Digital Music Forum – March 2, 2005

From 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, March 2, the digital music elite will converge at the French Institute Alliance Francaise, 55 East 59th Street in New York City for the 2005 edition of the Digital Media Wire’s Digital Music Forum. This year’s keynote addresses will be delivered by Terry McBride, Founder & CEO, Nettwerk Productions and David Goldberg, VP & General Manager, Music, Yahoo!

Shawn Fanning – Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Snocap (formerly of Napster) will be interviewed by Chris Anderson – Editor-in-Chief, Wired and Mike Conte, General Manager, MSN Marketplaces, Microsoft will be interviewed by Paul Brindley, Managing Director, MusicAlly.

I attended this event two years ago. It seemed then that most of the discussion centered around P2P and music piracy. This year’s panels seem to be focused on the business of online music and the explosion of music on wireless devices. From the looks of it, the major players have finally adjusted to new music economy and are joining the revolution instead of fighting against it, since many factors have come into play in recent times. For example, Apple’s success. Napster and Real Rhapsody’s subscription models. And a general acceptance of dowloadable music all around as well as the push to mobile devices. It should turn out to be a very interesting one-day conference.

This event is particularly important for those of you in the electronic/dance music and hip hop industry who want to get up to speed on the current thinking and general direction online and mobile music is taking. I believe the event has replaced the Jupiter Media “Plug-in” event as the place to be if your involved in interactive music. Plus, if you’re not going to make it to the WMC or the M3Summit, this is your chance to get involved and network with the countries digital music pioneers, executives, media and marketing folks.

Registration discounts have closed. The current registration fee is $395 for general attendees and $75 for students with a valid student I.D. For more information on registration or to get clearance for the student rate, contact Tinzar Than, VP, Marketing & Events, Digital Media Wire. For phone registration, call 323-822-0936.

I have registered and will be there to take photos and report back what I find out on my blog. Look forward to seeing some of you there.


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