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Summer Reading for Digital Marketers: Vendors Like Water (Blasting Out of a Firehose)

July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Are marketers at risk of falling into the trap many skiers and surfers fall into? That trap being the one that usually manifests itself by a skier or surfer saying something like, “Yeah, I did buy a new (pair of skis or a new board). You can never have too many.”  Can we, as marketers,… Read More

January: the Month of Predictions & Apple’s Rumored Expansion of Passbook to include NFC?

January 3, 2013 | 5 Comments

It’s a new year and for many Gartner analysts, it usually means a flurry of inquiries about the Predicts documents we worked on and published in December.  And sometimes, a news item pops up during the Christmas-to-New-Year’s break that coincides nicely with a recently published prediction.  This story about Apple’s rumored expansion of Passbook capabilities to… Read More

Apple TV Numbers Makes One Think About the Real Opportunity

January 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

Apple’s financial results for their fiscal-year 2011 (fourth calendar quarter, 2011) were mind boggling — $46 billion in revenue, net income of $13 billion. They’re officially in uncharted territory, financial performance-wise.  But the number that caught my eye was the disclosure from CEO Tim Cook that the company sold 1 million Apple TVs in the… Read More

Google Music: It is an Online Music Store – Differentiation From Competition? Google+

November 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

After a weeks, or so it seemed, of rumors, speculation and innuendo, Google unleashed its online music store. OK, it doesn’t have Warner Music Group’s catalog but it does have Universal, EMI and Sony. Will Warner eventually come join the Google party? Probably, but they probably won’t need to hurry or anything.  Google’s upended the… Read More

Subscription Music Services Jockeying for Differentiation: The Fluid Definition of “Free” and Buying Subs

October 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

An interesting couple of days in the online subscription music space.  First, we have Rhapsody announcing that it was purchasing the (legal) Napster service which was most recently owned by Best Buy, Inc. (The legal Napster’s history is more tortured than the original file-sharing version. The legal Napster’s gone through multiple owners, none of which… Read More

Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was asked by a reporter to come up with a list of individuals who had exerted influence over multiple industries and who had initiated global changes to culture.  In short, people who changed the world from their positions as entrepreneurs (we excluded political leaders).  Henry Ford and Steve Jobs was… Read More

Yahoo News and ABC News Hope to Redefine Online News w/ Partnership

October 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

The big news today out of New York is that Yahoo! and ABC News are collaborating on an expansive partnership to blend their respective content streams – ABC’s worldwide network of reporters including well-known anchors such as Katie Couric, George Stephanopoulos and Christiane Amanpour — into a single Web offering for consumers that they claim… Read More

The Future of Charts and Trying to Figure out What a Facebook Like is Worth

September 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

(And other challenges in a socially connected world . . . ) I moderated a panel called “The Future of Charts” at the SFMusicTech conference earlier this week and came away with a stronger sense of how complex the business of music (and media) will become under the influence of social networks and social media.  … Read More

Rdio: will the family pak draw them?

August 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Why hasn’t the subscription model for online music? Sure, its previous incarnation in the first half of the decade was fraught with DRM snafus and, well, none of the services played on the iPod.  But the iPhone and the app economy changed all that with the content-as-app approach e.g. online subscription services with a smartphone… Read More

File Under: Inevitable (it took way too long but it was inevitable)

August 17, 2011 | 1 Comment

Nice rundown on News.com on YouTube (Google) and its efforts to smooth (or smoother) their somewhat fractious relations with content rightsholders.  In this case, the online video giant’s dualistic role as a music freak’s treasure chest and bane of segments of the music industry settled a suit which included the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA).  Like a number of organziations representing stakeholders… Read More