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The Music Industry Is Dying, But That’s OK – Sick Article

Pretty sweet article by MDavid Low

In 1999 Napster almost killed the music industry. Apple’s iTunes appeared and finally got people to start paying for digital music downloads, but it wasn’t unveiled until four years after Napster.

“That four-year lag is where the music industry lost the battle,” says Sonal Gandhi, music analyst with Forrester Research. “They lost an opportunity to take consumers’ new behavior and really monetize it in a way that nipped the free music expectation in the bud.”

Now, eleven years since Napster, the music industry is worth half of what it was in 1999. According to Forrester Research, the total revenue from U.S. music sales and licensing plummeted to $6.3 billion in 2009, that is a $8.3 billion drop in revenue since 1999.  On the converse, Forrester is also saying that CD sales will be declining at about the same rate that digital downloads are growing. Continue reading

Reactable – Things just keep getting stranger

This would be super addicting..someone needs to make an online version of this!!

From the Reactablesite:

We created Reactable Systems with the vision to redefine the way we interact with computers. Using the knowledge we gained through the Reactable musical instrument we are developing intuitive products focused on the promotion of creativity and the mediation of culture. In order to achieve this we are applying the latest technologies in human computer interaction, music technology, graphics and computer vision.

Reactable Systems is a spin-off company of the Pompeu Fabra Universityand is collaborating with its Music Technology Group, one of the worlds largest research labs in music technology.

Our first product is the Reactable, a novel musical instrument that has gained international reputation and received several worldwide awards. Based on the successful concept of the Reactable we are working on new applications enhancing the technology and expanding its applications.

What does it take to earn a living with digital music? (right now) – Infographic

http://www.creativedeconstruction.com/2010/06/what-does-it-take-to-earn-a-living-with-digital-music/