Real Money Attempts Subscription Suicide

I don’t know who made the decision to post mouse over in text pop up ads on the subscription-based Real Money, but I can think of any number of suitable tortures for this person, starting with Waterboarding and moving on up. I was going to suggest a lobotomy, but its obviously too late for that.

I not only write for Real Money, but actually read it — however, I can no longer do so, as the pages have become so infested as to be totally unreadable.

I heartily recommend putting this on the free side of the site — TheStreet.com — but on RM? Absurd.

Long time readers will recall I recommended TheStreet.com (TSCM) stock back when the it was $3-4 and Cramer’s show was new (see my prior comments on TSCM from November 2005, and again in February 2006 and April ’06). I suspect that this highly intrusive advertising — on a subscription product, yet — will begin a cascade of customer complaints. Unless they change this suicidal policy soon, TSCM may see a slew of cancellations — and that’s not good for the stock price.

As I have said before, to err is Human, but it requires an MBA to really fuck up.

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I was planning on doing a Jazz post this evening, but the week’s biggest musical news — the one-night only reunion concert by Led Zep — had to take precedence.

What’s that you say? One night only?

Unfortunately, it is true:  Robert Plant, not Zeppelin, is touring in May 08 with album mate Allison Kraus.

As previously mentioned, I am an enormous Led Zep fan.  However, despite having seen a bazillion concerts, to my everlasting regret, I never managed to see Zep live.

This was going to be my big chance. 

To make matter worse, the reviews from the show in London have been spectacular:

 

Led Zeppelin’s Rocking Return  (WSJ)
Led Zeppelin Finds Its Old Power (NYT)   
Led Zeppelin Reunion Wows London (Bloomberg)
Led Zeppelin rocks again in London (LAT)          

MothershipYou get the idea.

While a tour seems to be on hold (at least for now), Zep’s album sales have skyrocketed in the UK:  Music retailer HMV also revealed that sales of Led Zeppelin’s Mothership 2CD/1DVD, Led Zeppelin’s recent compilation album, rose by 50% overnight following the gig. Mothership was the biggest selling album in HMV stores in the UK on December 11.

And, the rest of the band’s album sales were up 500%, as fans snapped up the back catalogue after O2 Arena show, according to music site NME.

When old meets new, you can expect snafus, and this "happening" was not without a curious one: Zeppelin’s reunion concert clips were inadvertently pulled from YouTube; It turns out that an Anti-Piracy firm had the Zeppelin reunion videos removed "by mistake." 

As always, videos after the jump.

- Led Zeppelin Official Site
- Every concert set list from every Zep live show. ever.
- Reunion Announcement
- Wikipedia entry

 

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