Damon Tog writes "David Harrell, of 'The Layaways,' reveals the following:
"For August and September of 2009, we received per-stream payouts of .02 cents, .03 cents, .06 cents, and — my favorite — an amount so small that it apparently rounds to .000000 cents!"
"At the .022 cent rate... it would require 3,500 Spotify plays to generate the same payout as that from a 99-cent iTunes download.""Link to Original Source
Damon Tog writes "Apple's transition from .Mac to MobileMe is running into unexpected delays. The maintenance window, during which most of the web-based services are unavailable to users, was originally supposed to be completed Wednesday night. It was still down, as of Friday morning."
Damon Tog writes "Demonoid, a popular BitTorrent tracker, has been taken offline. A notice on their website states that this action was taken due to legal threats that were made by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) to the company that hosts their servers."Link to Original Source
Damon Tog writes "Macworld reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has "enlisted" Sony to join forces in a new music service. The price of the subscription is expected to be built-in to the cost of digital music players, leaving the music "free" to the consumer. In other news, I have a $100 pencil that I need to sell. If you buy it, I will also throw in tickets to see Van Halen."Link to Original Source
Damon Tog writes "Wired posted some quotes from a juror who took part in the recent RIAA trial. Some interesting statements include:
- "She should have settled out of court for a few thousand dollars," Hegg said. "Spoofing? We're thinking, 'Oh my God, you got to be kidding.' "
- "She's a liar," added Hegg, who just returned home following his 14-hour night shift.
- "She lied," he said. "There was no defense. Her defense sucked."
- "I think she thought a jury from Duluth would be naïve. We're not that stupid up here," he said. "I don't know what the fuck she was thinking, to tell you the truth."
Damon Tog writes "EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) proposes a $5/month, Non-DRM, all-you-can eat, digital buffet.
- It's cheap.
- It's easy.
- Artists get paid.
Why not?"Link to Original Source