Posts filed under “Digital Media”

GRAMMY MusicTech Summit Keynote

“There is nothing wrong with the music business, there is a problem with the CD business.”

-Chuck D


My music biz friend Gene tells me that Ian Rogers is a smart guy and nice to boot. Reading his keynote, its pretty clear why gene thinks that:

Music consumption isn’t declining: iPod sales up 59% Y/Y (source: Apple), P2P filesharing volume up 35% Y/Y(source: NPD), audio streaming up 25% Y/Y (source: Accustream). And despite the endless discussions about the “pirates,” there isn’t an unwillingness to pay for music, either: 1.6B decisions to buy music in 2007, up from 1.3B in 2006 (source: Neilsen Soundscan), 40% Y/Y increase in worldwide digital music sales (source: IFPI), 8% Y/Y increase in North American concert revenue — an all-time high (source:, 40% paid an average of $5 in Radiohead’s pay-what-you-want model, Nine Inch Nails self-release generates $1.6M in first week sales, includes sell out of $300 box set in first 48 hours (source:

I’d like to challenge you to consider a different perspective, IMHO the only perspectives that matter, that of the artist and the fan. I see news about the health of the music industry as defined by the stock price of WMG or quarterly earnings of UMG, Sony, and EMI every day. What I don’t see, apart from a few articles on Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, is an update on how the world is changing from the artist point of view. But I tell you, when I talk to managers and artists they feel it, they feel an ability to take their careers into their own hands, to redefine what success means for them, and that is the emergence of the new music business.

If you are at all interested in the Music/Technology/Business intersection, you will find Ian’s  entire keynote worth reading . . .

GRAMMY Northwest MusicTech Summit Keynote
Ian Rogers
Nov 17 2008 11:26 PM

Category: Digital Media, Music

Strain on State Budgets

click for ginormous map Source: Facing Deficits, States Get Out Sharper Knives JENNIFER STEINHAUER NYT, November 16, 2008

Category: Digital Media, Economy, Taxes and Policy

Global Warming? What Evidence Do You Have?

I’m no expert, but a century worth of data shows the change in global temperatures: > Global Annual Mean Surface Air Temperature Change Source: NASA ~~~ Global Air Temperature Source: Climatic Research Unit : Information sheets ~~~ Global Temperatures of the Last Five Centuries Source: NOAA Paleoclimatology Program ~~~ Global Glacier Thickness Change Source: The…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Science, Technical Analysis

The world’s fastest police car

Sweet! A Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, in Italian state police trim. > Source: Lambocop Stalks Italian Speeders NYT, October 27, 2008, 6:05 PM JERRY GARRETT

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Travel

Stock Market Returns by Party

We’ve addressed this before, and came down firmly against these over-simplified arguments. However, I like the way Wolfram’s Mathematica allows you to control, for variables like inflation, policy lag, etc. In this Demonstration, you can compare what would happen if you left an investment in the stock market (represented by the Dow Jones Industrial Average),…Read More

Category: Digital Media, Mathematics, Politics

Google Flu Tracker

> Source: Google Uses Searches to Track Flu’s Spread MIGUEL HELFT NYT, November 11, 2008

Category: Digital Media, Markets, Web/Tech

National Journal State Almanac

Interesting state and regional statistics:

Category: Digital Media, Web/Tech

First 100 Days

Click for ginormous chart: > Source: The First 100 Days GOOD, November 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Category: Digital Media, Politics

Cartographs of 2008 US Election Results

What is a cartogram?  Its a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population, as opposed to their land mass. The apparent paradox of traditional maps is that they fail to take into account population distribution. We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in…Read More

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics

The Morning After

Coyote ugly > Source: “The Party’s Over” McCain/Palin Art Book Zina Saunders, 6:30 am November 5th 2008

Category: Digital Media, Politics