Month: August 2007

Olswang report on the Impact of Social Networks on Music Commerce (this is a must read if you want to know about The Future of Music”

I have had this pdf on my desktop, marked in red, for a long time, but I finally got to dig into it, today. This is an absolutely brilliant piece of research (albeit with a fairly small # of UK participants, about 1700 I think) that very clearly spells out ...

Data Junkie: The world map of social networks – Valleywag

Some very cool stats here. Media companies take note: this is your new audience. Link: Data Junkie: The world map of social networks – Valleywag.

Social Networks Around The World: Survey Social Networks Worldwide: the Results

Some good stats here. Clearly, online communities and Social Networks are THE major growth engine for media, today. And music communities are the NEXT RADIO. Link: Social Networks Around The World: Survey Social Networks Worldwide: the Results.

My poll on DRM: all gone by XMas 2007? (Kyte.tv powered poll;)

Come on now… vote!  And hit the play button to hear some music while you do so đŸ™‚

EMI’s New Digital Strategy May Have Prevented A Worse June/July Slide (says Coolfer)

In response to one of the comments and questions on this blog, here is a link to a good post on Coolfer, trying to answer the question of whether EMI has fared better or worse with their decision to go DRM free. Link: EMI’s New Digital Strategy May Have Prevented A ...

Kyte.TV Rocks: check out my show on “The Future of Music Publishing”

Just had dinner  last night with Daniel Graf, Co-Founder and CEO of Kyte. His company is really hot right now as it is the first to offer a complete converged experience of  social networking based on video / photo sharing on the mobile AND the computer, and synchronously, even. Pretty ...

Silicon Alley Insider: Running the Numbers: Why Newspapers Are Screwed

He has a point here – food for thought, indeed. Link: Silicon Alley Insider: Running the Numbers: Why Newspapers Are Screwed. “It’s actually not the cost of paper, ink, trucks, printing plants, and other physical distribution expenses. Rather, it’s the cost of content creation.”

The Next Small Thing (if you are wondering what WIDGETS are… read this)

This is a good read and one of the best explanations of the WIDGET ecosystem I have seen in a long time.  Link: The Next Small Thing. "The Next Small Thing Bits of code called widgets open the door to viral marketing across social networks. Silicon Valley sees them as a Web ...

Google, Universal Music Partner To Sell DRM-Free Music

Link: Google, Universal Music Partner To Sell DRM-Free Music. Looks like a hot summer (and autumn) for digital music and the Major Labels who seem to be finally waking up to what IS rather then what they WANT IT to be. Now this is what’s going to happen – they will: Step ...

Finally… told you so;) – Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without Copy Protection – New York Times

"Signaling another departure from the music industry’s longtime antipiracy strategy, the Universal Music Group will sell a significant portion of its catalog without the customary copy protection software for at least the next few months, the company announced yesterday…." Link: Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without Copy Protection – New York Times.  and many ...

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