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Response to Marc Cuban's Blog Post -- The Future of Music 5/29/2007 music-business-again/

My comment is ~1/3 down the page:

Make music available anywhere and everywhere (in bold).

This strikes me as the most complete advice you offer the music industry in your post.

This line is an awful lot like the concept of The Celestial Jukebox offered by Jim Griffin (I first heard him describe the concept in 1999, but Im sure the term was coined many years earlier).

However, I believe that your vision of the music everywhere storage-based solution would be transient at best.

As long as the delivery of customized music bits is tethered to physical wires, the exercise is merely evolutionary, if not somewhat academic. For the true digital music REVOLUTION to occur, the delivery of music must transcend wires. Digital music will become wireless.

Our TVs own our home.

Our Computers own our office.

But MUSIC, owns our car, the gym, the beach, the dog walk etc., but there aint no wires in any of those places.

CDs (and all previous forms of music storage) merely act as buffers. Buffers are used to overcome supply inefficiencies. The hand-held Terabyte music player and the physical sync stations you envision would merely represent a better buffer system.

Consider the analogy of batteries. Batteries are a buffer for electrical power. Now, imagine that electrical current could be beamed wireless to any part of the planet to your portable device and the power consumption be directly billed through your home electrical service provider at the usual rates. What would be the need for batteries?

I would argue that music buffers are ultimately heading towards a similar fate as broadband wireless delivery matures. 

I can see a world in the future where broadband wireless delivery of customized music digital hops finds your cell phone (or iPhone ;-)), and the hops to you car stereo, your boom box on the beach, your friends home stereo system ,etc. With ubiquitous access to all music all the time, the need for storage (buffering) and syncing is eliminated.

More importantly, the concept of music as a product will have completed its tiny blip on the radar and will return to its original nature of a service. I can see a Celestial Jukebox service offering both free (ad-supported a la FM radio, which frankly would absolutely kill the piracy motivations that exist today) or monthly subscription ($9 per month and no advertising) billed through your cell phone provider.

When this happens, it will actually bring customers back to the marketplace that have not purchase a CD (or an album) in years, and the $40 Billion industry can find its true home in the $100+ Billion range.

But these are just the rants of a bassoon player in his basement in Baltimore.


Comment by Sean Fenlon -  June 4, 2007 at 12:55 pm 
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LeadsCon CEO Dinner 2014: Alex Algard, Sean Fenlon, Jay Weintraub, Dave Wengel, Frans van Hulle, Nick Hedges, Lev Barinskiy, Jason Goldsmith, Josh Reznick, Jason Kulpa
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Wow -- I just learned of this from +John Nuclo:

I love Google...

But sometimes their M&A Strategy is completely out of left field (YouTube) or doesn't plug and play for a foreseeable decade or so (Boston Dynamics).

If I had to throw some hashtags at it, I think they'd be:

$3B acquihire maybe?  Nest co-founder was a SVP Product guy for Apple iPod.  As one of the first 10,000 Google Glass explorers, I can confidently state that Google could use more talent in the product development department.  As a customer of two Nest products, I can confidently state that Nest has the whole Apple packaging thing down cold.

Google is probably the largest consumer of power on the planet.  Google is probably also the company that has found ways for delivering the most efficient power on the planet.  Perhaps Google could become a household power-delivery company. What better way to start than with real-time power consumption data from millions of households.

Nest thermostats include a motion detector (in order to better feed the timing/temp algorithm).  Know when millions of consumers are home. Ummm... Nuff said.

The only thing I don't see is how Nest might improve Google's advertising sales in the near term.

I'm still long GOOG. :-)


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iPhone 5S

The media and Wall St. hate it – I love it.  Game-changer, especially for a mid-product-cycle release.

I look at these things in four layers:

1.  Hardware Infrastructure – the new A7 chip is more than 2X as fast at the A6 chip in the iPhone5 and more than 40X faster than the original iPhone, and it supports 64-bit (huge)

2.  Hardware Functionality – much better camera (don’t let the 8MP number fool you) – dual LED flash and can take 10 pics in less than a second, then you or the software can pick the best one, also the new fingerprint id on the home button will make logging in a thing of the past.  Couple that with NFC, and you’ll finally be able to buy a can of coke from a vending machine and/or pay your restaurant bill right from your phone.

3.  Software OS – iOS7 is really fast, really slick, even more user-friendly, and is the first 64-bit mobile OS ever

4.  Software Apps – give the dev community a year or so with these enhancements and the apps will rock your world


Apple Phanboy :-)

p.s. Apologies to GOOG for posting this AAPL-friendly rant on Google+
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+Vinod Khosla is the best.

His guest-post on TechCrunch is the best TechCrunch column I've read in some time:

"Though debated among some... it is always better for a founder to grow into being a CEO."

I also admire Khosla citing the book "Thinking Fast & Slow" by Daniel Kahneman

I've been through this book twice.

The last book I went through twice in the same year was Born to Run in 2011:

Please enjoy the link (and both books).

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Trying to build a list of the greatest artists/bands by decade.  

By greatest I mean the most likely to be listened to 10-50 years after their time.

Here's my list:

50's -- Elvis
60's -- Beatles

Those two are easy since we already have the test of time.

The next four decades are much harder and more controversial:

70's -- Pink Floyd

This was a photo finish vs. Led Zeppelin and The Grateful Dead.  Ultimately Led Zeppelin recordings are too uneven and the Dead represents the worlds' biggest cult/niche.

80's -- Rush

Oh, I already know all you U2 fans... Rush is the wrong pick.  But it's my list so personal bias is allowed. :-)

90's -- Dave Matthews?

No clue. Is Nirvana, Pearl Jam, or Smashing Pumpkins likely to be listened to much in 50 years?  I would hope Dave Matthews but I'm not 100% confident enough to name him the greatest artist of the 90's yet.  Plus, he could conceivably compete in the 2000's.

2000's -- ???

OMG I have absolutely no clue. We certainly do not have the test of time to support a choice even though that decade was done almost two years ago. Given their recent tour to Baltimore, I'm inclined to name Coldplay.

Did we lose a decade (or two)?  Are music listeners likely to be listening to Coldplay 50 years from now?

Enquiring minds and all that.

Please publish your list.


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Here are my Top-10 Composers of all time:

1. Mozart
2. Bach
3. Beethoven
4. Brahms
5. Debussy
6. Stravinsky
7. Bartok
8. Prokofiev
9. Tie -- Schubert/Chopin
10. Tie – Ravel/Gershwin

My honorable mentions include: Vivaldi, Haydn, Shostakovitch, Copland, Schoenberg, Berg, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, John Williams, Duke Ellington, Don Ellis, Dvorak.

The Top-10 lists of many others (but not mine) include: – Monteverdi, Handel, Weber, Schumann, Berlioz, Wagner, Puccini, Mahler, Strauss, Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber, Henryk Goretski, Bernstein, Phillip Glass.

Your mileage may vary. :-)

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Dear Google (both Larry AND Sergey, et al),

Enough is ENOUGH. :-S

You already know I'm your biggest admirer.

I start everything I do online on -- it's like a command line for the web to me.

When you released the Chrome browser, I eagerly switched over -- made it my standard.

I've been a happy (as a homepage) and Chrome user ever since.

Until recently.

Now, when I launch Chrome, I am presented with three icons (and no search box):

1. Chrome Web Store (never heard of it)
2. Poppit (never heard of it)
3. Entanglement (never heard of it)

The only other navigation choice on this tab is at the bottom -- to slide over to "Most visited" instead of "Apps"

Didn't know Chrome had apps.

Didn't feel the need for any Chrome app(s).

Cannot find a way to return to my old default home/launch page.

I am a very dissatisfied user, Google -- for the first time ever.

If I am missing something simple (or Google rolls this back soon), I will delete this Google+ post.

I am still your biggest admirer though, Google. :-)

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