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Life and death in the App Store | The Verge
[ land grab and winner takes all environment, the long-tail is not what it was supposed to be promised by some ] 'the app store resembles now a lottery' [...] Today, profiting from the App Store most often requires a mix of in-app purchases, subscriptions, and advertising. [...] Meanwhile, a fatigue is setting in among customers. There are now more than 1.5 million apps in the App Store (Android users have 1.6 million to choose from), but by 2014, the majority of Americans were downloading zero apps per month. And it turns out people simply don’t use most of the apps they do download. According to ComScore, the average person spends 80 percent of their time on mobile devices using only three apps.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Adele reveals why she doesn't like streaming - BBC Newsbeat
[ Taylor Swift & those who have pull, can afford to do it ] Adele has revealed why she's decided not to allow fans to stream her new album, 25, on services like Spotify and Apple Music. "I don't use streaming. I download [music], and I buy a physical [copy]." "It's a bit disposable, streaming," she told Time magazine. "I believe music should be an event." Adele's 25 has sold more than two million copies in the UK since it was released on 20 November. "I know that streaming music is the future, but it's not the only way to consume music," she said. "I can't pledge allegiance to something that I don't know how I feel about yet." The 27-year-old's previous two albums, 19 and 21, are currently available to stream.
Music  Industry  content  discovery  content  distribution  Spotify  Apple  Music  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Spotify Shrinks Music Download Sales, Fights Piracy – Study | Re/code
Is Spotify shrinking the music business, by giving people a good reason not to buy music anymore? Or is Spotify helping the music business, by giving people a good reason not to steal music anymore? Yes! That’s the conclusion from a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month. [...] The nice thing about the study is that it manages to bolster both Spotify’s main argument to the music industry for the past few years — if you don’t let us distribute your music, and get some money for it, the pirates will do it and you’ll get none — and the music labels’ primary worry about streaming — there’s no way we’re going to sell enough subscriptions to replace albums and single-track sales!
Spotify  Music  Industry  The  Content  Wars  Entertainment  Escapeism  mobile  homescreen  Smartphone  mobile  first  Pandora  YouTube  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Apple  Music  business  model  subscription  model  discovery  distribution  curation  curation  curator  editor  editorial  digital  economy  digital  digital  publishing  publishing  2.0  Artist  digital 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat’s new ‘scary’ privacy policy has left users outraged - MarketWatch
Users are outraged that Snapchat has the rights to reproduce your messages // https://twitter.com/kalpenn/status/659829293762113537 &! https://twitter.com/samsheffer/status/659918433249845249 - 'cookies that may identify your browser and device.' aka you across services. because others sell already that data. your identity, your history. //&! via https://redd.it/3qya7j - Snapchat just reserved the rights to store and use all selfies taken with the device Think that picture you're about to send is temporary? Think again - bit.ly/1PVVb6f
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Spare Me Your Sh*tty Advertising - YouTube
"advertising business model doesn't make sense." for publishers! Business insider makes 50cent per user per year. ARPU. OUCH! It's like worse than brand awareness banner advertising. They recently started long-form reports to buy on vertical/topics like gigaom did. // news is free. analysis isn't (in-depth, maybe personal brand, industry standing (like TechCrunch turned out to be: worked for it many long nights for years. and then it all came crashing down rather quickly because the figure-head overstretched himself and wasn't in it for the long-run to do it as independent business) ... but don't to cottage cheese Wall Street a-like factory). // &! We are on the eve of war of ad blocking/content blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It - youtu.be/KFe3YOlRlRs
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple's Ad-Blocking Apps Gaining Popularity - YouTube
"this is an arms race." //&! bit.ly/1iRx5vN //&! bbc.in/1LpAn4D - However Mr Arment withdrew his app after just two days and offered those who had bought it a refund.
ad-block  iAd  Safari  iOS  Platform  Silo  AdBlock  Content  Blocking  user  experience  UI  UX  friction  Chrome  publishing  2.0  business  model  pageviews  web  publishing  mobile  web  phablet  subscription  model  Google  Inc.  Facebook  Twitter  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  ad-blocking 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 30: Felix Salmon by Product Hunt
Everyone should be doing something lefty. The internet was abt that. Now its everyone wants 2 be big. Optimised. Cool things come out of waste, wasting times, free time, ... eureka effect. Lefty things are not optimised. // "We build a fucking great bridge." Nobody did back then seismic modeling. They just build a fucking great bridge that actually can carry twice the lanes/traffic, you can just put a 2nd deck on it with another 6 lanes. << build 4 prosperity. not optimised. THUS lesson, build ur business that way, 4 prosperity, pay money if u want 2 used it. Dont optimise 4 anything specifically. // Oldest Companies are still family owned. Not pressures by Wall Street 4 growth & profit. "No one is happy being profitable." "You wind up taking risks, eventually falling on your face." #growth-fetish // Venture Capital wants an exit. U put urself in that corner & have fiduciary responsibility. // If u own category/vertical u can sort of set price! & 46 oh hi there world, own platform!!!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
CEO Ambarish Mitra: independent Blippar may IPO - Business Insider
youtu.be/epMs3X8U9Ko?t=13m55s 'want's to take it all the way ... to IPO.' - Q: Is Virtual Search and Augmented Reality a feature on an existing (Search) Platform (with existing data and personal context - ie your past search history and relations (FB)) in the next 5 years or a public company? Could the extra friction of an app to launch, with the name ?blippar? be a friction point for traction!? - VS - native on iOS, Android camera app that gets into augmented reality mode when it sees a specific QR code. Time will tell. What past has show, to gain mass adoption it is about being immersive (whoa), creates emotional - chemical (dopamine) intangible value, and being sort of 'invisible' "Don't show me." and thus habit forming, // &! bit.ly/1N4a5oj
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Dog Days | TechCrunch
the personal assistant is the new smartphone! can't live without it once you (technology; augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence) mastered it. // GoButtler in Germany. And Operator in SV - http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/the-request-network/ - << both take a cut/commission fee. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook could have it as features. Just as Facebook can have Meerkat as feature, for the celebrities. And the personal assistant - will be JUST A FEATURE - on your phone. iOS, Android ... & Facebook's 'empire' Platform to keep you inside Facebook continuing scrolling that god damn newsfeed. // // noise is lower on FB newsfeed (learning algorithm - your personal filter bubble) vs Twitter and vs RSS. ... Google News is a different thing. // // &! and there is a business in manual (editor, personal brand, leader) content curation/editing as well as in algo (Newsfeed)
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Staff Exodus, Pressure From Microsoft, Apple Hit Google Now | Re/code
According to multiple sources, their initial vision of Now — as a mobile assistant tailored to particular users — works best living on the mobile operating system, not within search. Also, Google is a political place and search is Congress. Big, necessary, stodgy. [...] “‘Look, I’ve got a lot on my plate. Chrome and Android are my top priorities. Google Now is not on that. I can’t fight that battle for you.’” [...] Apple, for its part, looks prepared to launch a competitor to Now on Tap. With its proactive assistant and spotlight search, the Apple entry could elbow Google out. // // Amazon released a (SW/HW)PA for the living room, Apple got Siri & just recently launched its own integrated search engine called "Spotlight" & Google released Google Now (voice activated search in response to Siri) and at last Google I/O, Now on Tap [ Now on Tap will solve app developers’ nagging issue with discovery. ] And FB just came out w an assistant product for Messenger. // &! bit.ly/1JYeNCT
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Marissa Mayer - The future of technology - YouTube
how you gonna make money, on mobile. Facebook is able to do it, enabled by data it has (targeting) and has a unrivaled competitive advantage (eats more than 70% of social media adversing budget). It's about execution now and new products - for Yahoo! Focus on Mobile, reorientate (right the ship in other direction, while still keeping tab on yahoo.com which is still sizeable business for yahoo) the company, management, team, employees. And acquisitions that help it make Yahoo! a mobile app company, relevant in the ecosystem (see Flurry acquisition, Brightroll, ... ad network/platform). Yahoos one disadvantage is that it doesn't have as much context to serve relevant - re-targeted ads to customers compared to FB, Twitter, Google. Same with Yahoo.com, its a bland/blunt page. No contextual, personal content nor advertising apart from cookies data derived. [...] "User data belongs to the end user." [...] "Portable" [...] "Standardized." [...] "Companies live and die by people/talent."
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why podcasts are suddenly “back” – Marco.org
>> listening to podcast eats time away from the existing pie pieces of other forms of entertainment, escapism, and snacking. But it shares similarities with Music, TV, Movie, ... you can let it run in the background and do something different and listening in.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
800-Pound Publishing Gorilla Facebook Barges Back Into Blogging With “Notes” | TechCrunch
Facebook’s advantage is its distribution. The same weapon it’s used to barge into web publishing with Instant Articles and video hosting with its auto-play clips could help it invade blogging. It’s similar to how LinkedIn used its natural traffic to launch a professional-minded publishing network. People will write where they get an audience. If that’s Facebook, they’ll publish there. And while Twitter doesn’t discriminate, showing every post to everyone, Facebook’s filtered feed shows you what it thinks you’ll actually consume [and what's in their best own interest, keeping you on FB, favouring native content of link-out content]. [ step by step, FB is productizing - offering more to advertisers how to reach their user base, leverage its huge user base, Big Data, users data, the ceiling for FB earnings is far off! and thus its market cap (valuation). could nearly double again from its 250bn. it doubled in 5 years from IPO slump. ] // &! wrd.cm/1Pw2v5w
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - Episode 048 — An Exhausting Week | Exponent
26:10 - Apple Enables Ad Blocking in iPhone browser Safari, native option, no add-on needed. Nudge publishers/content providers to implement iAd (Apple's AdSense Product) on their sites (mobile sites) as alternative 2 all what is out there. Or 2 nudge mobile site owners 2 make native Apps!? Apple: 'its about the user experience' & respects users privacy (anti-Google and co jab) because it only uses the data available from the user on his phone/apple id. // bit.ly/1hB7VRC - People are seriously talking abt whether the iPhone's new ad blocking technology will destroy the web [...] "In a worst case scenario, this is Apple against the entire mobile publisher and advertiser ecosystem." [...] people are very concerned abt what Apple is trying 2 do. [...] Google is already losing 10% of its revenue 2 adblockers // &! bit.ly/1Lan20N // &! Monetizing your iOS apps with iAd (pdf) apple.co/1NeVPtf &! iAd is Apples on ad network service, even for native apps - bit.ly/1DFFpHg &! bit.ly/1PbkSfq
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
SoundCloud will Apple, Spotify und Google angreifen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
SoundCloud plant einen eigenen Bezahldienst für Musik aus dem Internet - und greift damit Spotify und Apple an. Der Gründer des Berliner Start-ups erklärt, wie er trotzdem eine Milliarde Nutzer erreichen will. [...] Zusammengefasst: Der Streamingdienst SoundCloud aus Berlin startet noch in diesem Jahr einen eigenen Bezahlservice. Gründer Eric Wahlforss glaubt, dass seine Community von Künstlern und Musikliebhabern stark genug ist, um gegen die Angebote von Apple und Spotify zu bestehen.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Taylor Swift pulls 1989 album from Apple Music - BBC News
Last week, UK-based independent record label Beggars echoed Swift's comments, saying it struggled "to see why rights owners and artists should bear this aspect of Apple's customer acquisition costs". // http://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/3alou7/taylor_swift_calls_apple_music_free_trial/ -- 24hrs later -- Apple will pay artists for streamed music titles during users free trial usage. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33220189 // &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33222489
Taylor  Swift  Spotify  freemium  business  model  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Apple  Music  subscription  model  The  Content  Wars  user  acquisition 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No — Spotify’s been doomed from the start | PandoDaily
Spotify is really the only legitimate competitor left. But its fate, like that of every streaming music service, is also subject to forces outside of its control — forces that are guided by the three-headed hydra of Warner, Universal, and Sony. [...] Although Apple Music and Spotify’s paid tier offer perks that free subscriptions do not — namely, full mobile access and no ads between songs — the majority of users will not pay for something they can basically get for free, even if they miss out on a handful of features. The percentage of Spotify users who pay for the service bears this out, having held steady for years at only 25%. And this trend shows no sign of abating — according to the most recent figures, paid users as a percentage of the whole crept up a hair but still sits at only 26.7%. [rather spend limited disposable income (and time) on weed and other offline experiences (leisure activities) with friends. -VS- The time of u and ur buddy(s) listening 2 new vinyl release]
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reveals new Music app to rival Spotify - BBC News
Apple has announced a new app that combines a streaming song and music video library, an internet radio station and a way for artists to share unreleased tracks and other material. It includes a recommendation system that uses both human curators and computer algorithms to suggest songs. [...] "Apple is arriving late to the music streaming business, due in part to Steve Jobs' refusal to believe that music subscription services would ever work," said James McQuivey from the Forrester consultancy. But, he added, that he believed it would catch up with market leader Spotify's 15 million paying subscribers in less than a year. Another analyst suggested Apple might face a challenge explaining all the features on offer. "Apple Music is a complex mix of services including music streaming, live radio, music discovery and social interaction with artists, [...] three month free subscription [ $9.99 (£6.50)] and family bundle [14.99 up to 6 ppl] [...] Beats 1 [is free] // apple.co/1IrFWfp
Apple  Spotify  curation  content  curation  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  The  Wars  Entertainment  Entertainment  Industry  Music  Industry  Apple  Music  Tidal  Pandora  Rdio  subscription  model  business  model  freemium  Apple  Pay 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
After years of false starts, Apple is finally poised to kill Spotify and take over streaming music. There’s just one catch… | PandoDaily
No wonder streaming platforms can barely make a profit — if at all — while most artists have been forced to view streaming not as a legitimate revenue source but merely a form of exposure. That’s why Apple’s refusal to offer a free option makes perfect sense. But will users agree to pay, especially with free options on the table? Possibly not. And if they don’t it will be because of the greed of record labels, not Apple. [...] labels rejected Apple’s $5 price-point. So the company offered a compromise: $7.99 a month. But the labels still claimed that’s still too low. And so now Apple is back to offering $9.99 a month — the same amount Spotify charges and the same amount 75 percent of its users refuse to pay and will continue to refuse to pay as long as the company stays in business. So now Apple is rightly worried that listeners won’t choose its service over a free one, even if it can offer a deeper catalog with more exclusive content.
Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Spotify  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Apple  iTunes 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier — and I hope it gets away with it | PandoDaily
[ Apple's Might. History Rhymes. ] There’s a report out that Apple is pushing music labels to “force” Spotify to abandon its free, ad-supported tier. As Apple prepares to gather the ashes of Beats Music and relaunch its own streaming music service — which sources say will likely to be paid-only — this gambit would decimate Spotify’s user base from 60 million total users to only 15 million paid users. Moreover, sources told the outlet that if Universal Music Group removed its catalog from YouTube, Apple would pay the licensing fee the label conglomerate receives from that platform. (YouTube also has a streaming service in the offing). Considering Apple’s ability to preload apps onto new versions of iOS — not to the mention the fact that it already has 800 million credit cards on file and so only needs to convince a tiny portion of them to sign up in order to beat Spotify — the move would be an effective knockout punch for Apple in America’s streaming music fight.
Apple  Spotify  Deezer  Pandora  Rdio  antitrust  iOS  Android  Microsoft  abuse  of  power  corruption  bribery  YouTube  Google  RIAA  Indie  Music  content  discovery  content  distribution  Music  Industry  business  model 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple poaches top producers from BBC Radio 1 for new Spotify rival - Music Business Worldwide
Apple poaches BBC staffers - Apple has hired four producers from BBC Radio 1 to work for its upcoming music-streaming service, according to Music Business Worldwide. The hires are thought to be motivated by Apple’s desire to find emerging artists and provide “the contextual appeal of British broadcast radio” on its service. (via Pando)
Apple  Spotify  differentiate  differentiation  curation  curator  content  curation  Amazing  Radio  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
How The Facebook Bubble Is Driving Online Startups Into The Arms Of Offline Advertising | TechCrunch
FB accounts for >70% of all Social Media Ad spending! The rest is spend on Twitter and elsewhere. Programmatic Advertising is a crutch for native Web advertising to compete with FBs ability to slice and dice and analyse every nook and cranny. FB likes to be the web equivalent; Internet.org and asking/offering content creators/news papers to host content inside their Walls. And remember, Google missed this Social train badly, tried w Google+ after failing with Buzz. Was also late with (native) Mobile Search & just got going. And their last quarter(s) hinted at a stall of their advertising business and Wall Street doesn't like seeing this behemoth relying on just one business model while Nest Labs was a defensive acquisition (competing w Apple) and they lost out to FB to acquire WhatsApp. And if any Google X project will be able to live up to AdSense(Google Search) is questionable. Google might begin slowly dying soon in next 5 years by thousand cuts, like MSFT late 90's. Time is ripe.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! bit.ly/1aCgTK7 &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> bit.ly/1DpxFXl &! youtu.be/SdJz93aIvA0?t=20m talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
3 biggest misconceptions about the music industry and Jay-Z’s Tidal (which is doomed anyway) | PandoDaily
But the reason most artists are not compensated properly for their work has been the same since the advent of recorded music: Record labels. According to a report from the audit firm Ernst & Young, record labels net 45.6 percent of the revenue created by streaming music. The supposedly evil, greedy platform itself — which in this particular study was limited to Spotify and Deezer — only takes home 20.8 percent. After 16.7 percent is taken out for taxes, that leaves 10 percent for songwriters and publishers, and 6.8 percent for artists. And even if Tidal makes users pay (upwards of $20 for the highest sound quality!) artists will still have the same shitty record deals and see the same shitty ratios they’ve had for decades. [...] Even as Spotify has grown its total user base, the number of paid subscribers has held steady at only 25 percent. [ future is to divorce content discovery & distribution from revenue/income streams, bc digital is commodity! ] &! TC Rant Video tcrn.ch/1BYSfL2
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
INBOUND 2013 - Seth Godin Keynote - YouTube
capitalism = "marketer, bring me some more customers - here is the money for it." - average products for average people. mass marketers for mass consumer products. mass = average. // Internet was invented without marketers in mind. // marketers tell us it is all the same. - ie pain relief medication // tv ads designed "you don't need to listen" // we branded ourself to death // mourn consumer attention and the Normal (Old Media) >> now w 1000's TV Channels and Blogs + YT, Tumblr, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest and every other Platform // 14:00 >> long-tail of platforms to publish and be on where attention is. able to reach people who care and ignore ppl who don't. // 17:00 connection economy >> 1000 True Fans, there is not short-cut in the connection economy, and building one with your customer. and the exchange of ideas. earn by being generous and an artist (find ppl who trust you) // create value with connections, many connections = strong value creation // Avoid rush to be average!!!
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
The Gang of Four: Why Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook Dominate the Market - Kara Swisher Keynote - YouTube
some remarks from 2012 /// 'continuous partial attention' // min 40 - always on >> presentism, >> affects journalism and Media >> divide between Pando likes and BuzzFeed likes // FB & Google are in content distribution. // min 46 - VR - Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality ... things respond to you interacting with it, without pressing buttons or calling their name ("Xbox"). &! &! (2012) Keynote Presentation: The New Power Brokers: Amazon, Apple, Facebook & Google - youtu.be/rpsigsW-688
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Zane Lowe to leave Radio 1 in March - BBC Newsbeat
[ is Apple getting into content? Or is Zane Lowe going to be an editor for 'featuring' new albums and artists on its new streaming platform?! ] --- BBC Radio 1 DJ @ZaneLowe stepping down in March to move to US & work for Apple, BBC reports; Lowe joined station in '03; known for championing emerging artists & for his 'Masterpieces' series, in which he plays a full album & interviews artist; Apple's subscription music streaming service expected to launch this summer
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Musik-Downloads in den USA erstmals seit zehn Jahren rückläufig - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Musikindustrie bieten Streaming Dienste wie Rdio, Deezer oder Spotify neue Absatzmöglichkeiten, auch Internetgiganten wie Google wollen den Boom nutzen. Einzelne Musiker und Bands sehen den Streaming-Trend jedoch mit Sorge. Unter anderem beklagten "Radiohead"-Sänger Thom Yorke und der einstige "Talking Heads"-Frontmann David Byrne, dass diese Dienste mit ihren geringeren Auszahlungen Künstlern auf Dauer kein ausreichendes Einkommen bieten könnten. + http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-improve-music-streaming/ + http://www.spin.com/articles/music-documentaries-netflix-best-streaming-movies/ + Internet Radio Stations (Amazingradio, Capitalxtra).
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post For One Thing: Distribution ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
[surrounding yourself with smarter people] In some sense you wouldn’t even be human anymore. People like Jeff are better regarded as hyper-intelligent aliens with a tangential interest in human affairs . . . Trust me folks, I saw this happen time and again, for years. Jeff Bezos has all these incredibly intelligent, experienced domain experts surrounding him at huge meetings, and on a daily basis he thinks of shit that they never saw coming. It’s a guaranteed facepalm fest. [...] Purpose-built distribution networks for different kinds of content are beginning to solidify into infrastructure, just as e-commerce did 10 years ago. And if we’ve learned anything about Bezos, it’s that he loves to own his own infrastructure and leverage it into new kinds of business we can’t even imagine right now.
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august 2013 by asterisk2a

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