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.

July 22, 2014 10:28 am
Spotify, MTV/VH1/CMT Announce Major Partnership | hypebot

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Reposted from http://ift.tt/UpvK2A on July 22, 2014 at 10:07AM

If winning the battle for streaming music supremacy is about partnerships, Spotify scored a major victory today. MTV,VH1,and CMT today announced a significant marketing deal that makes Spotify the preferred streaming music service…

I can see a lot of bad coming from this.

July 18, 2014 8:09 pm

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

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Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mkuWmi 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 14, 2014 8:41 pm

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

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Reposted from http://ift.tt/1mPGjHi 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.

9:54 pm
polygondotcom:

Potato salad Kickstarter reaches goal, promises better mayonnaise
Appropriately enough for the July 4 holiday weekend, a crowdfunded campaign to make a batch of tasty potato salad is more than 180 times over its goal and, with 27 days left in the fund drive, is already one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter history.
Potato Salad, to be developed by Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, surpassed its $10 funding target within hours of being listed on Kickstarter on Friday, and as of publication time has gathered $1,803 from more than 350 backers.
(Link to the full story)

Even I think the irony might be going too far.  But really there should be legitimate philosophical discussion on what people “value” in the modern world.

polygondotcom:

Potato salad Kickstarter reaches goal, promises better mayonnaise

Appropriately enough for the July 4 holiday weekend, a crowdfunded campaign to make a batch of tasty potato salad is more than 180 times over its goal and, with 27 days left in the fund drive, is already one of the most successful projects in Kickstarter history.

Potato Salad, to be developed by Zack Danger Brown of Columbus, Ohio, surpassed its $10 funding target within hours of being listed on Kickstarter on Friday, and as of publication time has gathered $1,803 from more than 350 backers.

(Link to the full story)

Even I think the irony might be going too far.  But really there should be legitimate philosophical discussion on what people “value” in the modern world.

July 6, 2014 7:28 pm June 30, 2014 9:21 pm

Season 6 of “Community” is coming to Yahoo

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By Kathy Savitt, CMO

And the crowd goes wild… the Darkest Timeline is over. “Community” is coming to Yahoo! Beginning later this Fall, tune into Yahoo for the highly-anticipated sixth season, with 13 new episodes available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.  

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Read more here and stay tuned for more about Community on Yahoo.

(via marissamayr)

June 23, 2014 11:21 pm
What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality | Enterprise | WIRED

I think it’s a little unfair for this article to say that everyone is “getting the debate wrong” when the point they make is the same thing in spirit.  Still, it is definitely important to keep in mind that the danger is in non-competitiveness amongst the ISP’s.

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

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Reposted from http://ift.tt/1n93itd 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…

June 10, 2014 8:40 pm
"Data is the thing that allows many of the world’s biggest companies to do what they do. It powers Google search, Facebook ads, and Amazon recommendations. But while we’re accustomed to online services collecting information on us and using it to tailor their websites to our tastes, when it comes to physical goods, we take what we can get. Sure, retailers can do market research to predict trends, but at the end of a season, they’re invariably left with a clearance rack full of once promising products that turned out to be duds. True&Co is part of a growing group of startups that’s using data to make physical products a better fit for their customers. “With all this virtual stuff, it’s so easy to create a uniquely personal experience for every person,” says Lam, “but creating physical goods that also feel like they’re made for you is what’s incredibly fascinating to me.”"