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We read TechCrunch daily, and value the site as a top news source. That being said, someone has been taking crazy pills lately.  Here is Mike Arrington’s take on why all music should be free:

Marginal production costs are zero: Like software, it doesn’t cost anything to produce another digital copy that is just as good as the original as soon as the first copy exists, and anyone can create those copies (meaning there is perfect competition and zero barriers to entry). Unless effective legal (copyright), technical (DRM) or other artificial impediments to production can be created, simple economic theory dictates that the price of music, like its marginal cost, must also fall to zero as more “competitors” (in this case, listeners who copy) enter the market…

Hmmm. So then where’s my free copy of Adobe Photoshop?

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Giving control to the public is a tried-and-true method for generating publicity, as we saw last week when when Mark Ecko let a vote decide the fate of the Barry Bonds baseball.

This week Radiohead is tearing it up with their self-published, pay-whatever-you-feel-like release scheduled for the 10th. Coolfer has a good analysis of the news here.

PRNewser contacted Radiohead’s AoR Nasty Little Man, who called the stunt “forward thinking” and likened it to nostalgic old days of the Clash. Interesting, we figured Nasty Little Men would be under 30 years old. A peek at the firm’s history shows work dating back to ’92.

NLM’s Steve Martin explains how the coverage is likely to roll out for this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Will he retire? That is the question everyone would like an answer to.  However, we do know that Fiddy today cancelled his UK and European promotional tour.  The folks at Aftermath Entertainment must be especially busy this week.  Planning the Kanye/Fiddy battle was a great PR move and definitely garnered a lot of hype, but now that the numbers are in, this will be a hard one to spin for Fiddy’s PR team.  What do you think?  Talk to us.  prnewser at mediabistro.com

Today’s NY Post takes a look at the top music magazines.   Surprisingly, Relix, which focuses on the Grateful Dead, Phish and jamband scene, received three stars, ahead of more well known titles Rolling StoneVibe and Blender.  Spin’s publicist must be getting yelled at, as they were not included in the list. 

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Mike Greenhaus is a Senior Editor at Relix, which has branched out beyond jambands:

In 2005 Relix expanded into the Zenbu Media Group, which now includes Relix, Global Rhythm Magazine, Metal Edge, Metal Maniacs, Jambands.com, the Jammy Awards, the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival and a number of other events and custom publications.

Do you have a music client that would be a fit for these publications? Email Mike – mike at relix.com

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MTV press release: “Celebrating her long-awaited comeback, Spears commanded the stage with a sultry performance of her new song “Gimme More” featuring a show-stopping extravaganza highlighted by sexy choreography and high-flying aerialists in an appearance that viewers will remember forever.”

AP: “Even the celebrity-studded audience seemed bewildered. 50 Cent looked at Spears with a confused look on his face; Diddy, her new best friend, was expressionless. Some comeback. Breathlessly hyped by MTV as the evening’s most anticipated performance, it became the most shockingly bad of the night. Jive Records might want to push back that Nov. 13 album release date.”

Meanwhile, Tommy Lee and Kid Rock got into a brawl.

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