As much as Tesco is excelling at what it does it is diversifying too much, look at Apple mid 90s. As much as Human Nature says do everything, you should really stick to what your good at before branching out. Tesco has only one asset if it all goes wrong, they have the money so they will have likely lost very little money on it.
There was much talk about educating children to use the internet responsibly and not give out personal details.
While this is a step in the right direction and something I support entirely, there is still a missing link, its alright having this information given to kids at school but there are very few schools that haven’t got censoring and monitoring on their internet connection so in theory they cant access potentially dangerous at school.
But at home? This missing link is the Parents, in most households the children would be seen as the most tech savvy so do the parents know about all the filtering and stuff they need to? I am also against filtering of the internet, in an interview with somebody from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) on the news this morning said “the internet is just to big” To which my response was thank god somebody gets it, hopefully this will start filtering in to Kids and parents alike and we should all become more web aware because of it.
My computing teacher said in a lesson the other day:
By downloading music you are reducing the money going into the music industry, so then the industry then has less money to invest in the bands, so only invests in those that they know that will make it. Then you end up with the sort of music because that is what sell
While I agree that the music industry is only investing the same mediocre bands, therefore increasing the amount of money made.
I think there is something that has been overlooked, the fact something called the internets has grown a lot and the music industry just ignored it, but what about this internets (isn’t just a series of tubes?) it gives the independent artist not the main stream a much more powerful and easier tool to get themselves heard, and get the reward for it.
I was watching some program on the BBC talking to a band (the name escapes me at the moment) and they said that they would much rather go it alone than sign up to a label, because at the end of the day they rob you blind. Lets look Simply Red cut there deal with their label and went it only and immediately started to make more money, but more importantly they could pursue the things they wanted to do, not be forced by the label to make another hit.
IODA allies independent rights-holders — labels, publishers, musicians, and songwriters — to negotiate licensing agreements with the vast array of digital music outlets, including streaming and download services such as Apple iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody, Music Match, etc. IODA’s collective bargaining power enables independent rights-holders to receive more favorable terms than would otherwise be possible. – http://www.iodalliance.com/how_it_works.php
Just look at that, something that the labels just wouldn’t get, helping somebody out and make them successful without taking vital organs. This is essential what may be called ‘web 2.0’ (not my favourite phrase) community.
Community, the stuff that makes YouTube, MySpace or whatever you want to mention so popular. One person gets it, then recommends it to another and another etc. This growing web of people can quite quickly become a global fan base for an artist, could you imagine that from a Label? Here lies the power of the ‘internets’
I don’t want to conclude this but rather have it as an open post that I can keep coming back to, I feel so unbelievably strongly about this and I have ideas popping in and out of my brain all the time so I shall leave it for you to draw a conclusion, for I shall be leaving this matter open for the time being.
Myspace has launched its very own music service, while i do like supporting independent artists i think that Myspace is the wrong vehicle.
Whilst Myspace has a large user base this user base is mainly of the same demographic, so if I were an independent artist I wouldn’t just want to make my music available to one section of the world. This is were iTunes is a semi-solution whilst the pricing and money proportioning is absolute rubbish (at least there trying to their best with the greedy labels) but you can quite easily reach a wide set of people easily.
MySpace isn’t in it for the betterment of the music industry there in it for the money, you only have to look at its ad saturated interface.
I am going to go off on a bit of a tangent now but it is relevant.
Record Labels are suing the next generation of their consumers on a daily basis, my sister still finds it hard to grasp that just because you can get it for free doesn’t make it legal, but young people live online and consume most of there media online you only have to look at the explosion of P2P, Blogging, Podcasting etc. But the labels still insist the best way to tackle the problem get there money back.
I would much rather be able to download any music for free and then have to option to then pay the artist, I know people may abuse this but if the artist is really that good people like me would go and donate (or whatever you want to call it) to the artist.
It is no longer the labels that should make the profit it should be the artist who get the re-ward for there work.
I think this quote just highlights what is wrong (its from memory so may be slightly inaccurate) “We will sue anybody who downloads music associated with our label” Virgin Records
If you have a look at my GCSE results (see previous post) you will see that they werent all that shabby. So a treated myself to a new mac, i now have an intel Macbook 1.83ghz and i have to say its up the usual mac standard and the core duo processor makes it fly i just hope i dont start neglecting my iMac G5 in place of this little box of tricks.