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 18, 2014 8:09 pm

Why Music Is The Next Big Battle For The Tech Titans | Forbes


Reposted from on July 17, 2014 at 05:54AM

What is the big attraction in music to the global tech-titans? It might be that we are on the cusp of redrawing e-commerce.

It seems that it’s agreed-upon that human curation is the focus of music platforms for now.  It’s not clear how that will solve what at least I see as the main issue which is that artists need to be fairly compensated, but it could be a start.  I hope that we find a different way besides advertising to make money on internet content in general soon though.

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…

May 24, 2014 1:24 pm

#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…


#SaturdaySadStat: any time we see increased revenues paralleling increased net losses, we start wondering about the viability of the business model…

March 24, 2014 11:47 pm
Spotify Winds Down App Directory To Focus On External Ecosystem | TechCrunch
March 18, 2014 11:27 pm
The Price of Music
10:20 pm
Penn State SOMA Arts Crawl 2014


Arts Crawl is a day long event designed to showcase local talent of all kinds: Music, painting, dancers, fashion, film, and more!

We could really appreciate if you could donate, it would help us make sure Arts Crawl rules and everything runs super smoothly.  

We appreciate any and all support.  

Not really related to what I talk about, but this is a super cool club I used to be in in school. They put on one of the coolest events there every year and apparently the funding rules there still screw over the smaller clubs.  Help them out if you can!

December 5, 2013 11:34 pm
WASHINGTON: Who knew? The arts bring big bucks to the economy | Celebrities | The Sun Herald

I’m a big believer in a balanced approach, this just goes to show you how you never know where positive impacts could come from.

November 18, 2013 7:57 am
Musicians, Should You EVER Pay-To-Play? | Music Think Tank (primary) RSS


Reposted from on November 18, 2013 at 07:00AM

Payola, in one form or another, is as old as the music business:

Labels pay radio stations to broadcast their music, producers pay DJs to spin their records in the club, and promoters ask live bands to pay-to-play at…

This was a huge issue for my band in high school. This article seems more geared towards career musicians so it fails to mention how many events that use this model are primarily for kids. I still feel that was wrong for them to do and severely chilled who was able to play in bands. We encountered many venues with more experimental models where they would change what they paid you based on how many times you performed there (still giving them the filter function) or they would just pay you a small amount per ticket collected from your band. While it’s more important to not stifle creativity amongst teenagers, I see no reason these tactics wouldn’t work for adults as well.

October 9, 2013 11:55 pm
A GitHub For Musicians, GroupMe Founder’s ‘Splice’ Aids Collaboration With Song Version Control | TechCrunch

Imagine if an artist’s biggest fans could pay $100 to hear early demos of songs from a new album and provide feedback on them. “There’s this gap between Spotify and Kickstarter. What about inviting fans into the studio, extending music creation to the listeners — expose the process to fans and let them get involved. That’s our end game” Martocci told me with a dream in his voice. We’ll see if musicians get hooked.