| Mar 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
On Friday afternoon, while South by Southwest festival attendees were sleeping off hangovers or busy making new ones, in a conference room at the Austin Convention Center, record people were discussing the return of indie record stores, the success of the...
| May 23, 2014
| 4:40 PM
Five months after an ex-Napster executive was killed after being knocked from his bicycle by a patrol car on on Mulholland Drive, investigators have submitted an accident report to the district attorney's office.
Prosecutors must now decide whether...
| Jul 13, 2011
| 5:42 AM
Like, gag us with a spoon. For its 30th anniversary, Artscape is going all 1980s on us. So we figured that now’s the time to determine once and for all which was the better 10-year period: the ’80s or ’90s. Let the battle begin!
| Aug 27, 2011
Spotify is every music pirate's dream made legal. It's free (sometimes), open sharing of music from around the world with peer-to-peer exchange of playlists (via Facebook) in a format that also compensates the artists (if only a penny per play).
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
| Apr 3, 2012
Robert R. Beezer, a federal judge on the nation's busiest court for the last 28 years and author of landmark decisions on judicial authority, digital media sharing and capital punishment, has died of lung cancer. He was 83.
Beezer's death Friday at a...
| Apr 19, 2012
I see it in my Facebook feed and Twitter stream more often than I probably should. So-and-so is listening to Baby Got Back by Six Mix-a-Lot on Spotify.
We understand you like big butts and cannot lie, but do you really want to announce that to the world?...
| Oct 20, 2011
| 9:01 PM
A cultural shift that eventually became a landslide began 10 years ago this month, though almost no one noticed at the time. Apple Inc. rolled out a portable MP3 player it dubbed the iPod, and after a promising opening quarter in 2002, sales dropped...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 3:20 PM
Books and music go way back — at least as far back as the epic poets, whose tales of heroic deeds were sung to gathered Greeks long before they were stuffed between two covers for high school students. When singer-songwriter Joe Pernice signed his...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 9:00 AM
AUSTIN, Texas — Simon Klose would like you to steal his movie. Stream it, download it, share it with someone in Croatia or Brazil and remix it with videos of kittens playing patty-cake, if that's your kind of thing.
Klose, 37, is the director of...
| Jul 19, 2012
| 9:58 AM
Rebecca Gates found herself holding a bass guitar, an instrument that she can play in a pinch, at a 2006 recording session in New York with Willie Nelson.
“I was pretty intimidated,” she says with a laugh. “I know Ryan Adams, who was...