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A Quick Look at iTunes Radio and Spotify Radio

John Pavley | Posted 11.21.2013 | Technology
John Pavley

Over the last few days I've listened to the "same" radio stations on both iTunes and Spotify. I've streamed music with wired, wireless and 3G connections. I've used headphones and speakers. I've created custom stations. I'm looking at variety, fit, quality, convenience and user experience.

How Are Songs Changing in the Move From Physical to Digital?

David Hunt | Posted 01.20.2013 | Media
David Hunt

The "hit song" is used to quickly leapfrog into another branch of entertainment or advertising -- the edges are scrubbed off of all the different genres and rap and rock and pop and electronic are melded into a vast, marketable mid region.

Benign Illegality

Christopher Haugh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Technology
Christopher Haugh

Despite this generation's predilection for Internet contraband, we can easily be ushered back into the fold of legality. We have benefited from a reign of anarchy on the Internet because we are opportunistic, not delinquent.

Adele and Eminem: Singing the Same Digital Song?

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 09.15.2011 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

The artists seem to be a pair of space bound rocket ships aiming for the moon. But soaring success in cyberspace is not all they share. A closer look reveals they might be singing different versions of the same song.

Why Spotify Is Worth Paying for

Ryan Bassil | Posted 07.10.2011 | Entertainment
Ryan Bassil

How on earth did we get to a stage where paying £10 for unlimited amounts of music was seen as a rip-off? Artists saw little revenue from Spotify, and potentially had money taken away from their sales.

When Copying Is Theft

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Bevin Carnes

2010-09-29-bike.jpgIf you have a bicycle, and I copy it, we both have a bicycle. Cool, right? There's a catch.

Copyright Is Complicated

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bevin Carnes

There's a lot of complexity involved in why the current copyright laws were formed and why it's so important that they be enforced.

Music in Free Fall

Jeff Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jeff Pollack

I was watching the Isle of Wight documentary from 1970 when I realized that the emergence of Napster was in fact nothing new, but rather the latest skirmish in the battle for putting a price on music.

The High Cost of Free Culture

Bevin Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bevin Carnes

I hate to be Debbie Downer, but the Internet hasn't really changed anything for how we acquire and consume culture, at least not when it comes to how the business of art needs to work in order to sustain itself.

Digital Bottom Line: The Key Driver

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Theodore Bergquist

The digital bottom line will create an opportunity for larger developments and franchises as well as for the smaller guys to be creative with their niche brands.

Festivals and Theaters Are Not for All Indie Films -- And That's Fine

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

I still may submit to some festivals. The exposure certainly wouldn't hurt. They're just not the main route to travel down with this project now. At least, that's what my gut's telling me.

Download Illegally, It's the Right Thing to Do

Jason Schmitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jason Schmitt

The plea from the music industry, which seems to have only gross sales in mind, is that if you illegally download you are hurting the artists themselves. This logic is far from true.

Books & Games Following Music's Lead

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Theodore Bergquist

Apple's new iPad made headlines around the globe when it was revealed last month, and after the dust settled, techies have decided that it falls somew...

What Do You Define As Obsolete?

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

Technology only spins forward, continually rendering what were once digital necessities to the growing tech junk pile. But what's defined as technologically obsolete depends on whom you ask. What do you define as obsolete?

Modern Warfare 2 and Digital Distribution

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Theodore Bergquist

The online retail marketplace for video games was recently shaken by the fact that the PC version of Modern Warfare 2 comes included with third-party technology that includes a virtual storefront.

In a Social Networking World, What's the Future of TV?

Henry Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Henry Jenkins

Television may be in the hands of a different kind of network -- Facebook or Twitter rather than ABC or Fox. In a world shaped by social networks, if it doesn't spread, it's dead.

DLC: The New Black! The Second Coming of Expansion Packs

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Theodore Bergquist

There's been a lot of talk about downloadable content for video games recently. There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a significant, fast growing trend here.

It's Been Too Long...

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Theodore Bergquist

It's been awhile since my initial post on here, but that wasn't the original plan. In the coming weeks and months, I'll start contributing regularly ...

Ten Ways to Nourish Your Inner Zen

Carolyn Rubenstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carolyn Rubenstein

Simplifying your life is much more than assembling a collection of color-coded file folders and calendars; rather, it takes reflection and consistent dedication.

The Changing Shape of Entertainment Commerce

Theodore Bergquist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Theodore Bergquist

The faster these various game industry players can reconcile, the faster we'll all be able to meet consumer demand, and from there we'll be on our way to building a new economy of electronic commerce.

Indie Music Memo To FCC: We Need A Level Playing Field Too

Rich Bengloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rich Bengloff

Just like the free exchange of ideas, freedom in the arts requires equal access for players of all sizes. When it's up to fans, demand for independent music increases dramatically.

RIAA Throws In The Towel

Mark Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

So, the RIAA has finally given up on its insane policy of suing music-lovers. It's about time.

What Publishing Can Learn From Music

Hugh McGuire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hugh McGuire

Book publishing is late to the digital party so it can look to all the many mistakes the music business made in the past decade, and decide how to move into the uncertain future.

Clouds and Pirates: Darknets Rising

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Shelly Palmer

Soon, "darknet" technology is going to become so easy commonplace that the law of unintended consequences may innocently take the movie business to the place where the music business has gone to die.

Who's Afraid Of Direct-To-Consumer, Digital Downloads?

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Despite the major labels having convinced themselves that there is now no way to capture the kind of traffic iTunes generates, there was an opportunity they missed that proved just the opposite.