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Spotify and Music’s Two Mega-Trends

Whether Spotify, which launched recently in the U.S., will achieve its 50 million person goal remains to be seen. It’s up against entrenched online music competitors like Apple, Amazon and Rhapsody. But its freemium model and its social stickiness could give it an important leg up. Continue reading

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Going Gaga at Amazon

At some point, some people decided they’d better eat the costs of their mule herd and invest in tractors to haul stuff if they wanted to survive. Which side of history is the music industry on? Continue reading

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The Good and Bad News About ePublishing

The good news is that authors can now choose to bypass publishing gatekeepers. The bad news is that self-publishing without proper promotion is generally about as successful as putting a book in a closet and closing the door. Continue reading

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Content Isn’t King When It’s Stuck on Your Hard Drive

When I considered using an illegal file sharing program to download songs I had already bought, I had a moment of insight. No wonder people rip this stuff off. Continue reading

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Same Old Broken Thinking in Music Business

The sense of desperation in the music business — digital sales were up 6% last year while the overall music market shrank as much as 9 percent, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry — is getting old. … Continue reading

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Hollywood to YouTube: What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Warner Music Group’s decision to take down videos and music on Google’s YouTube reflects the music industry’s frustration that video sharing on the Internet still isn’t paying off. Continue reading

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Nokia Allows Unlimited Music Downloads…with a Catch

Nokia is rolling out a new “all-you-can-eat” music service this week in the U.K. that’s a prototype for a service it plans to roll out worldwide.  “Comes with Music”, currently marketed only by U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse,  lets users download as … Continue reading

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Surfing for Survival at the Milken Conference

I’ve been writing the last few days about the Hobson’s choice faced by TV networks and other content providers: either cannibalize the revenue from your TV programs  by airing them with less profitable ads on the Web; or keep them on … Continue reading

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“Comes with Music” = “Future of Music”

Nokia and Sony BMG’s announcement today that buyers of select Nokia phones will get complete access to the Sony BMG’s entire music catalog is a model that’s likely to be repeated over and over in the years ahead. Financial details … Continue reading

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Here’s a Twist: China’s Pirates May Help Labels Monetize Music

Google’s China plans could end up having a big impact on the music industry.     The search giant is reportedly planning to join with China’s Top100.cn to provide free, licensed music to the Chinese masses – a direct swipe at … Continue reading

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