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What to do about Yahoo!


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Some of you may have been reading about Yahoo! in recent weeks. C0-founder Jerry Yang stepped down, citing he wants “to pursue other interests”. That isn’t too unreasonable. He is worth over $1 Billion dollars in a down global economy, and he is a smart guy, so getting into other things after being with a company for 17 years should be allowed. But how has he left that company to fair for itself?

It seems the greatest gift Mr. Yang gave to Yahoo! in recent memory has been his departure. Often battle-worn CEOs stay around their companies for too long, and can lose the fresh, innovative and dynamic fervor that launched them into Fortune 500 power and in this case, “Internet Immortality”. He certainly gets credit for being one of the main creators of the world’s first major, monetized and profitable internet search directory – that’s what they were called in 1999. Though, it can also be stated that his rejection of a $50 Billion offer from Microsoft was a tad, ridiculous. It is documented that he was adamantly opposed to the takeover bid, but might that have been something good for the shareholders? (Yes)

In the capitalist society that we live in, as a CEO, you have got to have the awareness that time is of the essence, windows of opportunity come and go faster than new designs for Intel chips, and when a company comes around offering to double your price, and leave all of those invested with a overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and certainty that they made the right decision to invest, it is your job to make it happen! Funny thing is, Mr. Yang stated that he is “enthusiastic” that Yahoo! will be guided into an “exciting and successful future”. Do you think he realizes that if they return to their massive market share of the early 2000s, that his successor will probably just pull a dump and run himself? Perhaps he left because he knows the sale of his internet love-child was inevitable.

Honestly, in the world of Tech Business, mergers and acquisitions happen more often than in Finance. If the price plummets anymore, any number of companies with better balance sheets and more cash stand to make a solid claim for a stake – or all – of Yahoo! before it fades into the archives of Wikipedia. Microsoft, Google, even Amazon, Ebay, or perhaps Facebook, are all headed by pretty smart executives who could easily make good use of Yahoo! and it’s assets and market share, though it may be minimal at this point. And if it’s pennies on the dollar, anything could happen. 3 months ago, it was reported that Microsoft might be bringing another proposal to the table, and Mr. Yang will not be seated for dinner.

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Netflix to split itself in 2…DVD and Streaming services to separate.


Netflix – Qwikster

The CEO thinks that he would be foolish to keep the businesses as one, given the fact that the DVD business is in noticeable decline. He would rather focus on the opportunities for growth, and thereby separate the emerging dead weight from the profitable and growing balance sheet of “Netflix”. This is an interesting move to say the least. Qwikster is also a horrible name. Could have done better. Read and comment on what you think!

Internet Radio and Automotive Integration


If you haven’t heard, many of the world’s leading car manufacturers are planning to incorporate cloud-based music streaming services directly into their vehicles…talk about CDs being dead. Imagine having Spotify or Pandora built into your head unit, and having unlimited access to it in your vehicle? This is where things are headed.

Surprisingly, the United States is the current market leader for this type of technological integration, with Europe being second and China being third. Ford, Scion, Hyundai, Buick, BMW, Lincoln, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz all currently offer music applications in their vehicles. We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a company whose product has infiltrated the scene as the standout choice for this new type of product service – Pandora.

Pandora went public a few months ago as you all know, and it was blessed with a quick spike around noon of it’s first day on the market, only to fall well below its opening price to settle at 12. We have found some interesting information about this company in an article posted on 4-traders.com:

“Pandora makes its service available through a variety of distribution channels. In addition to streaming its service to PCs, Pandora has developed applications for smartphones and has partnered with the makers of more than 200 consumer electronics devices, including Alpine, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung and Sony.

Pandora also has developed relationships with major automobile manufacturers—including Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Mini—and with suppliers to major automobile manufacturers in order to integrate the service into current and future automotive sound systems. Furthermore, General Motors, Hyundai and Toyota have announced plans for future Pandora integrations.”

This poses to be a good way for Pandora to pay back it’s debt, as many people have written it off as a smart and revolutionary way to interact with music media, that will eventually bankrupt itself because of the unprofitable business model that it is based on. Only time will tell. Personally, we would prefer Spotify to take over the app-cloud based music software integration in these vehicles with complete syncing capabilities between your tablet, or smartphone. $9.99 per month for unlimited access to 14 million songs?

 

That would be nuts…For the record, this is a PERFECT example of MUSIONology.

Stay tuned.

Top 5 Reasons to get #Spotify | Top Reasons #Spotify > #iTunes


 

This will be a simple, straight forward learning session. As technology continues to grow expontially, we are continually presented with fascinating product developments. Spotify is it for the music lovers. $10 unlimited monthly access worldwide, to 15 million songs. Besides that ridiculously awesome fact, the following are the top 5 reasons why you should get #Spotify today:

5. No MP3s – You will no longer have to use up memory for your music. Everything is stored on a cloud, and streamed to your device – whether it’s your phone, tablet, or computer.

4. Integration with Social Media – You can log into your FB account, and share your play-lists. If you don’t want them public, that’s fine, but if you allow them to be open to the public, then we can share your musical tastes and play them from any of the devices listed above, anywhere I want! Anywhere in the world!

3. Song Artwork – Spotify recognizes MP3s and automatically gets the artwork for you. Remember when #iTunes only got artwork for MP3s purchased using iTunes? No more. Spotify will place artwork on MP3s that you downloaded from “3rd parties” or imported from CDs. It doesn’t matter.

2. Instant Access to New Releases – You can here the new albums the very day they drop. No waiting in line or running from the RIAA, only legal, high quality streaming of the entire album for you.

1. “Share To” – This is our favorite feature. You can share your music…on Facebook, Twitter, Windows Messenger, or between Spotify users all within the program interface. That means that if I have 4 or 5 songs I want you to hear instantly, I can send them directly to your Spotify library instantly, and you can listen to them anywhere in the world, on the device lists above.

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Now it goes without saying, that this new product will undoubtedly add more fuel to the battle between these new emerging DRM music streaming services and traditional radio as well as CDs and physical album sales. Truthfully, it is still unclear as to why the RIAA continues to battle to heavily against the transformation of this musical technology age, because it will only benefit from the progression of this technology as time marches on. Stay tuned…

#Spotify, #Pandora, #Facebook. More Digital and Social Media Convergence


So apparently Facebook is going to offer Spotify streaming music service on its web based platform which most of the world uses on a daily basis. Forbes says that Spotify may prove as a testing ground for Facebook to decide on whether or not to include other streaming services. Unfortunately, only certain european users will be able to use the exciting new integration feature, because Spotify has yet to seal agreements with major US music labels and publishers on the rights to stream their active and back music catalogs, which was recently stated to be gravely “undervalued” by Sean Parker – who is famously mistaken to have been a co-founder of Napster, but was merely an early employee.

As Spotify is seeking acceptance in the west, Pandora is seeking to get its IPO off the ground – we would unofficially encourage strong consideration of investing in this opportunity. Long story short, Pandora is continuing to post increased revenues but considerable profit losses, which kind of comes with the territory of being a web based music service that has more than half of its base use the service for free – not to mention the obscene music royalties they must pay which seem to increase as piracy roams rampant. Get ready, the next two quarters should be very interesting. Stay in touch friends.

Categories: Digital, Internet, Media, Music, Pandora

The Death of the Album and Birth of Release


What is an album to you? Is it vinyl? A CD?  Does a digitally released EP count? The  debate that until recently didn’t exist is  underway right now. Technology is beginning  to stretch the boundaries of music as we  know it. There are many ways in which music  has evolved and unfortunately deteriorated  over the past 10 years. But without being too  morbid, there should be hope in that with  new trends emerge new opportunities for businesses, artists, and their art.

The Death of the Album and Birth of Release

Categories: Digital, Media, Music, Technology

The Music Industry Dances to Technology’s Tune.


This is an interesting piece written on how technology dictates the flow of music – its creation, but more importantly in the last decade, its distribution. It’s written by a writer out of the UK, and her perspective is quite objective and global which is nice when reading these types of opinion articles. She covers crowdsourcing, mobile applications, etc. Please let us know what you think about it.

why the web generation has the music industry at their mercy