DRM-free Major Label Music?

I am not actually someone who rails against DRM (although recently it seems so). But I am clearly no fan of DRM restrictions – and more important – the interoperability issues inherent in DRM. So, I am happy to hear that, maybe DRM free, legal music is on the way.  According to the NY Times, overheard at…

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Ruckus as a viable service?

Ruckus has launched (again) as a college download service. It’s intended as a way to get students to stop downloading illegally by offering them a free download service.  Free – meaning advertisement based. In their new model, they are doing a rev share with the labels and offering “free content” to students.  “Free” in the…

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XM Radio vs download services – implications

XM Radio is in legal trouble with the RIAA; the courts have refused to dismiss the case regarding their player/recorder, “Inno”. The allegation is that XM is acting as a means to infringe on copyrights by offering a service+device that allows the recording of digital streams. These recorded streams (as files) can then be played back at will and in any order. …

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Looking back – engaging the major labels

The music industry is a funny place, a who-you-know king of place – very network driven. I found this behavior in the movie business too. It almost doesn’t matter who you really are as long as you know someone who knows someone. Since there is a work-your-way-up-from-the-bottom culture, it’s not entirely surprising there would be a bit…

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Digital music sales double – could it have been more?

Last year the legal, on-line digital music market grew 189% (still pales in comparison to p2p swapping stats of course). This year, it “doubled”.  That is remarkable; kind of. Why not tripled? Why are CD sales continuing to fall? In my view, it’s a question of value to the consumer. With the increase in digital players…

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Future of digital music – is more than one solution?

I read Fred Wilson’s blog pretty regularly (it’s a great blog) and he has some very interesting insights.  He just posted about the future of digital music and it sparked a bit of hot debate on his blog.  In a nutshell, he’s saying that the future of digital music is not in pay-per-download (ie: iTunes),…

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AOL Music is Napster = acquisition?

Napster has a new partner agreement in place with AOL to help build revenue. The two companies signed a deal where Napster will take over AOL Music’s (previously a MusicNet company) subscriber base. Add to the mix that Napster put it self on the auction block recently and this has very interesting implications for the new…

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Technology Business Decision – C++ or Java

When building client side software that interfaces directly with the internet (as we are), it’s very tempting to write in Java. You get the nice benefit of a cross-platform runtime where you can pretty much drop in code and you’re ready to go.  It’s got great firewall tunnelling support and it’s easy and fast to develop.  …

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EMI and (potential) changes

EMI has shaken up its senior management and ousted a couple long standing significant players. With music revenue down an additional 10%, shares down 26% and digital music only accounting for 8.5% of total sales, the picture is bleak for EMI right now. Hence the change in management.  However, it was just a change, not actually…

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Appalachian Spring – for 13 (or so) instruments

For a guy from Brooklyn, Aaron Copland sure could write music that evokes Americana country. The orchestra version of Appalachian spring is one of those iconic American pieces of music that’s had a deep influence on music in this country since it’s debut, and has permeated our collective conscious. Think of “gift to be simple”…

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