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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...

First principles part 3: Music + Online

So that’s what they mean separately. What do they mean when you say them together? You’ll remember that when I say ‘music’, I am not only talking about recordings of music. I’m talking about the whole medium of popular music and all of...

First principles part 2: Online

I thought that Music would be the easy one. Popular Music = Media. Job done. But there’s been some debate there, and it’s taken a bit of working through. But now for the tough one: Online. Just to remind you where we’re at, we’re starting at...

Introduction

I promised a radical change for New Music Strategies in 2008. Here you go: it’s not a blog any more. In 2006, I started a blog called New Music Strategies. I started writing about the rapidly changing media landscape, and how that was affecting independent...

2007: Year in Review

It’s that time of year when we reflect, make lists, and look back before we look forward to the oncoming year. In short: best year yet — and the next one looks to be even better. Kiwi Music Business Experts It’s been an incredible 2007. You helped me...

5. Music is like water – but it's not water

I don’t know what it is about Dutch people in the music and media business — but if there’s one idea they’re antagonistic towards, it’s the notion that music is like water. If you spend any real time investigating music online, you come...