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  • The future of radio is online, device-driven and in your car

    A recent survey in the US by TargetSpot, a digtal audio network, found an increase in tablet ownership of nearly 87%, combined with a smartphone take-up increase of 22%. As the world fast grabs hold of new devices to make their lives more connected, so our ways of delivering and receiving everyday content is being reshaped. Radio is but one of these everyday concepts that are being delivered in a new and fresh way. It's a concept that is rapidly changing though, particularly in emerging markets like South Africa. Let me ask you a question. When did you last hear...

  • The Samsung SMART TV — Let’s talk tech

    My previous connotations towards the aptly dubbed “idiot box” were ones of apathy. The reason this stigma has been around for decades, stems around our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a...

  • What has the digital revolution actually done for musicians?

    There are few industries that have felt the move to digital and online more acutely and publicly than the music industry. The rise and fall of Napster, the move from CDs to mp3, viral sensations, piracy, the iPod, iTunes, Spotify. Many have fallen and floundered in the change, others have fed and flourished. As established 'music industry' revenues sit at record lows, Apple's rise to one of the most successful companies in the world counts the success of the iPod as one of its primary turning points. While Lily Allen throws in the towel, claiming one cannot make money...

  • 8 ways music subscription services are rocking our worlds

    I'm in the midst of a love affair with a music subscription service. No sooner had I thought of a song than it began playing. From synapse to speaker in an instant. As a listener, this is amazing and I’m well aware of what a privilege it is. Why a privilege? Well, for artists, music subscription services aren't a particularly good deal. In fact, of all the ways you can monetise your work as an artist, music subscription services are the least profitable. According to the beautiful infographic by David McCandless which visualises the different monetisation methods available to...

  • Pandora shares soar on Wall Street debut

    Internet radio star, Pandora, made its Wall Street debut amid investor enthusiasm for technology stocks. Pandora's shares soared in early trading on Wall Street on Wednesday before paring gains at the close of trade. Pandora, which is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "P," was priced at US$16 and surged to US$26 shortly after the opening bell. Pandora eventually ended the day at US$17.42, a gain of 8.9...

  • The future of music charts

    Up till now, judging who is top of the music game has been relatively simple. Music Award shows like the Grammy’s and the MTV Music Awards reward the top and popular artists through judges or votes. The Billboard chart shows us who the best-selling artists are, judged on CD sales and radio plays. MTV and VH1 have decided what the top videos are. But things are changing. In the last few years, music culture has transformed. CD sales are being usurped by digital sales, but even the latter are under pressure as music fans stream their favourite tracks through a...

  • For developing nations, online music remains out of reach

    It’s no secret that the global established music industry is in a tumultuous period. 2010 saw album sales dropping another 12% in the USA, by far the world’s largest music consumer. The increase in digital sales (which now make up 46% of music purchases) has not been enough to offset rapidly declining CD sales. It has become clear that capturing online music now is key in determining the future music industry superpowers. This is not to say that the battle hasn’t already started. The online music landscape is a crowded marketplace, with many services jockeying for their position. The...

  • Conflicting ideas on the future of social networking

    Mark Suster made some interesting predictions on the future of social networking at the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum, not all of which I agree with. I’ve summarised some of his thoughts, and added my own predictions at the end of this blog. 1. “I don’t believe users or society as a whole will accept a single company (Facebook) “locking in” our vital information”. History shows that people “accept” things until there is a better alternative. Facebook certainly has weaknesses, and if better alternatives come along that compensate for the network effect from which Facebook benefits, then people will begin using...

  • Pandora’s Tim Westergren on revolutions in radio

    Tim Westergren is having the time of his life. Not long ago he was a struggling musician, trying to earn a living traveling from town to town building a fan base one venue at a time. Today, he's holding town hall meetings across the United States, lobbying congressmen on Capitol Hill, and negotiating high-stakes deals with the powerful Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Oh, and revolutionising radio along the way. "Revolution" is a term often overused in the technology industry, but when you see what Westergren is up to and recognise the potential it has to disrupt the traditional radio...