30 March 2010

Public funding for the arts has turned countries like Sweden into Meccas for indie music


10 February 2010

Warner to quit free music streaming (Spotify)

I don’t mind paying a service like Spotify for streaming, and I wouldn’t mind Spotify putting parts of a steadily growing catalog behind a subscription paywall.

But if major labels start withdrawing their content before services like these get a chance to develop properly, I guess it’s back to not paying shit for major label music and developing encrypted p2p in case you wanna discover music through other sources than fucked up FM radio cesspits. Huge tech projects like Spotify need time. We’re talking 5+ years, which was the time it took for Last.fm to develop into a nice, mature service. And one thing is certain, the major music labels couldn’t and wouldn’t have built anything approaching the non-shittiness of Spotify on their own. At this point it’s clear to me that that record labels are as greedy as anyone and that they need someone with an outsider’s perspective and interests to produce products that don’t anal probe their users constantly.

And as far as download stores are concerned: The recording industry is still failing to deliver FLAC, lossless/full quality, downloads, which is what I require for purchases (well, following my statement about outsiders, this would be Apple’s or Spotify’s job). For me, there’s no problem in paying for streaming from a giant catalog in a good quality format like the 320 kbps Vorbis Spotify delivers to subscribers of their premium service. But I’m not paying for lossy archive copies.

EDIT: Daniel Ek/Spotify claims WMG isn’t leaving.


8 December 2009

Cory Doctorow points out the obvious on “streaming vs. downloading”

“Selling customers what they desire is fundamental to any successful business. If Big Content can’t figure out how to do that, then we can only pray for their hasty demise, before they can do too much more damage to humanity’s most amazing and wonderful invention: the internet.”


1 November 2009

Steve Albini’s oft-referenced article on recording industry greed

Albini is a musician and audio engineer.

Via Merlin Mann’s commentary on Youtube music videos with disabled embedding: 1, 2, 3.

18 September 2009

Music publishers want compensation for iTunes’ 30-second song samples

Maybe, just maybe the songwriters should focus on undermining existing record company policies instead?


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