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toomanyillinois:

I am still waiting on a million orders from ebay…but this is where I am at right now.

As I make my first rounds on Tumblr today, this is probably the best picture I have come across.

Even better that it’s Franks.  Not that I can really appreciate a lot this since I’m not in photography but I certainly think it’s cool.

toomanyillinois:

I am still waiting on a million orders from ebay…but this is where I am at right now.

As I make my first rounds on Tumblr today, this is probably the best picture I have come across.

Even better that it’s Franks.  Not that I can really appreciate a lot this since I’m not in photography but I certainly think it’s cool.

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Anonymous Targets BMI

If anyone has tried to access BMI’s website around 3:30PM today, they were undoubtably greeted with this poster:

That’s right.  The Operation Payback is apparently back.  Anonymous is a group based out of numerous forum groups.  In the past, they’ve supported Wikileaks.

Essentially, Anonymous doesn’t agree with copyright or the fat checks that some publishing companies supposedly possess. 

While my opinion on the matter isn’t important, I don’t see the relevance in cyber-attacks to shut down websites.  Maybe it’s a form of protest, but it wont make a company crumble.

Either way, good luck accessing BMI’s website right now.

motherjones:

“Cameras Capture Qaddafi Bombing Libyans”

Once again, Anderson Cooper seems to be the only MSM anchor not obsessing over Charlie Sheen and the opening-bell price of crude oil.

Couldn’t have said it better.  I’m pretty disappointed that Charlie Sheen is the most talked about person in America right now when crimes against humanity are taking place in Libya and now, possibly Yemen.

60 Day Trial Offer to Save Music Subscription Service

Rhapsody, a music subscription service, opened the floodgates for trial users by extending the trial period to a 60-day promotional test-drive.  The massive promotion comes as a courtesy of MTV’s 33 million dollar marketing campaign donation—a parting gift to their once half-owned business.  Whether or not the generous trial offer will bring more users to the music subscription service is another beast entirely.  Over the course of Rhapsody’s lifetime, the business has had issues with marketing approaches, building a solid user base, and acquiring music licenses from major labels.  With all of the roadblocks considered, Rhapsody should be on its last limb.

Rhapsody now has the longest free trial period out of any music subscription and cloud based service.  Sony’s Music Unlimited is behind with only a 30-day promotional period.  By extending the trial process Rhapsody hopes to create a user-base that will eventually become absorbed with the plethora of music available.  When the time the trial-subscription runs out, consumers will supposedly become attached to their digital music libraries, and then the user-base will rationalize paying a low monthly fee as a worthwhile investment.

The entire push toward extending the trial offer comes as a pleasant surprise, not only for Rhapsody but also as a sign that the music industry is acknowledging effective marketing tools.  Questions arise when considering other services similar to Rhapsody like MOG, who recently confessed that the record labels were the main reason why music subscription services were not able to give extended trial offers.  This was simply due to the expensive licensing costs publishers and labels imposed.  Why won’t labels help fund promotions?

While this change is exciting, the underlying message is not.  In order for other services to compete, big businesses will need to funnel money in order to support it.  A better plan would be to simply negotiate free licensing for promotional material.

 

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Truman and His Trophy - Jake Babe (Single)

I grew up with these guys so this is kind of bias, but I really do like their sound.  Maybe I should say it’s just half-way bias.

Chicago Mix Tape

I’m not associated with Chicago Mix Tape.  I am, however, a humble subscriber.  If you aren’t already subscribed, you should get on it.  The mix-tape features artists in Chicago and only if they’ve performed that week (at least that’s how I understand it).

CMT is currently in it’s third week of sending out the tape (digital) to subscribers.

Recycle, Repeat, Repetition, Defeat.

Radiohead Appreciation

Sums up how I feel.

Radiohead Digital Album Out Early

It’s in the title.  I still haven’t decided if I just want the digital or  the box-set.  Either way, I’m getting it today.