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Piracy is a red herring

After selling one billion downloads on its iTunes Music Store, Apple has cause for celebration. But should record labels be joining in? According to Eric Garland, CEO of media monitoring firm BigChampagne, the economics of paid downloads are…
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Nettwerk backs 15 year-old against RIAA Lawsuit

The MC Lars thread continues...  here is a post from myspace to MC Lars about his track "Download this Song". Dear Lars, I enjoy "Download This Song" greatly. But more so it hits home. My family is one of 10 seemingly…
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MC Lars - Download this Song

In the fall of 2005, I was giving a presentation to all the artist managers at Nettwerk Management on the future of music.  We had a very lively discussion about where the industry was headed and how to take advantage of the changing circumstances…
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Gaming the System

Vivendi Universal Games has reported sales of over one million units of "50 Cent: Bulletproof," available on both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. In a brilliant multi-format strategy, the game includes four CDs worth of music, including…
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“Worst Year Ever”

In the January issue of Rolling Stone there is a year end wrapup piece on the continuing woes of the 'music business'.  Readers should note that in the same issue is a piece about how the concert business has suddenly rebounded.  Now…
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Quotes from Industry About the Future of Music Book

“David Kusek has an amazing grasp of where today’s music business resides, where its been and where its going. He has a unique ability with factual analysis to cut through the hype and buzz and  give us all a clear picture of what is…
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WOWZA! I need to continue listening

Music Like Water...Reigning Down Review from Michael Stevens On the way back from Indy Friday, I switched the iPod over to the podcast, The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution by Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard. I only…
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Push versus Pull

There is an inherent difference between receiving information from some service like radio or television, and going out and acquiring information at a music store, video shop or filesharing network.  In the first instance, information is…
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The RIAA vs The People

A investigative report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation is available that describes the progress, or lack of progress that the RIAA is having in its "Rain of Fire" campaign of suing the file sharing public. Over 15,000 individuals…
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New Formats for Music Lifestyles

I have been traveling quite a bit this past year speaking about the Future of Music at industry conferences, tradeshows and other music related events.   The topic of music formats always comes up and I encourage people to think expansively…
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Digital Sales Fail to Live up to Expectations

After nearly 5 years of full blown operation, the legitimate digital music distribution business seems to have failed to deliver the volume of sales that many in the industry have hoped for.  The much trumpeted Apple effort with iTunes…
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Interview on the Future of Music

New Formats In a recent interview with Doug Dixon, David Kusek argues that the industry needs to develop new formats for music distributed in physical formats. "Dual Disc is certainly a pointer in the right direction," he says. "You…
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iTunes is a Scam

Let's face it.  Even though Steve Jobs and Apple almost single handedly led the major labels into the digital age of music, the numbers just don't make sense, for anyone but Apple.  With the licenses for the music that Apple sells…
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Licenses Not Lawsuits

As reported in Digital Music News, in our Book, in this Blog and in many, many other places - one has to really question whether the RIAA should continue it's litigation strategy against P2P file-sharing? According to a recent report by the…

MySpace Starts Record Label

MySpace, the fan driven music commmunity that has grown like wildfire in the past couple of years is about to start a record label.  Let's hope that they have a broader vision for this than what was reported in  Digital Music News. "The…
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Implications of the Supreme Court decision in the Grokster case

The Supreme Court decision in MGM v. Grokster to send the case back to the District Court was a directive to accept the concept of “inducement” and to hold the defendant responsible for copyright infringement.  As a defense, companies…
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A La Carte Digital Sales Not Enough

The first half of 2005 was characterized by a large percentage increase in paid music download purchases. Specifically, paid download levels in the US increased by 170 percent when compared to the first half of 2004. But will that be enough…

Label-backed P2P

If you work for a major record label, this kind of thinking is going to get you wacked.  Read how Sony/BMG's Andy Lack and (former Grokster chief) Wayne Russo (and others) have been meeting for a couple of years to try and get a filtered…

More Music Like Water

"As broadband internet access becomes ubiquitous - and wireless - this model suddenly becomes feasible for music. At the moment, the only way we can have the stuff we crave is to buy or steal the product. But if we could access whatever…
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P2P companies leaving US shores

File-sharing companies will have to move offshore or change their models to become similar to iTunes or the new Napster to avoid facing expensive legal battles with RIAA member companies. Read more here.

Recent Reviews of The Future of Music book

“Having been in the industry for over 30 years, I recognize this book as visionary and for a young or even experienced performer, like myself, an excellent look into the future of the music business as well as the technological possibilities…
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New Formats for Music Emerge

The recording industry has always been driven by new formats throughout its history.  From wax cylinders to vinyl records, from cassette and 8-track tape to CD and more recently MP3 files. The music industry has always moved forward by…
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Nightly Business Report on the Business of Music

Watch this week's Nightly Business Report on NPR and Public Television to see a special series on the Music Business, featuring Dave Kusek and Gerd Leonard."On December 6th, 1877, Thomas Edison shouted a nursery rhyme into his new talking…

On Radio - Little Steven’s keynote address radio & records convention 2005

"There is an art to this sh*t. You know that. It's the corporate bosses that forget that fact. But it's not just music - we have this problem plaguing every aspect of our culture.  Yes content needs work, yes marketing needs work,…
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Digital Matchmaking for Music

A very clever application for linking your music library to upcoming concert appearances is available from Passalong Networks.  OnTour provides a way for you to find local concerts featuring your favorite artists, to purchase music by these…

Woodie Awards - direct marketing extraordinaire

Welcome to the "mtvU Woodie Awards" -- the only show honoring the music voted best by the college audience. Winners will be announced at the "mtvU Woodie Awards" live ceremony and concert event November 2nd at the Roseland…
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RIAA Onslaught of Lawsuits will not stop P2P

"The RIAA took a strong step this week by issuing a rash of cease-and-desist letters to top P2P firms. Those actions were hardly unexpected following MGM v. Grokster, but the aftermath for the P2P world could produce some surprises. But…
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Is there copyright reform in our future?

Legal music-download services won't be able to compete fully with their free- and illegal-download counterparts until copyright law changes, a Virginia congressman said Tuesday. "The illegal services offer all of the songs, and the…
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New Podcast on the Future of Music

We have begun to Podcast chapters from the Future of Music. Periodically we will post a new audio chapter from the Future of Music book along with audio commentary from the authors on the latest happenings in the digital music space. The…

Buy the Book

THE FUTURE OF MUSIC is available at bookstores and music stores near you including Borders, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and many others.  The book is also available at online retailers such as: Amazon.com Amazon.com UK Barnes…
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Digital Rights Management (DRM) is the ‘Long Box’ of the 21st Century

Shortly after the CD was first introduced to the marketplace in 1983, the  music industry decided that the “jewel case” in which the CD was packaged was too hard to merchandise and too easy to steal. So, they invented the 'long box',…
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Was words for the Music Industry

Grammy Award winning producer Don Was had a few choice words for the music moguls in this past issue of Billboard.  Was, who produced the newest Rolling Stones studio album "A Bigger Band", Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time"…

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