Words and photos by T.J. DeGroat
I don’t know who decided to hold an event at the Apple Store the night before the iPhone was to go on sale, but I applaud the person. I had been planning to stay as far away from the Apple insanity as possible, but the Bay Area Video Coalition’s latest Innovation Salon event forced me into the eye of the storm, where I was able to mock — and secretly envy — the enthusiastic early adopters who planned to wait in line all night to make sure they’d get their hands on the $500 and $600 phones. Of course I snapped a few photos:
Inside the store, the second of the Innovation Salon series events focused on how San Francisco companies — some Web 2.0-related companies among them — are helping save the troubled music industry. The panel, moderated by Lydia Popovich of Quannum Projects, featured Elise Nordling (SomaFM), Steve Bronstein (IODA), Jessica Stoner Steel (Pandora), Dusty DiMercurio (Digidesign) and Gabriel Benveniste (SonicLiving). Here’s a quote from the event’s description:
“From how music is produced to how music finds its way to listeners, Bay Area companies have revolutionized the music world. We’ve watched companies like Digidesign turn nearly every recording studio digital and Apple make it possible to put our entire music library in our pockets. Now add to that IODA, Gracenote, Real Rhapsody, Yahoo, Snocap, MP3.com, Pandora, SonicLiving, INgrooves and IRIS, and the Bay Area becomes ground zero for the future of music.”
Photo credit: BAVC
Besides talking about San Francisco’s role in helping new and independent musicians find success, the panel spent a lot of time discussing the fate of Internet radio, something the majority of the bub.blicio.us set uses regularly. The Copyright Royalty Board, put into power by Library of Congress, recently approved an exorbitant increase in royalty rates paid by webcasters that will, people in the know insist, kill Internet radio — at least, some of the industry’s premier outlets. The rates are retroactive to Jan 1, 2006, and the only solution is Congressional action. Find out how you can help here.
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