Do they know it’s Christmas?

A blast from the past that’s as relevant today as it was when “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was first recorded a quarter of a century ago. This is a song in which a real A-list of musical talent and influence came together to record for Band Aid, a charity supergroup featuring British and Irish […]

Add your voice to the illegal file-sharing debate

News today that the government is pledging to combat internet piracy in the UK with a series of new measures, including £50,000 fines for those found guilty of illegal file-sharing. The Guardian says that the move is being pushed through by Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, in a bid to deter the estimated seven million […]

Gearing up for a Michael Jackson bonanza

At various times during the weekend when I was out and about, I was checking the latest news on my iPhone, usually with the excellent Sky News app. It did amaze me at one point on Saturday to note that every major news story I saw was something about Michael Jackson. That’s almost all there’s […]

Spiralfrog’s final demise


Some news stories provide a perfect opportunity for a bit of imagination in writing a snappy headline, often with a pun or metaphor. News a few days ago that ad-supported music sharing site Spiralfrog has bitten the dust was one such opportunity as this view of news blog headlines in Techmeme illustrates. The word most […]

A little Latin flavour


A part of the world that’s not constantly front-of-mind for many people in the UK is Latin America. One country that’s an integral part of that region is Costa Rica, nowadays a popular holiday destination and a place I call a second home having lived there for much of the 1980s. It’s also my wife’s […]

You’re no one if you’re not on Twitter

It’s nice to start a Monday morning with a bit of a laugh, and what better way to have a laugh today than with this song. If you’re a Twitter user, the lyrics will make you smile. Wry humour by songwriter Ben Walker that shows some insight into this social micro-blogging networking online world that […]

Podcasting and digital rights

If you’re a UK-based podcaster and concerned about digital rights, an upcoming event from the UK Podcasters Association (UKPA) may interest you: UKPA is hosting a seminar on rights with the Open Rights Group at the Guardian, Farringdon, London, Saturday March 29th 2pm – 5pm and it would be great if you would come and […]

Online video: Opportunities and challenges


A number of things struck me as I sat in a briefing room in Microsoft’s main London office yesterday morning. The occasion was a press event by Microsoft to announce their vision for online video in Europe including their strategy for MSN Video, its on-demand free video channel on the web. Probably the biggest news […]

Qtrax: More than just a PR disaster

Maybe a nail in the coffin for the advertising-supported music download business model. From The Times yesterday: A website which promised to give music lovers the world’s first legal file-sharing service was forced into a humiliating climbdown today after it emerged that the company had not secured the backing of the record industry. Qtrax, a […]