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“What happened is way worse for musicians. It has forced musicians to be marketers.“
John McVey, producer, Coupe Studios
“I fear that in general the only musicians able to create a truly independent and successful career are those who had one before the industry changed, who had the fan base in place to enable them to continue independently of the record labels.” That’s Peter Owen, an independent composer and producer. He is one of many musicians who feel that the internet has made the business of creativity more challenging.
Parts one and two of this series surveyed how iTunes and MP3 catalyzed the digital music movement for labels and consumers. The effect of the internet on musicians is less recognized. In one way, musicians have benefited similarly to consumers. While consumers have gained amazing access to music, musicians have acquired unprecedented access to listeners.
So it’s the promised land for musicians, right? Not exactly. For many creators whose careers span the before-and-after of digital music, there is a crushing sense that the grass isn’t greener after all.
“I think the consumer is going to be driving this train for quite a long time.“
— Casey Rae, deputy director, Future of Music Coalition
In 2003, the iTunes Music Store established an environment for downloadable music at exactly the time when consumers needed a safe and stable online music store. iTunes sold a million songs in the first week, 10 million in five months and 25 million songs after eight months.
But the consumer demands of one era do not necessarily hold sway in a different cycle. iTunes is facing powerful competition from Amazon, Google and Microsoft in the pay-per-download business. Meanwhile, streaming platforms like Spotify, Rdio and YouTube are establishing a widespread attitude that music is free, and that downloading from a store isn’t as compelling as accessing a service. Apple is still making plenty of sales in the music store (15,000 downloads per minute), but users are also flocking in different directions.
With the state of music industry still in flux, 2013 could be as pivotal as 2003, and the next 10 years could be as eventful as the last 10.
HTC might have rekindled its old romance with Microsoft for its 8X and 8S Windows Phones, but Nokia is still the closest partner to Redmond. In an interview with Pocket-lint, Microsoft’s senior Windows Phone marketing manager, Casey McGee, has revealed exactly how close the pair are. Describing how Microsoft brings Windows Phone to life, McGee notes “it feels like our child too” in the process. “Especially with Nokia,” he adds, as both companies work so closely together.
“Our relationship is so close we get hardware early and we have some say in how these things are designed,” explains McGee. “I am very happy with the relationship and the ability to influence what they are doing.” Microsoft may have pumped most of its marketing dollars…
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While there weren’t a lot of surprises at Samsung’s big Galaxy S4 unveiling today, one place the company never disappoints is in kooky accessories, and today was no exception. Engadget reports that the company was showing off its own Bluetooth gaming controller, complete with dual analog sticks, four face buttons, shoulder buttons, and a D-Pad. It looks pretty much exactly like an Xbox 360 controller, down to the colors of the face buttons, the positioning of the sticks, and the D-Pad design.
Maybe Samsung will have some better luck
The smartphone gaming controller space has filled out over the past year as more companies try to provide a console-like gaming experience on the go, but there still hasn’t been a breakout success…
If Microsoft is going to invest in Dell’s privatization, Redmond wants to have some say over the company’s future roadmap and key decisions. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports Microsoft’s potential role has become something of a “sticking point” as negotiations to end Dell’s days as a publicly traded company continue. Last week it was revealed that Microsoft is considering throwing in between $ 1 billion and $ 3 billion to help right the course of its troubled OEM partner.
According to the Journal, an arrangement being floated currently includes nearly 16 percent of founder Michael Dell’s stake in his company, Silver Lake Partners, and Microsoft, with $ 15 billion worth of debt financing kicked in from various…
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Google’s SPDY process is currently getting grip among internet browsing heavyweights such as Chrome and Firefox, however its next action may be its biggest showing to date– albeit in a different kind. Asing reported by Mark Nottingham, the chairperson of the committee behind the HTTP process, a choice was made to focus on SPDY as the starting point for HTTP/2.0 discussion. Now, in case you could not advise, this is far from a sure thing, and as is, the HTTPBIS Working Group is presently targeting 2014 for the brand-new spec’s release. The decision is crucial, nonetheless, as the group appears intent to not transform the wheel with HTTP/2.0.
While Nottingham made it clear that SPDY wouldn’t form a straight-out replacement for HTTP– for instance, the “methods, status codes, and many of the headers” will continue to be the same– there’s now a high possibility that SPDY will heavily affect the new method. Up next, Nottingham will open the discussion to the group’s mailing list, and after that, approval will be looked for from the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). As soon as those actions are out of the way, however, we can expect work to start in earnest to the progression of HTTP/2.0, and hopefully, a whole lot of rapid impacts.
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Apple’s Q3 earnings last week rang loud and clear: iDevices are paying Cupertino’s bills. The customary numerics laid down the bare facts, mentioning an 84 percent increase in iPad sales since 2011 and a similar 28 percent jump for the iPhone. Of course, well-organized tables of sales information aren’t for everybody, however who doesn’t like a great chart? Stuart Carlton took it upon himself to graph the amounts of Apple’s profits that each of its product classifications complete, producing the above criss-cross of colored data. The graph compares Apple’s Q3 sales data returning several years, and a 2nd chart (after the break) contrasts the iPhone, iPad and iPod’s share of the income directly with the rest of Apple’s fare. Check out on to take in the information for yourself, or hit the source link below for Carlton’s own commentary.
From the looks of this screenshot posted by one of our readers, it appears YouTube is testing a new homepage styled more like the look that recently rolled out on Google+. The current default look rolled out last winter with more focus on channels and social integration, while this new facade features more white space and list of channels and friends to the side. We asked YouTube about the new look and a spokesperson issued a boilerplate statement about experimenting with ways to help users find the videos that are important to them. The statement in full is after the break, however the key part is that they’re listening to user feedback so take a close look at this pic and the rest at the source link below then let us (and Google) know what you think.
[Thanks, M.B. Goro]
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