Friday, July 22, 2005

Too Legit - Legal Downloads Grow Faster Than Illegal Ones

A new study done by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)revealed that the number of legal music downloads tripled to 180 million in the first half of 2005 compared to the same period last year. The IFPI credits part of the surge to an increase in availability and affordability of broadband connections, faster computers, and an increase of ownership of portable media players. Illegal downloads rose by just 3%, from 870 mullion in January to 900 million.

According to a study by American market research firm, The NPD Group, which was released last month, U.S. residents downloaded 243 million songs from illegal sources and bought 26 million songs from online music stores. The reports stated that the main reasons for the decreasing growth of illegal downloads are fear of prosecution and the likelyhood of computers getting loaded up with spyware and viruses.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Munch Music Launches Classic Rock Themed Studio Targeting a Rapidly Growing Teen Fan Base and a Generation of Rock and Roll Dads

Rock & Roll Dream Machine Launches – Munch Music Grand Opening Celebration Features Recording Artists ‘White Noise’ and South Delta Pop Idol Winner Mackenzie Snape.

Delta, B.C., July 19th, 2005 - Munch Music, Inc. - and On July 15th Munch Music, a rock themed recording studio and music facility opened its doors in Delta, B.C., Canada, to rock and roll fans and performers aged from 13 - 54. Munch Music launched with a VIP/Media event attended by avid followers of White Rock based recording artists "White Noise". The successful event proved that music has no age barrier and that rock music is on a "roll", further evidenced by the fact that rock singers had a face and voice at G-8 meetings and through their efforts to change the face of poverty at the Live 8 events.

Before the White Noise performance, Mackenzie Snape, the recent South Delta Pop Idol competition winner, took to the Munch stage. Mackenzie was backed musically by her brother Patrick Snape and Munch Music’s founder and President: Taylor Van Zant.

White Noise followed with a powerful, rockin' set comprised of songs from their latest CD, “Listen”. The performance was very well received by the Munch crowd, who then had the opportunity to have copies of “Listen” autographed by the band. “Listen” will also be available for sale at Munch Music, as well as online through the website Munch owner, 16 year old Taylor Van Zant said, "This band is exactly the kind of music my friends and I love," as he smiled for the first time in many weeks, following weeks of stressful preparations for the opening launch. Click here to view White Noise’s site:

The opening weekend allowed residents of Tsawwassen to tour the Munch premises; make musical purchases; book studio recording time; sign up for guitar lessons; and a number of young musicians brought in their instruments leading to impromptu jam sessions on the Munch stage. A number of “Rock & Roll Dads and Moms” also toured the premises, and were excited to hear that Munch Music will feature special evening events for them to strut their musical riffage. The Rock & Roll Moms and Dads events will be in addition to regular Jam Nights which will be open to musicians of all ages.

The concept behind Munch Music is simple: “You have a Rock & Roll Dream and we provide the means for you to live that dream”. Life at Munch Music is never boring, and here you're never too old or too young to be a bona fide 'Jukebox Hero'! Munch Music provides the fulfillment of musical dreams through a state of the art digital recording studio, the opportunity to promote your new CD both in-store and online, and a staff of experienced lifelong musicians who are available to instruct and guide you through your musical journey. And to top it all off, we are able to offer our services and expertise at extremely affordable prices that should suit the budget of even the youngest new chart toppers.

The Munch Music website features an extensive list of music industry links from classic rock to copyrighting your own music for avid music fans. Click here for more details:

About us: “Live Your Rock & Roll Dream” at Munch Music – CD recording, music lessons and live performance experience are now within the grasp of all musicians: Check us out online at and where you can view a complete description of our services, facilities, price list, menu and merchandise.


Brian Noer or Taylor Van Zant
Unit 11 - 1835 56th Street, V4L 2L8
Delta, BC - Canada

Guitar Center Opens 150th Store

The Guitar Center (Nasdaq NMS: GTRC) retail chain reached a milestone on July 14th as they opened the doors of their 150th store in Greenville, South Carolina. The 9,500 square foot facility is toouted as a state of the art instrument and technology center.

"The opening of our 150th store, in Greenville, is a landmark moment for Guitar Center and for our customers nationally," said Marty Albertson, CEO and Chairman of Guitar Center in a company press release. "Our success in reaching this milestone reflects how well our strategy of bringing the best technology and products to the widest number of people in cities throughout the U.S. has been received. The new store in Greenville, like all the Guitar Center stores, underscores our ongoing commitment to music and the people who love it."