On the Beat
LimeWire and the RIAA01/06/11
At the behest of record labels, last October, US District Judge, Kimba Woods ordered LimeWire, the popular file-sharing service to suspend its peer-to-peer site. The judge ruled that LimeWire had committed copyright infringement, was engaged in unfair...
No doubt about it. The most exciting growth in the record business this year has come from Apple. In fact, Apple has dominated the last decade of excitement in the record business with the iPod, iTunes, and the iPad. The iPad applications have taken...
EMI, Spotify and Google
Guy Hands may finally be losing control of his company, EMI Music Group, to their chief investor, the financial bank Citigroup. EMI owes Citibank almost $3 billion. Mr. Hands recently signaled to his closest allies to expect the worst...
As we come upon the close of another year, it's hard not to be just a little nostalgic. Think about how much has changed in your life in the last ten years. How much of that change has been built on the backs of hard work and creative vision...
Advertising as Marketing
Pomplamoose, the Bay area music duo, have done it again. Nataly Dawn and Jack Conte had already built a strong following around the country, making quirky music videos at home. Last year, they sold over 100,000 tracks out of their living room with...
The Beatles - The Long Now
The Beatles catalog has finally made it to ITunes. It?s a business deal ten years in the making.
Punk rock music had its roots in the mid 1970's with bands like The Ramones, The Sex Pistols and The Clash. The defiant act of getting onstage, regardless of one's music experience, and embracing your unguarded truth in electrified raw sound created...
The SoundExchange Debate
The record business has notoriously been a closed mouth business. There's been little airing of laundry in public. But the digital music business is a bit more progressive...
The Record Business Is Volatile
Predicting the future is often a fool's game, especially in the record industry. The business is a complex environment, with many micro-climates ? each one affecting the next. One significant shift of a large retailer, a talent agency or technology...
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