Category Archive for: Technology

Fat/thin client and differentiation

Here’s an obvious statement:  there are so many web sites out there (by website, I mean n-tier server architecture with a web server delivery mechanism which is accessed via a thin client/web browser). In the on-line music distribution space there are also many websites out there.  In the social networking music space there are starting to…

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Identity formation and music preference online

Identity formation is a fascinating thing in general, and in the burgeoning online social networking sites it takeson an additional angle.  Danah Boyd talks a bit about it here for reference.  On most social networking sites, you get standard fields of input for defining your identity in addition to name, etc:  1. Favorite movies, TV,…

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Almost there – private beta 1

It’s so close, I can almost taste it.  Private beta 1 is in the final stages of completion. There are any number of things that will have to be fixed (mostly cosmetic and data related), but I can accept that right now. Mainly I want to get it out there, see it work and get…

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XM Radio – quality issues and long term business

I like XM (or Sirius) as a concept (audio delivery virtually anywhere). I actually like using it and have it in my car. But the quality of the audio drives me nuts.  It’s like listening to 64Kbps MP3s – and it might be that level of compression. They were playing Avril Levigne’s Complicatedand there is…

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Releasing software – issues and tricks

For as many projects as I’ve been on, I should be used to it, but I’m not.  Inevitably, when you near a release, a billion things come up that we not fully expected- those little details that matter so much in a consumer product.  You often nail the big ticket items, but you just can’t…

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Superdistribution – Answering Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson’s Post on SuperDistribution Fred, we’ve got your answer for online music, just need a couple more weeks to show you.

Warner – meeting with technology officer

Met with technology officer for Warner.  We spoke well over a year ago when watermarking was actually a possible alternative to wrapper DRM.  Of course, that has gone by the wayside since then. This time our discussion focused on “protecting payment”  (that’s how they see it, not controlling files) for downloads and on our streaming…

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Wow there is a lot going on right now…

Renegotiated content deal with CDBaby to reduce cost of content redelivery.  Now we’ll be able to delivery all 550k tracks in MP3 format (320kbps) Working through Streaming license details with CDBaby – going very well Presented to Ben Franklin portfolio group for next investment – went very well Started dealing with Baker and Taylor for…

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Warner music and licensing

Met with the CFO of Warner Music. Not only a really nice guy, but super articulate, thoughtful and smart.  Everyone gives the music industry such a hard time (and often rightly deserved),  but one thing they are not, is stupid – well at least in this case. I offered our take on things and the…

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CDBaby content – round 1 received

We’ve taken delivery of our first set of content from CDBaby – around 1 terabyte of data. Not bad; we have about 14 more to go. We took it in FLAC format so we could massage the conversion to our liking – since we’re offering a higher encoding rate than other services  (no skin off…

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