All together now (Dealscape)
Interesting if somewhat circular story about music widgets and... Sonific: All together now (Dealscape). Some nice quotes about me;) [ignore the spelling of my name thru-out this column... it's LeonHard indeed]
"While some site developers say major labels are more receptive than a year ago, the industry isn't necessarily embracing the concept. Last week, Leonard announced he would unplug on May 1 Sonific, his music-related social network. In a statement on the site, Leonard rails against the labels, calling them "certifiably dysfunctional" and accusing them of making outrageous demands of "very large cash advances," "free equity" and imposing "utterly bizarre usage restrictions" in return for licenses..."
"While some musical superstars now migrate from major labels to everything from Starbucks to their own Web sites for distribution, traditional music giants face an even more fundamental problem: the commoditization of the recorded song. "Copying a song is free to do and free to get," Leonard says. "And you can't build a business on the basis of a copy."