Good work Shawn!
Hard to understand this way of life, but it’s a reality for millions of people and it’s something we can change.
Quickly arrive at an actionable point.
Very impressive camera.
The physical / capacitive buttons just kill me. How long until they disappear Samsung? How long?
This is at the very end, but very very interesting:
What you would probably end up asking me if we were having coffee in Seattle right now (not at a Starbucks) is: “How has file sharing and Spotify changed the music business?” Thank you for asking.
The music business is a mess. The good news is, most of the profits being lost are by the big four major labels. Independent labels are thriving.
Internet distribution like Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and YouTube (even piracy) have given smaller bands and labels a way to reach listeners that we have never seen before. For the first time you can listen to a Dirty Projectors song right next to Katy Perry track. It’s an even playing field and more about what the listeners want to hear than ever before.
This is empowering for the artists and labels that don’t have millions to spend on a record campaign. Bon Iver is a great example of this. Justin Vernon is just a guy that makes music and signed to a group of labels, Secretly Canadian. Last year he won a best new artist Grammy for his second album. Secretly Canadian is a fully independent record company. Not only that, but they distribute through their own distribution company.
We are going to see more and more of this kind of story. The headlines have it wrong. The internet isn’t hurting the music industry, it’s hurting the Walmart version of the music industry, and that’s fine with me.
Both applications sound like they’re worth a look.
Matt is launching a new career in writing. Or perhaps refocusing his existing one? Either way I have always enjoyed his writing and I’m looking forward to more.
For the record I did read this start to finish. Really, I did. For real.
What else is there to find, I wonder?