-- The Financial Times believes Cablevision's spin-off of Madison Square Garden Entertainment may lead to greater consolidation in the live events business and Pali's Richard Greenfield believes AEG may have interest in acquiring MSG. MSG's New York presence makes it an attractive target and it would also be a second option for Ticketmaster if the Department of Justice prevents a merger with Live Nation. (Financial Times)

-- An independent musician reviews Chris Anderson's book "Free." A theme in the book is abundance (digital world) versus scarcity (physical world). One line of thinking says musicians should give away music and make money from live shows. Is that an attractive or viable model for the independent musician? "(T)here are only so many live shows most fans can attend each year. If recorded music is destined to be free, then musicians are left to compete for something that is ultimate more scarce than the dollars of music fans, the amount of time they can devote to seeing live music. ... One other thought here is that, due to online distribution, it's possible for a small act to literally have listeners around the world. Yet there's no practical way for that act to perform for all of those listeners and make money from ticket sales." (Digital Audio Insider)

-- A very positive, hands-on review of the Zune HD. "(T)he real innovation seems to be going on in user interface--how do you make a touch screen workable on such a small device? Here, Microsoft has done a solid job, taking the mixture of horizontal and vertical menus used on the current Zunes and adding particular tweaks for the touch screen." (Digital Noise)

-- Trinity College, a wealthy college in the UK, is reportedly in talks to buy London's O2 venue. (Times Online)