Follow an Indie Band Wednesday
If you’re on Twitter and want to recommend an unknown band to check out use the hash tag #faibw or the much longer #followandindiebandwednesday so that other people can find your recommendation. http://tinyurl.com/followindie
Last week the independent digital music subscription store eMusic announced that they had made a deal with Sony Music to make available its back catalogue to the store’s 400,000 monthly subscribers. The deal will see catalogue music over two years old including albums from Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Outkast and Leonard Cohen become available to US subscribers. On the same day, the company announced that the price of monthly subscriptions will increase and the number of downloads will be cut by 25 to 35%.
Naturally, loyal eMusic subscribers are going ballistic about the changes on forums and blogs. While the majority welcome the major label additions to the indie music service as long as it’s tastefully done, the decision to jack up prices has been met with users promising they will quit the service. As an keen user of the “indie iTunes”, I’m annoyed at the way eMusic is dealing with their very loyal and savvy customers. For example, I have been signed up to an eMusic Connoisseur account which entitles me to 100 downloads for €29.99 each month. That’s 30 cent a track, much cheaper than iTunes or most other digital music stores. Under the new plan, the similar price of €30.99 only entitles me to 75 downloads at 41 cent each. This reduction across the board would great remove impulse downloads of albums that look interesting therefore reducing the chance of little-known artists (or “long-tail” artists) getting a portion of subscriber money. (more…)
Use this real-time Twitter search to find a video you’d like to watch. http://twitmatic.com
Did you know that the beer baron Freddy Heineken wanted to divide Europe up into a Eurotopia before his death? Read about that and more and this map-centric blog. http://strangemaps.wordpress.com
What better way to understand our world’s people than by downloading photos from their hard drives whilst using filesharing programs? http://www.foundphotos.net
Ever since Obama legitimised social networking with his campaign last year in the eyes of traditional media, a lot of other politicians around the world have been trying their hand at engaging with the population online. Many candidates have taken to Twitter to connect to their potential audiences including Paschal Donohue, Mannix Flynn and Newbridge candidate Willie Crowley, who incidentally gained visibility thanks to his poster which featured the cheeky tagline ‘Put Willie In’. Twitter is hardly a good platform for debate and the discussion for complex issues yet it is useful for broadcasting where the candidate will be present or relevant party news.
Blogging has been recognised as a more engaging method. The Green Party’s Ciaran Cuffe has been blogging since 2004 (at http://cuffestreet.blogspot.com), Cork Green Party candidate Ian Gallagher has an impressive site with video blogs promising to use the web to give locals a say in City Council decisions through voting on the site.
The parties have also been open to inviting bloggers along to events and talks. The Socialist Party’s Joe Higgins held a blogger press conference recently, The Green Party invited selected bloggers on a trip to the Dáil and in an example of how not to do things, Fianna Fáil didn’t exactly endear themselves when a talk with Joe Rospars (one of the chief architects behind Obama’s internet campaign) wasn’t revealed as being run by FF until people arrived at the talk.