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  • June 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    Stern was 15 years younger magnitudes hipper and deeply immersed in indie rock you would start to paint a picture Add in recurring guests like John Hodgman Patton Oswalt and Paul F Tompkins and a host of faux callers such as Philly Boy Roy an unflinching supporter of all things Philadelphia Timmy von Trimble a genetically modified two inch tall racist and The Gorch a senior citizen from York Pennsylvania who claims that the character of The Fonz on the TV show Happy Days was based on him and you start to get the picture The fact that all these callers are voiced by Superchunk drummer Jon Wuster just adds to the appeal Try the Music Scholar call here 1 Working at Slacker Radio Between the natural arc of learning the intricacies of a new business and diving into the complexities of music label licensing from the other side working at Slacker is a time consuming affair I consider myself shockingly lucky to be enjoying it as much as I am so far and can t wait for everyone to see the things we are working on for the rest of this year Today s AOL Slacker announcement is just the tip of the iceberg read about that here So there you have it My Spring of non blogging cataloged and perhaps a bit rationalized Blame the Fonz Timmy von Trimble Thelonious Monk the Times and gainful employment If I can tear myself away from these obsessions then I ll talk to you soon Author Jack Isquith Posted on June 28 2011 Categories Did You Notice Digital Music News Hats Off Uncategorized Leave a comment on Not Blogging Lately Blame The Fonz Timmy von Trimble Thelonious The NY Times The S Factor What Apple Lacks In Music Do you remember the scene in Almost Famous when pre teen William flips through his older sister s vinyl album collection I flashed on this great scene as I thought about this week s events Apple s recent iCloud announcement was warmly received by most digital music proponents In the first couple of days after the announcement the mainstream press fawned over Apple and the iCloud and Apple stock gained That s not to say that everybody was impressed there was grumbling from well informed digerati as well as Apple competitors that this was much ado about very little After all the dissenters argued Apple still hadn t rolled out a subscription music play to obliterate the old model of paying for music track by track album by album This all makes for a fun digital debate but I think both camps miss the musical mark While the Apple cloud integration might be the best we have seen so far it offers no surprises Your collection remains your collection You can simply access your music now much more easily This makes Apple devices more attractive and that s smart business for a company still driven by hardware and design not software and content

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  • May 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    spread about Google launching their cloud music service despite a lack of label licenses I thought about these leading companies Google Amazon Facebook Apple What is it exactly about the music business that attracts these heavyweight companies Suddenly I flashed on James Carville of all people Carville is a democratic political strategist and is generally credited with focusing Bill Clinton s 1992 campaign for the presidency around these three statements Change vs more of the same The economy stupid Don t forget health care It s the data stupid I can almost hear Carville drawl it For these companies Music Data Billing pathways hardware choices play counts carrier preferences the list goes on The new music business is all about data No matter the angle data drives the underlying motivations of all the big players Apple still primarily a hardware manufacturer builds complete experiences around its music products through data control It s no coincidence that every iPhone and iPad connects through iTunes Amazon the world s biggest e commerce player encourages you at every turn to supply them with information on your every like dislike and product aspiration The whole experience of being on Facebook is a data sharing exercise And of course now Google Remember their mission statement Google s mission is to organize the world s information and make it universally accessible and useful Or in layman s terms It s all About The Data Stupid Author Jack Isquith Posted on May 10 2011 Categories Digital Music News Fog Of War 1 Comment on It s The Data Stupid If You Have Ever Worked In or Listened To The Radio Tosh 0 Tuesdays 10pm 9c Video Breakdown Sparta Morning Zoo tosh comedycentral com Tosh 0 Videos Daniel Tosh Web Redemption Did You Notice What does Tosh have against Podcasting and Bruno Mars Author Jack Isquith Posted on May 8 2011 Categories Daily Snark Did You Notice Digital Music News Leave a comment on If You Have Ever Worked In or Listened To The Radio Every Word Means No Ultimate College Rock Video In honor of the recently announced return of MTV s 120 Minutes I thought a flashback was in order What better than Every Word Means No from Let s Active the ultimate 80 s College Rock video DMI Tip Why is this the ultimate 80 s College Rock video I m glad you asked 1 This is Mitch Easter s band Mitch of course produced R EM s Murmur aka as the definitive College Rock album of the 80 s 2 The band Let s Active is simultaneously under appreciated and legendary 3 The dancing in place two step move that bassist Faye Hunter employed is textbook Belinda Carlisle took this move mainstream in the video for Our Lips Are Sealed 4 The college rock pogo is also in full affect Note this is a slower and gentler pogo than the 1976 1978 British Punk version 5 The fuzzy sweater vests This look certainly swept

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  • April 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    answer The iPad The Final Take Uncanny Also I thought the wedge cut was a 80 s thing Author Jack Isquith Posted on April 27 2011 Categories Digital Music News Uncategorized 1 Comment on Think You re An Early Adopter This Guy Had His iPad In 94 Meanwhile Back In The Real World Microsoft Triples Apple We are a household tethered to Apple s ecosystems Currently we have an iMac Macbook Air and three Macbook Pros in circulation counting the hardware the kids use too Come to think of it there are also currently four iPods and three iPhones in use Oh and a nifty magic trackpad So much for my belief that holding off on an iPad here or an iTouch there shows any kind of moderation Is this Apple hardware festival overkill You betcha Meanwhile back in the real world Microsoft rolls onward The Final Take You know that fly over zone Those states just outside your Virgin America window Essentially everywhere in the U S except California New York and maybe Seattle Well despite Apple s hardware and OS gains over the last 3 years according to SAI s chart of the day Microsoft still has a gragantuan footprint out there in the real world Especially for business services Our Seattle friends may not be as dominant as they once were but make no mistake Windows 7 is having a very good run lately Read the full SAI piece here PS Wonder if my Blackberry feels lonely Author Jack Isquith Posted on April 27 2011 Categories Digital Music News Fog Of War iTunes The s The Final Take Leave a comment on Meanwhile Back In The Real World Microsoft Triples Apple Funny Wasted Poignant You Decide Which Three interviews from Rock Stars worth interviewing Bob Dylan I ll go along with you if I can t I ll find somebody to go along with you Lou Reed Oh I love journalists David Bowie Glitting from one thing to another It s like flit It s the 70 s version Author Jack Isquith Posted on April 26 2011 Categories Daily Snark Fog Of War Leave a comment on Funny Wasted Poignant You Decide Which Lady Gaga Apple News Devil Horn Salutes Google Buying The Music Biz The Week That Was 4 24 2011 Monday morning What kind of week will this be While these are challenging times for just everybody in the Music Tech axis chances are you have your good weeks and your bad weeks Life has its ups and downs There are lots of ins lots of outs and a lot of what have yous To a large degree your value as an entrepreneur executive or friend probably lies in large part in how well you negotiate these vagaries For our friends at Golden Voice and AEG life should be good this week Ten days ago they unleashed Coachella 2011 starring Arcade Fire Kanye West The Strokes and reviews of both the performances and the concert

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  • March 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    Soul Isquith hard to argue that one Isquith any parting words of wisdom Price In regards to musicians Isquith anywhere you would like to take it Price its important to understand copyright Price You MUST MUST Price MUST Price this is what drives the entire business Price these are YOUR rights Price codified in the US constitution Isquith Know Your Rights Joe Strummer once shouted Price they are boring Price but its how you make a living doing what you love Price with this knowledge Price you can make decisions Isquith thank you again Jeff for making the time for us and telling us the story of Tunecore Price thank you for the opportunity Price I now have carpel tunnels syndrome Isquith Yup you can thank DMI for that Look forward to meeting in the physical world Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 30 2011 Categories Digital Music News Dishing With The Digerati Leave a comment on Jeff Price Tunecore Part 2 Dishing With The Digerati 6 Jeff Price Tunecore Interview Part 1 Dishing With The Digerati 6 Jeff Price is truly a man on a mission The founder of TuneCore the independent digital distribution company Jeff is passionate about democratizing the music business and righting some wrongs As you will see in this two part interview Jeff has a lot to say about the current state of the music business and pulls no punches along the way Part 1 of our chat can be found below in which Jeff lays out his take of modern distribution the fallacy that the real music industry is dying and more As you will see Jeff refuses to be constrained by conventional wisdom or the short form platform of AIM Part 2 will be posted today as well including our discussion on the death of artist development and Jeff s take on where we are headed next Jeff Price Interview Part 1 Isquith Hi Jeff Price hi Isquith Thanks for chatting we have many mutual friends but believe this is our 1st meeting Price it may be Isquith Well bless the digital world Who knew Digital Music Insider a place for friends Price MySpgitial Price Facebigital Isquith Nice Isquith I ll stick with Q A Isquith In any case Tunecore has had a fascinating run of late for folks who don t know can you give us the elevator RTwitter pitch Price this is a long answer Price you certain you want it via IM Price I mean this is about 1 500 words Price at least Price I don t like going infomercial Price the company was founded on a principal and philosophy Price that does not get down to 144 characters Price it was not created to upsell it was created to right a wrong Price sigh Price this is going to be long Price but ok Price first its important to understand what the industry was Price artists needed to get signed to labels in the old days Price b c labels had the one thing artists could not do on their own Price distribute their physical product across 3 7M square miles of the US to 10 000 retail stores Price labels had deals with distributors Price distributors had 500 000 sq ft warehouses Price where CDs would be stored Price they had 30 people picking packing and shipping orders Price they had 30 more people out in the US Price running into retail stores to convince the buyer at the store Price to take in copies of the CD and place it on a shelf Price there was limited space Price only so many titles could be in stock Price the distributor would beg borrow plead Price to get access to the shelf Price they would win and dine Price and they would front money on behalf of the label to rent space in the store to get the CDs in Price however every CD that shipped out was on consignment Price meaning they could be returned at any point for a full refund Price so the distributor needed a returns department Price to take back all these unsold CDs Price throw out the damaged ones Price refurbish the ones that were re useable Price they also needed a finance department to deal with 30 60 90 day payment terms Price returns credits etc Price it was a HUGE Endeavour Price the distributor would make money off each CD sold Price for example Price the distributor sells the CD for 10 Price to Wal Mart Price Wal Mart marks it up to 17 98 Price and makes 7 98 Price the distributor takes 20 30 of the 10 Price lets make it 20 Price so they pocket 2 Price the label gets the other 8 Price from that the label pays the artist a band royalty of about 1 40 1 70 per unit sold Price they keep the rest to offset costs Price band only gets paid if recouped Isquith Digital was supposed to change this complex Gatekeeper Heavy Infrastructure model Price the distributor earned its money Isquith Enter Tunecore Price getting there Price the record label would then try to make the artists famous Price and monetize that fame Price via selling or licensing music Price tah da Price that s the economic food chain of the music industry Price if the art caused reaction Price fame would ensue Price CDs get bought Price the machine makes money Price in comes digital stores Price 1st napster Price training people to download to music and listen on a computer Price then iTunes Price so in comes Apple to the perfect storm Price 10 07 49 AM two changes to the industry Price 10 07 56 AM 1 unlimited shelf space Price 10 08 03 AM everything can be in stock at no detriment to anything else Price 10 08 12 AM no longer need to fight to get on the shelf Isquith Also the removal of the RETAIL gatekeeper to a significant degree Price 2 unltd inventory that replicates on demand as a perfect digital copy Price getting there Price no up front cost for inventory Price old days make 50 000 CDs hope to god they sold Price if not you still had to eat the cost Price new days no up front cost for inventory always available Price as perfect digital copy Price with those two things Price AND Price the ability for an artist to market directly to their fans Price via social youtube FB etc Price the majors were disintermiediated Price so that s the lay of the land Price I was approached by new music distributors Price in 200x Price that wanted to distribute spinARTs music Price to digital stores Price they wanted a each time the music sold Price like the old school distributor Price made no sense to me Price they moved a file from point a to point b Price they idea that they would make an unltd amount of revenue Price each time the music sold Price for what exactly Price they pitched me on marketing services Price with all due respect marketing does not scale Price and I had been doing it for 17 years Price they had 10 000 releases a month Price how can you market 10 000 releases a month Isquith yes nice for a solo operator but not easy to build equity and companies behind Price not to mention after the first week or two of marketing they would move on Price so i would band my head against a wall begging borrowing pleading spending for the band Price the band would tour lay on floors eat ramen Price so when their music sold some third party took 20 20 oft the money Price for what Price it pissed me off Price i believe artists and labels were getting screwed Price you are the white stripes Price you have back catalog Price your new album takes off Price and you are going to give up x of the money from the back catalog Price b c some company placed the songs on iTunes Price Price i mean COME ON Price the digital stores will not do deals with artists for a variety of reasons Price so i picked up the phone and called my friend Gary Price he was an engineer at eMusic Price i worked with him Price i said we should create a website where ANYONE on the planet can go Price upload their music click a button and have worldwide distribution of their music There will be NO gatekeeper And the artist will receive 100 of the revenue from the sale of their music Price via a non exclusive agreement that they can cancel at any time Price we just get paid a simple flat fee Price 9 99 for a single Price 49 99 for an album Price that s it Price democratize the industry Price let everyone in Price under a model that allows them to keep all their rights Price and get all the money Price technology allows it Price the business model was missing Price so I flipped the industry Price 5 years later Price TuneCore is Price TuneCore is the largest distributor and music rights aggregator in the world It also represents one of the highest revenue generating and unit sales music catalogs in the world Price TuneCore distributes more music in ONE DAY than a major does over THREE YEARS Price TuneCOre artists have sold over 300 000 000 units of music Price 300 million Price in the past 24 months Price generating over 140M in gross music sales revenue Price and another 150M in publishing income Price when you set the market free Price and all is available Price consumers make their own decisions Price and all of a sudden things that would not have been signed sell Price and sell a lot Price music sales are UP Price not down Price revenue for artists is UP Price not down Price there is more music being bought shared streamed stolen listened to now than at ANY point in the history of the world Price the stories about the end of the industry are just factually incorrect Price album sales are down Price but people buy more music by track across catalog now Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 30 2011 Categories Digital Music News Dishing With The Digerati Leave a comment on Jeff Price Tunecore Interview Part 1 Dishing With The Digerati 6 Travel Is Difficult Unless Your Guy Raps Better Than Kool Moe Dee Did You Notice David has a distinct old school flow and shows great dexterity bending syllables on words like electronic devices Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 30 2011 Categories Digital Music News Fog Of War Leave a comment on Travel Is Difficult Unless Your Guy Raps Better Than Kool Moe Dee Enjoy a time before your Rock Stars were Media Trained Thanks to YouTube you too can enjoy a time before your Rock Stars were media trained DMI Tip Tom Snyder wears loud clothes offers smokes asks good questions and rides the new wave Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 29 2011 Categories Daily Snark Digital Music News 1 Comment on Enjoy a time before your Rock Stars were Media Trained Ethan Kaplan is a Killer A CD killer to be precise More from Ethan here Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 29 2011 Categories Digital Music News Fog Of War Leave a comment on Ethan Kaplan is a Killer Amazon Gets To Cloud First Kindle or Kibble Last night Amazon announced and launched their Cloud Music offering Amazon Cloud Drive beating Apple and Google to the punch It was a well coordinated launch that included a formal Press Release a front page letter from Jeff Bezos a tutorial video positioning quotes from Amazon music leader Bill Carr and a nicely executed Twitter campaign Hats off to Amazon From the Press Release Amazon com Inc NASDAQ AMZN today announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive www amazon com clouddrive Amazon Cloud Player for Web www amazon com cloudplayer and Amazon Cloud Player for Android www amazon com cloudplayerandroid Together these services enable customers to securely store music in the cloud and play it on any Android phone Android tablet Mac or PC wherever they are Customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free We re excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience said Bill Carr vice president of Movies and Music at Amazon The launch of Cloud Drive Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music After spending some time with the product this morning here are my initial thoughts The Good Getting there first has value Again kudos to Amazon The question is how much value More on this below The launch was tight The Amazon site from Homepage to the Music pages were ready While any Amazon launch lacks Steve Jobs s touch for dramatics and flare Amazon hit their messaging marks Amazon s customer acquisition strategy of rewarding consumers with free cloud storage for Amazon MP3 purchases is shrewd As is the automatic upgrade to 20gb storage for simply purchasing one Amazon MP3 full album I first covered Amazon s customer acquisition strategy on January 6th The Bad Lack of compatibility with iOS Apple s operating systems is tremendously problematic The vast majority of digital music fans are tethered to the Apple ecosystem The user interface is clunky I found the Amazon steps to be more complicated than Lala And I still feel it s only fair to compare all streaming and cloud offerings to the original Napster in terms of simplicity and immediacy The pricing model is way too expensive for big collections I have 500 GBs of music under Amazon s model that will cost me a few hundred dollars a year in their cloud That s nuts More marketing and PR sizzle is needed Apple wasn t first in digital music Steve Jobs just explained and marketed digital music in a way that connected The cloud is going to be a complex concept for the average music fan sizzle will help The Final Take Is this it If today s announcement is simply Amazon s first foray into The Cloud with plenty of tweaks to come this may turn out to be a very important first salvo Amazon could grab a lead and continue to iterate as the Cloud grows and grab a valuable advantage Think about how well they have executed with the Kindle But if this is it at these prices and with these limitations Amazon may get squashed as Google and Apple inevitably enter Word has it this morning that certain label personnel are quite upset with Amazon s announcement If labels are able to double down with Apple and Google at more favorable terms you may see artist based efforts to support The Cloud elsewhere Remember those old I Want My MTV ads Imagine Lady Gaga wanting her iTunes cloud For consumers one thing is clear today is a good day Music consumption is just starting to turn cloudy and with the largest technology companies in the world fighting for your attention rest assured more options are coming soon For Amazon the question is will today be the start of a Kindle like ascension in Digital Music or simply a bit of kibble thrown at an increasingly picky and well fed digital music consumer Author Jack Isquith Posted on March 29 2011 Categories Digital Music News Fog Of War Leave a comment on Amazon Gets To Cloud First Kindle or Kibble Social Media Explosion Not The Same As it Ever Was There is a illuminating Social Media piece this morning from Jake Hird at e Consu ltancy In it he lays out the numerical growth of Social Media over the last 12 months This is explosive growth Some highlights Last Year Facebook has 350 million active users on global basis Now Facebook officially hit the half billion member mark last year According to figures from Socialbakers there are now some 640m Facebook users worldwide Last Year 50 of active users log into Facebook each day This means at least 175m users every 24 hours Now Still citing the 50 active rate using the official 500m figure this means at least 250m users every 24 hours This is more than a 40 increase in 12 months Last Year 65m users access Facebook through mobile based devices Now It may well be the year of mobile For Facebook Users accessing the site through mobile devices now tops 200m an enormous 200 increase in around a twelve month period Last Year There are more than 3 5bn pieces of content web links news stories blog posts etc shared each week on Facebook Now Clearly Facebook is still growing More than 30bn pieces of content is shared each month which is an average of 7bn pieces a week Last Year Twitter has 75m user accounts but only around 15m are active users on a regular basis Now Twitter now officially claims to have 175m registered users although it s unclear what percentage regularly user the service Last Year LinkedIn has over 50m members worldwide Now Officially Linkedin has grown 100 now having over 100m professionals who use the platform worldwide Last Year Flickr hosts more than 4bn images Now Flickr continues to grow at a steady rate having increased by some 25 in the last twelve months At the end of 2010 it was hosting more than 5bn images Six other tidbits from Jake Hird More than 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every

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  • February 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    are imminent from Apple and Google Similarily there are increased signs that Spotify is finally progressing in making their U S launch SAI and Electronista have a bit more here and here The Final Take Apple and Google have immeasurably changed consumers lives over the last decade And Spotify certainly seems stable it s in this for the long run after a recent round of funding For a beleaguered and bleeding Recording Industry what better partners for change could you possibly hope for Here s the rub though Apple Google Spotify are fine candidates but they ultimatetly represent themselves If the Music Industry really wants change the whole model needs a re think What the products are how artists are represented how labels and publishers are staffed it all needs to change The cloud and subscription with partners like Google Apple Spotify may help but ultimately for the labels publishers it s time to realize they are the ones they have been waiting for Author Jack Isquith Posted on February 25 2011 Categories Retailers The Final Take Leave a comment on Apple Google Spotify We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For That New Apple Data Center Sure Is Big Some pretty delicious Is Apple Getting Ready For Subscription Music conjecture from Hypebot Ars Technica this morning as pictures of Apple s massive new North Carolina data center hit the web Did You Notice This surely is the first time we ve seen the words expert and big ass coupled together from Ars Technica Final Take For all the conjecture Apple has yet to send any tangible signals that full on subscription music is in the works On the other hand Ali Bomaye Author Jack Isquith Posted on February 24 2011 Categories Daily Snark Did You Notice Digital Music News Leave a comment on That New Apple Data Center Sure Is Big Syd Schwartz Linchpin Digital Interview Dishing With The Digerati 3 Gentleman scholar early adopter thinker and doer Syd Schwartz is truly one of the finest minds in Digital Music The long time EMI senior executive flew the major label coop last year and formed the strategic digital marketing agency Linchpin Digital We interrupted Syd s half vacation this past Tuesday night and discussed Spotify Apple piracy the role of labels and naturally prog rock Isquith Hi Syd Schwartz Hello Jack Isquith So where are you today Schwartz San Francisco CA Isquith Of course just about ground zero for the Digerati Isquith all respect to Brooklyn Sweden Isquith Work or pleasure or a mix Schwartz A mix out here with my family but doing a slew of meetings while I m here Isquith cool So Syd for the benefit of those who haven t had the pleasure of working closely with you can you give us 140 characters or less on what you are up to these days Schwartz Linchpin Digital creates business opportunities and marketing strategies around the relationship between fans and entertainment properties Schwartz I founded the company after leaving EMI last year Isquith succinct and on message I m having a thinking about politics being on message day watching Rahm Emanuel getting elected mayor in Chicago Schwartz we live in interesting times Isquith It s fascinating to see the value equation move towards fans Isquith Can you talk about that for a sec Schwartz Yes the days of content creators producing one product I do try to avoid using that term when referring to music hence the quotes to sell to the mass market are over Schwartz Artists have lots of different types of fans Schwartz So determining what offerings are most valued to which fan groups is a challenge for the artist Isquith As an ex Label exec and a early adopter how do you see the role of labels changing Schwartz Labels have historically run into challenges because the resources particularly in the digital groups tends to cluster around album cycles Isquith Take that a step further do you think fans are through with albums Isquith Or is it a timing thing i e artists are open for biz 24 7 365 Schwartz U nless the label has a 360 deal or other arrangement with the artist their focus is generally on selling units of recorded music and that s only one piece of the puzzle Artist require a lot more from partners so labels need to provide ongoing ranges of services that address the artist s audience 24 7 365 Schwartz And most labels are not staffed to handle that Schwartz To the question about fans and albums again different fans want different things Isquith interesting for sure Especially as labels shrink so there are less bodies people hours and overall resources to spread around Schwartz Some want a more complete body of work aka an album some want only a song or two Schwartz And the promise of the Internet was the democratization of distribution and the ability for artists to do it all themselves Isquith OK lets move to a more radical concept are labels as we know them even needed Schwartz What artists often need is a team or at least someone with some understanding of the space to help quarterback a strategy Schwartz Companies like The Orchard Topspin Bandcamp etc can all do great things but if the guy who is driving the van selling the t shirts and handling the sound mix also has to spin up the widgets for D2C it can become burdensome Isquith I think this has become a real meme for many artists I tried to do it all myself it didn t work I need some sort of team on top of in addition to TopSpin etc and then maybe I can leverage new technology Social Nets etc Schwartz ideally the artist should focus on making the music connecting with the fans and speaking with their own voice online if they re worried about tagging their site with Google Analytics it muddies

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  • January 2011 - Digital Music Insider
    thoughts on MySpace as digital s Wacko Jacko and the hope that strong digital minds like Jeremy Welt SVP Warner Bros in Green Bay green Ted Cohen Managing Partner TAG Strategic in multiple scarves help us figure this all out no matter their Midem sartorial choices Author Jack Isquith Posted on January 28 2011 Categories Daily Snark The Week That Was Leave a comment on The Week That Was The Pope Glee Intel Dr House Styles of the Tech Stars MySpace as the Man In The Mirror The Music Biz Turns On Itself Again Interesting back and forth regarding MySpace from a Robin Davey Hypebot post this morning entitled Why The Decline Of MySpace Is Great For Musicians S polier Alert Excerpt from the Robin Davey case Musicians are better off without MySpace MySpace got bands into the mindset that music was worth nothing more than a friend request and a number of plays MySpace is an extension of the dying major music industry MySpace quickly got into bed with the majors partnering with Interscope and selling out to Rupert Murdoch s News Corp They didn t care about the importance of nurturing a career or promoting good music they just cared about making money for themselves Majors used it create a facade that the industry was vibrant again and that they were at the forefront M ySpace led bands to believe they didn t have to do the hard work of getting out and building a live following anymore Excerpt from the rebutal from Backstage Smarts a D I Y touring musician As a member of a band who went national during the peak of Myspace we ve sold 70 000 cds since then I have to say that it did wonders for us and I think the decline of Myspace seriously hurt the independent music community On MySpace People could post a song they liked on their page and people would listen We racked up over a million plays from this alone For a while Myspace plays were just as valid as Sound Scan numbers We were able to actually use them as leverage in negotiating our record deal I could even predict how well a band we were playing with was going to draw based on their Myspace plays and I was usually right But overall I think there was way more net positives than negatives about Myspace for the music community and I mourn the loss of it I knew Facebook wouldn t be as helpful to bands the first time I opened up our band s Facebook page and had to ask Hey where s the music player To Hypebot s credit the layout of their comment feed is open and facilitates this kind of healthy back and forth I think it s worth your time to read the full original post and response on Hypebot The Final Take For the digerati I m not sure MySpace was ever cool But if you think back to August 2006 as MySpace announced its 100 millionth account MySpace was not only the biggest Social Networking site in the world but arguably the single most coveted homepage for any contemporary artist Flash forward to the present day significant audience advertising and buzz are gone and it s become fashionable to pile on As if we never ever coveted MySpace s attention in the first place This scenario reminds me of Michael Jackson In 1982 Jackson released Thriller By 1983 1984 Michael Jackson had won more Grammys and sold more Thriller albums than seemed conceivable He may not have been cutting edge in any way but he certainly was supremely talented and he delivered the hits In the ensuing 25 years Michael Jackson showed fewer moments of genius and more instances of bizarre behavior At the time of his death in 2009 Michael was about as uncool as an unnavigable spam ridden Tila Tequila MySpace page Then Michael Jackson passed and many of us heard songs like Man In The Mirror Off The Wall Billy Jean Smooth Criminal etc in a way that we hadn t in years Perhaps those songs aren t as close to my heart as Here Comes Your Man or Skyway but I truly loved them And they were good business I never spent a ton of personal time on MySpace I m not saying that to try to be cool or to create some editorial distance it s just a fact Maybe I was simply behind at least behind on the Social Networking revolution to come But now I wonder in an industry in dire need of geniuses and winners if MySpace passes completely who will look in the mirror and deliver the hits Author Jack Isquith Posted on January 28 2011 Categories Daily Snark Fog Of War Social Nets The Final Take 1 Comment on MySpace as the Man In The Mirror The Music Biz Turns On Itself Again Freemium Fraying The Hulu Question Word from The Wall Street Journal this morning of strategic changes being bandied about at Hulu the mostly free online video service Hulu co owned by NBC Universal News Corp and Walt Disney Co carries a small amount of pure music programming but is followed closely by Digital Music thought leaders Many digital execs have pointed to Hulu s approach of Frenemies Providing Freemium as a road map for the labels in their sculpting of new model music offerings Today the WSJ reports the Hulu model may radically change Worried that free Web versions of their biggest TV shows are eating into their traditional business the owners disagree among themselves and with Hulu management on how much of their content should be free News Corp and Disney are contemplating pulling some free content from Hulu and are also moving to sell more programs to competitors like Netflix Microsoft and Apple says the report And in what would be a major shift in direction Hulu management has discussed recasting Hulu

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  • December 2010 - Digital Music Insider
    The Rolling Stones Some Girls Rolling Stones 1978 The Stones best album since Exile on Main Street is also their easiest since Let It Bleed or before They haven t gone for a knockdown uptempo classic a Brown Sugar or Jumping Jack Flash just straight rock and roll unencumbered by horn sections or Billy Preston Even Jagger takes a relatively direct approach and if he retains any credibility for you after six years of dicking around there should be no agonizing over whether you like this record no waiting for tunes to kick in Lyrically there are some bad moments especially on the title cut which is too fucking indirect to suit me but in general the abrasiveness seems personal earned unposed and the vulnerability more genuine than ever Also the band is a real good one especially the drummer GRADE A Grateful Dead Blues for Allah Grateful Dead 1975 I ve been hypersensitive to this band s virtues for years This time I find the arch aimlessness of their musical approach neurasthenic and their general muddleheadedness worthy of Yes or the Strawbs GRADE C Joe Jackson I m the Man A M 1979 Oh yeah Then get the knack back GARDE C The Runaways Queens of Noise Mercury 1977 I ll tell you what kind of street rock and roll these bimbos make when the title cut came on I thought I was hearing Evita twice in a row Only I couldn t figure out why the singer wasn t in tune GRADE C Michael Jackson Off the Wall Epic 1979 In which fast stepping Michael J and quick witted Quncy J fashion the dance groove of the year Michael s vocabulary of grunts squeals hiccups moans and asides is a vivid reminder that he s grown up and the title tune suggests that maybe what makes Stevie Wonder who contributes a good ballad such an oddball isn t his genius or even his blindness so much as the fact that since childhood his main contact with the real world has been on stage and in bed Grade A Paul McCartney Apple 1973 Having decided that rock and roll was fun a good enough idea within reason he then decided that fun wasn t so much sex and humor and high spirits as aimless whimsy and here he finally achieves disaster with that idea His new love ballad meanders hopelessly where Yesterday shifted enticingly and his screaming Little Richard tribute now sounds like Dicky Do and the Don ts Quite possibly the worst album ever made by a rock and roller of the first rank unless David Crosby counts Grade D To me these Christgau Consumer Guide Reviews from the 70 s were some of the best music writing of the last 30 40 years He was sometimes spot on sometimes dead wrong but almost always highly entertaining Moreover Christgau was WAY ahead of his time and even more impressively most of these reviews were 200 characters or less Which brings me to Twitter Had I not read Christgau as a kid I would never buy Twitter as the catalyst to save rock journalism But I think the journalist humorist Rob Tannenbaum is onto something here in claiming Twitter as the force to if not save rock journalism then at the least reinvigorate it Tannenbaum spotlights the music journalism sensation known primarily to the twitterati as Discographies Here s the deal Discographies takes the Christgau record review methodology limits the form via twitter and in a stroke of less is more genius applies it to artists full discographies Full Discographies identity remains mysterious It matters not Take a look at the tweet for Madonna s career Madonna 1 4 SWF seeks audience Turn ons 5 edgeplay 6 cuddling 7 8 fake British accents 9 Ché Guevara t shirts 10 disco 11 botox Or ponder Yoko Ono Brian Eno Crosby Stills and Nash Yoko Ono 1 5 She s awful She broke up the Beatles She 6 Uh oh 7 8 Do we have to be nice to her now 9 11 She s a genius Brian Eno 1 3 5 Whatcha doin Professor I m inventing the future of music 4 6 24 Now whatcha doin Inventing it again Quietly CSN Y 1 2 After reducing the 1960 s to feel good mush 3 8 they kept returning to the scene of the crime in garish Hawaiian shirts Read the full Rob Tannenbaum interview with discographies here And if you don t have the attention span for that even Twitter can t help you Author Jack Isquith Posted on December 27 2010 Categories Daily Snark Hats Off Social Nets Leave a comment on Rock Journalism Ain t Dead It s Just 141 Characters Amazon Scorecard Dec 26th 2010 1 000 5 albums You Read Right That s One Thousand Five Dollar Albums Over to Amazon s MP3 store to see how they are handling Boxing Day 2010 If you are a regular Amazon MP3 customer then you know well that the real estate allocated for pure editorial push programming isn t the main Amazon strategy Instead Amazon relies on your recent click buying patterns to push out well targeted titles based on your previous purchasing browsing history That said there are some very coveted positions that are unaffected by previous browsing purchasing behavior with Daily Deal certainly being the most high profile So what does the Amazon scorecard look like today Let s take a look Daily Deal Rihanna Loud i s selling for 3 99 Above the homepage fold call outs 1 MP3 gifting Taylor Swift gets the mini 2 Best Music of 2010 Mumford Sons gets the mini 3 Over 1000 5 albums Cee Lo Green gets the mini Did You Notice Every month at Amazon there is a substantial list approx 100 titles or so of 5 albums that cuts across most genres and psychographics Today Amazon ups the ante on this strategy by offering one

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    some common sense thinking I ll offer these six tenets of what keeps an audience coming back to an artist site 1 The site is fundamentally sound News concert dates and new music need to be front and center Navigation needs to be clean and simple The site needs to load quickly Too much flash and God forbid auto starting anything is a bad idea You can go simple like Arcade Fire http www arcadefire com or you can offer more content like Phish http phish com but either way the site needs to load and deliver cleanly and quickly 2 The site needs to be definitive and authoritative Vital information such as concert dates new artwork lineup changes new music release dates etc need to be announced on the artist site first in a way that communicates ownership of the information Bob Dylan s site communicates this kind of authority well http www bobdylan com 3 The site needs to give me things I can t get elsewhere In a world of Google search and YouTube I need to get something on the site that I can t find anywhere else The site can present the artist as a curator who sifts and contextualizes a variety of content Beck s site is the best I ve seen in taking the artists point of view and communicating it as curation http www beck com Or the site could offer something as simple as free songs streams or high ticket releases like the Grateful Dead Live catalogue 4 The site needs to have a voice it needs to feel like the artists world There needs to be a POV Lots of photos and a well executed blog go a long way here Try http www flaminglips com note how the Flaming Lips use their blog as their homepage Pretty nifty You might also want to check out Jason Maraz s site I have a few issues with the site unnecessary landing page and the auto play voiceover but this is a great example of Pop artist delivering a site that fixes every MySpace design mistake and has a great original voice http jasonmraz com index php 5 The site needs to create community It needs to foster three way communication 1 band to fans 2 fans to band and 3 fans to fans Radiohead s site http www ateaseweb com is the ultimate example of community The message boards here have transcended Radiohead and instead function as the discussion point for people interested in any kind of brainy Alternative Rock The Grateful Dead and Dylan sites do community well too 6 You understand marketing to the data The data tells you that right now action is on Facebook and Twitter Your audience lives on the Social Networking sites and has to be reached there You re probably employing widgets news updates and tweets that pull visitors towards your artist in a way that blurs the line between a full visit to

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