Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Digital sales outnumber CD sales at Atlantic Records

For the first time digital sales have outnumbered physical record sales at a major recording company. Here is an interesting NY Times article about the milestone (featuring the graph above). 
It is no wonder that the RIAA and the record companies that they represent are fighting so hard to stem the tide of digital media. As the Times article demonstrates, they have not figured out how to make money from digital downloads (or at least not enough). Rather than devote their time to reconfiguring their business models to fit new consumer trends, they are litigating to try to delay the inevitable. 
It is reminiscent of the American auto industry. For years analysts and consumers have been telling the industry that they want higher quality, more fuel efficient cars. Rather than retool and give the consumer what they wanted the American auto industry used their lobbying power to win tax incentives that allowed them to keep creating ridiculously outmoded vehicles
(subsidized by tax dollars).
Consumers and industry analysts are telling the major recording companies (as well as television, film, and news corporations) that they want easy access to the media of their choice on their own schedule. Consumers don't want to pay $19.00 for a CD that only has one song that they want on it. They want to pay $1.00 for the single on their computer. I don't think this is a trend that will be changing anytime soon. Yet recording companies continue to create the same ridiculously outmoded albums complete with antiquated publicity and lavish recording costs. 
Rather than compete for the business of consumers, media corporations, like the American auto industry, are attempting to use their powerful lobbyists and lawyers to protect their failing business models.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Amazing Hot Dog Launcher

I saw this today at BoingBoing Gadgets. As far as I am concerned this may be the greatest invention of all time. No wonder the Phillies won the World Series.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Listen To This

It just dawned on me that in a blog about mashups I have not yet posted any actual mashups. Beginning today I am going to be periodically posting noteworthy mashups that I have been listening to. 
The first is "Stayin' Alive in The Wall" by Wax Audio. The track is a mashup of the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in The Wall Pt. II." 
This track has great production values. The samples both sound clean, clear, and crisp and are blended together seamlessly. This mashup has a terrific chorus and even uses David Gilmour's guitar solo.
You can download this track from Wax Audio's site.

Post Election Bliss

My friend Cliff Murphy pointed out that I have not posted anything in a while. I blame the election. I was so wrapped up in it that when the election was finally called I needed to take a little break from all media. It is similar to the Olympics. For two weeks I watch hours and hours of television every day and then when the Olympics are over I don't want to see a TV for weeks. The difference is that this election lasted two years. 
I am beginning to make my way back to my normal life. I read the NY Times for the first time again today. In fact, there is a very interesting article about the possible demise of the "Southern Strategy" that Republicans since Nixon have been using to win the South. The article also speculates that the South voted so strongly for McCain (while the rest of the country went blue) that the political influence of the South may have taken a big hit. The Times provides compelling visual evidence off this as well.

Map of counties that voted more heavily Republican than in 2004:
National county map showing change in voting since 2004: