Inside Apple’s iPod Subscription Plan

No doubt those of you who follow the music media business have heard that Steve Jobs is supposedly working on a program with the major labels to sell fully-loaded, "all you can eat" iPods with virtually everything ever recorded.

Well, if you have you may not be getting the real story.

My contacts at the record labels confirm that discussions have been going on for sometime -- for Europe.

No deal can happen in the U.S. very easily because of publishing issues.

Nokia apparently has set the bar for what it would take to get the labels to offer their libraries as a benefit for buying a fully-loaded MP3 player --&hellip


In Music, the Customer is Always Wrong

It never surprises me that the music industry is in the mess that it's in.

Consumers want one thing and the record labels want another. In any other industry, this type of thinking would put companies out of business. But in the music industry, it's standard operating procedure.

Examine the evidence.

1. Starbucks sells CDs when customers obviously want coffee. According to a recent New York Times article the average company-owned Starbucks sells only two CDs a day. Starbucks disputes the figure, but refuses to supply Times reporter Jeff Leeds with a better one. Starbucks has lost its way in the coffee end of the&hellip


Mad Radio

CNBC's Jim Cramer has been out to get terrestrial radio of late. The circus-like Mad Money show is hard to watch and even harder to tolerate if you work in radio.

Cramer's advice to investors owning radio stock is "sell, sell, sell" which is easy to say because he doesn't own Citadel at $1.32.

I don't know whether to advise you to listen to his most recent and scary rant, but we're all adults so here's the link. Promise me you'll return because there are some important points to be made.

1. Cramer worked in&hellip


The Evil Empire Vs. Satellite Radio

Clear Channel, sometimes referred to as The Evil Empire in the consumer press, has finally let the FCC know the merger conditions it is requesting should the Commission approve the merger of XM and Sirius. That is, after the DOJ decides.

Clear Channel is a minority owner in XM and has been for a long time. And, they provide some terrestrial programming for XM.

It must have been a good fit way back then because from the looks of their merger conditions, satellite radio is the evil empire -- not Clear Channel.

Here's what Clear Channel wants (in bold) -- with my comments:

1. No less than 50% of broadcast&hellip


New Radio

At left with the program consultant Todd Wallace (center) and former KOOL-FM, Phoenix morning personality Bill Gardner.

We had a great lunch in Scottsdale Wednesday that could accurately be described as "good times, great oldies". I've known Todd Wallace from the very, very early days of Inside Radio and Bill Gardner and I worked under Paul Drew when he was doing Drake at WIBG in Philadelphia.

It's always good to be with old friends. Todd still consults. Bill was one of the many victims of the recent CBS cutbacks. He was a highly rated morning personality so his departure is either gutsy or stupid depending on where&hellip


Prostituting Radio

The fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer -- the hated zealot who among other things forced the record and radio industries to own up to their failings and pay for them -- has now been forced to do the same.

Spitzer resigned as governor yesterday in a scandal over paying prostitutes and the once squeaky clean former New York state attorney general has fallen off his pedestal. Looking at the anguish, hurt and tears in the eyes of his wife Silda, not to mention what his three girls are going through makes it more than a "he got what he deserved" moment of revenge.

A number of my readers have expressed great delight in&hellip


The Noise You Can’t Hear Yet

Call me suspicious, but the Clear Channel buyout is supposed to close shortly and Randy Michaels keeps hiring more radio people for the television and newspaper business.

What's a person to believe?

There are a lot of funny things about the Lee and Bain $29 billion Clear Channel bailout starting with the price.

That price was determined over a year ago and since then the radio business has continued to tank on every level including local and national sales and share price. Still, these folks at Lee and Bain have not asked for the usual renegotiation to obtain a more reasonable price. What's up with that?