-- Add the experiences of Peerialism to the list of reasons to be skeptical about Global Gaming Factory's planned re-launch of the Pirate Bay as a legitimate service. Peerialism has technology that improved data transfer over P2P networks. Not only did GGF hire Peerialism two months ago, reports CNET, it also said it planned to acquire the company. According to Peerialism's CEO, the company has yet to be paid by GGF, nor has its request for a business plan and list of investors been satisfied. Previously, former Grokster president Wayne Grosso walked away from GGF after being hired to help secure licenses from content owners. He doubted GGF's ability to secure investors to purchase The Pirate Bay and has yet to be paid as well. (CNET)

-- According to the latest monthly update of U.S. Retailing & Consumer Trends from Nielsen, consumers are sticking to the basics, avoiding discretionary spending, eating more at home (canning and freezing supplies were up big) and buying more vitamins (a usual trend during recessionary times). (Nielsen Wire)

-- Google has launched Google Listen, an Android app that acts as a search engine for podcasts and web audio. Google lists some of the apps uses, such as searching for audio on an emerging news story and subscribing to specific podcasts and search terms. (Google Listen)

-- Rascal Flatts have sold over four million concert tickets in four years. (Music Row)

-- Songwriter Cliff Goldmacher writes about the differences between writing songs in Nashville and New York. Here he explains the difference between writing lyrics in each city: "In Nashville, the story is king. This means that the lyric has to make perfect sense, the images are concrete and the story has a logical flow from beginning to end. There's not a lot of room for poetic, impressionistic lyrics that don't have the arc of a story. New York, on the other hand, while it certainly has its share of great songwriter/storytellers, has a broader tolerance in its pop and rock genres for words that 'feel' and 'sound' good together. Please don't misunderstand. It takes just as much skill to write a great pop lyric where the words convey the emotion of the song and carry the nuances of the melody as it does to write a great story in a country song, but it's a different skill set." (TuneCorner)

-- A Q&A with Marc Geiger, VP at William Morris Endeavor, about Lollapalooza. Jim DeRogatis questions Geiger about a perceived lack of "aesthetic vision," Lollapalooza's place in the Chicago music community and its affect on local music clubs. "When you sell out a couple of years in a row, you don't want to be arrogant in any way, shape or form. But then you have to look at it and say that if Lolla wasn't there and you had all of those shows in the clubs, if we're looking at it from a dollar spent by the consumer standpoint versus all of those bartenders and people who work at the clubs, the consumer would have to go out to 15 shows to see a fraction of the bands." (Chicago Sun-Times)