Media distribution, lost sales, and what to do about it

There is lots of talk about the losses in CD revenue due to p2p sharing. There is lots of talk about the exploding digital music market (that’s a phrase I like to use when talking to investors), and now there is talk from industry executives about needing to get the revenue flowing from consumers in…

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The difficulty with syncing social data (again)

We’re headlong on development and wham hit a data issue.  The trouble with social network data in our case is not just the many-many-many relationship, but also the incorporation of a rich data set within our client software.  And that data in the client needs to be synced (so to speak) with the client database. …

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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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Stuff I find – web 2.0 – silly name

Even with all the research I do on competition and emerging technologies, and all the research I have done, I constantly come across things I should have seen a long time ago.  Last night was the “Web 2.0 directory” Go2web20.net.  It’s a great resource for anyone looking for startups in the “web 2.0” space. That of course means…

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The art and law of webcasts

We’re exploring adding a webcast piece into our the rVibe service and I think it’s the right way to go. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that any user (non-subscription) can listen to an embedded webcast on any site where it’s embedded. And that webcast can be…

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Microsoft can't beat Apple (it's not because they can't)

Of course Microsoft can beat Apple – but not the direction it’s going: consumer electronics and entertainment. And it’s simple – Microsoft has a process model that does not permit the type of innovation that would allow it to compete in the consumer space.   To figure that out, you don’t have to look any further than…

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No-DRM Yahoo MP3 'Experiment' doesn't mean anything

Yahoo and the Majors have done an “experiment” with selling files in an ‘un-protected’ (no DRM) format.  They did it a while ago, but comments of the success of the experiment have been surfacing with Jobs’recent anti-DRM declaration. That means that on the Yahoo music service – which is a subscription, MS-DRM based service, released a few Norah Jones…

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Microsoft as Innovator? Not first anyway…

Here’s why Microsoft will never be the thought leader and innovative leader they think they are (note: Competitive Advantage here for startup).  From an interview in Forbes with MS Robbie Bach:  Can we expect a Zune phone next? Right now, I can tell you that the Zune team is really focused on producing great innovation…

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No DRM for Majors? Not yet…

Major news outlets are saying that some of the major labels (EMI is most noted) are starting to have talkswith companies about selling music without DRM. That’s us.  Well, that was  us.  Just yesterday our negotiations with EMI broke down and told us they are not ready to do a deal at this time (our sticking point…

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Barrier to entry – differentiation & quality

As we talk to more and more investors, I am asked more and more often:  what are the barriers to entry? This question is of course standard practice when you are not comfortable in the space. So here is the thing:  in the Internet space, there are few barriers to entry now. Capital is not even really…

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