Every summer Nashville plays host to the Summer NAMM Show. It looks like a convention and sounds like a giant Guitar Center. And it’s the best place in the world to check out all the newest gear from the biggest musical instrument brands in the world.
We even asked our friend and partner Joe Glaser of Glaser Instruments to join us for a bit. Thanks Joe!
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— Endorsee (@getEndorsee) July 17, 2014
We’d love to tell you the sound quality of this episode has something to do with #ThrowbackThursday, but the truth is we pressed record on the wrong channel and wound up with a whole episode through the ol’ Mac microphone. But hey, it’s just like the old days, right?
On this week’s episode: Taylor Swift says something positive and the internet gets its panties in a bunch; Amazon says something positive and Hachette gets its panties in a bunch; Brian says something positive and if we talk about panties anymore it will probably be construed as inappropriate.
- For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story – WSJ
- Taylor Swift is right about music, and the industry should act on her ideas (GigaOm)
- Taylor Swift doesn’t understand supply and demand – Vox (Nilay Patel)
- Amazon makes a direct offer to Hachette authors: Here’s the full letter (GigaOm)
Also this, which we absolutely did no fabricate:
OH YEAH! We’re happier than the Kool-Aid Man in summer today, because Independence Day is right around the corner. Fireworks, hamburgers, bald eagles. You know, the finer things in life. In celebration of the glorious long weekend (because let’s face it, that’s what we’re really excited about), here’s a very special ‘MURICA edition of Conversely.
In this episode: Google buys Songza, Rdio buys TastemakerX, Spoon goes to the record store, teenagers strike it big on the Isle of Vine, and Music City, in addition to having the second best fireworks display in the nation, is in danger of losing a historic landmark.
SHOW NOTES…. ‘MURICA!:
- Google Buys Songza | TechCrunch
- Songza CEO on Google Acquisition: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’
- After ditching Echo Nest, Rdio acquires music discovery startup TastemakerX | VentureBeat
- Spoon : Vinyl Gratification (big thanks to Will Pomerantz for sending this one in!)
- Vine Star Shawn Mendes Set For Big Debut With ‘Life Of The Party’ | Billboard
- The Ben Folds RCA Studio A kerfuffle timeline:
- Joshua Rawlings for TN State Representative
And we’ll just leave you with this:
Today we’re joined by a very special guest, C.Y. Lee from xDJs, makers of the upcoming music discovery app Crush. We’re delighted to have C.Y. with us via Skype, and we promise we only talked about MIT once.
On today’s show: YouTube’s back and forth over their subscription streaming service, BitTorrent finally gets some positive attention (warranted?), and Lively closes their doors. Plus we talk about the Seattle startup scene, the wonders of academic commencement, and we somehow even managed to mention corporate agrobusinesses. Go figure.
Abridged Show Notes:
- YouTube will block videos from artists who don’t sign up for its paid streaming service | The Verge
- YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns | Billboard
- Everyone Calm Down. YouTube Is NOT Going To Remove Music Videos | Digital Music News
- With 100 Million Bundles Delivered, BitTorrent Bundle Is An Established Force In Music Marketing – hypebot
- BitTorrent Bundle Hits 100 Million Downloads and Streams | The Official BitTorrent Blog
- Seattle music startup Lively on the ropes | Soundposts | Seattle Times
First things first: we’re a music business podcast, not a history podcast. As you can see.
Second: Amazon launched a streaming music service. And we’re here to talk about it. Seemingly everything in this episode ties back to Amazon, but we also talk Bitcoin, Grammys, Bad Company, and whether or not an iPhone belongs inside a guitar.
- James K. Polk was, in fact, nicknamed “Young Hickory” after his Tennessean presidential predecessor Andrew Jackson, whose nickname was “Old Hickory.” Mike was confused based on a mishearing of the song “James K. Polk” by They Might Be Giants. Lyrics here. The town of Old Hickory, Tennessee is in fact named after Andrew Jackson, who is buried nearby at his estate, The Hermitage.
- Amazon Prime Music
- Amazon launches free streaming music service just for Prime members (GigaOm)
- Adobe Air, does, in fact, still exist
- Recording Academy To Allow Samples For All Grammy Award Songwriting Categories | Billboard
- Correction: The Spice Girls song “If U Can’t Dance” samples “Humpty Dance” by Digital Underground, which in turn samples “Sing A Simple Song” by Sly & the Family Stone and “Theme from the Black Hole” by Parliament.
- MASTODON // ONCE MORE ROUND THE SUN // JUNE 24TH - Preorder with Bitcoin
- Rock Group Mastodon Latest Music Act to Accept Bitcoin
- Since we mentioned media fragmentation
- How Streaming Services are Screwing Lady Gaga (and Every Other Artist) | Digital Music News
- Seriously, Paul, we need to talk. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Orphan Black Season 1 on Amazon Prime
- To be clear: there are a lot of awesome smart instruments that should continue to flourish; its just that the guitar doesn’t need the iPhone to be awesome..
In this episode we ALMOST manage to not talk about Apple. Almost.
But seriously, folks, how about that improved sound quality? We purchased some new gear and upped the ante. After 35 episodes, it just felt like it was time to get our act together. We’re still fiddling with the knobs and you might hear the level jump around a little, but we promise it’s getting better all the time.
On today’s episode: Amazon v. Hatchette, Rolling Stone Country, Pandora numbers, and Kickstarter’s updated rules. And Brian takes a minute to share an awesome story about Deep Purple.
- Turns out we were pronouncing Hatchette wrong this whole time
- Kickstarter’s next campaign | The Verge
- Introducing Launch Now and Simplified Rules » The Kickstarter Blog
- As we’ve discussed, Brian loves gatekeepers
- Kickstarter uses a variety of payment processors outside the United States. More info at their FAQ.
- Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere. by LeVar Burton & Reading Rainbow — Kickstarter
- Amazon and Hachette: The dispute in 13 easy steps - Los Angeles Times
- Publishers’ Deal with the Devil | stratechery by Ben Thompson
- Here’s a kind of a different take: Here’s Why I Won’t Boycott Amazon over Its Fight with Hachette | BostInno
- Rolling Stone Country
- Cover Of The Rolling Stone – Dr.Hook – YouTube
- Like we said, country is growing fast. It’s bigger than Top 40, at least on the radio: Young, Rich and Ruling Radio, Country Walks a Broader Line – NYTimes.com
- Pandora Stock Falls On News Of Dept. Of Justice Review, Slowing Growth – hypebot
- Side note: after complaining about Zazzle on Twitter, they made good. Twitter is the new customer service.
Pete and Re-Pete were on a boat. Pete fell off. Who’s left?
In this episode of Conversely, we hopefully put to rest the entire Beats/Apple conversation, at least for the time being. We also jettison common sense and discuss the ridiculousness of piracy, another topic we hope to never talk about again. And this time, instead of our usual Here’s An Idea segment, we switch gears and talk about a couple of our deeply held unpopular opinions about the music world – and hopefully that’s the most original conversation in this episode.
Not to say this episode isn’t good, because it’s freaking awesome. There I said it.
Side note: we just got a bunch of new recording gear! So hopefully this is the last episode where you’ll have to hear the terrible sound quality of a Macbook Pro built-in microphone.
Side note #2: Mike apologizes for contradicting himself in this episode. If you don’t catch it, well then Mike is happier for that.
Side note #3: We changed our logo. Just because.
- The video that Shawn talks about all the time
- Price War: Beats Music Drops Price, Extends Trial | Billboard
- Honey App: Beats Music and the Great UI Swindle — Shallow Rewards — Medium
- Jimmy Iovine, a Master of Beats, Lends Apple a Skilled Ear – NYTimes.com
- FYI, Winamp was purchased by AOL for $80M in stock, according to Wikipedia
- And for your daily dose of Winamp nostalgia
- Also: subscribe to The Flashlight!
- One last Beats/Apple link: Beats by Apple | Om Malik
- Center for Copyright Information | CCI Provides First Copyright Alert System Progress Report Highlighting Initial Accomplishments
- RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – May 31, 2014
- In case you were wondering:
- “Six Strikes” Results Show High Number of Persistent Pirates | TorrentFreak
- Barely Anyone Bothered to Have Their ‘Six Strikes’ Piracy Cases Reviewed | Motherboard
- Sonos offers 6 months of Google Play Music with purchase of any player – CNET
- Google is building a hardware empire, and this is what it looks like | The Verge
- “Android is the thing you get your Spotify on”
- We looked it up.
Today we welcome David M. Ross, Founder of MusicRow Magazine and President of Nekst.biz, to talk about his upcoming book, the ramifications of a music tax, better models for streaming services, and just what exactly happened to publishing in the last 10 years. We also dive into the crazy world of competitive video gaming, a subject that, quite frankly, none of us knows much about :)
- Spotify now has 40 million users — but just 10 million pay to stream songs | VentureBeat
- Beats Music subscriber numbers leak: low numbers but strong engagement (Music Ally)
- As it turns out, there’s a couple of Beats lawsuits happening, including a co-founder looking for past royalties and MOG founder David Hyman who claims he was unlawfully dismissed from the company to avoid his equity payout
- Apple’s dividend history. Note that didn’t pay out dividends at all between 2005-2012, i.e. the Steve Jobs years.
- Everything You Need to Know About YouTube Buying Twitch
- Why Twitch could be the best $1 billion Google ever spends | The Verge
- If you still have no idea what the hell we’re talking about, go visit Twitch.tv and see for yourself
- By the way, it’s true, Michael Bolton has sold more than 75 million albums. Let that sink in for a second.
- ESPN + Major League Gaming
- To get an idea of just how big competitive gaming really is, check this out:
- A billion was not always a billion
- NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites | Billboard
- As it turns out, the same company that makes the Roomba makes a robot that cleans gutters
- Yahoo used to have this thing called IntoNow. Nobody used it.
Shazam! Seriously, what a great name for a company. It’s just so fun to say.
Well, we got better sound quality on this episode, but unfortunately the recording crapped out a couple of times. Pardon the edits.
- Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO | Billboard
- Interns Win Class Certification in Lawsuit Against WMG (Updated) | Billboard
- Related, from last year: Sony, Columbia Records Next In Line for Internship Lawsuit | Billboard
- On starting at the bottom: The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up
- Two Kickstarter Campaigns Compete Over Wu-Tang’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”… | Digital Music NewsDigital Music News
- Campaign #1: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin – For Wu Fans, For Wu People by Fans of Wu Tang the World Over — Kickstarter
- Campaign #2: Open Wu-Tang by Marcus Scott Wallace — Kickstarter
We’ll leave you with this:
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014
I think we can sum up the entire show notes thusly:
And on to the show notes….
- Apple Closing in on $3.2 Billion Purchase of Beats Electronics (Report) | Billboard
- Dr. Dre Appears to Confirm Apple-Beats Deal in Facebook Video
- Daring Fireball: The Financial Times: ‘Apple in Talks to Buy Beats Electronics for $3.2B’
- What Apple is really buying with Beats | The Verge (mostly a summary of what everyone else is saying, which is that nobody has any idea what’s going on here)
- Muve Music To Be Sold Or Shuttered By AT&T – hypebot
- Olivia Newton-John – Physical – YouTube
- Nashville vinyl records maker key to Jack White’s fastest single expands
- LAZARETTO ULTRA LP & VINYL PRE-ORDER | Jack White
- Google Is Now Getting 1,000,000 Takedown Requests a Day… | Digital Music NewsDigital Music News
- Copyright Removal Requests – Google Transparency Report
- CANADALAND | Old Canada vs. New Canada
- This company in the 2014 Jumpstart Foundry class boggles the mind, if for no other reason than…. uh…. take a look at their marketing: Beyond Right Now Technologies (note: yes, they kill pigs)