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In my last post for the CNET Blog Network, I look back over some of my favorite products and services of the last three-plus years.
The curious case of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes and Microsoft's Kin.
Author of "All You Need to Know About the Music Business" acknowledges the impending death of the CD, but he remains optimistic about the long-term health of the industry.
Digital-music companies are acknowledging that MySpace is a part of every musician's online kit. Instead of creating an alternative, they are letting users tap into what MySpace offers.
In Huffington Post essay, musician John Mellencamp writes passionately and intelligently about how the music business went so wrong, but his conclusion doesn't hold up.
What should bands pay for? Can art and marketing coexist? I'll be at SXSW, discussing these and other aspects of the changing music business on a panel called "Artist as Entrepreneur."
There's an interesting conversation on CD Baby's bulletin boards about how artists can convince the general public that art is work and deserves to be compensated. They're missing a key point: most demand for art is artificial. Marketing is required.
If MSN were serious about giving unsigned musicians a shot at fame, it wouldn't launch a site like this.
When I spoke to a Mercora founder a couple years ago, I didn't understand the start-up's vision and business model. Lack of clarity may have been its fatal flaw.