Author: Katie Crane

10 Years of the iTunes Store, 10 Years of Songs You Recognize Because They Were in iPod Commercials

It’s the anniversary of the iTunes store, so we’re looking back at years of commercials advertising iPods and featuring songs you can buy in the store.

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Engineering Immigration Reform, Virtually

Can online activists incite change on immigration policy? They think the answer is yes.

Posted in Trends in Music and Society, Jobs and the Economy

Music Industry Makes More Money For First Time Since 1999

Spotify, Rdio and iTunes, oh my! Music industry make money for the first time in over a decade.

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Finally Fixing the Voting System, Hopefully

“Let’s do something about that.” In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama announced his plan for a new bipartisan commission to improve the – very broken – voting system.

Posted in Election and Voter Registration Reform

No More Spotify In the House

Spotify has been banned in the U.S. House of Representatives and, perhaps surprisingly, the legislators are not indifferent to the new rule.

Posted in Human Rights, Trends in Music and Society

War on Music in Mali

Can you imagine life without music? For the citizens of northern Mali this is not a hypothetical question. Islamist militants currently in control of northern Mali have declared a war on music, banning concerts, closing venues, smashing instruments and harassing musicians.