Eliot Van Buskirk
Eliot Van Buskirkof Wired Listening Post writes the type of blog I’d want to write if I had more time to pay attention to every little development in the music/tech sector. Actually, my job does require me to keep abreast of this stuff (and its attendant policy insanity), but I’m not really able to let fly with both cannons. Which is understandable, as my org strives for balance within a fractured industry. This prevents us (well me, really, since I write the blog) from being as responsive to breaking news as outside observers. We’re all about the nuance.
But back to Buskirk. Although the dude never returns my e-mails (I suspect I’m getting caught in his spam filter), I don’t hold it against him, mostly because he’s got one of the finest music/tech/policy blogs this side of Coolfer.
Just check out this breakdown of why the MP3 is here to stay, despite the increasing poularity of lossless audio among the file-sharing elite. Eliot cites flash memory, cash-strapped startups and universal compatibility as the main reasons for the durability of a format known for its crappy-ass sound. (An aside: Last week, Hank Shocklee and I were discussing audio mediums, and he stressed that digital doesn’t necessarily sound worse than analog — just different.)
So yeah, there’s my spiel on the vagaries of music/tech/policy blogging. Class dismissed.