February 17th, 2013
November 25th, 2012
Among the bigger-name streaming services are Spotify, which uses a freemium ad-supported, desktop app-based model; Rdio, which takes a tiered, cloud-based approach; and Pandora, whose personalised streaming radio is also available on a freemium ad-supported model. There’s also Wimp, Rara, Napster, We7, Pure, Last.fm, Senzari, Grooveshark, Sony Music Unlimited, Songza, Mog, Samsung Music Hub, and Microsoft’s Xbox Music, to name a few. In total, more than 500 legal music services are operating across the world, together having registered over 13 million paying subscribers - a figure that jumped more than 65 per cent last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) Digital Music Report 2012 ….
November 10th, 2012


Check out this quite entertaining new video of a web-conference with Andrea from Digital Music Trends, on the topic of Internet Radio Acts, Pandora, Google’s Free matching & more (by Andrea Leonelli).

November 6th, 2012
October 31st, 2012
While streaming is especially popular with younger consumers, downloading music through services like iTunes is still a prominent way to listen to music, according to research by AYTM. AYTM’s survey indicated that 37% of US internet users used free music streaming services like Pandora in October. Moreover, 32% paid to download music through a music service like iTunes. Only about 9% paid for a music streaming service like Spotify on a subscription basis that month.

With Streaming and Sharing, Teens Find Ways Around Paying for Music - eMarketer

Gerd comments: it’s not rocket-science: cherry picking songs on iTunes feels good to some people because it’s only a $ £ € every now and then, but committing to a monthly fee on Spotify is totally different ( I do, and love it). Neither one will really get EVERY music fan engaged. The solution: Bundle Spotify et al into ISPs, operators, etc, make it ‘feel like free’ ie totally painless for users, then upsell to next levels such as HD, more offline storage, fan clubs, live concert streams etc. Music industry guys: you can’t have the cake and eat it - time to wake up.

October 29th, 2012
Whereas Pandora, and many of its competitors, use a compulsory license to stream music to users, Apple is looking to forge direct deals with labels for more comprehensive and flexible licensing. In other words, Apple radio probably won’t ever tell you that you can’t skip a song. And unlike Pandora, if you want to listen to all Johnny Cash, all the time, Apple won’t fold in music that’s similar to Johnny Cash just to follow licensing requirements. In essence, it is expected to be the best internet radio ever. If real, of course.

Watch Out, Pandora: Apple’s Streaming Radio Service Could Launch In Early 2013 | TechCrunch

Gerd comments: Apple knows that very soon, listening IS THE SAME as downloading - there is no real difference between radio and ‘buying a song’, very soon. Stay tuned.

September 6th, 2012
September 5th, 2012

The Future of the Music Industry: a new Ecosystem

Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard summarizes the key trends for the future of the music industry - 15 years of presentations on this topic all-in-one :) See all of Gerd’s stuff on this topic, and his free books, here: http://gerd.fm/futuremusic

July 18th, 2012

Rhapsody’s Rob Reid: ‘Copyright law is like doing archaeology in the Mediterranean’

Found on The Verge: “If you’re a music or tech fan, you’ve probably noticed that the current arms race over patents and copyrights has gotten more than a little out of hand. Rob Reid, author and founding father of pioneering digital streaming service Rhapsody, knows a thing or two about the music business’ unfortunate state of affairs. Having already explained the art of Copyright Math™ in a recent TED talk, he posits a fantastical scenario: Aliens have been unwittingly pirating the human race’s music since the late 70s, and thanks to our primitive copyright system, they now owe us more money than exists in the universe. Needless to say, they are pretty fucking pissed.

That’s the setup for Reid’s new book, Year Zero a kind of farcical, Douglas Adams-style re-imagining of The Day The Earth Stood Still, with humanity’s fast-expanding arsenal of labyrinthine copyright laws standing in for Cold War era A-bombs. The Verge spoke with Reid about extraterrestrial copyright violations, our broken system, and the future of the streaming subscription model. You can find him on Twitter at @rob_reid.

Do you see copyright law and patent litigation as one of the make-or-break issues of our time?

Well, it’s certainly a lesser issue than those of war and terrorism, and the grimmer scenarios on the global warming front. But it is a manifestation of a major structural problem facing our society — specifically, its suffocating excess of laws, lawyers, litigation and special-interest-driven regulation. The Law should ideally be as…read on.”

February 8th, 2012

Five By Five - 8 Feb 2012

1. WikiCells: Bottles That We Eat - David Edwards via Wyss Institute at Harvard — Edwards and others have cooked up a new form of ‘container’ — wikicells — based natural food membrane using the electrostatic characteristics of materials like food wrap. Except now, instead of plastic, these ‘containers’ can be made of food themselves, like a container for cooked brisket made of gravy, or a ‘carton’ of ice cream encased in ice cream.

#foodstuff #wikicells

2. Startup Soraa unveils game changing next-gen LED light - via GigaOM — The inventor of the white LED and the blue laser, Shuji Nakamura, has invented technology at Soraa to make LEDs that are brighter, better quality, more efficient, and cost less to make. Relying on gallium nitrate, and avoiding silicon carbide, the new LED line will likely lead to a $400M/year run rate for Soraa, which has raised $100M from by Khosla Ventures, NEA and NGEN Partners.

#soraa #led #energy #galliumnitrate #shujinakamura

3. For Multitaskers, Multiple Monitors Improve Office Efficiency - Matt Richtel via NYTimes.com — NEC says 30% to 40% of the employees of its corporate customers now used more than one monitor, up from 1% four years ago. More liquid media — Twitter, Facebook, chat — require more real estate to be exposed, and falling costs and increasing thinness of displays is also a factor. Expect the corporate norm to be two monitors next year, and three monitors on 50% of desktops.

#monitors #streaming #productivity #overload

4. Future Hipsters - YouTube - via futurehipsters.com — Funny spoof of today’s hipsters 40 or 50 years from now, looking back on the present day, thanks to Social Media Week.

5. Why William Gibson Distrusts Aging Futurists’ Nostalgia - via Wired.com —

Gibson: Futurists get to a certain age and, as one does, they suddenly recognize their own mortality, and they often decide that what’s going on is that everything is just totally screwed and shabby now, whereas when they were younger everything was better.

It’s an ancient, somewhat universal human attitude, and often they give it full voice. But it’s been being given voice for thousands and thousands of years. You can go back and see the ancient Greeks doing it. You know, “All that is good is gone. These young people are incapable of making art, or blue jeans, or whatever.” It’s just an ancient thing, and it’s so ancient that I’m inclined to think it’s never actually true. And I’ve always been deeply, deeply distrustful of anybody’s “golden age” — that one in which we no longer live.