Spotify Premium+ with eMusic

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Spotify Premium+ with eMusic

It makes sense to me. Pay between five and ten pounds/euros a month and

  • select 50 MP3s to keep (ie a right click in Spotify - “Download from eMusic”)
  • listen without adverts in Spotify
  • The best of two worlds and a premium I might actually pay.

Notes for a possible full article on the death of the CD.

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Overall idea: buy music because you want to, not because you feel charitable for certain labels or artists. Long term the latter is not sustainable (at least not as a business (this is not about artistic value). Music was reduced to cheap plastic and a stream of bits -> Spotify is its conclusion.

  • Quality: tiny PC speakers, iTunes, Spotify
  • Superior technical quality will only help in niche markets, ie audiophiles into classical or jazz might buy Blu-Ray; no one else will
  • Good quality covers or series might not be enough: ie Rune Grammofon or Ghost Box
  • Limited editions or small runs of CDs and vinyl: make it unique, signed and numbered even better
  • Make it even more unique: hand-painted covers
  • Gigs: stand out, does not to be Alice Cooper, but sheer quality, showmanship or manic front-figure
  • Games: iTunes, GTA IV
  • Movies
  • Copyright started out in the thirties, goldrush to slightly modify traditional tunes and claim them as your own (as shown on “Folk America”, Billy Bragg is the new Cliff Richard)

I wish NME, Sounds and Melody Maker made all their archives available online.

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I wish NME, Sounds and Melody Maker made all their archives available online.

Why is there no p-tag in the WordPress editor?

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The del tag is there in the WordPress editor, even ins I can see above my fingers as I write this. But why is there no p-tag in the WordPress editor? Time to RTFM?

Give us labels in Google Reader

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The BBC’s coverage of new music is lacking.

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There should be a place for a smart weekly program on telly covering everything from dubstep, classical, jazz, indie (is there any good indie?), c&w, folk, experimental, pop, etc etc.

Put it on BBC4, get some smart kids in (not fawning indie idiots) and let them run with it. If not - the future visual evidence of new music will be on low quality YouTube videos, and that would be a shame.

Free band name: The Wifi Wifes

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Free band name: The Wifi Wifes

Gordon Brown — looking for a small scale terrorist attack to save him?

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There is some truth in that. If the Tory party was totally at ease with the issues of liberty and rights and did not fear being boxed into a corner by another terrorist attack, there would be no need for Davis to resign his seat. With Labour’s dreadful showing in the polls, the Tories may be tempted to sit on their hands and simply watch the beleaguered Brown without making any big analysis.

Henry Porter on David Davis in The Observer today.

A small scale terrorist attack (say 10-20 deaths) on London could give Brown short term relief from Labour’s hard times and give the government even more of a platform for reducing civil liberties. Cynical, but true.

Dress sense for the forty-year old man: Lott, Petridis, T2.

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Petridis have been going on for some time on men’s fashion in The Guardian and this week we saw The Times’ T2 magazine launch a style column for the younger middle aged male (with a boring little piece on watches), as well as Tim Lott trying to get smarter in The Observer. It makes sense. Men in the forties (still) have some cash to spend and would have grown up on The Face and later Arena magazine.

How long until we see the first specialist website?