Music milestone

Digital music

50.3%

Nielsen SoundScan have announced their 2011 tally of full year music sales and airplay for the 52-week period 03 January 2011 through 01 January 2012.  With it comes hundreds of interesting data points if the music industry is your thing, the report also included one specific item that has been making headlines the world over: for the first time in history digital music purchases exceeded physical sales, accounting for 50.3% of all purchases.   Continue reading

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Media consolidation

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Jason the genius behind Frugal Dad put together the impressive and insightful infographic below that details the state of media consolidation.  Broken down into six different categories – consolidation, television, news, radio, movies, and mergers – the facts aren’t pretty.   Continue reading

1,000 posts

1000On Friday, November 18, 2011 The Road Not Taken crossed the symbolic 1,000 post mark thanks to the loyal readership.  It only took 20 months or approximately 1.6 posts per day.  In honor of this dubious outstanding accomplishment, I’ve included the top 100 posts (and pages) of all time.   Continue reading

Apple’s age of entanglement

“Entanglement” is one of the proverbial holy grails to which businesses aspire in their customer interactions.  Essentially it is simply a snappy way of describing a deeply integrated relationship that makes it difficult for customers of a given business to leave for a competitor.  In the business-to-consumer world tens of billions of dollars are spent annually to attract customers and the trick then becomes retaining them. Continue reading

With sales declining for two years in a row, has the iPod finally jumped the shark?

With sales declining for two years in a row, has the iPod finally jumped the shark? || “Apple’s iPod dilemma” http://ow.ly/5S4X8

Apple faces iPod sales dilemma

All you need to read is “profitless radio service” in this piece

All you need to read is “profitless radio service” in this piece – “Pandora, a good service but poor investment” http://ow.ly/5l3In

Music festivals, the social media of the 1960s

Music festivals, the social media of the 1960s – “Buffalo SpringfieldFor What It’s Worth (Monterey 1967)” http://ow.ly/5l3DZ

Why are EULAs so long?

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Why are EULAs so long? I don’t know but Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss does his best to make this one funny. http://ow.ly/5dArV

Is it just me or was Apple a bit light on announcements today?

Moscone Center WWDC 2011

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Is it just me or was Apple a bit light on announcements today? – “Apple’s WWDC: iCloud, iOS 5, Lion, and more (roundup)” http://ow.ly/5btjY

Now you can store all your music in the cloud thanks to Amazon

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Now you can store all your music in the cloud thanks to Amazon – “Amazon launches its digital music locker” http://ow.ly/4oDHi