Once again, the major record labels have looked a gift horse in the mouth -- and spit in its face. When record companies squandered a chance to sell digital music via the new Google Music service, all I could do was throw up my hands in disgust and wonder if this industry was really interested in making money.
In a classic case of 'man bites dog,' Pink Floyd won a court ruling last week that its record label EMI could no longer sell individual digital songs as it violated a 1999 contract stating albums must sold intact.
Microsoft's Zune HD might not be a serious iPod Touch challenger, but it's a huge leap forward from the original Zunes. That's why including pre-roll ads in front of their free apps makes so little sense.
When you look at the Web's influence on media companies over the last 15 years, it's clear, whether we are talking about news, music or television programs, as the distribution channel has shifted to the web, these media companies have struggled mightily to adapt.
Surprisingly, CD sales are still much stronger than online sales, but they should pull even by the end of next year. This post talks about some proactive steps record companies could take to staunch the bleeding.
Last week Apple and Microsoft released their fourth quarter MP3 player sales figures, which Apple chooses to call its first quarter for some odd reason, and the numbers were a startling contrast. On one hand you had Microsoft with a 54 percent drop off in sales from the fourth quarter last year. On the other, you had Apple, selling a record number of iPods (again).
According to a Gizmodo post published on Sunday, a British man claims he invented the iPod (or at least a prototype of what would become a portable music player) way back in 1979, the same year the Walkman cassette player first went on sale in Japan. Up to that point, the idea of portable music was an over-sized boom box you carried on your shoulder...