Industry Roundup: Dave Grohl, Apple And Headphones That Read Your Mind

Watch Dave Grohl's full SXSW keynote speech here. Meanwhile, if you've ever wished a pair of headphones could read your mind and pick the perfect music for your mood, you're in luck.

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As music industry conference SXSW wraps up for another year, there's been a flurry of music business activity worth absorbing. Here's a roundup of the most interesting developments over the past week, including:

- A full video of Dave Grohl's SXSW keynote speech - Twitter's new music streaming service - The headphones that react to your brainwaves and mood - Apple plans to let you 'resell' old MP3 files.

We'll start with Dave Grohl's excellent keynote speech at SXSW. While discussing his history and relationship with music, Grohl unloaded a few surprise facts on the crowd.

Did you know that "Gangnam Style" is one of Dave's favorite songs from the last decade? Yep, me neither. He also told the crowd that Foo Fighters is a "stupid name," which is odd for a guy that coined the title. See Grohl's full keynote here for more:

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It seems like 2013 is the year that music streaming is really exploding into the mainstream. In the past, the most popular efforts followed the Spotify model of offering access to a huge online catalog for a monthly subscription fee.

Now there's signs that new companies are going to bend and warp the streaming model into new shapes, which is great for customer choice and ultimately means musicians have a better chance of being paid and finding an audience in the future (or at least, we hope so).

Twitter Music is the latest entrant to the streaming space, according to recent rumors. The new Twitter Music app will behave like regular twitter feeds, with four tabs: "Suggested" to highlight new music tips, "Popular" to chart the most streamed songs on the whole platform, "Emerging" to promote fast-rising new artists and a #nowplaying stream to tap into what other Twitter users are listening to at any moment.

Twitter will collaborate with Soundcloud to deliver these music streams, though as we discussed last week, Soundcloud has some hurdles to overcome before it can pay artists for streams, which continues to be a central debate among music marketers online. On the plus side, Soundcloud is available in pretty much every country unlike Spotify or YouTube, so it's the perfect platform for a global network like Twitter to collaborate with.

Now for something different. How would you like a pair of headphones that react to your brainwaves? This new pair of cans from Neurowear promises to do exactly that. It connects to a special iOS app which reads your mind to select the perfect music for your mood - or so it claims. Hit play to see them in action:

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Apple could be preparing to find a way for you to sell your old music files, just as we used to sell old CDs or tapes in the old days. Wait a second did I say "sell music files"? That's right, you could sell your old digital music files that are technically invisible and don't exist. It's not even a new concept; ReDigi does exactly the same thing and is currently in court defending users' rights to sell digital content.

A patent discovered by Apple Insider shows that Apple is seriously considering a system that lets you trade digital content like music files and apps to other people. We presume this means Apple gets a 30% cut on these sales, just as it did on the original music or app sale... which means the original musicians and developers could lose out on their share.

This makes for an interesting debate should users have the right to sell digital content, or should the creators be rewarded with every new customer? Let us know your thoughts on this or any other topic in this column in the comments.

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    I prefer technology to NOT be invading my head, thank you very much. These companies store enough information about us to begin with.
    Grohl saying Foo Fighters is a stupid name is nothing new...he's been saying that for years now
    its disturbing that they have headphones that call tell what your mood is. Assuming they actually work. What else do they have that there not telling us about. 1984 here we come
    That, and Google glasses is really for some reason creeping me the **** out...
    well apple made them so theyll cost $1000, last a good week cost $2000 to repair or $1000 to replace.
    Utter RUBBISH You pay more for Apple because their products are BETTER. last forever, and are sexy and elegant as FUK -fanboy
    Exactly and no one was even buying Mac Books until you could install Windows on them so take that Microsoft! Now who's playing Monopoly? A top hat, that's who.
    "Apple plans to let you 'resell' old MP3 files." ABOUT FUCKING TIME!
    Can you, or somebody else, please explain why that ISN'T similar to downloading music, then turning around and selling it? To me, at first glance, it seems a bit hypocritical of "the industry" wouldn't you say? Honest question...
    i see your point but you dont get to keep all the money. maybe the artist will get some because a sale is still a sale.
    Like when you used to buy a cd for $18.99 and then sell it back to the shop for $2.99 and then they would sell it to someone else for $8.99... Except maybe now Dave Throl will get paid twice on the same sale. I confused myself, oh well, I'm over it.
    "which is odd for a guy that coined the title" yeah no he didnt been around since the 40's
    download file. drop into logic/protools. reformat file. sell original file back to itunes. boss. I hope that will work? lol
    The headphones seem like a novel toy, so I wouldn't hold my breath for it being able to choose the perfect music. I'll choose my own music, thank you very much. Now, a headphone that can read what song title and artiste I want to listen to, AND switch to that song. That's something that I can be on board with.