(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

(T+A #45) Technology and the Arts: 10/8/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

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Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #45

Note: Sorry for the delay in getting these Show Notes online…but better late than never…and Go Phillies!

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including enhancements to TiVo, the Tekzilla podcast, the Netflix set-top box developed by Roku, and a Picasa Web Album update. Plus, we’ll discuss an RIAA setback and some digital music royalty decisions involving Pandora and iTunes. In addition, we discuss John’s recently stolen car…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 16 MB. Time: 34 min., 45 sec.

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Here are some things John talked about:

  • Educause – Educause 2008, a conference dedicated to the use of information technology in higher education, will take place in Orlando, Florida, Oct. 28-31, 2008.
  • Presidium – An IT help desk solution that John checked out during a recent business trip to Kentucky.
  • Bella Vista Beverage – John visited this South Philly beer and soda distributor to help celebrate its grand reopening on Sunday, Oct. 5…
  • …and then John had his car stolen while he was there. If anyone sees a 2005 silver Toyota Sienna minivan — possibly still with the New Jersey plates on it — in the South Philly area, please contact us at technology.arts@gmail.com.
  • T-Mobile G1 – John talked more about this Google Android-powered phone from T-Mobile.
  • Garmin Nuvi – John had a good experience with this GPS device while on his trip to Kentucky.
  • The Aleuminati – The “not-so secret” society of beer drinkers.
  • Budweiser American Ale – John recently reviewed this latest offering from Budweiser…and he doesn’t think it’s all that bad.
  • Avery Brewing – At the other end of the beer spectrum from Bud’s American Ale are Avery’s The Maharaja and Salvation.
  • TiVo – John discusses a recent update to this fantastic technology.
  • Tekzilla – A Revision3 podcast hosted by Patrick Norton and Veronica Belmont.
  • Netflix Player by Roku – John talks about this set-top box that streams Netflix movies directly to your television.
  • Picasa 3 – Google has updated its Picasa Web Album and John likes the new features.
  • Neat Company – Simple, efficient paper scanning solutions.

Here are some things Brian talked about:

  • Philadelphia Phillies – Brian is completely preoccupied by his favorite sports team’s playoff run to the National League Championship Series.
  • Christian Beach – Brian plugs some upcoming shows by his friend Christian…October 23 at Triumph Brew Pub in Princeton, N.J.; October 29 at Triumph in Philadelphia, Pa.; and December 5 at Fergie’s Pub in Philly.
  • RIAA suffers legal setback – A federal judge in Minnesota threw out a $222,000 verdict against single mother Jammie Thomas, who had convicted of illegally sharing songs on a peer-to-peer file sharing service. The judge ordered a new trial. (Source: Information Week)
  • Congress passes webcasting bill – Both houses of Congress passed legislation that will help webcasters like Pandora and Live365 reach a deal on reasonable royalty rates with SoundExchange, the organization charged with collecting royalties from digital music. Read more here and here. (Sources: Pandora, AP via Google)
  • Royalty rate unchanged for iTunes, other download services – After Apple threatened to shut down the iTunes Music Store if royalty rates were increased, the Copyright Royalty Board decided to keep mechanical royalty rates (for songwriters and publishers) at 9.1¢ per download. There was speculation that the rate could increase to around 15¢ per download. (Source: Ars Technica)

Congress assists webcasters, SoundExchange as they near deal on royalties

A deal to save Internet radio services like Pandora and Live365 seems imminent and Congress is poised to pass legislation to give both sides time to finalize an agreement.

Here is an excerpt from an Associated Press story:

The two sides have been negotiating new royalty rates following the federal Copyright Royalty Board’s ruling in March 2007 that dramatically increased the rates that Internet radio stations must pay artists and record labels. Internet radio stations say the new rates — which most but not all are paying — would effectively put them out of business.

After months of talks, Webcasters and SoundExchange have recently moved closer to a deal. But because Internet radio companies operate under a government license, any final agreement needs congressional authorization. And with Congress preparing to adjourn at least until after the elections — and possibly until next year — lawmakers probably will not be around to provide approval when an accord is reached.

The House passed legislation on Saturday that would allow webcasters and SoundExchange to continue working on a deal while Congress is out of session, and that any deals struck between the parties would be legally binding until Congress is able to provide final approval.

And here is the latest blog post from Pandora CEO and two-time Technology and the Arts guest Tim Westergren:

We’re thrilled to let everyone know that the House bill passed! Thanks to your incredible support we were able to overcome the NAB’s efforts to derail us. Phone calls rained into the congressional offices over the past 36 hours. Just amazing.

We’re not done. We still need to get the bill through the Senate, which looks like it will be voting on the bill on Monday.

So stay tuned. We want to make sure the Senators know how important it is for them support our resolution. We’ll be reaching out again to ask you for one more push.

Our deepest gratitude.

Tim (Founder)

For those of you interested, NAB is the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents the large terrestrial broadcasters like Clear Channel. Seeing a webcasting deal was close, the NAB launched a lobbying effort to kill the legislation (HR 7084) in order to eliminate some competition. But thanks to a grass-roots effort by fans of Internet radio, that effort was thwarted.

(T+A #44) Technology and the Arts: 9/24/2008

(T+A #44) Technology and the Arts: 9/24/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Tunecore, a service that helps independent musicians get their songs on iTunes and other online music stores; and a recent conference on digital music analysis held at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Plus, we discuss a new digital media licensing agreement and the G-1 from T-Mobile, the first phone to use Google’s Android mobile operating system…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 8 MB. Time: 16 min., 52 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #44

Sorry for the delay in getting these show notes posted…been a hectic time for me. – BK

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including Tunecore, a service that helps independent musicians get their songs on iTunes and other online music stores; and a recent conference on digital music analysis held at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Plus, we discuss a new digital media licensing agreement and the G-1 from T-Mobile, the first phone to use Google’s Android mobile operating system…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 8 MB. Time: 16 min., 52 sec.

Related Links:

This was a solo podcast by Brian…here are some things he mentioned:

(T+A #42) Technology and the Arts: 8/27/2008

(T+A #42) Technology and the Arts: 8/27/2008

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including spreeder, ma.gnolia’s decision to go open source, and our own John LeMasney’s “prevail whale.” Plus, we discuss some interesting sights on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth and a possible last stand for Pandora and the webcasting industry…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 17.5 MB. Time: 37 min., 09 sec.

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #42

prevail-whale by lemasney

"prevail-whale" by lemasney

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including spreeder, ma.gnolia’s decision to go open source, and our own John LeMasney’s “prevail whale.” Plus, we discuss some interesting sights on Google Maps Street View and Google Earth and a possible last stand for Pandora and the webcasting industry…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 17.5 MB. Time: 37 min., 09 sec.

Related Links:

Sorry about the delay in getting the full show notes up…here they are (8/28, 8 p.m. ET):

Here are some things John LeMasney mentioned:

  • Spreeder.com – A free online speed reading application.
  • FoodGawker.com – A site devoted to beautiful food imagery.
  • ma.gnolia.com – A social bookmarking site that announced plans to make the platform open source with the hope to become “the WordPress of social bookmarking.”
  • FaceYourManga.com – John refers to “Manga Me” in the podcast, but I believe this is the site he used to create his anime likeness…that’s the one I used after he talked about it. But if John wants to correct any of this, I’m sure he will.
  • “prevail-whale” – John took the infamous Twitter “fail-whale” and turned it into a symbol of success (see photo above)…and it got noticed around the Internet.
  • John’s Southern Tier Back Burner review – Here is his opinion on this barleywine style ale on one of his side projects, beercritic.wordpress.com.

Here are some things Brian Kelley mentioned