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Should music really be free? No.

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 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.

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Musinaut offers free MXP4 training sessions

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.
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Social networking’s sexier than Blu-ray

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.
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BOOM: Make a music video with a message

“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.”
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Creative accounting looks bleak

Zen and MuVo music player manufacturer, Creative Technology, returned net losses of $31.7 million in its fourth quarter ended June 30, up from a loss of $19.3 million a year earlier.

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.
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Creative intros Zen Mozaic player

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.
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Creative ships ZEN X-Fi with Wireless LAN

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.