This great article talks about the current state of the music business with the historical perspective of the book business as a basis for comparison: Where before you’d be happy only at gold and platinum levels, soon you’ll be grateful if you have a release that sells 30,000 or 40,000 units — that will be your bread and butter. It may sadden some to see the glamour days of the music
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The Washington Post has an article focused on Washington region of ClearChannel, the massive radio/concert/billboard company. It provides a good insight into how ClearChannel works and why everything you hear sounds the same. Here in Detroit, we still have 89X modern rock out of Windsor and 96.3 WDVD which plays mainstream music, but is not focused on current Top 40.
I consider this to be a big deal: Vivendi Universal and Maverick Records have released a new Meshell Ndegeocello remix for sale online. What’s unique about this is that the new song is $0.99 and in MP3 format. The price is probably slightly higher than where it should be, but the fact that they released it in MP3 shows that they’re paying a little bit of attention to what people want.
News.com reports that some large tech companies are supporting Kazaa in trying to pursuade Congress to adopt compulsory licenses for music, which would make file trading legal (and no longer free). Though I usually prefer to let the free market decide things, the government may need to intervene to ensure that consumer’s rights are protected.
CNN and others are reporting on the resignation of Napster leadership. This includes the CEO, Konrad Hilbers, and Shawn Fanning, the original author of the software and founder of the company. I do hope that Fanning and Napster are remembered for the revolution they’ve caused, and I hope that Fanning gets another shot at driving change in the entertainment business.
MSNBC has a good review of how MusicNet got to where it is and points out that many major label execs recognize that the service is not what consumers want. They do plan to change the service, but will they be willing to change the service to offer unprotected formats?
Gary Robinson, the head of Emergent Music has an article on his blog about the Three Steps To Freedom. His opinion on this definitely counts, because EM might very well be the future of music. I’m going to chime in with my thoughts here and copy them over to EM’s forum as well.
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Computer maker Gateway is reportedly trying the music business on for size. I’m all for this… here’s a multi-billion dollar company looking to get into music with no legacy to deal with, which leaves it open for trying all sorts of business models.
In the beginning, there was software. And it wasn’t good. The users kept calling with reports of bugs in the software. There were so many of these reports, that the developers decided to make a program to track the bugs. This helped to make sure that every bug would be fixed.
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From Salon: The music revolution will not be digitized. “The power, then, is consolidated squarely back in the hands of the same record industry executives that held the reins before.” There are still some groups that have the power to change things, though…
So far, the music publishing organizations haven’t completely signed off on many of the models that the major labels are trying to build. The music publishers represent most of the songwriters, and without their permission none of the major label services can take off.
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