Did anyone see the article in the new Rolling Stone about how consumer preference for MP3s is changing the way music is being recorded, mixed and mastered? If you’re not a studio/tech person, it’s actually a pretty good primer on dynamic compression and sonic "maximization." The overall gist of the piece is that music is getting louder, and consequently lamer. I wrote a bit more in depth about it over at the Future of Music Coalition blog. I’d link to the RS piece, but Jann Wenner is all about content control. Maybe we can call that Text Rights Management, or TRM.
So what can we expect, industry-wise, in ’08? To quote Mr. T as Clubber Lang, "pain." Well, if you’re a major label or CD retailer, anyway. The oracle that is David Byrne suggests the rest of us will probably be OK.
I personally predict that Rhapsody will start picking up a lot more users in the next year. Imeem? Qloud? Social networking? Who cares? I’m too old/lazy to want to re-enter all my superficial personal data at another new site every six months. Someone should design an app that handles the migration for you. Damn, I better get to the copyright office!
There’s a rumor that Apple is gonna add lossless downloads to iTunes. It’s about FLAC’n time!
Here’s a good one from Huffington Post: The Ten Worst Telco Moments of 2007. They certainly had some doozies.
What else? Well, I have a lot of music to review. And an album to finish (hopefully this week). And some crazy work stuff. But that won’t stop me from wishing Happy Holidays to all my fellow Contrarians.