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38 items by David Kushner

  • The Digital Beat: Can MP3 Survive the Times?

    The Digital Beat: Can MP3 Survive the Times? | ARTICLE

    The MP3 digital music format has had quite a run. It's changed an industry, ignited a DIY revolution. And, like a true rock star, it might very well burn out before it fades away. The reason: both Microsoft...

    June 27, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: The Instant Message Music War

    The Digital Beat: The Instant Message Music War | ARTICLE

    Ever since Napster lost its bad-boy luster, the other digital music It-wares, Aimster, has been rightfully sucking up the glare. Released last year from a start-up in Troy, New York, Aimster transforms America Online's ubiquitous instant messaging...

    June 13, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Rest in PC

    The Digital Beat: Rest in PC | ARTICLE

    I've seen the future of rock & roll and its name is ubiquity. That's right, even though the personal computer is currently the hot spot for digital music, newfangled wireless devices -- from Palm Pilots to cell...

    June 4, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: MP3.com Sells Out

    The Digital Beat: MP3.com Sells Out | ARTICLE

    Not so long ago, MP3.com and Napster were the bad boys of the Internet: two brash start-ups born as rebellions against the monolithic music industry. Together, they colorfully represented the generation gap between the new and old...

    May 29, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Radio MX Means More Music for Your Ears

    The Digital Beat: Radio MX Means More Music for Your Ears | ARTICLE

    Despite all the controversies over Napster, plenty of companies want a piece of the digital music pie. And even the ones who have a slice want a bigger portion. Recently, Musicmatch, creators of the popular MP3 player...

    May 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Songbird's Limited Wingspan

    The Digital Beat: Songbird's Limited Wingspan | ARTICLE

    Britney Spears is getting hit a lot more than one time baby. According to Songbird (www.iapu.org), a new program that purports to let users track down how many people are bootlegging specific songs on selected sites, Britney's...

    May 16, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: PCs vs. Stereos

    The Digital Beat: PCs vs. Stereos | ARTICLE

    Digital music isn't just changing how we get the music we want, but how we listen too. Case in point: A recent study by a technology research firm called Mercer Management Consulting found that college students spend...

    May 8, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Radio Stations Get Jammed Online

    The Digital Beat: Radio Stations Get Jammed Online | ARTICLE

    Radio industry workers convened at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas recently, and guess what the main topic was -- yep, broadcasting online. Seems the old guarders are grappling with just how they...

    May 2, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: IUMA Rises Again

    The Digital Beat: IUMA Rises Again | ARTICLE

    Long before Napster was monopolizing the headlines, a tiny little startup in Santa Cruz called the Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) was pioneering music online. Launched in 1993 by a frustrated rock band, the Ugly Mugs, IUMA...

    April 11, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Napster Not a Vital Cause

    The Digital Beat: Napster Not a Vital Cause | ARTICLE

    "Napster is under fire! The recording industry won't stop until they've shut down file sharing. We're not going to let them. You can make a difference. Join the Napster Action Network now!" This was the battle cry that...

    April 4, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Pawning the Napster Dream

    The Digital Beat: Pawning the Napster Dream | ARTICLE

    Rip. Mix. Burn. These are the buzzwords for the new iMac campaign from Apple. You can see it on billboards around the country. There's a shiny, happy picture of a flowery new Apple computer next to what...

    March 26, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Napster Can't Stop What It Started

    The Digital Beat: Napster Can't Stop What It Started | ARTICLE

    So Napster is having trouble filtering out copyright-protected songs. Go figure. Sit up here on Grandpa's knee and let me tell you a story about the old days that might shed light on the intrepidness of fans....

    March 20, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Tipping for Tunes

    The Digital Beat: Tipping for Tunes | ARTICLE

    For many digital music enthusiasts, the Napster war seems to leave one irrefutable conclusion: Twenty-first century artists are destined to get bootlegged online. A burgeoning group of grassroots netizens, however, is trying to devise a new solution....

    March 6, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: A guide to Post-Napster Living

    The Digital Beat: A guide to Post-Napster Living | ARTICLE

    For a lot of music traders, Napster is the beginning and end of the online experience. Yes, they've heard about Gnutella, they sampled Scour Exchange, but these and all those other programs just seemed so techie. Times...

    February 27, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Digital Beat: Napster Was Meant to Die Young

    The Digital Beat: Napster Was Meant to Die Young | ARTICLE

    Napster is dead. Napster lives. Napster is dead again. Napster lives? Not even Keith Richards has knocked on death's door as often as the notorious N.A.P. And, frankly, all this speculation surrounding the company's fate is moot....

    February 21, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • Prince Creates Web Confusion

    Prince Creates Web Confusion | ARTICLE

    What happened to Prince? There was a time when we could count on just about anything he released to be awesome: Purple Rain, Sign of the Times, Parade, even the third disc of his Emancipation set. But...

    January 8, 2001 12:00 AM ET
  • The Top Ten Best Digital Music Entities of 2000

    The Top Ten Best Digital Music Entities of 2000 | ARTICLE

    In the evolution of music online, the year 2000 will go down as the big digital bang. Sure, techies and audio geeks have been swapping songs online for years, but Y2K was when the novelty went pop....

    December 27, 2000 12:00 AM ET
  • Royal Flush: The Battle for Digital Music Royalties

    Royal Flush: The Battle for Digital Music Royalties | ARTICLE

    While the battle over bootleg MP3s wages on, the recording industry is trying to shore up ways that artists can get compensated for at least one other form of digital audio: streaming music. To do this, the...

    December 19, 2000 12:00 AM ET
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