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100 Songs in a Day

Friday, January 17, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life. Matt Farley is a musician who's gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. OTM producer and TLDR co-creator PJ Vogt visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works. Programming note: This story originally aired on TLDR -- OTM's new blog and podcast.

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iTunes At Ten: Apple's Impact On The Music Industry A Decade In

Monday, May 20, 2013

The iTunes store was a game changer ten years ago, when it first emerged. Billboard editor Joe Levy discusses the online music and media store's impact on the music industry a decade in.



iTunes Celebrates a Decade, Faces New Challenges

Friday, April 26, 2013

When Apple launched its iTunes music store a decade ago amid the ashes of Napster, the music industry was anxious to see how the new music service would shake out.

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Jazz In The White House, Martha Redbone, iTunes Inheritance

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saxophonist Paul Winter joins us to talk about how, 50 years ago today, his sextet brought jazz to the White House for the very first time, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Plus, the R&B singer Martha Redbone has set the poems of William Blake to the sounds of Appalachian folk music. And where does your digital music go when you die?


Play It Again..and Again...and Again

Monday, May 21, 2012

We all have that one song that we just can’t stop listening to – just check out your iTunes "plays" column for proof. Writer Katie Arnold-Ratliff joins us to discuss her fixation on an entire album, and we talk with neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin about why we can get stuck on one song. Plus, we want to know: what's your most played song...and how many times have you played it?

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The Takeaway

Steve Jobs: Iconoclast, Innovator, Design Maverick

Thursday, October 06, 2011

"Apple took us into a space where technology didn't have to be this rational thing," John Maeda told The Takeaway. "It could be an emotional thing — a thing you could connect to as a person." Maeda, a world renowned graphic designer and visual artist, is president of the Rhode Island School of Design. Maeda cannot understate the influence of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on his life and career. He fondly remembers his Apple II and his first Macintosh in 1984, which his MIT classmates derided as a "pansy computer." "I knew that computer was different," Maeda said. "It was making a statement."



The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The products he invented have helped make music an almost ubiquitous part of our lives.

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At Long Last, The Beatles Come to iTunes

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

After years of negotiations, the Beatles' music will be available for sale at the iTunes music store. WNYC and WQXR's music experts weigh in on the big news.



The Beatles Are Coming! Again!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Beatles come to iTunes and it's - a bit of a snore.

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Music in the clouds

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A musical battle royale is brewing...

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