When We Waited In Line for Something Else

By Steve Meyer, Inside Music Media

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Apple Is Up To Something

Their stock is skyrocketing. They somehow seem bigger than Microsoft (even though Microsoft way out distances them in computer software). Analysts say another big holiday season -- another -- of selling iPods is underway. But some experts say that Apple is getting ready to launch an iPhone. CEO Steve Jobs has been mum as usual and anything is possible -- including no iPhone. But think about it. Every time Apple burps consumers get excited. The only thing close to it is the gaming market where a lot of burping is going on right now. Yet few get excited over clunky HD radios that don't have content much different than what you can&hellip

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Be Very UNafraid of YouTube

Traditional media seems to fear the next generation and its Internet, mobile devices and social networks. I don't know why. In our fierce competition for audiences and dollars we often forget that media creates more media. There's some recent evidence to make my point, but it won't be the last corroboration. CBS of late has been diving into YouTube content like a true convert. "CSI". Lettterman. "Survivor" to name a few of their shows. MediaPost reports CBS has placed more than 300 clips on YouTube. You'd expect the views to be high, but some never expected ratings to go up. Letterman's audience is up 5%. Even "The Late Late&hellip

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Where’s The Music?

When compilation albums are routinely number one, do you have to be a genius to know you're business model is in trouble. Here's your Billboard Top 20 (week ending 11/25/06)

DEBUT AT 1* - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC-VOL.23 (Get that! There were 22 others)
DEBUT AT 2* - JOSH GROBAN, Awake
DEBUT AT 3* - KEITH URBAN, Love, Pain, And The Whole Crazy Thing
DEBUT AT 4* - SUGARLAND, Enjoy The Ride
5 - SOUNDTRACK, Hannah Montana
DEBUT AT 6* - JIM JONES, Hustler's P.O.M.E.
7 - BIRDMAN & LIL' WAYNE, Like Father, Like Son
8 - CARRIE UNDERWOOD, Some Hearts
9 - JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE,&hellip

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Radio Group That Proved More Is More

I've been mulling an odd thought lately that today's consolidators could never have pioneered the radio industry. It takes me back to the 1960's when a company called Westinghouse that made electrical appliances, light bulbs and other manufactured goods owned radio and television stations. That was allowed then, but they couldn't own too many. Hold that thought. The folks at Westinghouse came up with a zany idea for a format that did all-news 24-hours a day. I was a young guy in Philly at the time where they owned a very poor signal that they wound up calling KYW Newsradio 1060. It was awful. And I just don't say that because I&hellip

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