Soundcloud makes sharing music files easy peasy


Do you work in, or closely with, music? Do you regularly find yourself trying to send music files to people, and having difficulty due to the multi-MB nature of most music files? Yeah, I know, email sucks – but so does linking someone to a MySpace, especially if it’s a file that you don’t necessarily want on public release.

Or perhaps you’re a DJ, and you want to share mixes with people you know. Not publicly, just to close friends, or people on a mailing list. In either case, what you need is a recently-launched site called Soundcloud.

RIAA to drop failed lawsuits strategy


It’s official – the RIAA is giving up on its strategy of suing thousands of individuals for file-sharing. The campaign, which began in 2003, has hit 35,000 people. At no point have the record labels ever won a contested court case, instead gaining masses of default judgements against defendants who never turned up.

It’s failed to stop file-sharing, too. Album sales have gone nowhere but down, even when taking into account digital sales increases. Not to mention the PR disaster it’s caused for the labels – who’ve sued pensioners, 13-year-old girls, and penniless single mothers.

Trent Reznor gets even more riled up with music industry, vows to do a Radiohead

trent-reznor.jpgMy, that Trent Reznor is an awfully angry man. Pretty obvious if you’ve ever heard ‘Burn’ by his band Nine Inch Nails, and if you’ve been following his rants against the music industry recently, where he’s been urging fans to pirate his music rather than actually pay for the ‘overpriced’ CDs themselves.

Reznor has been ranting on the band’s website, and all but said they’re going to follow Radiohead and release their next album exclusively online. With the subject of ‘big news’, he said “Hello everyone. I’ve waited a LONG time to be able to make the following announcement: as of right now Nine Inch Nails is a totally free agent, free of any recording contract with any label. I have been under recording contracts for 18 years and have watched the business radically mutate…