Mulligan points out that as an active musician and an industry analyst, he (and we agree with him) doesn’t believe artists should be returned to some romantic position as unpaid minstrels travelling from town-to-town in hope of earning a few cents to survive.
Musinaut will host free training sessions for artists interested in using its all-new multimedia format, MXP4.
Since its launch in September almost 5,000 artists have downloaded MXP4Creator, an interactive solution that lets creatives embed other content into their songs, and enables new forms of creative expression.
The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
“Johannes Kreidler hopes to question the concept of music copyright with a 33-second song called “Product Placements” that includes no fewer than 70,200 samples — each of which must be cleared in order for the song (listen below) to be legally released.
“Are you an aspiring filmmaker aged 16-25? Interested in making a music video with a positive social message? If the answer’s a resounding yes, then you’re invited by BOOM! to create a music video for a new song called “Soldier’s Eyes” by Jack Savoretti.”
The song will be the first track released from a new album of songs contributed by various artists in support of promoting greater understanding and harmony between communities in conflict.
“The best video will be selected to accompany the song’s UK release in February 2009, including screenings across all MTV channels, and the makers will also receive a special award at the BOOM! Awards event in London in February 2009.” Continue reading →
Sales dropped 16 per cent to $139.5 million, the company said, warning of lower sales ahead on account of “adverse economic conditions” and increased future competition – prinicipally from Dell’s potential move back into the market. Continue reading →
Creative has introduced its ZEN Mozaic portable media player. The device offers a built-in speaker, an 0.8-inch LCD colour screen, FM radio and voice recorder and is available next month in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB capacities. A 16GB model will be available after the summer. Prices range between £49.99 for the 2GB model, scaling up to £119.99 for the not yet available 16GB device. Continue reading →
Creative has finally introduced its ZEN X-Fi and ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN digital media players.
The devices feature Creative’s nifty and effective Xtreme Fidelity X-Fi audio technology which gets the very best out of compressed audio files, restoring some of the quality lost when you rip music from CD.
Craig McHugh, president and COO of Creative said: “Some of the top recording artists in the music industry are very outspoken about the poor quality of digital music. We addressed this issue by inventing X-Fi technology, which restores the quality of music that is lost during the digital ripping process. Now for the first time ever we’ve been able to implement this technology in a ZEN.”
The ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN enables users to stream and download music, video and photos from a PC to the player over a wireless home network.
The media player hosts a 2.5-inch TFT screen, an FM radio and a microphone for voice recording. There’s a built-in speaker and the device is expandable using the SD card slot.
As a nice extra, the ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN supports instant messaging platforms including Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live! Messenger
ZEN X-Fi 8GB – £109.99; ZEN X-FI with Wireless LAN 16GB – £139.99; ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN 32GB – £199.99. All three models ship with Creative’s EP-830 in-ear earphones.
Creative’s ZEN X-Fi player is still in progress and is being more directly targeted at Apple on both the hardware and software sides, says a slew of leaked information. Spotted in an official product shot, the X-Fi changes the look of the original ZEN to an aluminum-and-chrome look…