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The Problem With Music

It seems every time I get to talking to friends and family about music, I hear the same complaint. “There’s no good music today” or “it’s too hard to find good music.”

This always baffles me since almost every song you could ever want is a few clicks away. iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody (anyone still use that?), YouTube, Kickstarter, Daytrotter, Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter – and the list goes on.  Of course, FM radio is still here and there are thousands of stations across the U.S. that curate excellent music.

So what is the real issue?  I think it’s two-fold:

  • The style of music for a certain market segment (40-80 year olds) is no longer being recorded. Think AC/DC, The Band, Ozzy, CCR, etc..
  • There’s too many sources for music so we get trapped in a paradox of choice.

 

Spotify alone has over 20 million songs in their catalog. It is said that there are over 97 million songs recorded in the world. On average, the typical music fan is introduced to 50 songs per year. Let that sink in.

If we look a little closer to that market segment that I mentioned, 40-60 year-olds.  They grew up on rock-and-roll, generally speaking. The most ‘pop’ular form of music being promoted from 1950 – 1995 was some form of rock-and-roll.  This is the genre that several generations of people are connected too.  They have emotional ties to this style.  All the best memories of growing up are connected with songs from this era.

I think what people are complaining about is that they cannot find new songs that move them emotionally like they remembered back when they were much younger. Our young minds were filled with hope, aspirations, discovery and love. The songs presented to us during that period are permanently attached to those feelings. This should explain nostalgia.

So now, here we are later in life with some money to spend and the music that is popular is appealing to.. yep, young people. Go figure.

However, I believe there is hope for gen-x and baby boomers to discover new music. Many of us in this generation are discovering great new music. We just need a more effective way of sharing our discoveries.

But wait, isn’t sharing music illegal? Yes, it is and that is part of the problem.  You cannot buy a CD or MP3 and make copies to give to your friends.  That could cost you $250,000 and up to 5 years in jail. Think about that, you just found an awesome song in iTunes and you make a copy to send to your sister. Felony.

Ok, so beyond all the antiquated laws of copyright infringement, we need a better sharing model. One that allows the “curators” to find the good stuff and easily share it with people. The way it stands today, corporations are curating music for us.  Honda is sharing Michael Bolton with me.  Allstate is sharing Philip Phillips with me.  And it used to be that all the radio advertisers (with a little help from program directors) curated rock-and-roll for us in the 70s and 80s.

I would like people I know (or don’t know for that matter) with good taste to share music with me.

So, what is the problem with music?  Well, it’s certainly not the music’s fault. 97 million songs in the world and people think 96, 999,500 of them are bad? Probably not. We just don’t know what they sound like, yet.

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Fan Funding Ideas Music

How To Get Your Favorite Indie Band To Your Town

I originally had this idea about 4 years ago.  Ideas are worth exactly zero until you act on them.

Kickstarter + Booking Agent + Promoter = Gigable

Pre-funded gigs where you can hand-pick the venue. I’ve got a test case in the works. Check back soon.

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For The Good Ideas

How To Create A Swag Bomb

ecko brands I had to be careful with the title as not to attract attention from the NSA…

I’m a huge Tim Ferris fan.  I’ve read most of his books and the articles on his blog seem to resonate more than anything else I can find.

The latest article was written by Marc Ecko (Ecko Brands Unlimited) and is pure genius. If you create anything unique; products, art, music, toys, etc… read this article on the swag bomb.

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Ideas

Medium Is Big On Ideas

Medium.comMedium is a… hmm. What do you call it? It’s not a blog. It’s not website in the traditional sense. It’s a publication that carries many talented folks who write about stuff for which they are passionate. I don’t like the term “e-zine.”

Evan Williams (Co-Founder of Medium and Blogger) says: “Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends.”

I’ve setup a little shop there and look forward to contributing.

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Ideas

Wood Egg = Mind Blown

Japan Startup Guide | Woodegg.comSo, in the course of 6 months, my friend Derek Sivers hired a group of freelance writers, editors and admins to publish 16 books. Wood Egg is the culmination of this effort and each book answers 200 questions on how to launch a business in a specific country.

If that just doesn’t blow the doors off entrepreneurism, I don’t know what would. Perhaps, a 2nd edition of each book published by 12/1/14??

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Mobile App Idea – Best $5 Deals

New idea: how about a site/app dedicated to curating deals at a certain price point that’s hyper-local? $5, $10, $20

“Best values finder”

Let’s say I’m looking for a birthday gift and I only want to spend $10. Search by zip and amount – done.

What do you think? Leave comments below.

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Random idea #478

Leap-frog the car radio.

A new "dashboard UI" for the iPhone/Android.  Basic touchscreen with a dock underneath.  Insert your iPhone/Android and the screen presents a your listening options: Pandora, Podcast Subscriptions, XM/Sirius, FM/AM, iTunes library, Nav, Car Info (mpg, oil life, tire pressure, etc…)

All of which are apps and expandable.

Patent Pending