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The staff of life

5.25.2009 by Kevin Creighton

Which is more important to business travelers: Food or Wi-Fi?

If you said "food", guess again.

I'm not at that point (yet), I think they're equally important: I can get overpriced snacks on my flight, but I can't download my email in the air (yet). I'd add "AC power" to the list as well. I have two batteries in my work laptop which gives me enough juice to last thru domestic flights, but it's always nice to run off of AC power when needed.

RIAA-ly scared

5.22.2009 by Kevin Creighton

It's the end of the music business as we know it, and I feel fine.

Amazon does the digital delivery and is your storefront, and TuneCore will burn the CD's and ship them on demand.

“As an artist, you have unlimited physical inventory, made on demand, with no upfront costs and worldwide distribution to anyone who orders it at Amazon.com,” said TuneCore CEO Jeff Price, formerly of indie label SpinArt Records (Pixies, KaitO, Apollo Sunshine).

That alone should worry the big labels. But it gets even worse for them.

TuneCore has other plans in the works:

  • Amazon will launch a TuneCore-branded section next month.
  • A TuneCore widget will soon allow bands to distribute tweets and songs to fans.
  • If you sell 100 songs in the New York or Los Angeles area, you get to play Le Poisson Rouge or The Roxy, earning a guaranteed minimum of $100 — even if no one shows up.
  • TuneCore is working on a deal with live music behemoth Live Nation/House of Blues that would give artists who sell a certain number of songs a live gig, also with a minimum guarantee of $100.
Marketing, promotion and live gigs as well.

Game, set, match.

Until the next one comes around, that is

5.19.2009 by Kevin Creighton


The MySpace v. Facebook war is over, and it looks like Facebook is on top.

Worldwide monthly page views for MySpace have declined from 47.4 billion a year ago to 38 billion today, a 20% drop. In that same period Facebook has grown from 44 billion to 87 billion, a roughly 100% increase. And it isn’t much better when you look at just the U.S. data.

Facebook is fantastically useful for old fogies like me, even if it is a bit passé for the younger crowd, and I'll be honest: I never "got" MySpace, but then again, I've had my own domain name for years and my own website for over 15 years, so the idea of a customizable web page is old-hat to me.

Plus pages with auto-play music/videos annoy me to no end. Who are you to tell me that I should listen to your choices in music when I'm listening to iTunes as I surf? If given the choice between the last pop band or Johnny Hartman, I'll take Johnny Hartman every time.

A week without Technorati

5.18.2009 by Kevin Creighton

It's good to know that there's someone out there who can #$!& up a co-lo move worse than I can :) .

It's almost as if they were *trying* to increase traffic to Google blogsearch...

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