"[Pick the Hits' electoral song poll] confirms that the Democrats still have a stronger foothold in pop culture than the Republicans."
—Pick the Hits CEO Alan Burns

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Click-Thrus, DRM, Secure Virtual Wholesaler And Other Terms You’re Too Old To Understand
LISTEN UP

Online affiliate marketing solutions provider Commission Junction—what's your function?—announced that its recently inked deal with Listen.com has resulted in bringing 100,000 new visitors to Listen.com. The partnership, which pays affiliate Web sites a nickel for each click-thru, makes Listen's banner ads available for more than 300,000 sites. It does not, however, get that damn Schoolhouse Rock song out of my head.

MCY PARADES DEAL

MCY has licensed its digital encryption and distribution technologies, including its NETrax software, to Applied Digital Solutions. MCY will receive $30 million in Applied Digital stock as part of the deal. Applied Digital will use the encryption and distribution systems in non-entertainment B2B applications, including medical and educational—and there's nothing entertaining about education.

RECIPROCAL BOOKS EBOOK, ADVANCES WITH ADVANCED

Reciprocal has inked a deal—or e-inked—with eBook to make eBooks available on Palm Pilots. Reciprocal is the first digital rights management company to provide DRM for eBooks. Forrester Research expects the electronic book industry to be a $218 million business by 2002. Users will be able to download books directly into their Palm devices, though comic books will still not be accessible. In other Reciprocal/eBook news, Advanced Marketing Services has signed with Reciprocal to provide DRM and digital clearinghouse services to facilitate digital distribution of its books. Advanced believes the system will be in operation before the end of the year. And who says we don't pay attention to the literary world?

"OPTI" FROM THE EYE, AND "VISION" FROM WHERE YOU….

Optivision completed the first-ever multi-city music video recording session with musicians connected using real-time streaming video on Sunday (11/4) over the Net, using Internet2 servers for the exact reason they were developed. The musicians were at college campuses in New York, California, Alabama, Georgia and Miami, but through the miracle of technology, they were able to squabble about arrangements and waste $150-an-hour studio time as if they were in the same room.

THIRST FOR EMUSIC

EMusic has signed up with RocketCash to participate in Sprite's Under-The-Cap promotion. Sprite drinkers type in the code numbers found under bottlecaps—duh—at Sprite.com to find out how much RocketCash they have won. They can then use the RocketCash to buy things such as MP3s or EMusic stock.

NEWS FLASH: NAPSTER FILE-SHARING SOLUTION UNLEASHED!

Sightsound.com announced that it has deployed a system for encrypted file-sharing of music using subscription-based accounts. Hooray! The patented and patent-pending system has already been used by sending encrypted tracks from the Quantum Project soundtrack through Napster "($4.95/license for one month)." Or perhaps it was the fact that they were using songs from the Quantum Project soundtrack.

GORE BEATS BUSH

Pick the Hits—we like the name—has determined in a very unscientific yet publicity-grabbing way that Gore beats Bush. Pick the Hits users were asked to cast their vote for president by picking which of two songs best described each candidate: Beck's "Loser" or NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me." Bush got more votes as "Loser," and Gore took more of the NSYNC vote. "If nothing else, it confirms that the Democrats still have a stronger foothold in pop culture than the Republicans," notes Pick the Hits CEO Alan Burns. "And that people will write about anything vaguely election-related."

THE VIEW FROM HITS LIST
Time to get the hell outta Dodge. (7/19a)
NEAR TRUTHS: MIDYEAR MOMENTUM
The score at the half (7/19a)
SONG REVENUE:
ZACH ATTACK
Hat trick (7/19a)
EMINEM'S STREAK AT #1: LET'S DO THE NUMBERS
He's a one-man dynasty. (7/19a)
GEFFEN ON ROSENBLATT: "A BRILLIANT BUSINESS PARTNER"
One titan salutes another. (7/19a)
THE GRAMMY SHORT LIST
Who's already a lock?
COUNTRY'S NEWEST DISRUPTOR
Three chords and some truth you may not be ready for.
AI IS ALREADY EATING YOUR LUNCH
The kids can tell the difference... for now.
INDIE DISTRIBUTION'S RISE TO GLORY
The discovery engine is revving higher.
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