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Uro

Very insightful article about persistent access to "The Cloud" of a user's playlist/collection from desktop to mobile. I'm a mobile industry veteran, and the subscription model is making more sense again. Hmm, I better re-think my business plan for my iPhone app....

I would be interested in finding out how many 13-35 year olds actually want to OWN those files that they access or don't care either way.


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aandarian

kind of a clumsy read. ideas were jumping around a lot. You had me the first 2-4 paragraphs, then lost me.

regardless, i dont think the album is dead. its being redefined. there is much more pressure on artists to make many great songs, not just 1 or 2 standouts.

My friends and I still buy albums, just not for every song/artist we want to hear. They'll exist as nostalgic collections, just like what vinyls are today.

Steven

Oddly, I find that vinyl is the ONLY meaningful vessel remaining for album length "statements". I have a bunch of albums that I actually sit through and enjoy, even though I may skip the individual songs that pop up on a random shuffle.

I agree, though, that including a coupon for a digital download is just common courtesy (and common sense).

Dave Allen

meanwhileU2 and Anton Corbijn unwittingly prove my theory - Anton Corbijn U2 movie

broadway mile

Vinyl?
I don't know any friends who even have Vinyl players
What a strange thing to say...I think the rest of your article makes sense, but it doesn't put the album into extinction at all.

1. Bands need to perform live and tour - the concept of an album is to enable them to perform a collection of songs for their fans - and if they're not U2 they can't just play their singles coz they don't have enough - -

2. I agree that a physical product enables a closeness to the music - isn't there another way of doing this? Can we provide a pack to send out to users who opt to pay extra? The pack could include merch/band pics/anything that is unique to the release. - - I don't think that a digital product can't connect as effectively with the user; i have album artwork and information all over my ipod and i feel like i know the music better than the music on my CD collection...who's to say we can't have the album sleeve in our mp3 player for us to view?

3. YES. many albums are full of average music...with a few gems. Perhaps we could meet half way here...bands release as many tracks as they wish...and they can release it however they want to. Why not release the singles for sale and include more songs for free streaming? When u hear a song u love it's instinct to seek out more music by that artist. - - let's think about the big picture - it's fact that ppl are less inclined to buy an EP than an album

The future will see the music industry grow beyond expectations - whilst music becomes easier to use it will sell more and increase in popularity (i can't believe i used to own a disc man...what a useless piece of junk...)

the digital music revolution is a GIFT!

Jasper

I do know a few people who predominantly listen to vinyl. The whole DJ thing kept the turntables around, and I myself am a fan of that analogue warmth, but I don't like to flip the things over.

I want to hear an album, personally. One song from anybody is not enough. The only artists I would only want to hear one song from are one hit wonders with some sort of nostalgic value for me, which is a result of having been brainwashed by radio into kinda liking the song anyway. Thank god radio is dead!

I'll use the shuffle but only for parties (when no one really pays attention) or when I don't know what I want to hear. But I need the same audio aesthetic for more than just five minutes. What has always attracted me to music is the relationship between songs on an album and the relationship between albums by the same artist.

what I'm saying is that I will not be tempted to download (even for free) a body of work that is less than an EP in length. I always use to get sick of my favorite bands "hit" songs when the radio would beat them to death. It'll be the same if artist start releasing one song at a time whenever they feel like it. But perhaps yes the organizing principle can be expanded beyond the album. Nine Inch Nail's Year Zero told its story in the form of an ARG as a series of web sites that tell the story like a novel that you can read in any particular order. The Mars Volta's De-loused in the Comatorium has an accompanying book that the album was based on.

I guess the artist has to go back to being creative in this day and age. It's no longer shooting teenage fish a barrel with trite love songs and ABBA AABA song structure.

JT

"The browser is the new iPod", that's something. Howerver, it also depends on the quality of the music...crap doesn't last long....

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