* Posts by socialmediamojo

3 publicly visible posts • joined 26 May 2008

Legal digital music is commercial suicide


Michael may have figured out why imeem will succeed

"the royalty structure ensures they will never turn a profit. Napster, Imeem and the upcoming MySpace music store fits in this category. At MP3.com we were profitable, but the portion of our business which served licensed music was never going to make any money"

Michael I know you were trying to say that imeem is doomed, but, like mp3.com imeem has an awful lot of music which isn't attached to money grabbing major label deals.

if mp3.com could be profitable then imeem can manage it too, and I'll wager that given the growth in the internet since mp3.com's heyday that imeem has a lot more music than mp3.com ever did.

U2 tracks disappear from YouTube


The sound quality must've been awful

Not something for audiophiles then....

Firstly they were recorded via a mobiles phone, and then the idiot uploaded them to youtube which has rubbish 32kbit audio and needs it to be in video format. I guess if he'd been smarter he could have uploaded them to imeem.com as audio files and had the low quality cellphone audio delivered in pristine 128kbit mp3.

Normally it annoys the hell out of me when people use youtube to share music because there's a popular music only alternative in the form of imeem, it seems silly to see people wrapping their audio into video files so that youtube will accept it when you can just upload audio to imeem. But this probably sounded like crap before it was uploaded.

The music biz's digital flops - a short history

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Qtrax may not be the best example...

After all it's ad supported downloads, at least pandora/last.fm/imeem are streaming only and have a possible revenue stream from upselling users to paid for downloads from itunes/amazon/napster.

But pretty much someone at pandora/last.fm/imeem is going to have to figure out how to do deep analysis of user patterns and correlate music taste with non-music product purchases. I know it's possible, and these sites are probably going to be better at it than Google since they really are close to the music data, although they might have trouble getting the other half of the equation. All those sites should just hire some people who really understand statistics and good music (a rare person going by the music tastes of the few statisticians I've met in my time.) and throw data at them until they figure out what music sells which products.