I see your point but I don't think I agree with you. Spotify, like any company, has no obligation (not publicly traded) to give you access to all their inner workings / finances. The labels can determine if they think the service Spotify provides is valuable to them, and whether or not to participate. It's almost akin to DRM. I have no problem with companies placing DRM on their services/digital media but my chances of buying at that point have gone way down.
If somebody thinks they can do better (maybe similar model to Spotify but with more transparency) that would be great. More competition could potentially lead to two better services.
Spotify has gotten quite aggressive with their goals of acquiring lots of music content, and I applaud them for that. I pay for a premium subscription and I am completely happy with everything but how "offline mode" works. I can't sync mobile devices nearly quickly enough.
Before this last year I had probably not spent any money on music in around 6 years besides shows. And to be clear, I wasn't pirating music in that time period. I was a student who had slowly stopped listening to music (relatively).
Spotify has probably increased the amount of music I listen to by 500-1000% and has monetized that with me paying for a 120$ year subscription. And regardless of what slice of the pie they are taking before "paying out" labels and artists, I'm willing to bet their cut is more generous than the major labels.
Welcome to the internet. Every site with a message board type system tends to collapse comments that are downvoted or reported. Notice the fact that it wasn't removed, and then the crux of your problem is the fact that you must have a shitty display. Besides the vertical space the comment takes up, I have no trouble reading or seeing the text.
The site is a work of satire. I think it's coming from the angle that the general online populous likes to pat themselves on the back for "supporting" a good cause. The KONY 2012 lacked direction and purpose. Kony was just the most marketable dictator in Africa, and removing him or killing him would do nothing to help the people living there.
KONY 2012: stopping terrorism one Reddit upvote / Facebook like at a time.
Sounds to me like he/she is a music snob. I have a coworker down the hall that rants every other week about the superb quality of vinyl, and how the songs on his RAID array of SSDs sounds better than the SAME file played off of an HDD. Blows my mind.
Trying to qualify the effect of technology on the music industry based on your personal music preference is probably a bad idea if you want anyone else to care about what you are saying.
Can't blame a guy for being competent. It's true that Inman might be harnessing the rapidly fleeting attention span of the internet, but this:
"It's NOW not about the defamation is it !
Evil funnyjunk admin !
Evil Lawyer !
Stupid Lawyer !
Unreasonable Lawyer !"
Is just stupid. He posted a letter that Carreon wrote, and refused to give in to bogus legal claims. There is nothing nefarious about how he has handled the situation. There may be a big crowd of people that for right now think Carreon is some super evil lawyer, but they will be talking about something else by next week. If anything, this series of events plays out more like a funny documentary then sound-byte ridden news broadcasts that you are likely to hear on tv.
"Wonder what will be the likely reaction by the multitude of foreign pharmaceutical companies that have heavily invested in the establishment of JVs with Chinese companies for the construction and staffing of R&D and production facilities in China?"
I imagine they will complain and lobby, and at the end of the day settle for making more drugs and selling them to countries who are willing to pay their excessive fees (and the countries with easy means of protecting their patents)
"Wonder what will be the likely reaction when students from China apply for visas to study at foreign universities engaging in the type of research that is necessary to feed a pipeline of qualified students into the Chinese industry?"
Not sure what you think is going to happen here. You think the world is going to start boycotting China? We need them more than they need us.
The truth is B&N can't compete on price because they are greedy. The marginal cost of an ebook is almost nothing.
The whole idea that they could run out the "competition" is idiotic too. If they ran everyone out of business (lol, really) and then started jacking prices, it seems like piracy would increase and you'd see more players enter the market to provide what consumers want.
As a embedded systems engineer, I can tell you that it would be very hard for sprint to tell the difference between using your 3/4g Mobile service to browse and using a rooted phone with a tethering app. The data is data argument is completely true.
I'm guessing that users that use their phones as tethering devices tend to use more data, and this is some executives bad idea at monetizing those users (who will probably end up leaving, myself potentially included).
My advice to Mike and others, root your phone and download a tethering app (maybe a proxy service). The inconvenience definitely has a price though.
A lot of people (including myself) will download digital copies of books they already own physical copies of. It's just a nice way to consolidate a large part of your library in to one place. E-book prices are ridiculous in many cases. There is no way I'm going to pay more for an e-book then a physical copy of a book, even a used one.
Plus the digital versions you download tend to have no DRM, meaning I can read it on any platform I want, easily.
I think she's more upset with the specific person who leaked it, who probably worked at the recording studio she did the album at. Plus the fact that it was an unfinished product and might not sound as good as the final thing.
I've thought similarly for a while. Broadband internet bandwidth is essentially a featureless service, and fits in with a bunch of utilities we already regulate.
I think a compromise could be something like what they have in the UK, where BT is forced to sell bandwidth wholesale (regulated price) to smaller (regional) companies that can then turn and attract subscribers however they can. iirc BT fought this hard at first but it has actually worked out for them pretty well (less overhead, more efficient now that they can focus more on just the infrastructure).
Projects like Google Fiber help too, but I don't think their scale is large enough.