Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on digital music

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gets to the meat of matters in his latest published interview with Believer Magazine, it covers all kinds of bases, including inevitable discussion of digital music and the future of creativity in the digital age… On file-sharing, Yorke says: “Right, and if you forget about the […]

US music market shrinks, iTunes grows – reports 1

The world’s biggest music market, USA, has seen some positive and some worrying trends in recent months. With iTunes ascendant and Amazon MP3 store now claiming c.8% of US digital music sales, with 15% of US internet users purchasing music from online stores in the third quarter of 2008, NPD […]

An interview with 7digital’s Ben Drury 5

We caught up with UK online music service 7digital’s chief executive Ben Drury this week. A seasoned digital music industry professional, he shared his insights on Apple’s music market challenges as competition proliferates, social networking in music, lossless music downloads and much more. Distorted Loop: Why does music matter? Ben […]



Paul McCartney ‘doesn’t mind’ illegal downloading 1

Paul McCartney yesterday said that he “doesn’t mind” illegal downloading, though he does have some problems understanding the concept. He explained that while he doesn’t download illegally himself, he was tempted to buy Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ for a penny, but only so he could tell his mates he’d paid much […]

Should music really be free? No. 1

Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan has sparked huge debate with a series of posts which explain why music can’t just be free. His statements won a round of vituperative responses, and the analyst responded to these with a post on his own blog this afternoon. Mulligan points out that as […]

P2P pirates cost music $69 billion – claims 3

The value of unlicensed music trafficked on P2P networks in 2007 was $69 billion, according to new MultiMedia Intelligence research, though the researchers warn the value shouldn’t be seen as lost revenue but instead reflects the “fair value” on a per–track basis of traded music files. “A $69 billion figure […]

Insound profits on vinyl/digital double play

Insound is a US music retailer with a fresh twist, it sells vinyl but also makes MP3s of what it sells available to buyers – a business proposition music lovers seem interested in, Billboard reports. The retailer has only secured permission to sell 500 albums in this new combined format, […]

Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV 4

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market. The reason Apple has the chance […]

Pete Jenner speaks at MusicTank seminar 1

Highly-respected music manager Pete Jenner will speak at the third of MusicTank’s ‘Lets Sell Recorded Music’ events, in a speech focusing on how we can license compelling alternatives to file sharing.   The event – which takes place November 18 at the MCPS-PRS Alliance – will also feature Beggar’s Simon […]


iTunes spurning AC/DC star in Excel music video 1

AC/DC’s quite brilliant ‘Black Ice’ album may not be available online, and while the legendary band have offered a few treats for the digital generation this latest fan-based move is something else… AC/DC feature in the world’s first music video created within an Excel spreadsheet, built using ASCII art. Bigging […]