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 [...]

Streaming radio listeners don’t feel the need for ownership

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

[Updated 11/17 to include a new research report about Spotify in Sweden: See below] Just a quick post about the findings from NARM and the NPD Group that shows: “..traditional broadcast radio is still the most common avenue of discovery, the report found, with 60 percent of music fans citing it as a primary source [...]

Cash Music – supporting musicians on the Social Web

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman use Cash Music The digital era in music hasn’t been the friendliest one for artists. There was so much promise but what was supposed to be free and open has quickly become another avenue controlled by various middlemen and gatekeepers looking for their percentage or to build another business on [...]

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, [...]