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March 31, 2011

Online Music Buying Infographic

According to the latest Nielsen research, only 2.1 percent of the albums released in 2009 sold even 5,000 copies — that’s just 2,050 records out of nearly 100,000, and to fewer people than go to a small liberal arts college. As if that weren’t bad enough, even the bands who do move units end up paying through the nose, mouth, eyes and ears for management, legal fees, producers and other expenses, leaving most of them scrounging to pay for record advances and, if they can afford it, health care.
From the outside, it often sounds fun to be in a band. But before picking up that guitar or microphone, take a look at where the money from a record goes.

source : online mixing

March 16, 2011

The end of An Era of Zune Player

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Microsoft is not planning on releasing any further Zune devices. Instead, the company plans to focus on Zune software for smartphones.
Microsoft declined to comment on the future of the Zune players, but in a statement to Bloomberg noted that it remains “committed to supporting our devices in North America.”
Zune launched in November 2006 to much fanfare and hopes that it could beat Apple’s iPod. But sales never came close to reaching the levels of Apple’s best-selling and market changing music and media player.
In 2009, Microsoft decided to separate the Zune team into software and hardware divisions, and attempted to get developers to target the platform. It hasn’t really worked. Zune Marketplace support for the Xbox 360 aside, the Zune brand still has limited appeal outside of North America.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft will continue to put its Zune features into Windows Phone 7 and in the Zune desktop software for Windows. Microsoft’s Zune Pass remains an economical way to stream and have access to a large array of music, but the fact that it only runs on Windows devices ruins its potential as a true iTunes competitor.
The company also tried its own online music store, Zune Marketplace, which currently has a range almost as broad as iTunes. And it even tried manufacturing its own mobile phones with Zune built-in, a costly project that was abandoned after reported sales of less than 10,000 units. The technology does remain available as an app running on third-party phones running Windows Phone 7 though.
It’s telling that the most notable story about the Zune came on New Year’s Eve 2008 when 30GB models around the world crashed and then froze up. That turned out to be a 24 hour problem caused by the Zune not realizing that 2008 was a leap year and thus being confused when it found an “extra” day at the end of the year.