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The Music Industry Needs Another “iPod Moment” to Shake Things Up

November 6th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

It's hard to overestimate the effect the introduction of the iPod had on the music industry.  Like the introduction of the CD, the Walkman and vinyl itself, the iPod propelled the industry forward into completely new and uncharted territory.

But now the iPod has had its day.  A new "iPod moment" is required.  From Music Industry Blog:

Without Apple the digital market would be vastly smaller than it is now. With all of the talk of streaming services and the shift to the consumption era it is easy to think of Apple’s iTunes Store as yesterday’s game. Such an assumption is as dangerous as looking upon the CD as an irrelevance in the present era.

More Music from the Inbox: 05 November 2012

November 5th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

When I took the English bull terrier to doggie daycare today, I was sure I saw some snow.  This made me grumpy.  Fortunately, it also means I can spend Let`s see time indoors listening to music.  Here's the latest batch of double-distilled recommendations taken from all the dozens of submissions that came through over the last week.  Much is submitted; only a few survive. reports.

Artist: Darkstar, “Timeaway”

Album: News from Nowhere

Darkstar have a real time ticking quality to them that implies a certain sense of passing. While “Timeaway” has this sort of elementary simplicity to it, that quickly and almost accidentally becomes soothing.

Sounds like:  Metronomic [You'll see. - AC]


In Case You Haven’t Noticed, Singles Are Back in Fashion

November 5th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

Back in the late 90s, the North American recording industry made a concerted effort to wipe out the single. Those cheaper CDs featuring one song and a bonus track or two were squeezed out in favour of higher margin albums.  That meant if you wanted just one song from a band, you had to pony up for the entire album.

Many music fans found this unfair.  No wonder people flocked to Napster and other file-sharing programs. And no wonder iTunes is the biggest music retailer in this sector of the galaxy.

The British, who had always paid higher prices for CDs than us, stuck with the CD single a little longer.  But when digital realities set in--and when record shops started closing in scary numbers--the CD single was marginalized to almost nothing.

But the notion of a single is hardly dead.

The Relationship Between UK Music Culture and Sports

November 5th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

I've been to concerts in many parts of the world.  One of the things I find fascinating is the differences in crowd behaviour.  Fans in some cities are restrained and polite.  Others offer lukewarm or indifferent responses, no matter what the band.  And then there are the places where the audience just lose their minds.

That brings me to the UK.  I've never been to a show in Great Britain where the crowd hasn't been totally into the show--at least by most North American standards.  The atmosphere at a typical British show is raucous and enthusiastic with most of the punters singing along to almost every song.

What accounts for this marked difference between us and them?  Could it be the influence of British sports culture?

Should Have Seen This Coming: Who Profits from the Pussy Riot Brand?

November 5th, 2012 | by Jon Bunnies

It's safe to say that Pussy Riot is one of the most talked-about bands on the planet right now.  But who is control of their brand?

It's almost too weird to contemplate:  an anarchist punk rock band raging against the machine in Russia is the subject of a dispute over who should be making all the money from the band's noteriety.

Think about all the thousands (millions?) of Free Pussy Riot t-shirts.  Who owns the trademark and the copyrights?  Who owns the right to exploit the band's name, music and image for things like toys, beverages and videos?

And it gets weirder.

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