NO ONE, bands or management are guaranteed the amount of money they "used to" get. get over it. The spiritual value of music is as much as its ever been, the monetary value is near zero....sorry! You can either NOT release your product or you can play by the rules of the people who consume it.
Doesn't it suck to be at the mercy of a large group of individuals who are acting in their own self-interest? Enjoy, because it's YOUR turn now.
I use Google news. If I hit a site for a story and come up against a paywall, I still have several hundred other alternatives to read said news stories. The majority of people who insist on one specific news site are going to die of old age within 10 years anyway. Fuck 'em.
Michael, just to drop a quick note of appreciation for your piece here on the site each evening. Its one of the few things I look forward to after the daily burnout of politics and vapid "entertainment" news on many mainstream sites.
Imagine how wonderful it would be if Hollywood, instead of imprisoning this woman, used her obvious genius at media distribution, as an administrator for a site that would finally bring the entertainment industry into the 2st century. She's obviously very savvy as to what folks want, their viewing habits, tastes as well as her social awareness.
Unfortunately this point of light will be locked away in a dungeon for 22 months, her sentence satisfying only the empty suits whose jobs became redundant years ago and who are now strangling the entertainment industry in their bid to stay relevant. Sad.
I drove several when they had first come out. I can't remember a more cheap feeling vehicle outside of the Dodge Omni/Charger 2+2 family at the time (The special edition Shelby's were high comedy....several interior trim pieces vibrated off including the rear view mirror). Compare the similar Toyota MR2 during that period and its night and day. Tight, solid, nimble and fun. Fiero was none of these things. There isn't a better example of why the American car industry ended up a sad joke that is just now starting to get its head out of its ass.
I get a kick out of how phone snobs denigrate pre-paid phone users as being "ghetto" or "white trash" but at least we aren't stuck in a 2 year contract while paying less overall for the same level of service. On top of that you are rewarded with this kind of rape they are allowed to perform on you at will.
I'll keep my Virgin Mobile and Metro PCS, thank you very much.
Re: McRib. Encore foods (catering to feed the lower-middle working class since who knows when) makes an entree that is exactly what Mac's sells.....fake "grill" marks and all. Its sits in a pool of decent BBQ sauce. 6 "rib" sections per package. So if you want something that is probably made from the most disgusting things imaginable yet you still love the tasty goodness of this miraculous meat product, you don't have to wait for Mac's seasonal offering. McRib's year 'round for ALL!
Ive been playing the Tribes: Ascend beta. Hi-Rez has done such a remarkable job of recapturing the feel and spirit of that classic game that I purchased more "classes". It feels more natural than buying a game at retail price and then paying a monthly fee for a typical MMOG.
watching the 60 minutes piece it seems that Jobs and no problem "ripping off" many of the guys who helped the company put the Apple II on the market and denied them shares when the company went public.
Its ok though since Stevie found out that Karma does sometimes come through.
A beautiful quote from Jobs:
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone elseís life. Donít be trapped by dogma ó which is living with the results of other peopleís thinking. Donít let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."