-- Edison Research, which released some Internet radio stats a few days ago, follows up with talk about how webcasters are aiding music discovery and how they might approach their competition with market-leader Pandora. "We may be rapidly approaching the day when 'let me Pandora that to you' becomes as common as 'let me Skype you' or 'you can just EBay that.' Pass the Kleenex. Pandora's competitors (both terrestrial and pure-play broadcasters alike) can combat this commodification of music discovery by adding meaning, context and significance to their own data online - by creating content around the music." (Edison Research blog)

-- Digital distributor RouteNote claims to have launched the world's cheapest distribution service. The company's premium level of service has been dropped to a flat, one-time fee of $10 for singles, $20 for EPs, $30 for albums and $45 for extended albums. Standard pricing for the premium service included annual fees, not one-time fees. So if a song is expected to have a shelf life beyond 12 months, this new pricing structure offers good savings. But it is short-lived - this special runs through August 31st. (RouteNote blog)

-- France is getting its graduated response system ready to finally put its Hadopi law into practice. Trident Media Guard (TMG) will monitor several file-sharing networks but not online storage lockers. "We reached an agreement with TMG and [the company] will monitor the IP addresses used for illicit file-sharing from a basic reference work," said an official at French collecting society SACEM. That agreement calls for TMG to provide 25,000 incidents per day for both audio and audiovisual content owners. (TorrentFreak)

-- Readers interested in academic papers on file-sharing should read the pointed critique of Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf's paper, Copyrights and File-Sharing, at the Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog. Thomas Sydnor especially took exception to the paper's argument that the exclusive rights afforded by copyright amount to a "welfare program for authors." After tearing apart many of the paper's claims, Sydnor sums up his thoughts this way: "In conclusion, while these analyses highlight but a few of the many dumbfounding defects in Copyrights and File-Sharing, they may suffice to prove the critical point: Copyrights and File-Sharing is not a work of "scholarship." Rather, it is an amateur recording of a cheerleading routine badly performed by two biased, incompetent, cut-rate lobbyists publicly gratifying undisclosed clients-or, perhaps, no one but themselves." (Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog)

-- Philip Rosedale has stepped down as CEO of Linden Labs, creator of virtual reality world Second Life. This is the second bad news for Second Life - 30% of Linden's workforce was just laid off. For artists who have built a following at Second Life, this news is akin to the main live music venue in your city going through financial troubles and executive turnover. (VentureBeat)

Remember that Vevo iPhone app that’s been said to be in the works for the last few months? Well Mashable says it’ll finally hit the App Store sometime next month. In addition to playing music videos, the app will have some kind of geolocation feature to highlight local artists. And both an Android and iPad version is in the works as well. Whether it actually launches next month is of course up to the Apple app approval process. (Mashable)
- Antony Bruno

Assorted Links
-- PRS For Music's Will Page: "I do believe that data is one of the biggest issues, and the cost of managing data is one of the unsung issues of the music industry. Data is costing a lot of people in the music industry an excessive amount to manage." (Music Ally)

-- Seattle's 350-capacity Columbia City Theater will re-open its doors this weekend. (Crosscut)

-- The Music Animation Machine. (Musanim.com)