How Collective Idiocy Left the Record Companies in Bits

Spotted On: The Guardian “When the history of our digital times comes to be written, one of the questions that will puzzle historians is why the record companies missed the significance of the internet.” What a great thought (and a very catchy headline). Here is a summary of the article, with some commentary. Since World […]

Artist Turns to BitTorrent when his Music is Pirated by iTunes

Spotted on: TorrentFreak An interview with the Flashbulb about his recent calamity with iTunes, and putting his album up on BitTorrent. It turns out iTunes is selling his albums without permission, and not paying royalties. The Flashbulb (Benn Jordan) has been releasing albums for 14 years, the last 5 have included various commercial endeavors. The […]

What Happens to Music Collections When They’re Just Collections?

Music has value because it moves us. That special album that takes us back to some magic moment, or the songs we love to dance to. What has people by albums is the love of the music. MP3 collecting is similar to collecting baseball cards.  Grab an artist’s entire discography, and trade among your peers.  […]

Unbundling Albums – The Silent Killer

Spotted on: The Register Capgemini recently broke down album sales in Britain since 2004.  While the report is still confidential, The Register reported on a few details.  And what is the reported main source of lost revenue in the British recording industry?  Album Unbundling.  File sharing came in at 18% of the projection. The iTunes […]

What Do Album Sales Measure?

On the surface, this may appear like an obvious question. Album sales measure the number of people who buy an artist’s music. Let’s look a little deeper at what album and track sales are an actual measure of. Many artists that experience high volumes of downloads on p2p networks also experience brisk sales. The days […]

Album Sales: A Realistic Perspective

In getting a picture of what’s next for the music business, let’s take a moment to look at reality right now. There are a few reports from mid-2007 that CD sales are way down (15% from the first half of last year), while digital sales are up over 48% (If you find any more recent […]

Speak Clearly (Jargon on a Tangent)

Spotted on: New York Times As the end of the year statistics for the music industry are released, I keep noticing a common tone of these articles. They all seem to be written about the six major record labels, and iTunes. As an artist and independent label owner (ergo, part of the music industry), these […]

Death of Dynamic Range

  Spotted on:? Austin360.com Read the article here. This is a great article about Dynamic Range, and how it’s gone out of style.? In the frenzy of making music louder and louder, modern music has become a static filled mess of clips, where the loudes and softest sounds are often almost identical.? We highly recommend […]

Price Points vs. Perceived Value

One of the hot topics of conversation in digital music is price points. It’s such a grand term, though it’s really just two memes strung together: the idea of price, and the idea of points. Neither of which is really the issue at hand in the music business. Any conversation about digital media (also known […]