Perhaps The Major Record Labels Will Discover Twitter In 2015

from the a-bit-slow-on-the-uptake dept

Wired's Epicenter blog notes that a division of EMI has announced the first major record label blog. While it does appear to be true that this is the first such blog, the very fact that it's only happening now is somewhat stunning. What's even more amazing, really, is that EMI is promoting the fact that they're so far behind the times. Yes, they beat the other three major record labels, but just starting to blog now isn't exactly something to hype up. In fact, prior to this, I'd never even thought about the fact that the labels had no blogs -- but in calling that fact out, it simply reminds everyone how the major record labels are so far behind in embracing any type of modern technology. It's sort of like a horse and buggy manufacturer putting out a press release that it had installed telephones in its office decades after such things were common.

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  1. identicon
    Tgeigs, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 2:53pm

    In related news...

    In related news, several Middle Eastern countries announced today the discovery that women MAY not be responsible for all of man's baser instincts, the French say we should all try out this deoderant thing they've invented, and South Africa's ambassador to the UN was quoted as saying, "You guys should really give these black fellas a chance. They can dance like you wouldn't BELIEVE!"

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    Weird Harold's former #5 fan, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 3:19pm

    The blog links to MUSIC videos on YouTube.

    Very interesting...

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    sehlat (profile), Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 3:20pm

    And in more related news...

    The Japanese announced something called a "transistor radio" and the Americans announced a follow-on to the Model-T, and the Vatican announced Galileo's rehabilitation. (Oh, wait, that last one's true!)

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    Rob (profile), Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 3:56pm

    Just like Second Life... it still baffles me why people care about Twitter.

    Spam you sign actively seek and sign up for... what a concept!

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    Mike (profile), Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 5:11pm


    Spam you sign actively seek and sign up for... what a concept!

    Hmm. Someone apparently doesn't know how to use Twitter. The whole point is that you choose what to follow. If you think it's spam... um.. don't follow it? I don't get spammed at all via Twitter. I do get to communicate with family and friends though.

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    Anonymous Poster, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 5:24pm


    Give it a month: EMI will realize their mistake and start yanking videos, thus breaking their own blog.

    Then they'll sue themselves for sharing music videos on their blog.

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    benjamin r, Apr 2nd, 2009 @ 10:51pm

    Twitter in 2015? Might as well be Blockbuster

    And hopefully by 2015, they'll come upon Twitter when it will be the instant messaging fad of five years prior as we look upon things like AIM today.

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    wheatus, Apr 3rd, 2009 @ 12:15am


    starting to feel sorry for the kid in class who finally got the GI Joe with Fung Fu Grip...the year after it was cool....Holy Shit...I thought this was an Onion story.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 3rd, 2009 @ 6:18am

    Which is probably about 5 years before I will get into Twitter.

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    Matt Bennett, Apr 3rd, 2009 @ 8:50am

    Why does it matter if they have a Blog or not? A blog is out there for a party to get out ideas. Does the recording industry have any ideas it was unable to get out?

    I hate this "Omigod, why didn't they have a blog?" reaction, as if that is meaningful in any way. A blog is a tool, like anything else. You don't have a tool to have a tool, to have tool to accomplish a task you couldn't accomplish without the tool.

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    Gene Cavanaugh, Apr 3rd, 2009 @ 10:07pm

    Major label blog

    Good point - good reporting and analysis.

    I am minded of the story (true? Don't know) of Alexander Graham Bell leaving a free telephone at a prominent banker's office. When the banker's secretary told the banker what had happened, the banker threw the telephone in the trash.
    True or not, it is, in essence, what you are reporting.

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    Stan Scott, Apr 6th, 2009 @ 1:10pm


    This IS pretty unbelievable. It may be due, in part, to the fact that for these companies, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

    EMI was one of the first to offer DRM-free music on the Apple site. I got a weekly newsletter from EMI with pictures and text concerning new releases. That newsletter, to this day, does NOT link to any online store, which would certainly increase sales.

    Ah, well.

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    jasmine, Nov 3rd, 2009 @ 3:12am

    Major record label

    The term ‘label’ refers to the logo or a picture of a particular company or a brand.The major record labels in Hollywood are way ahead of the others as far as volume of sales is concerned and some are in this trade for several decades. Today their logo is just enough to capture the market of audio products within days of launch.

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