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2008: The Year in Online Music

Friday, December 19, 2008

Even as record sales continued to plummet in 2008, the Internet was a hub of innovation for musicians and their fans. Today Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired.com discusses the most important online music stories from 2008.

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Eliot Van Buskirk

Comments [4]

Chester M from Massachusetts

I'm a bit of a hardcore nerd, but I find it annoying how it seems like nobody's heard of netlabels: online record labels. They've been around for about 10 years, and there's literally weeks of Creative-Commons licensed music to find. Of course, it's mostly electronic music, since that's easiest to make using a computer.

http://www.archive.org/details/netlabels
The Internet Archive's page on Netlabels is a good starting point. A large number of netlabels are on there, and it's fun to poke around their catalogs. The "Curator's Choice" box on the archive.org front page for audio is also a good jumping-off point.

Here are some online magazines about netlabels:
http://www.inq-mag.com/
http://phlow-magazine.com/

Feb. 16 2009 03:48 PM
faith Knowles from rhodeisland

I am suddenly aware of world maps actually lighting up with people all over the world, communicating through their i phone ocarinas--are aliens able to pick up on this?
which came first this broadcast with Eliot, or the iphone ocarina?
Faith, mother of ET

Dec. 19 2008 09:58 PM
Ellen from Brooklyn

I find Pandora a fun tool for streaming radio, but really off when it recommends new music. I think genres aren't specific enough as far as getting to the reason you like something. For example, I love Wilco, but I can't stand Ryan Adams. To Pandora, it's all the same. Recommendation algorithms based on other people seem to be much more accurate for me. Netflix, Amazon and I think the new Genius tool for iTunes have much better systems.

Dec. 19 2008 02:35 PM
perowsky

it would be tragedy if he ever got distracted by the music

Dec. 19 2008 02:35 PM

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