Mike McGuire

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It’s 2010, Didn’t We Bury the Advertising-Supported-Song-Download-Model Last Year?

by Mike McGuire  |  January 14, 2010  |  Comments Off

Right off the bat, I have to admit, I have not been invited to the Free All Music beta test. But it would appear this CNET blogger was invited. He states he found the experience of watching ads – of selecting ads and then watching them – before getting the downloads was “…surprisingly painless.”  Now [...]

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MOG Steps Up From Blogs to Subscription Music Service – Licensing Prowess as Important As Tech

by Mike McGuire  |  October 14, 2009  |  1 Comment

With today’s introduction, MOG’s All Access service, at $5/month for full interactive-stream access (pick any song, any artist in the catalog and stream the songs without playback restrictions), establishes a new price point for subscription services. While the service won’t actually be available until sometime in November 2009, it will have more than five million [...]

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WMG Buys into Eos While Cisco Buys into the Music Biz

by Mike McGuire  |  August 13, 2009  |  1 Comment

If the Cisco-Warner Music Group deal to have Warner use Cisco’s Eos platform for developing and hosting its artists websites is any indication of the future of the music labels, it’s about using websites as a way to establish and maintain market relevance, relevance that labels maintained by the control they used to wield by [...]

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Experimentation Does Not Mean No Testing!

by Mike McGuire  |  September 16, 2008  |  Comments Off

OK, look, I’ve been one of those analysts covering the media industry — especially the music industry and to some degree various “moving picture” companies — who has exhorted incumbent media to embrace digital technology, experiment with it.  But people (and here I’m speaking to the folks toiling away at the intersection of media and online technology) [...]

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