Category Archive for: Competition

MySpace mobile – competition

Well, I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t make me nervous, but MySpace just announced their MySpace Music application.  In essence it will allow users to download/stream tracks from artists pages and user pages and allow people to share playlists. There will be a download piece and an add supported free stream piece. Now,…

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There's "free music" and then there's what people want

“Free streaming” services are popping up by the hand-full.  Qtrax and Spiralfrog are attempting to line up labels and get their “free download” services off the ground. There is a problem with ad-supported, and I don’t just mean it’s not cost effective for businesses. From the consumer’s view, the music is not really free, it’s really ad…

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Steve Jobs comments – the goods for a music service

Yes, I know, the Apple Keynote big ticket items are the Air and Video rentals.  Ok – that’s fine.  But for me I liked the iTunes music sales part.  They have sold 4 billion songs, and 20 million in one day. Despite the fact that iTunes is really all about selling iPods, here is the…

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Glad we waited to launch

Amazon.com’s launch is ALL OVER the news and blogosphere. It would have been a disaster to launch rVibe in the middle of that.  We’re going to have to wait until at least next week to launch. And all I can say is that thank goodness the Apple backlash is starting to gain some momentum –…

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Virgin is out – why?

Well – Virgin Digital is done selling music online. They have transferred all their customer stuff to Napster. When a customer focused, value add focused, cash flush company exits a market so quickly and quietly, it makes you wonder why. There are not that many reasons: It was hemorrhaging money: But I think not enough of…

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Amazon.com lauch – what does it mean for rVibe?

Amazon.com launched it’s MP3 store today…   This is a pretty big deal for a number of reasons and has meaning for rVibe as well. The reason it’s a big deal is: They only sell MP3 files: That means no DRM, and means total interoperability for all the tracks it sells. With Amazon.com’s clout, that is a…

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Proliferation of services

Yes, there are definitely many more optionsfrom which to choose for music services.  And there are a couple interesting models out there (ie: Spiral Frog, or Aimestreet).  However, there is LOTS of room to grow. And, as I see it, at the core, these services are still centralized, web-site based services that don’t differentiate all…

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Apple is a monoploy?

Not sure I agree with the assessment that Apple is a monopoly.  While they might currently have the corner on the potable music player market, they hardly have an advantage in any other market. Additionally, their players are just interoperable enough by using the MP3 standard that I doubt they could really be considered anti-competitive.…

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Music apps for Facebook – revenue?

There is lots of talk about the new Facebook platform and lots of applications are cropping up. In the music space, iLike is the current Facebook dominant player, but new ones appear almost everyday.  iLike has stated that their goal is to be the biggest Facebook player – and figure out revenue later. That statement captures…

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Competition – it's a really good thing when seeking investment

Technology entreprenuers are prone to saying “We don’t have any competition” or something like “our service will out-google google”.  Both are silly and naieve – and impossible to believe. I fell into that trap when I first devised the scheme for rVibe in 2003. At that time I thought it was true. Of course, as…

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