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Is Cloud Computing the Future of Music?

I received an email over the weekend asking my thoughts on this blog post, in which the author predicts that along with your operating system and your software, your music collection will soon be housed entirely online – somewhere in ‘the cloud‘. The...
Has music been devalued?

Has music been devalued?

About eight months ago, possibly a bit longer, I heard the phrase “music has been devalued” for the first time. At the time, I thought “what an odd thing to say” – and gave it very little more thought. But then it popped up again, and...

What should I do with all these tapes?

If you’ve been doing music a while, you’ll find that you have somewhere about your house, boxes of cassette tapes and quarter-inch reels full of jam sessions, recorded gigs, experiments, “demo” recordings, band practices and other bits and...

Like an e-book only shorter

A while back, I released an e-book called The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online. Some people seemed to like it, and I’ve started on a new book tentatively called 100 Questions I Keep Getting Asked About Music Online. But completion seems a way off. At...

100 Things

This conversation is responsible for my next book Sometimes speculative public funding works. Friends of mine went to South By Southwest Interactive. They’re smart people, they’re from Birmingham, and the idea was that they would bring back new...

What is this internet thing?

I’ve made the observation in the past that the internet can be thought of as being like electricity, and all of the different things that can plug into it are like appliances. Web browsers, email software, instant messengers, media players and so on. I’ve...