SXSW 2012 panel: More thoughts on music and technology

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

A prelude to a panel discussion at SXSW Music 2012 Or: Follow the money.. This is an edited and updated version of a post from last year titled Should Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Mog etc Even Exist? This time around my good friend David Ewald is my co-moderator on our SXSW panel, and we are joined [...]

Should Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, MOG et al even exist?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

A prelude to a panel discussion at SF MusicTech 9/12 Wolfman Jack (left) and John Peel I read this article recently: The Elusive Big Idea by Neal Gabler, a senior fellow at the Annenberg Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California and the author of “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. [...]

At The End of The Decade All Musicians Need are Grand Visions

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Radiohead: Kid A – Album of The Decade In the fractured music business, everyone is searching for the magic bullet. After roughly fifteen years of online access, musicians and labels still struggle with the amorphous, asymmetrical world of the web. Because they haven’t taken time to research how music fans want to receive their music, [...]

Music News Around the Web

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Wired’s Chris Anderson on Free yes that includes music too. NYT’s John Pareles on Bonnaroo Man’s body found at Bonnaroo Pixies announce a box set for $495.00 eMusic fiasco continues – CEO blames indie labels for price hike MySpace lays off 425 people Jammie Thomas to pay RIAA $1.92 million…..!

eMusic and Sony – It Is Getting Worse

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Quick post to say that I’m now bewildered that 72 hours have passed and eMusic has yet to get control of the message online; it’s a brand damaging situation now and if they don’t own the message then the message owns them – 800+ comments on their own blog and it’s not pretty.

eMusic and Sony – The Fiasco – Where Is Their Community Manager?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The eMusic/Sony fiasco delivers the greatest example I have seen of how every company that focuses on the web to serve its customers must without fail have a designated Community Manager handling online communications and dealing with straightforward customer complaints. eMusic has not responded to its customer’s very vocal complaints about how they will be [...]

Sonic Youth and iLike, Sony and eMusic, Pearl Jam and Target – WTF?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Excerpt above from ReadWriteWeb article. Click here to read the story from @marshallk The music world is suddenly jumping in all directions like an ADD kid but to many folks it may well be the wrong direction. Marshall Kirkpatrick excoriates Sonic Youth for releasing their album via iLike, a company funded by TicketMaster to the [...]

Sony Music makes Back Catalog Available Through eMusic

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Chad Batka for The New York Times I’m not sure what to make of this news. As the NYT says – “In another example of struggling major music labels and Internet services finding common ground, Sony Music Entertainment has agreed to make its back catalog of songs available on eMusic, one of the largest music [...]