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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 14, 2010 0 comments
Have the major labels colluded to fix the price of downloads at a minimum of 70 cents per track? That's what plaintiffs are alleging in a federal lawsuit. The suit had been thrown out by one court but another has ruled that it may proceed.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 11, 2007 0 comments
Musicians are the backbone of several industries: recording, broadcasting, music publishing, live performance, etc. Several of those industries are currently waging a rhetorical free-for-all over what musicians get paid. It's like watching a pit full of weasels fight over a burger.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 08, 2010 0 comments
Is 3D the next big thing in music video? Maybe, maybe not, but there certainly is an emerging wave of 3D productions, both clips and longform videos.
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SV Staff Posted: May 21, 2008 0 comments
Don't get me wrong.I love high-quality sound performance. I live for it, and making things sound good is what I do, day in, day out. I used to think that there shouldn't be a limit on how much someone should pay for sound quality. Well, I have seen...
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Oct 23, 2007 0 comments
The CD is being phased out, the LP has seen better days, and downloads irk audiophiles with their lossy clumsiness. Where can you go to download music that sounds the way it should? MusicGiants has offered high-res downloads--the missing link in the evolution of online music retailing--since 2005. Now the company's reach is spreading to new devices and new record labels.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Mar 06, 2008 0 comments
The major record labels have sucked in millions of dollars in settlements of copyright-infringement suits--but little of the money has been shared with recording artists.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 20, 2007 0 comments
The latest challenge to the music industry comes from musicians themselves. Some of them are re-recording their hits to capture licensing revenue that otherwise would go to their record companies.
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SV Staff Posted: Feb 12, 2009 0 comments
Although it's been around since 1934, everyone's favorite elevator music company, Muzak, may be silenced. Muzak Holdings has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has about $340 million in bond dept and owes an...
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SV Staff Posted: May 06, 2008 0 comments
MvixUSA has just announced what looks like a killer product. The Mvix MV-2500U is a multimedia center that's ready to play all your movies, music and pictures. The MV-2500U is quite small, measuring just 5 x 3 x 0.8 inches so it's a breeze to...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 15, 2009 0 comments
Exciting times for the 3D world. A few sporting events have been making the headlines, but Hollywood is getting into the game.My Bloody Valentine 3D opens in theaters tomorrow - in 2D and 3D. Nothing like a good horror flick with bloody gore...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2009 0 comments
Oh happy day - my DTV converter box coupons came in the mail today. How exciting, right? Two plastic cards, as requested.  But, on the bottom of the page they were attached to was some interesting reading.Listed were eight locations,...
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SV Staff Posted: Jan 14, 2009 0 comments
  A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to test drive the new Aston Martin DBS for an upcoming Sound & Vision feature. One of the coolest parts of the car's Bang & Olufsen audio system was the iPod integration. Once docked, this...
Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jul 21, 2011 0 comments

Sad news in the headlines this week. We all mourn the passing of Borders Books, not just one of the last megabooksellers, but one of the last that also sold music. Who’s to blame? I blame my mom.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 18, 2008 0 comments
The music-industry trade groups that have launched mass lawsuits against consumers may be about to become three-legged stools. EMI, of the four largest music labels, may be moving to cut its funding for the Recording Industry Association of America and its British cousin, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Apr 26, 2011 0 comments
Was it only yesterday when Netflix was a babe in the cradle, with giant Blockbusters and cable operators looming over it? My, Netflix, how you've grown. You've all but defeated Blockbuster and now you're bigger than the country's largest cable TV and satellite radio operators.

The latest Netflix quarterly earnings report shows 23.7 million subscribers. While this is short of estimates, it's still enough to propel Netflix past Comcast, with 22.8 million subscribers, and Sirius XM, with 20.2 million subscribers. This has got to make the cable industry in particular nervous.

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