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Mobile Music Grows Quickly

Mobile music on the move, according to Hypebot.com.

According to the data figures from a recent comScore report, listening to music via a mobile device was the fastest growing activity by mobile subscribers. In fact, the growth rate of mobile listening dwarfed that of other mobile activities including playing games, accessing social networking sites, and browsing the web. The study reported key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three-month average period ending in June 2012, while surveying more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers.

I don’t think this clip has anything to do with mobility — especially considering it was written in the 1800s — but the title is La Donna e Mobile. The go-to choice in his situation is Going Mobile, but this song is pretty cool.

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Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.