Last week Apple released iOS9, and with it the tools to allow consumers to block ads. Apple presented it as a way to improve web page delivery and give consumers' choice. But industry insiders are clear about the fact that it's Apple firing a powerful volley at Google.
Of course our largest area of discourse will be our polar opposite views on the way in which music creators are being compensated (or not compensated) in the current digital economy...(yours being: stream away and embrace the new era; mine -- fair market value for my content, please).
Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.
"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."
Whether it's Rebecca Black's "Friday," or that OK Go video with the treadmills, or Taylor Swift's gaudy parade of tabloid heartbreaks, fans just need the connection. Does your song capture the sweeping terror and fragile brevity of human experience?
The ability for bands like Karmin to create, promote, and reap the awards of good artistry prior to a major label contract helps to illuminate just how far and fast the music business game has changed.
I have been stung like Swift. It's never fun. But the more experience you have with it, and the less you care about what some guy thinks of your work, the more you learn to save your energy for what is important.