Sixteen billion dollars. That’s what Facebook paid for Whatsapp, and it’s only one of the strange numbers we talk about on this episode of Conversely. Other topics include beavers, underwater basket weaving, the proliferation of cheap manure, electric space vehicles, arachnoid robots, Tony Iommi, bitcoin gambling, mobile fibrous infrastructures, and the onset of angle dangle disease. Clearly delirium has set in.
- Spotify, Pandora and Other Streaming Music Services Will Never Be Profitable, Says Study – hypebot
- Digital Music Subscription Services: 2013
- Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO | Reuters
- Shazam-Branded Music Label On the Way
- Warner Music Group and Shazam Announce Landmark Strategic Alliance – Shazam
- Episode 22, in which we talk about Lyor Cohen’s 300 Records
- Episode 23, in which we talk about Shazam’s success in television
- Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp is Worth $16B. | MIT Technology Review
- Why Rakuten Bought Viber – DailyFinance
- Things that are cheaper than whatsapp
- Twitter / jherskowitz: 1 WhatsApp. “@AlexPham: Will …
- Back in June of 2012, the CEO of Whatsapp wrote this: Why we don’t sell ads. We’ll see how long it takes Zuck and Co. to tear that one apart.
- Google Fiber Blog (SAVE US, GOOGLE!)
- City of Nashville’s economic development outlook doc, which Google Fiber points to as evidence
- More info on Google Fiber, including pricing
- And here’s that thing that Mike forgot about SXSW
Holy crap. That’s all we really have to say today.
And now for the show notes:
- Why you should be scared of Comcast and Time Warner Cable merging | The Verge
- Comcast says Americans don’t need superfast gigabit internet service | The Verge
- Chattanooga Gig: Your Gig is Here.
- Comcast Corp Summary | OpenSecrets
- Shazam Set To Raise $20 Million At $500 Million Valuation – hypebot
- Shazamable Super Bowl Broadcast Drives Engagement – Shazam
- Shazam Is Driving $300 Million In iTunes And Amazon Sales – Business Insider
- Barnes & Noble Fired Its Entire Nook Hardware Engineering Staff – Business Insider
- Showrooming – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Amazon Flow makes searching for items a breeze with an iPhone – latimes.com
- Apple’s earnings report at Asymco
- Flappy Bird online game: Why Dong Nguyen had to kill his perfect creation.
- The Graph That Changed Me — Launching UX Launchpad — Medium
- These items have happened since we recorded:
- New Jersey slaps MIT Bitcoin hackers with subpoena — and they’re fighting back | VentureBeat | Dev | by Eric Blattberg
- Open letter calls on MIT to do more in Tidbit’s legal battle – The Tech
- Letter to MIT community regarding support of students behind ‘Tidbit’ – MIT News Office (good on you, Rafael Reif and MIT)
Today we welcome Mark Brown from Round Hill Music Nashville. We talk publishing, especially the way technology has changed the publishing world (or hasn’t). And we discuss big data, big money, big butts (we cannot lie), Mr. Big (no not really), and big business (don’t we always?).
- Round Hill Music
- Nashville newcomer Round Hill Music adding songwriters | The Tennessean
- Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote | Billboard
- Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: ‘We’re in the Business of Discovering Artists’ (Q&A) | Billboard
- Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, JOYUS – Gut, Data, Gut
- 500 Startups Adds 3 From Music Tech: Rapt.fm, SoundBetter and i3zif – hypebot
- Merch Sales App atVenu Opens to the Public, Raises $1.1M… | Digital Music News
- Former Warner Music exec allegedy embezzled over $1M | New York Post
- SONOS – Face Off – YouTube
- Watch: The Beatles’ historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show on its 50th anniversary | Consequence of Sound
- The Beatles discography – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Good times indeed. Today we’re joined by special guests John Cantu and Paul Steele of Good Time Inc. We discuss crowdfunding, crazy people, the GRAMMYs, more crazy people, and Prince (see, I told you…. crazy people).
- GRAMMY.com (The Winners)
- Last week’s episode where we predicted winners (fast forward to the lightning round)
- Prince Targets Facebook Users in $22m Live Concert Piracy Lawsuit | TorrentFreak
- Our 2014 predictions episode
- Ellie Holcomb’s Very First Full-Length Record! by Ellie Holcomb — Kickstarter
- Mike’s response to John re: crowdfunding
- The Crowdfunding Site Indiegogo Raises $40 Million – NYTimes.com
- Music Tech Developers: Crowdfund New Features With App.net’s Backer – hypebot
Courts strike down FCC net neutrality regulations, hilarity ensues. Woo! This episode we also tackle the declining teenage demographic on Facebook, the imminent launch of Beats Music, we start a new segment in which Brian tells a story (storytime, boys and girls!), and Shawn drops a great idea on us.
- The wrong words: how the FCC lost net neutrality and could kill the internet | The Verge (if you read only one article on Net Neutrality, make it this one)
- What you need to know about the court decision that just struck down net neutrality (GigaOm)
- Marc Andreessen talks about the pros and cons of net neutrality and the need for innovation (GigaOm)
- A VC: VC Pitches In A Year Or Two (Fred Wilson)
- Who Killed Net Neutrality? : The New Yorker
- Payola – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Government Tech Problems: Blame The People Or The Process? : All Tech Considered : NPR
- Series of tubes – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- iStrategy report on Facebook
- Beats Music Enters Online Streaming Market – NYTimes.com
- Beats Music arrives January 21st, family plan exclusive to AT&T customers | The Verge
- Correction on the Beats Music family plan: 5 accounts across 10 devices for $14.99/month, first 90 days are free
- User Onboarding | A frequently-updated compendium of web app first-run experiences (this is the Netflix onboarding, which is fantastic)
- How To Download Music | Unlimited Music Downloads | Cricket Wireless
- Death Of Nokia’s ‘Comes With Music’ Shows That ‘Free’ With DRM Is A Losing Proposition | Techdirt
- Correction: Beats has $60 million invested in it, according to the NYT article above
- Jimmy Iovine – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You see, the thing about using free tools like Google Hangout is that you can’t really complain when it doesn’t work quite as expected. Sadly, throughout this episode, you’ll hear Jonathan echoing, and we really have no explanation for that. We apologize in advance.
- Still Just a Fad? Vinyl Sales Surged 30.4% In 2013… | Digital Music News
- Internet radio service Pandora launches ads in cars – latimes.com
- Apple App Store Topped $10 Billion In Sales In 2013, $1 Billion Just In December – Forbes
- Of bits and big bucks | Asymco
- Twitter / asymco: Media guys have it all wrong. …
It’s 5pm. Do you know where your GRAMMYs are?
This could very well be our last podcast of the year, so we’re doing something special: welcome our guest Terry Grant, DJ, producer, and one of the coolest music nerds in our fair city.
Also, we introduce a new segment called “Here’s An Idea.” Listen in to find out how it works. (And if you think we’ve just come up with a concept that somebody is already doing, let us know.)
- GRAMMY Nominees
- How GRAMMYs are nominated (Wikipedia)
- Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrumental – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Kanye West Addresses Grammy Album of Year Snub: Watch | Billboard (it’s worth noting that Kanye has been nominated for 56 GRAMMY awards and has won 21 of them)
- Are you a GRAMMY nominee? Click here to find out.
- The Rise of EDM | Music Business Journal | Berklee College of Music
- Electric Daisy Carnival – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- |- BASSNECTAR.NET – | 2013/12/31 – BASSNECTAR 360° NEW YEAR’S EVE IN NASHVILLE, TN
- ▶ 2012 Grammy performance Foo Fighters – Deadmau5 – YouTube
- Electronic music – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Jay Frank’s singles-only label DigSin – Free music for life.
- Rock legends Led Zeppelin arrive on Spotify! | Spotify Blog
- Music for everyone. Now free on your mobile. | Spotify Blog
- Led Zeppelin is now on Spotify : Reddit Music (check the top comment thread)
- Did You Know Spotify Uses Peer-to-Peer Networking? – LAUNCH
Spotify. The Hot 100. Saving radio. These are the topics of the Starship Enterprise. Or something like that.
Lucky for you, the Grammy Nominations came out after we recorded this podcast, but rest assured we’ll tackle that one next week.
- Spotify Year in Review 2013
- Spotify for Artists (the real one)
- Spotify for Artists (the spoof)
- re/spin | Import any Last.fm or Spotify playlist into Rdio for free
- List of Billboard number-one singles – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2013 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2003 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1970 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Doc Searls Weblog · How to rescue radio
Seems more and more we just sit around and pray for something to change in this business. We’re kind of sick of that. Let’s build something better. In this episode, we tear down the Billboard chart game, the great white hope of video games (and the inevitable agony of cutting a bad deal), the strange currencies of virality, and we try to figure out whether this whole streaming is ever going to hit a tipping point (for better, or for worse).
- The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Three Volume Digital Album Now Available on iTunes | Rockstar Games
- The Music of Grand Theft Auto V – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Tony Hawk pro skater 4 gameplay, tricks and crash (Drunken Lullabies song) – YouTube
- Licensing Songs For Video Games – The ASCAP Corner
- Gamasutra: How to license music the indie way
- Biggest Opening Weekends at the Box Office (it seems Iron Man 3 was also the second biggest opening weekend in history)
- Anderson East – Say Anything (feat. Jill Andrews) w/ LYRICS – YouTube (featured on Grey’s Anatomy)
- Rdio hit with layoffs despite tripling number of new sign-ups — GigaOm
- It finally happened: Technology Crossover Ventures Funds All Of Spotify’s $250M International Growth Round | TechCrunch
- Spotify subscriber revenues reportedly matched by free tier losses | The Verge (from 2012)
- Spotify’s losses grow despite revenue doubling in 2012 | The Verge
- The Netflix Conundrum
- Netflix profits quadruple – CBS News
- Netflix : Annual Reports & Proxies
- Bon Jovi’s ‘Prayer’ Re-Enters Hot 100 Due To Viral Revival | Billboard
- RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – November 23, 2013
- Billboard Hot 100 – Downloads and Streaming – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Whitney Houston’s Death Leads to Surging Music Sales – NYTimes.com
- CORRECTION: That wedding video has Chris Brown, not Kanye West: JK Wedding Entrance Dance – YouTube
- Chart Moves: Badfinger’s ‘Baby Blue’ Enters Hot Rock Songs | Billboard
The crowd goes wild. Today we welcome Jonathan Sexton, our longtime collaborator on Bandposters, as the newest member of Back Porch Group. Give him some love.
On this episode, we talk about The Unicorn Club, we discuss the difference between lyrics and poems and just why the NMPA is so interested in killing off lyrics sites, and we ruminate on whether coding will eventually replace other subjects in our schools. And Brian and Shawn flip Mike the bird.
This episode was made with Google Hangouts. We love free tools, but you’ll have to forgive us for the occasional sound hiccup.
- NMPA Press Release
- UGA Music Business Undesirable Lyric Website List
- Rap Genius
- Rap Genius and Sony/ATV Reveal Licensing Deal (Exclusive) | Billboard
- This is how easy it is to license through BMI
- ULTIMATE GUITAR TABS. 800,000 songs
- So You Want in on the Music Biz? Fred Wilson Has 4 Things to Tell You | Wired
- Spotify reportedly close to getting another $200 million in funding — GigaOm
- Welcome To The Unicorn Club: Learning From Billion-Dollar Startups | TechCrunch
- Google reportedly tried to outbid Facebook for Snapchat with $4 billion offer | The Verge
- A Million Dollars Isn’t Cool… – YouTube
- Spotify Sinkhole Seeks $200 Million in New Funding… | Digital Music News
- Are you still using Vine?
- Mike’s article on big companies killing smaller ones by implementing features: One Fell Swoop: A single feature does not a great piece of software make
- Twitter to Kill Twitter Music App iOS Android – Mike Isaac – Social – AllThingsD
- Logo (programming language) – Wikipedia (this is how Mike learned to code in kindergarten, via Turtle graphics)
- Scheme (programming language) – Wikipedia (this is how Mike learned to code in college)
- Scratch (programming language) – Wikipedia (this is how some kids are learning to code now)
- For the record, Drupal is not a programming language. It’s a content management system, and it happens to be written in PHP.
- Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
- Google barge mystery unfurled – SFGate
- Why Google and KKR are teaming up to do big solar deals – Quartz
- Turns out Musixmatch already built a lyrics API
- I would link to Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” here but as far as I can tell his music is actively removed from everywhere
- Beck – Nicotine & Gravy – YouTube
Thank you all for listening!