My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

July 14, 2014 8:41 pm

Taylor Swift Gets It From Her Perspective… But Not Mine | Digital Music News


Reposted from on July 14, 2014 at 07:18PM

Let me first start off by saying that I’m a fan of Swift’s. Now, before you chastise this 29 year old dude for his music…

The post Taylor Swift Gets It From Her Perspective… But Not Mine appeared first on Digital Music News.

Nails everything I found wrong with her editorial.

July 7, 2014 11:26 pm
Taylor Swift: Forming a bond with fans in the future will mean constantly providing them with the element of surprise.

I’m not going to lie, I was actually expecting to be pleasantly surprised. I’m not a fan of her music, but seeing her published in the WSJ I thought maybe this was a well-researched, thought out piece by an industry insider who has exposure to the most successful sectors of it at the moment. Instead, Taylor Swift comes off as naive and pompous, completely disregarding that at least a portion of her success comes from the amount of money and resources being poured into placing her music in every outlet through which people discover music.  She almost gets there when she mentions her Myspace following a decade ago, and I certainly don’t disagree with her belief on how artists need to connect with the fans in the digital age, but Taylor Swift becomes Taylor Swift through her label promotions, not simply because her music is “truer” than everything else out there.  She shows no attempt to really explain the economics of the modern music industry or what will really keep it going in the future.  Surprising your audience has been around since The Grateful Dead were spending 90% of their show on a jam session, The Who were smashing their instruments, Elvis was shaking his hips and much much more. If creative surprises were the single solution to the music industry The Mars Volta would have been the biggest band in the world 4 years ago.

June 17, 2014 7:37 am
How One Generation Was Single-Handedly Able To Kill The Music Industry | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS


Reposted from on June 17, 2014 at 07:00AM

We’re in the midst of the greatest music industry disruption of the past 100 years. A fundamental shift has occurred — a shift that Millennials are driving.

For the first time, record sales aren’t enough to make an artist’s…

January 30, 2013 8:49 pm
The Netocrat: The Present Economy is Becoming the Pirate Economy. Why not Capitalize on the Future?


Property is losing value all the time. Music has become worthless. People do not buy music anymore: they donate to the record company because of social obligation. Pirating is the most efficient way to expand your own resources and with a growing poor population, piracy is going to grow.

On top…

This is similar to a conversation I was having with a friend a couple of weeks ago.  That was more along the lines of how music piracy ignores sentimental value in that people are paying more for things they personally value less than music. While this argument is more along the lines of the benefits of capitalism, it kind of goes along those lines.  The bit about Kickstarter at end reminds me a lot of Renaissance style financing, though crowdfunding gives more equal power rather than allowing the rich to set the standards of everything.

May 3, 2012 3:11 pm
Judge: An IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Person (or BitTorrent Pirate) | TorrentFreak

This may be the most sensible judgement I have ever seen made. I always wondered how these copyright infringement cases proved that the person they were charging was the person that downloaded the content.

April 19, 2012 2:12 am
Berners-Lee: Don't let record labels upset web openness


We mustn’t allow record companies’ fear that their business model isn’t working to upset the openness of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee told in a press conference at W3C.

The inventor of the web was referring to recent controversial pieces of legislation, including Sopa and Pipa in the US, and Acta globally, which have all sought to clamp down on piracy and have all been strongly supported by record labels.

“Record labels have a very strong voice when it comes to arguing for their particular business model, which is in fact out of date,” he said. “The result is that laws have been created which make out as if the only problem on the internet is teenagers stealing music. The world is bigger than that. The internet is bigger than the music industry. The economic impact of the internet is bigger than the music industry.”

(via unexpectedtech-deactivated20130)