News …

Judge tells RIAA it can’t sue just because someone placed songs in shared folder – CNET /

What’s the most-used iPhone function? Hint!- It’s not making phone calls – Rubicon Consulting / Businesswire / press release

Google Chief Information Officer trades search biz for recording biz – Los Angeles Times (registration may be required)

The greatest rock riffs of all time? – The Telegraph U.K.

Kids! Turn your iPod packaging into an external speaker system! – Boston Herald

College introduces music industry management degree – miPRO

Views …

Ray Davies in Chicago – “… stepped on stage armed only with his guitar Tuesday at the Chicago Theatre and sang, ‘I’m not like everybody else.'” – The Chicago Tribune

Radiohead at the BBC Theatre, London – ” … bounded on for the evening show … looking, as they generally have these past few years, fresh, energetic, cheerful, even mischievous.” – The Independent U.K.

Gilberto Gil in London – “… makes a charismatic guide to the many facets of his nation’s culture, and his passion for pop in general means that non-Brazilian listeners never feel excluded. ” – The Times Online U.K.

Norah Jones in NYC – “In one standout moment, Ms. Jones presented an unpublished Hank Williams song, with his lyrics set to her melody.” – The New York Times (registration may be required)

Laurie Anderson in Boston – ” … remains one of our most charismatic modern storytellers, the gold standard in musical commentary. ” – The Boston Globe

Third Day in Oklahoma City – “…there is something in their songs that appeals to music lovers of all sorts.” – The Oklahoman

They Say It’s Their Birthday … (Or so says Associated Press)

Leon Russell is 66

Larry Coryell is 65

Emmylou Harris is 61

Dave Robinson (The Cars) is 55

Buddy Jewell is 47

Keren Woodward (Bananarama) is 47

Billy Dean is 46

Greg Camp of (Smash Mouth) is 41

Tony Fredianelli (Third Eye Blind) is 39

Jesse Carmichael (Maroon 5) is 29