Hey kids: circumvention doesn't pay! And with that, YouTube video-to-download upstart clip.dj is now toast. This looks like a self-imposed shutdown, though the quickly-rising circumvention tool is now supremely inoperable. And, this may have been prompted by a YouTube nastygram and general clampdown on the circumvention space. Earlier this week, Torrentfreak reported that Google was threatening to take action against popular video-to-mp3 conversion site youtube-mp3.org.
Face it, you're getting acquired. It's unclear whether the acquisition spree will continue, though Facebook has just acquired Face.com for a reported $100 million. Face.com powers some creepy/controversial facial recognition features for Facebook; the company indicated that the buyout was largely a talent and technology grab (just like pre-IPO old times).
Felony charges are now being levied against one-time Curtis Management chief financial officer Rickey Charles Goodrich. That's Pearl Jam's management group; Goodrich is charged with bilking the group of nearly $400,000, according to local reports.
Beatport has just launched Beatport Mixes, a service that allows DJs to upload their mixes while paying associated rightsholders. Sounds ambitious and simultaneously unenviable; Beatport is also promising 10 percent back to the mixing DJ.
Senate deliberations over the proposed UMG+EMI marriage begin tomorrow. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will be chit-chatting with the likes of Lucian Grainge, Irving Azoff, and Edgar Bronfman, Jr., the webcast starts at 1:30 pm EST.
Separately, Universal has received a formal Statement of Objections from the European Competition Commission. That could prompt more concessions; UMG indicated that a detailed response is being prepared.
There's more on VEVO, including a curious plunge in traffic as reported by comScore. Year-over-year uniques slipped 20.1 percent to 48.3 million in May, from 60.4 million in May of last year; time spent watching has also nearly halved over that period. Other measurements, including compete.com, tell a different story.
Karaoke is heading towards the cloud, like everyone else. And to discuss that we have the upcoming Karaoke Cloud Music City Summit in Nashville, slated for Friday. More here.
Is internet radio merely a feature, not a product? Such is the conjecture of abrasive BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield, who pointed to Spotify's recently-retooled, app-ready radio relaunch as a major competitve threat to Pandora. Spotify is now spinning radio as a free app, though major differences in how songs are selected - as well as total catalog - are worth noticing.
Me Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Funny how Google will threaten legal action against somebody ripping of Youtube, but gets offended when people ask Google not to rip them off.
balbers Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Google should know better than to start playing whack-a-mole with the video-to-mp3 circumvention tools. Because if they shut down clip.dj and youtube-mp3.org, there are still many other services that do the exact same thing, and if those are shut down, others will take their place.
Nevermind the stand-alone programs like Soundflower and iNet Stream Archiver (and at least 48 other apps) that do the same thing with not only YouTube, but also Vimeo, Bandcamp, Soundcloud and any other audio stream.
Good luck with that, Google.