Category Archive for: Market

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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The pro forma quandry

In keeping with the $ and essentiality theme, in a pre-revenue early stage company it’s fun to think about future earnings.  By ‘fun’ I mean a thrill (thinking about the huge amounts of money we’re going to make), and sheer terror (thinking about how we are never going to make any money).  The normal roller coaster.…

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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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To launch or not to launch?

Amazon is about to launch their download service. We were planning to do our beta launch this coming week. Now I am thinking we might need to wait until the Amazon noise dies down a little. But not too much…

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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iTunes and the mobile strategy

Apple just announced that you can now download tracks to the new iPod touch over wifi.  I love it – for so many reasons.  First, I love the idea of getting music over the air, untethered. To me that is pretty awesome.  I love it that it ties into the desktop environment – which is still…

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More thoughts on the Rick Rubin article

My last post was just a knee jerk. Now I have settled in on it and here is what I think: The assertion by Rick that we need to move to a subscription model assumes the centrlization of music.  This is flawed, and even his own research suggests it – people don’t get their music…

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Rick Rubin – future of music, well, Columbia anyway…

Great article in the NY Times about Rick Rubin.  He’s been hired to essentially save Columbia Records from extinction. Or at least huge losses.  The theory is that if, as an ultra successful producer with lots of career reviving work, he can reviatilze Columbia, it will in turn revitalize the music industry. Here is the…

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Wal-Mart goes DRM free – good for everyone except MTV

Riding the growing wave of DRM free licensing, Wal-Mart is starting to offer DRM-free MP3s for a la carte download. I love it and think it’s great. $.93 per download with 30 second auditions.  Fairly straight forward, normal store front model – just like Wal-Mart.  I think this is another sign of things to come for…

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