Several sources are reporting today that Apple is planning to shut down Beats Music. This is part of Beats that Apple acquired recently for three gazillion dollars. Is this surprising? Of course not. Apple clearly has no interest in diluting their music brand. Beats was purchased to be rolled into iTunes, and we may even […]
Time is reporting that Apple is working on a new music format with U2. Bono tells TIME he hopes that a new digital music format in the works will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music—whole albums as well as individual tracks. Any comment such as […]
Apple has finally admitted that the U2 free album debacle was wrong. They have set up a web page where you can ask to have the album removed from your iTunes library. I’m glad Apple has realized that they made a mistake, and have decided to offer a way to get rid of it if […]
It’s an interesting turn of events that a free album, given to all iTunes Store customers, has elicited such a wide variety of reactions. Some people are delighted that the album is free; others incensed that Apple is forcing specific music on them. I wrote an article for Macworld about how to hide the album […]
“The rise of streaming music services like Pandora, Spotify and Beats Music has been a boon for listeners, serving up songs for a modest monthly fee or, with ads, free. But their effect on artists, especially those with smaller audiences, has been less positive.
But rather than fight what looks like an inexorable shift in how consumers listen to music, some independent record labels and their artists are embracing the streaming revolution — but on their own terms.”
My son’s a big fan of Other People artists, especially Darkside, and has been a subscriber for some time. $50 a year for as much music as they release is a very good deal. I’d expect to see more labels do this.
One interesting thing about Apple’s presentation today was the announcement that the new U2 album would be free to every iTunes Store customer. The Apple website says you’ll find it in your iTunes library, but this is only the case if you have iTunes in the Cloud purchases turned on, or iTunes Match. If not, […]
I’ve talked about Neil Young’s hi-res music player Pono plenty of times on this site. I was looking at the Pono Kickstarter page today, and I find it interesting to see which “Artist Signature Series” Pono players have sold, and which were flops. These are special Pono players bearing an artist’s logo and/or signature. Pono […]
“Recently, while moving my CD collection to new shelving, I struggled with feelings of obsolescence and futility. Why bother with space-devouring, planet-harming plastic objects when so much music can be had at the touch of a trackpad—on Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music, and other streaming services that rain sonic data from the virtual entity known as the Cloud? What is the point of having amassed, say, the complete symphonies of the Estonian composer Eduard Tubin (1905-82) when all eleven of them pop up on Spotify, albeit in random order? (When I searched for “Tubin” on the service, I was offered two movements of his Fourth Symphony, with the others appearing far down a list.) The tide has turned against the collector of recordings, not to mention the collector of books: what was once known as building a library is now considered hoarding. One is expected to banish all clutter and consume culture in a gleaming, empty room.”
Alex Ross ruminates, at The New Yorker, about what’s lost when we no longer buy physical music. His conclusion:
“But only by buying the albums are you likely to help the label stay in business.”