Posts about Music

Am I the only one shocked, mouth agape at the valuation that music streaming companies are receiving? Isn’t that called a radio station, and weren’t they meant to be dead by now? The sheer madness of it forced me to pause and ponder it all for at least a moment or two. And, if you think about it enough, it all sort of makes sense … sort of. The epiphany came with the realization that business models, especially in the music business, have become very dependent on the average bandwidth consumers have access to. The iPod revolution was really about being able to buy just the song you want, when you want, and having the ability to build your own customized library of tunes to take with you anywhere. Finally, after decades of being a slave to the whims of record labels, the average consumer was back in the driver’s seat ...
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Steve Jobs recent iTunes 10 announcement provided a number of clear signposts as to the future of Apple’s music and video services. As with many other multi-media content providers, this future is marked with one word: cloud. Since this announcement, I’ve been considering what the implications of this migration are and the impact it will have both from a professional and personal standpoint. In fact, I went a step further than considering and actually tried to live within the cloud for a weekend. I have to confess, living in this bubble proved harder than I thought.
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