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iTunes 10 Years Too Late?

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Found an interesting, if slightly depressing, article about how one record label executive sees the industry going.

“The labels fully understand that recorded music, streamed or downloaded, is going to be free in the future…CD sales continue to decline by 20% per year, and the only thing that’ll stop that trend is when those sales reach zero. Nothing will replace those revenues.

They also understand that recorded music will largely be little more than marketing collateral, meaning that the Internet services being sued today for copyright infringement will be embraced in the future as ways to get the word out on hot new music. These services pay for the privilege today (either through high streaming rates or in court), but in the future they’ll be the ones getting paid by labels. Think radio payola at a whole new level, and there won’t be any more talk about social networks giving stock to labels and artists. Money will flow the other way, as it should.”

According to the article, this point of view is from a major label executive. For those too young to know what payola was, heres some info that will shed some light on it.

Read the rest of the article here…

If this is the way things may go, what are your thoughts on this as it does affect you?

One train of thought is that if the industry had embraced the internet as a means of distribution earlier instead of watching it consume their business we wouldn’t be in this position.

Written by Robert

March 12, 2009 at 11:32 am

Posted in Music Business

Drummers and Tempo…

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Some analysis, although a bit pointless really, on drummers and click tracks/post-tracking quantization..

http://musicmachinery.com/2009/03/02/in-search-of-the-click-track/

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March 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm

Posted in Recording

Tracking Franz Ferdinand

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Good article on tracking Franz Ferdinand with some strange recording techniques.

Click here for the article…

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March 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Recording

Video Diary of Super Furry Animals Recording Session

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Studio footage, lots of stuff here that might be of interest. Check the size of the farfield speakers!

http://www.superfurry.com/videos.php?video=1

Written by Robert

February 25, 2009 at 2:38 pm

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Fender Shopface

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February 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

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Muxtape no more, here’s 8Tracks…

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As an alternative to the now-defunct Muxtape, 8tracks operates along the same lines although restricted to 8, rather than Muxtape’s 12, tracks to create a mix.

More organised than Muxtape, listeners can search through mixes by artist or genre and stream the audio. Additionally, there is a small aspect of social networking in that you can follow people and their mixes, provide mix descriptions and artwork, and publish  a personal webpage. It also allows for the upload of MP3s as well as being able to select tracks from the 8tracks library for the creation of playlists.  One key aspect that differentiates this from other streaming sites is that is is apparently legal according to the website blurb.

8tracks believes handcrafted music programming trumps algorithms. Think radio in the 1970s, mixtapes in the 1980s, and DJ culture of the 1990s through today. DJs share their talent in taste making, providing exposure for artists. Listeners get a unique blend of word-of-mouth sharing and radio programming — long the trusted means for music discovery — on a global scale.

Here’s the link

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February 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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Lighbulbs as Loudspeakers…

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Innovative? Yes. Useful? No…

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February 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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