Should You Buy an Apple Watch?

I bought my first Mac in 1987 and have purchased dozens since. I bought two of the first edition iPhones the day they released on June 29, 2007 (for me and my wife), and I purchased at least one iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 shortly after they released. (I […]

Throngs of Diffidence: All About the U2 + Apple Deal

This story is about the business of the U2/Apple/Universal Music deal for the free digital release of Songs of Innocence. My Songs of Innocence album review is here. This story is 2300 words long, not my usual “about 300.” Why’d I title this “Throngs of Diffidence?” Because “diffidence” means “lack of self-confidence” and Bono threw out a few […]

U2 – Songs of Innocence Album Review

This is my review of U2’s Songs of Innocence. Here is my review of their deal with Apple. U2’s most recent album release was in February of 2009. Since then, we have already had two Olympics competitions, two world cups, five Super Bowls, five MLB World Series and five NBA/NHL/etc Championships. Six (6!) iPhone generations […]

Super Bowl Synergy: Free Music From U2

Here’s a quick, practical example of Super Bowl-sized synergy. Synergy is the collaboration of two or more organizations to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their individual effects. Synergy works best when it’s just a natural alignment of organizations’ regular activity. When you align what companies are going to do anyway, nobody […]

Are Blu Ray Discs Cheaper than Netflix?

I love all the innovation in media but I personally still mostly buy physical copies of movies, music and books. Here’s why… Data Costs Money Netflix viewers account for about one-third of all Internet bandwidth. Now add in other big data hogs including iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, HBO Go and BitTorrent which together with Netflix […]

Will Music Found in Nooks Kindle a Fire?

If a store that only sells music is still in business at all, that’s incredible, right? So why is Amoeba adding digital product sales? Will they lose focus on their core of being known for deep catalogs on old school vinyl? Not likely. Somehow they’ve managed to find even more music that hasn’t yet been […]

Publishing’s Kodak Moment

Remember when “pulling an OJ” meant sprinting through the airport to catch a plane (with the former running back shown in that Hertz commercial)? In the same way, a “Kodak moment” used to mean snapping a photo to capture a memory. But not any more. As you likely know, Kodak declared bankruptcy. Kodak’s behavior or […]