Napster – P2P’s Sacrificial Lamb

Napster was a pioneer in peer-to-peer file sharing services. The service specialized in sharing audio files, especially music files encoded in the still-popular MP3 format.   The service allowed its users to easily exchange songs through a decentralized file sharing system - the first of its kind, really - which changed the way everyone got their…

Gracenote – Providing Entertainment Metadata

Gracenote is a company that provides music, video, and sports metadata, as well as automatic content recognition technology (ACR) to entertainment companies and developers of consumer electronics across the globe. In total, Gracenote operates five businesses. These are music, video, sports, automotive, and video personalization. History of Gracenote Gracenote was originally started by Ti Kan…

What Is Bespoke Music? – Interview with The Merry Jaynz’ Songsmith Tom Smith

  YC:  Today I'm speaking with Tom Smith about bespoke music and songs.  Hi Tom, how ya doing?   TS:  Great! Always love an opportunity to hear myself speak! hahaha... [caption id="attachment_8556" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Tom Smith - bespoke musician and member of the Merry Jaynz swamp rock band[/caption] YC:  Excellent, that's good.  So you're involved with this…

How to Properly Promote a Local Show or Event

Promoting local shows can be simple, but is not often done right. For the most part, it can be split into two categories: paid promotion, and free promotion. To have a well balanced show you’ll want to try a bit of both. I’ve compiled a list of five of the easiest promotion methods. Doing each…
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Open Mic Night Etiquette

Have you ever been to an open mic night, ie. the kind where musicians or even comedians go perform on stage? If so, you’ll know that they can be a lot of fun, but they can also be frustrating. People show up, play, and leave immediately after. Or people show up and talk loudly directly…