This week sees the launch of PureSolo.com, a unique website service for the musically-minded that lets you play along to a variety of music tracks.
PureSolo.com is a website and free downloadable software (for Mac and Windows) that enables musicians to play along to any of 10,000 well-known music tracks, and also lets musicians record and share the music.
We’re not all about iPhone applications here, promise – they’re just becoming ever more interesting, we think, but this one’s been attracting so much attention, Four Track for iPhone – a multitrack audio recorder for the iPhone and iPod touch.
FourTrack is a songwriting and practice tool for singers, guitar players, piano players and other musicians who want to capture musical ideas and record songs on their iPhone. “Plug in a microphone, arm a track, record, and repeat,” the developers say.
The app works with the iPhone built-in microphone, a headset mic, or an iPod touch with a third-party mic and headphones. WiFi sync allows FourTrack recordings to be downloaded to any desktop computer with a browser. Tracks can then be loaded into any recording software (DAW) to continue working on songs.
UK musician Billy Bragg is furious at attempts by major labels and the music industry groups they dominate to prevent file-sharing, saying they don’t understand musicians, don’t understand fans, and don’t get the new age.
On suing file-sharers, he was incensed, “You know who the pirates are?” he thundered during the closing moments of EconMusic yesterday. “The pirates are our fans, when you sue our fans, you drive our fans away,” he yelled, arguing that the industry must change if it has any chance of survival.
What really annoys Bragg is that music labels demand the lion’s share of income from new start-ups and music services, “That’s my income stream you’re pissing with,” he exclaimed, urging labels to pay a higher percentage to artists in the digital age. Continue reading →