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Trusting the consumer

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“It’s called trusting the consumer.” This was the final quote from Phil Wiser, Sony Music Chief Technology Officer, in a recent Reuters inteview regarding the release of Sony’s own copy-protection format- a format that for now can only be played on Sony portable players. There are obvious consumer dissatisfaction issues that arise as competitive copy-protection formats evolve. Strategically, from the point of the view of the releasing firm, these formats temporarily lock the consumer into particular formats and music services by putting in place a unique switching cost – convenience….read more

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Bundling the Future of Music

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What role within the entertainment experience does a music label play when the marketing equation is not meant to answer the question “what music should I buy,” but rather “what song should I listen to.” Recent deals involving the bundling of music subscription systems with other services (Napster with Penn State University, Rhapsody with Comcast, iTunes with the iPod) should make music industry executives reflect further upon the future of their industry. This future is temporarily delayed by the transitional market for downloadable singles. 99 cent singles, and their 79…read more

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Bundling the Future of Music

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What role within the entertainment experience does a music label play when the marketing equation is not meant to answer the question “what music should I buy,” but rather “what song should I listen to.” Recent deals involving the bundling of music subscription systems with other services (Napster with Penn State University, Rhapsody with Comcast, iTunes with the iPod) should make music industry executives reflect further upon the future of their industry. This future is temporarily delayed by the transitional market for downloadable singles. 99 cent singles, and their 79…read more

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MTV to do downloads, again

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A little story at the Indian Economic Times, followed by Cnet report MTV claims to be working on a download system to compete with iTunes et al. MTV has done this download stuff before, through the now, not-so-downloadable Rioport- a downloadable music service closed in July 2003 by its new owner Ecast. I think analysts remember as well. Economic Times Link via Slashdot, and Cnet

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The BIG patent over downloadable music

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This little patent was enough to bring me back from the dead. In 1992, SightSound was granted a nifty little patent over the crazy idea called “electronic sales and distribution of digital audio or video signals” – basically, the business which is selling downloadable music and video files. The company then sued or negotiated with varied startups over the terms of the license. In 1998, SightSound sued CDNow over the patent license and the issue has been in the courts ever since.  Now a judge in Pennsylvania has passed a…read more

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