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In response to the recent Hypebot headline "The 6 Top Bands Still Not On iTunes", a digital music executive sent this note: "Damn the Beatles. Two weeks ago maybe, just maybe, the headline would have been 'The 6 Top Bands Missing From Digital'. People were just starting to think that maybe there was some digital music other than iTunes. Then with one exclusive deal (after saying the would never do an exclusive deal), The Beatles set the whole industry perception back to DRM days when no one considered digital music anything other than iTunes. Fuck The Beatles. This is bad... Continue »
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We7, an on-demand music service, is repositioning itself as a web radio service. In January, We7 introduced a radio feature. By October, chief executive Steve Purdham reports that it accounted for "well over half" of the songs listened to on the site. In an interview with paidContent, Purdham candidly states that he thought users wanted unlimited options and the ability to stream songs. Yet, once users tried the radio feature, they asserted in droves that they can't be bothered by all that choice and just want to be "entertained." This is quite interesting. Users desire less choice. Purdham contends that... Continue »
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The echo chamber of the blogosphere consumes us. News breaks everywhere. But what does it mean? There seems to be so few interested in saying something, expressing their opinion, and engaging in the deeper discourse. Writing is hard. It isn't for everyone. However, there are plenty of big questions to be asked about the state of the music industry and there aren't nearly enough people asking them. Practically matters. There are number of writers that are pursuing actionable insight and distilling their knowledge for artists, helping them make money. You could argue that once we've achieved that feat, nothing else... Continue »
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The UK's Music Ally tipped me to this, but you have to see it for yourself. Downloads of The Beatles - and not $.99, but rather for a mere $.25 at BlueBeat Music. Same thing with ACDC. Neither act has ever been available legally as downloads. Not sure you want to buy yet? Sign up for free and you can listen to anything without apparent limits. The only explanation has to be that the U.S. based site has taken the beg for forgiveness rather than ask for permission approach to licensing. I can hear the billable hours clock starting to... Continue »