Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

The data is out: we’re addicted. We’re spending almost six hours a day online and of those 3.3 hours are on mobile devices. We are officially addicted to our phones.  The conversation around addictions often focuses on the addicted “just stopping” whatever it is they’re addicted to. Yet an entire industry built on gum and … Continue reading Digital Wellness: the future of mobile app development or a passing fad?

Beyond single sign-on: what Apple TV should be doing

Last week, after introducing the new MacBooks, Apple also announced a new update to its TV product. In theory, Apple is heading in the right direction. Tim Cook said that “We want Apple TV to be the one place to access all of your television. One place to access all of your TV shows and … Continue reading Beyond single sign-on: what Apple TV should be doing

It’s not product or price, it’s exclusivity: the current trend in music streaming

The US music world experienced to great upheavals during the past few days: the death of Prince and the release of Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade. Both served to highlight a trend in the digital music business that has been gaining ground during the past year: big artists, with control of their music and their release … Continue reading It’s not product or price, it’s exclusivity: the current trend in music streaming

Streaming revenue is up, music industry is still unhappy

I have always been intrigued by the music industry, though I’ve never worked a day in it, and I’m most fascinated by how the ways we listen to music have changed over the past two or so decades: from vinyl to CDs to digital downloads to streaming, with piracy thrown in the mix to make … Continue reading Streaming revenue is up, music industry is still unhappy

New tech on Broadway that has nothing to do with special effects

As a theater lover, I was super excited to see a new service offered by two Broadway producers: on-demand streaming of shows. I love the idea because there are so many new productions that open in New York I don’t have the ability to see because their run is too short, they never made it on … Continue reading New tech on Broadway that has nothing to do with special effects

Independent artists aren’t flocking to Apple Music

Last week Apple announced a new and improved Apple Music to somewhat tepid response: it’s mostly nothing new. At $9.99/month for all the music you can stream, it is a lot like all the other services out there like Google Music and Spotify. Yet unlike Spotify, it doesn’t offer a free, ad-supported tier, one which … Continue reading Independent artists aren’t flocking to Apple Music

The link between streaming apps, music discovery, and unsigned artists

I’ve been thinking about music streaming a lot this week. I’m sure the launch of Apple Music and Spotify announcing new, higher user numbers (55  million non-paying active users and 20 million paying subscribers, up from 45 and 15 million respectively) had something to do with it. I also stumbled across a great infographic that … Continue reading The link between streaming apps, music discovery, and unsigned artists

The role of record labels in the music streaming business is big. How big?

Last week I wrote about the new RIAA numbers that showed how streaming is now almost a third of “music industry revenues.” I also said how the industry hasn’t seemed to figure streaming pricing out and I was glad that Rdio was trying a new tier called Rdio Select for $4 a month for a … Continue reading The role of record labels in the music streaming business is big. How big?

Music & streaming: new numbers, new trends, new products

Newsflash: music consumption is still in flux. In 2014, though, RIAA claims that “industry revenue composition was more balanced between physical, digital download, and streaming sources… than ever before.” The trends paint a slightly different picture: revenue from streaming is up while revenue from digital downloads reached a peak in 2012 and is now in … Continue reading Music & streaming: new numbers, new trends, new products

Tidal: do we need another music streaming service?

Jay-Z announced a new venture yesterday: Tidal, a music streaming service. Aside from the impressive list of prominent musicians that are behind this venture, it’s not clear how Tidal can stand out in the already crowded field of music streaming. Let’s start with the price. Comparing prices with some of the other music streaming services shows … Continue reading Tidal: do we need another music streaming service?