business via direct acquisition of members and distribution deals.”

A Rhapsody spokeswoman has also stated that the company plans to re-brand Napster under the Rhapsody name. So, pretty soon after the deal finalizes on November 30, 2011, Napster will cease to exist once again. Bye-bye, Napster. Bye-bye.

Rhapsody is doing this mostly to obtain Napster’s subscriber base, hoping that it will strengthen their subscription music service at a time with Apple’s iTunes dominating the music market and other music services rising like Oakland, CA’s Pandora and Sweden’s Spotify. Will this help enough to keep Rhapsody competitive and viable in the on-demand music marketplace in the coming years? We shall see.

RIP Steve Jobs

Posted: October 5, 2011 in News
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Steve JobsSteve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers has passed away today, October 5, 2011. While Steve was not directly associated with the music industry and never really considered himself in the industry, he has forever changed the face of it with his inventions of Apple computers, the iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad, and more. Through these innovations and technologies, Steve and Apple have been able to sell over 10 billion music tracks. This has made Apple the number one music retailer in the US, surpassing both Best Buy and Wal-Mart, and holding over 80% of the market share.

Today, the Apple website posted the following message:

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”

RIP, Steve Jobs. You will be missed.

Running into this article on the SFGate Business Report gave me some hope for the future of music sales. Seems the industry is finally figuring out a model that is being embraced by the consumer.

Tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday that overall album sales rose nearly 4 percent to 221.5 million units, from 213.6 million a year ago.

Only time will tell if music sales will continue to increase again.

With this in mind, how do you get most of your music these days? Do you purchase it physically in a store still, do you purchase your music online via iTunes or some other online store, or do you obtain your music from copies online and/or from friends?

Where’s the best place to get music these days?

Now, I must admit that when the new Lady GaGa album came out recently I listened to it pretty constantly. It wasn’t totally based on choice though. It seemed like wherever I went I heard it. My girlfriend played it constantly, it was on the radio, it was on web radio, people listened to it at work, etc. Then, about six weeks ago I came across this article on Showbiz411 that stated that GaGa’s sales were already dropping by 85%. About 10 days later, they came out with this article, which stated that sales had dropped even more!

This is not to say that Lady GaGa was/is gone or not prevalent anymore, but this info does bring up some questions about her rapid downfall on the charts. Looking at the Billboard charts today, GaGa is down to #12 while Adele has continued to move up the charts – all the way to #1. My thoughts about this decline of GaGa is that it might be from her constant releasing of new material off the album throughout the past year. Many, many people had already heard quite a few of the songs off the new album before it even came out. Sure, I enjoyed the whole album for a bit when it first came out, but after a quick fix I had had enough since I had already heard many of the singles so many times already. Another good reason for the sales decline could be the flash that it made when the album first came out. It sold like mad when it first came out – shooting GaGa to #1 on all iTunes sales charts. It just might be that almost everyone of her major fans bought the album within the first week of sales too.

What are your thoughts on this decline in sales? How are you liking the album?