May 17, 2012

Meet The New Boss, Worse Than The Old Boss? -Full Post

unhillbilly:

look for Lady Kier’s comments ..

Originally posted on The Trichordist:

By David Lowery

(Copyright in the author, used by permission)

What follows is based on my notes and slides from my talk at SF Music Tech Summit.  I realize that I’m about to alienate some of my friends that work on the tech side of the music business.  These are good well intentioned people who genuinely want to help musicians succeed in the new digital paradigm. But if we are gonna come up with a system to compensate artists fairly in the new digital age we need an honest discussion of what is going on.  The tech side of the music business really needs to look at how their actions and policies negatively impact artists,  just as they have pointed out the negative effect record company actions have had on artists.

Too often the debate has been  pirates vs the RIAA.  This is ridiculous because the artists, the 99 percent…

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March 27, 2012

Actual Bill Gates Story Exceeds Any Prior Fantasy

I read this Business Insider story just before going to bed.  I had to pinch myself as I thought had already started dreaming.  This story exceeds all of my @billg fantasies.

November 17, 2011

In SocialBookFace, the Music Plays YOU!

[originally posted on Rdio] I’m afraid the road ahead for digital music purveyors will continue to be bumpy. Expect the multi-billion dollar social media investment bubble to get serious about demanding returns from advertising, entertainment, gaming, and publishing revenue streams.  Maybe it’s already started with the arrangements made between Facebook, Spotify, MOG, Pandora, Rdio, et al.

big brotherPerhaps as an appropriate seque – what about that☟&✖% SOPA bill in the House? Run any kind of a web site, link to the wrong place and have your DNS pulled and payment processors turned off, just like they do in China and Iran. Regard who’s giving supporting testimony: the Register of Copryights, the MPAA, Pfizer, MasterCard, and the AFL-CIO. Certainly no friends of the kind hosts here.

Ugh. Sorry. I’ll include ponies and rainbows in next post.

September 1, 2011

Rust Wall

Rust Wall by Lex LeChef
Rust Wall, a photo by Lex LeChef on Flickr.

July 6, 2011

I think it’s on with Google+

I read this snippet in Business Insider regarding Facebook’s troops defending their turf against the limited introduction of Google+Zuckerberg's Google+ profile

Everybody’s on Facebook already. Philip Su, the engineer who worked on Facebook video chat, said it’s a one button click to any friend “on the social network that already HAS all your friends.” That’s definitely not the case with Google+ yet.

I commented:  Yes, “everybody’s” on Facebook already .. but so many of my cohorts don’t really want to be there. I don’t need Facebook for work but I couldn’t do business without Google, GMail, Google Apps, Reader, and such. If Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter can provide all required social interactions, I heartily welcome having one less presence to maintain. Had Google acquired LinkedIn, it might have been game-over.

If you’ve got a Google+ account, what do you think?   Does this resonate with you?

April 28, 2011

Dear Metacafe ..

Hello Site Architect, Security Officers, CTO, and other potentially suspicious characters at Metacafe -

I landed at your site today as result of searching for a video showing the best music making applications for tablet computers.   I was shocked and dismayed when I noticed that underneath the first video I clicked on was a comment box awaiting my input displaying my Facebook profile picture.   You might wonder why I thought this was a serious problem.  Well, for starters, I’ve not enabled Facebook Connect with your site.  Actually, I’ve never even registered at Metacafe.  Geez, I wasn’t even logged into Facebook on any computer and hadn’t been for days.


So my question is this: why is my %)*&^ Facebook identity showing up on your site?   I know this probably isn’t all your doing and I ought to be pestering the alpha geeks over at Facebook as well, but, honestly, I am just a little bit sick of Facebook detritus following me everywhere, and the less time I spend there, the better I feel.  Besides, I’ve no patience for another  “oh my gosh .. we’d never do anything like that” response.

I understand that Facebook is not going away any time soon.  And there’s little chance of me erasing my Facebook account as my elders unfortunately have irrevocably and mistakenly substituted it for the telephone. But I really think there is room in the universe for healthy population of Things Not Connected To Facebook. So is there any chance you could not line up like the millions of other lemmings and just say no to auto-magic, opt-in by default, creepy stalking technology?

So, in closing: I now hate your web property.  How do I delete any and all association with my information from your site?

Thank you.

October 29, 2010

the place just ain’t the same… …without Billy Ruane

September 2, 2010

My heart still belongs to Lala

My Lala profile

dude, where's my Lala?

I’ve just taken a test drive of Apple’s Ping and I am totally underwhelmed.   As a user of Pandora, Rhapsody, Last.FM, MOG, and most significantly, Lala, I am completely befuddled.  Why in the world would only iTunes purchase history be considered in user profile creation and not the wealth of data contained in the user’s iTunes library?  There are play counts, ratings, playlists, genre tags, BPM annotations and so forth.  No, really, can someone explain this to me? As it stands, Ping is utterly worthless to the musically driven social net citizen and is not likely to perform a meaningful social networking function in Apple’s marquee media store.  Surely Apple must realize how scale-free social networks are formed.  Without well-connected nodes capable of generating quality content, and without those nodes’ mass of preference data there is nothing going on here.   Had my library and playlists been pulled in I just might have cared enough to write some reviews, invite my tribe and hang around long enough for a little more Lala DNA to show up.  Not a chance now.

In summary, dear Apple, compare and contrast how hard Last.FM works to import and export user music preferences.

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