Techerous

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.

September 18, 2013 12:01 am

What Does Netflix Have on Spotify?

Obviously there’s some pretty big differences, but I have been thinking a lot about the new age of packaging forms of intellectual property and find myself coming back to comparing these 2 business models.  Kevin Spacey recently spoke about the beauty of the simplicity in Netflix’s model, give the people what they want, when they want it at a reasonable price. In some ways Spotify offers a similar type of plan, however whereas Netflix is encouraging creativity and entry for quality, Spotify seems to be benefiting the same tiny sector of the industry that has been doing relatively okay since the first mp3 was created. How can Spotify encourage top-level quality that has been lost in the profit crisis it’s industry is facing.  It seems that Netflix does this by acting as a channel itself and taking risks.  What if Spotify signed bands directly as if it was a label itself. Obviously there are a lot of factors I’m not aware of in these businesses and have barely scratched the surface of the ones I myself am even aware of.  Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

June 24, 2013 9:52 pm

Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for ‘tricking’ artists with petition | The Register - Business: Media

mediaor:

Reposted from http://bit.ly/14mOGOM on June 24, 2013 at 08:43PM

Musicians asked to ‘support their own pay cut’

Three members of iconic British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd have penned an editorial condemning the practices of streaming music service Pandora, which they say has been trying to trick recording artists into cutting their own pay.…

June 17, 2013 11:36 pm
Eventbrite Survey Finds EDM Fan Behavior Differs Greatly From Other Music Fans
It’s funny because I keep hearing how EDM is one of the only scenes that really brings in revenue for the music industry these days and how the fans are willing to shell out $100 a show. I think the kids in that scene, because they’re so big on social media, inflate every event to such a huge level that they see it as necessary to attend for their entire social needs.  because promotion is such a huge part of what they do, every event needs to be “extraordinary” unlike something like the indie rock scene where they almost look to go to as many shows as possible for as little money because it’s about seeing as much as possible than being able to say that every experience you had was awesome. It’s kind of the same behavior as you see at every party now, making sure we have pictures and sharing all the fun that is being had is almost as important as the party itself.

Eventbrite Survey Finds EDM Fan Behavior Differs Greatly From Other Music Fans

It’s funny because I keep hearing how EDM is one of the only scenes that really brings in revenue for the music industry these days and how the fans are willing to shell out $100 a show. I think the kids in that scene, because they’re so big on social media, inflate every event to such a huge level that they see it as necessary to attend for their entire social needs.  because promotion is such a huge part of what they do, every event needs to be “extraordinary” unlike something like the indie rock scene where they almost look to go to as many shows as possible for as little money because it’s about seeing as much as possible than being able to say that every experience you had was awesome. It’s kind of the same behavior as you see at every party now, making sure we have pictures and sharing all the fun that is being had is almost as important as the party itself.

February 26, 2013 10:50 pm
Music Industry Reports a Rise in Sales, Crediting Digital

infoneer-pulse:

The music industry, the first media business to be consumed by the digital revolution, said on Tuesday that its global sales rose last year for the first time since 1999, raising hopes that a long-sought recovery might have begun.

The increase, of 0.3 percent, was tiny, and the total revenue, $16.5 billion, was a far cry from the $38 billion that the industry took in at its peak more than a decade ago. Still, even if it is not time for the record companies to party like it’s 1999, the figures, reported Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, provide significant encouragement.

“It’s clear that 2012 saw the global recording industry moving onto the road to recovery,” said Frances Moore, chief executive of the federation, which is based in London. “There’s a palpable buzz in the air that I haven’t felt for a long time.”

» via The New York Times (Subscription may be required for some content)

Interesting how services such as Spotify are starting to have the effect the industry was hoping they would. However it would be nice if we found a way to turn it around that really rewarded the artist again as the royalties received from Pandora and Spotify are ridiculously small.

January 14, 2013 7:19 pm

Could it really be that simple..?

rbgarz:

Buy a ticket to a movie at a theater, you get your choice of a hard or digital copy in future distribution at no charge. Buy a complete album & be able to attend one concert venue of the artist’s upcoming tour at no charge.

Oversimplify’s the cost of things a bit, but this could be a good promotional idea.

January 3, 2013 9:23 pm
me*dia*or: 5 Top Emerging Music Tech Trends For 2013 | hypebot

mediaor:

Reposted from http://bit.ly/Rv2hRB on January 03, 2013 at 11:58AM

2013-graphicAfter a busy 2012, music tech companies across the board are set for a big 2013. Streaming music companies will engage in further struggle while tech usage trends affect how music is consumed. I’ve gathered 5…

The biggest takeaway I think is that it is no longer enough to just be a musician, you have to have an entrepreneurial nature as well.  If you can not take charge of your music yourself in the information age you can’t compete

November 21, 2012 2:51 am
LEAKED: Myspaces master plan to raise 50 million and re-launch as a spotify killer
I think it makes sense to go after spotify rather than the traditional social networks if they’re going all in on the music part, though it’s really hard to see them getting past the prior image of the product. I always knew about the low royalties issue but I feel like spotify losing money just kind of popped up suddenly, really shows how good of a spin artist Daniel Ek is or how good he is at finding capital. If nothing else it would be nice if myspace actually added a more artist friendly aspect to the streaming model, which it’s social roots might give it an opportunity at.

LEAKED: Myspaces master plan to raise 50 million and re-launch as a spotify killer

I think it makes sense to go after spotify rather than the traditional social networks if they’re going all in on the music part, though it’s really hard to see them getting past the prior image of the product. I always knew about the low royalties issue but I feel like spotify losing money just kind of popped up suddenly, really shows how good of a spin artist Daniel Ek is or how good he is at finding capital. If nothing else it would be nice if myspace actually added a more artist friendly aspect to the streaming model, which it’s social roots might give it an opportunity at.

July 9, 2012 1:25 am
"While the “big four” record labels have seen their revenues plummet during the last decade, the music industry more broadly—encompassing independent labels, live performances, merchandise, music lessons, and the like—did extremely well. Statistics from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry indicates that the “broader music industry,” which included “revenues from music in radio advertising, recorded music sales, musical instrument sales, live performance revenues and portable digital music player sales (among a few other income categories)” grew from $132 billion to $168 billion"

Why We Shouldn’t Worry About The (Alleged) Decline Of The Music Industry - Forbes (via futuristgerd)

I’ve seen, and in some cases used, these arguments before and I feel like they only solve part of the equation.  Especially these days when so many artists are signed to 360 deals.  While it would be nice to believe these factors could allow a self-sustaining environment, it still shows these days that for bands to be really successful they still need major labels.

(via emergentfutures)

July 5, 2012 10:54 pm
"Music exists in a sweet spot between commerce and culture, individual and collective effort, identity and industry, and digital and analog – it is the perfect art-form to create an infinite Internet controversy."

Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Music: The Internet’s Original Sin

One of the most thorough and all-encompassing articles I have read on the state of ethics in the modern music industry.

July 2, 2012 11:48 pm
"Music and movie companies have a long history of challenging how new technologies transmit or duplicate their copyrighted material. In the 1980s, for instance, Universal Studios sued Sony Corp. about development of VHS tapes. The Supreme Court eventually decided in favor of Sony and ruled that making individual copies of TV shows for personal use did not amount to a copyright violation. ReDigi’s case will determine how some of those same legal principles apply in the Internet era, said Rick Sanders, a Nashville copyright and intellectual property attorney who works with both technology and entertainment companies. “This court is going to have to make a decision that no other court has had to make,” he said."