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. [...]

Would you be willing to pay $600 a year for an online music service?

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Last Thursday in my Digital Strategy class at the University of Oregon, the students and me spent a few hours trying to upend assumptions and clichés in different business models. Following some of the ideas in Luke Williams’ book, Disrupt, we took the first steps in crafting a disruptive hypotheses by looking at disruptive marketing [...]

Sonos Bundle 250 Multi-Room Music System – Product Review

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Before I begin I should first apologize profusely to the good people at Sonos. More than two months ago they shipped their latest version of the Sonos Multi-Room Music System for me to review. The shipment arrived just as I was leaving my position at Nemo and co-founding my new company, Fight. As I’ve spent [...]

pandora radio, anywhere you are

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The app store is proving to be the killer app for the iphone that doesn’t even require you to upgrade your phone. Pandora was the first app that I installed. All of your stations work great even over the slower edge network. “At present, the app has streamed some 3.3 million tracks, with 200,000 new [...]