I think I'll blog about… starting a company.

In addition to the musings on the digital music industry, rVibe, music and the occasional book, I’m going to start talking about something I know a little about:  starting a company.  What a novel idea. Now, I am not saying that I know all that much, but I look forward to the time when I…

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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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320kbps MP3

I have always been fond of higher quality audio files and really dislike compressed audio. The artifacts bother me, the narrow floor and ceiling make classical music almost worthless. CD’s are not as warm as analog in general, but I am willing to sacrifice warmth for lack of noise and accuracy. So when you take…

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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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Platforming – we're getting there

Holy cow! This is exactly where we’re headed for 2.0. We already have some of the architecture in place and now we’re overhauling our reciprocal API to make it work.  I am sure we’re going to encounter significant distributed database issues, but we’ll work through them – we have some great academic resources we’ll tap to…

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Platforming strategy

This is great – and exactly where we’re going and have been from the beginning.  Note that early on we made the decision to roll our applicaiton out first, but we positioned our architecture as a (level three) platform so we can fairly easily migrate over.  It won’t be without its pitfalls, but we’re not…

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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…

Sheridan Square

Exciting stuff – we’re working on a great deal with Sheridan Square. With it we’ll reach out to KOCH and IODA as well – but what we’re doing with Sheridan extends our business model – which is great. More to come in the next week.

Increase in users, decrease in sales = good for p2p and SN

A very interesting article about the Myth of the active buyer.  The active buyer theory says that while there will be decreasing number of buyers (of music), those who do buy, buy a lot more – and save the industry.  According to this research, the opposite is true – more buyers, all buying less. Which to…

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