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Posted on06 February 2016 12:28 AM GMT

Facebook Freeze

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Facebook Freeze

Pretty much since the start of this year, perhaps earlier even, I have noticed that Facebook on Desktop seems to freeze up and crash the browser after about 5 or so minute of regular scrolling and perusing. I’m not doing anything unusual here, and have been a Facebook user from the earliest days with plenty of experience on how things should work - I can’t quite recall it ever performing as poorly as this. First I thought it was my preferred browser - Chrome, but I’ve tried

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Posted on05 July 2015 11:20 PM GMT

Apple Music - The Verdict

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Apple Music - The Verdict

I will preface this article by saying that I am a long term music fanatic - having amassed some circa 10,000 12" records over the years, as well as a considerable volume of CDs - music is a constant in my every waking moment. Over the past 10 years I have gradually and almost fully transitioned to digital. I’ve been using iTunes since 2010, and am an early adopter of Spotify. I buy between 2 and 10 albums worth of music on roughly a weekly basis - this comes from a variety of sources -

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Posted on02 January 2015 3:58 PM GMT

The Future of Music Online 2015

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The Future of Music Online 2015

NOTE - this blog post will be updated throughout the year, particularly the Album Release Schedule ...

 

2014 was an excellent year for music all in. Not much rock really, but plenty to get excited about. There are not as many big releases forthcoming in 2015, which seems destined to be the year of the blockbuster movie. Nevertheless there are lots of minor music industry intrigues happening - especially Apple’s imminent launch of iTunes Streaming. There are also a number of new

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Posted on31 December 2014 12:29 AM GMT

Sound of 2015 - Key New Artists championed by BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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Sound of 2015 - Key New Artists championed by BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

Time has come around again to scope out new directions and find some new blood which may just strike it big in the forthcoming 12 months or so. I’ve already discarded some nominations as they featured heavily last year, or have already released a commercial album (you can unleash infinity mix-tapes and still feature!). Anyway, should be something for everyone here from this list of 88 contenders. James Bay seems to be favourite already, and has already picked up the BRIT Critic’s

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Posted on20 November 2014 12:07 AM GMT

Taylor Swift vs Spotify vs the value of Streaming Music

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Taylor Swift vs Spotify vs the value of Streaming Music

Taylor Swift is not the first to remove her entire catalogue from Spotify and nor will she be the last. Following on from her disingenuous pretense at offering better service to UK fans by forcing them to buy her whole pre-release album instead of being able to download individual promo tracks like the rest of the world could do. It’s not a surprise that she’s taken these latest extreme measures, but the reasons she gives are nothing more than record label bulls**t spin - in an

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Posted on23 July 2014 12:09 PM GMT

Media Owners are still out of tune with the reality of Global Reach

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Media Owners are still out of tune with the reality of Global Reach

Readers of this blog will know that I’m a big fan of music and movies. I subscribe to all manner of mailing lists and regularly read up on latest releases on a variety of online movie and music resources. On Facebook I am fan to countless musicians and bands, and am very aware when new releases are out in the marketplace. I initially wrote about this issue 10 years ago, and I’m sad to report that global media availability is still highly idiosyncratic.

 

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Posted on02 June 2014 3:02 PM GMT

Apple pins musical future on Smart Curation

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Apple pins musical future on Smart Curation

Apple’s recent $3.2 Billion purchase of Beats has been seen as ’extremely generous’ by many industry commentators. As a counter though, a recent article in the Telegraph goes so far as to predict the imminent demise of Spotify in the face of this acquisition - somewhat erroneously claiming that the only thing left to Spotify is to sell itself to a similarly large benefactor (e.g. Google / Facebook}.

 

We all know that iTunes revenues have been falling in the face of

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Posted on28 May 2014 2:43 PM GMT

iTunes is ruining the Apple experience

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iTunes is ruining the Apple experience

As most will know by now, I am a huge music fan and buy an album or two or three pretty much every week, as well as a variety of singles and EPs. My iPhone’s primary purpose really is as a personal jukebox - with 50GB typically dedicated to MP3s. Because of the limited space available on the iPhone - max 64GB for the last three generations, I constantly need to chop and change my selections as I add new albums to my playlists - these constant updates seem to exacerbate the syncing and

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Posted on02 January 2014 5:03 PM GMT

Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

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Sound of and New Artists for 2014 - BBC, MTV, iTunes, Spotify et al

It’s that time again when musos try to predict the breaktrough acts of 2014. In the past I’ve always led on ’BBC’s Sound of ...’, but this year I have decided to do an aggregate listing of everyone recommended by BBC, GlobalGrind, iTunes, MTV, Spotify and others. The first is the entire long-list, followed by ’Most Hyped’ (most mentions) and finally my 5 top picks - should be something for everyone here!:

 

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Posted on28 November 2013 7:08 PM GMT

The next big changes in publishing will be influenced by what iTunes and Spotify did for music consumption

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The next big changes in publishing will be influenced by what iTunes and Spotify did for music consumption

The last big step change in publishing was the accelerated transition to digital formats - eBooks, PDFs and the like. In a similar way, the music industry moved from CDs and Vinyl to be largely dominated by digital formats like MP3 and FLAC.

 

We’ve already heard from academic publishers that Professors and student bodies no longer wish to buy the whole text book, but only the 2-3 most relevant chapters. In publishing we are therefore moving metaphorically from album to single

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