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Is iTunes LP really cost-prohibitive?

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Gizmodo’s assessment of the value of iTunes LP:

But if they’re charging ridiculous, prohibitive fees and only letting a few major labels take advantage of this…that romantic cry for the return of the album sounds cynical and disingenuous.

Considering that the final project in my Advanced Interactive Design class (a combination Flash/HTML/CSS web portal, which was delivered to the client as a “near-final beta”) appraised for almost $13,000, asking labels to put up $10,000 for an iTunes LP seems like a fair price.  Simply put: content development like this needs to be paid for.  The labels who claim they can’t afford the cost need to think about the real value it offers before making a decision based solely on its impact on the bottom line.

Update: According to AppleInsider, the framework used to create iTunes LP content (TuneKit) will be open-sourced and made available to all interested labels in the near future.

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October 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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Wired.com Interview with Zoe Keating

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Even though I haven’t picked up my violin in a while, I still have a “thing” for classical music (I played for 10 years during school).  The addition of electronic elements to this kind of music has always fascinated me and allows for almost limitless creative possibilities.  The deep, earthy sound of Zoe Keating’s cello is the perfect blend of art and technology.

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May 17, 2009 at 1:34 am

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Microsoft Songsmith

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I don’t care, everyone who worked on the marketing for this should be fired.

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January 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm

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Aurgasm’s new face

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One of the best music related blogs has a new look.  Credit to site owner Paul Irish and designer Tom Kershaw for giving Aurgasm its own unique style.

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January 18, 2009 at 2:23 am