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Jim Dalrymple on the iTunes Festival

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Here’s what

Jim Dalrymple had to say about the iTunes Festival on the for Fortune.

Apple could make a fortune by charging even a little bit for each concert at the iTunes Festival, but they don’t. Tickets are free for every show. They could hold the show in a huge venue, but they chose The Roundhouse, a venue that holds about 3,000 people. The Roundhouse is an intimate setting for the artist and fan—it’s a shared experience that you can’t get from a giant concert hall.

I’ve been watching/listening as I work today. Everyone, so far, has been amazing.

It’s all live and free on your Mac, iOS device, and Apple TV.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 2nd, 2013 at 3:26 pm

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An Artistic Word to the Wise from Sam Philips

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Words of wisdom, no matter what your artistic endeavors, from Sam Philips:

…all too often artists make compromises because they’re afraid of losing their recording contracts, or are desperate for a chart hit. The most important thing – hits or none, fame or obscurity, is that you must be true to yourself, because at the end of the day, they can’t pay you enough money if the result isn’t something you honestly believe in.

Her new disc, Push Any Button, releases Tuesday.

Highly recommended.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 11th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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NPR Music App

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Just downloaded the brand spanking new version of the NPR Music App for iPad (it’s universal, so runs on all your iOS devices) and, while I’ve only used it for a couple of minutes, I’m already in love.

The previous version was kind clumsy and not well designed. So far the new version seems stellar. Visually beautiful, easy to find music, overall a truly lovely app. (And that’s after only five minutes gang!) Plus, March 7th you can use the app to watch a live stream of The Shins concert live from NYC. (Of course, anyone who wants to send me tix so I can see the show live is welcome to do so!)

A great way to discover new music or enjoy the stuff you already love.

Highly recommended.

Updated to reflect the fact that you can WATCH the concert in-app. Very cool.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 15th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

New Shins Album in the Wings

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Port of Morrow by The Shins

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January 12th, 2012 at 10:53 am

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A brand new EP by Abby Frenes, an SF Bay-based singer/songwriter who is also the daughter of two of my very good friends.

The Kangarouge EP is a stunning collection of well-crafted tunes that Abby backs up with a gorgeous voice, great arrangements, and excellent production. If this is her first EP, I can’t to see what’s next.

Listen here, then spend six bucks to buy a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.


Written by Jeffery Battersby

November 16th, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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Celsius 7—Life Well Spent

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Life Well Spent

My brother Jacob (aka Celsius 7) just had a new release drop yesterday. I know I’m biased, he is my brother after all, but this is by far the best disc he’s released yet. And that’s saying something.

Pick up your copy at the iTunes Music Store, and, plus you can get a little taste at ReverbNation if you want to try before you buy.

Seriously, getchousome.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

September 25th, 2011 at 11:31 am

Revenge of The Fanboy—Episode 16, Featuring… Yours Truly

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This past Wednesday night I had the pleasure of joining John Mangino and Tom Anderson on Episode 16 of Revenge of The Fanboy, a weekly podcast these two fine gentlemen have been putting out since December.

Each show features bits of interesting punditry and weekly app picks. This week’s episode covers Amazon’s new Cloud Player, WWDC’s sub-12-hour sell out, no summer iPhone 5, and John’s misguided obsession/love affair with jailbroken iOS Infnifolders. (Note to the squeamish: This segment involves an on-air intervention. John has repented, re-installed iOS 4.3 and seems to be on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, no Jerry Springer-esque fisticuffs were involved.)

Surprisingly, the boys have invited me back for another session, so I’ll be on for episode 17 as well.

You can subscribe to Revenge of the Fanboy! with iTunes or using your favorite podcast player.

If you like the show, or even if you don’t, please give it a rating on the iTunes music store. But seriously… what’s not to love?

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 1st, 2011 at 11:25 am