Consolidation — The Monopoly Game That Kills

The situation at KDND, Sacramento is prophetic for more reasons than the obvious -- that a 28-year old listener died in a stupid, irresponsible on-air contest where she was encouraged to drink water without regard to her health. Now, the family of victim Jennifer Strange is suing the station and naming some 40 defendants in the case.

There's no doubt in my mind that the contest was irresponsible, but its up to a jury to determine whether there is legal culpability. And the FCC may determine whether the station gets to stay on the air. There's an uproar to strip KDND parent Entercom of the license. On that issue, I would not&hellip

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This Frog Is Dead In The Water

Spiral Frog's got problems.

Last year it previewed a music service that offered free music downloads in return for users spending about a minute and a half watching ads (even more ads for video). What were they thinking?

Who do they think is their audience? Its not the Generation Y I have come to know and love. No way are they going to watch all that advertising. Maybe 30 seconds of ads while the music is downloading -- once -- but not all this blatant capitalism for every song.

The labels knew a good thing when they saw it (I am being sarcastic here). Universal and BMI and a few indies jumped aboard the Spiral&hellip

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“My Box In A Box” — Record Label Prototype

The most viralist video on the Internet right now is a simple clip recorded by two Philly girls doing a parody of SNL's "Dick In A Box" digital short. The girls call their version "My Box In A Box". This whole thing may just sound like another YouTube "can you top this moment" but I think it is more than that -- it's a glimpse into the future of the music business.

One girl (Leah Kauffman) sings the song and her friend, Bunny, lip syncs the video -- and does a damn good job of it (Ashlee Simpson, take note). Then a&hellip

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Labels Fighting DRM There So They Don’t Have To Fight It Here

Like President Bush, who is surging ahead with his plan to send more troops to Iraq instead of withdraw as much of the country seems to want, record labels can identify. Labels know they are going to have to eat their words on digital rights management (DRM), but they don't want to do it too soon. Maybe they want to fight the downloaders there so they don't have to fight them here because in China where most of the music is pirated EMI has done a deal with their leading website Baidu.com to offer free music. And the two are going to work together on music&hellip

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Video Ad Model No Threat

Traditional media finally has something not to worry about.

A study from Forrester reveals that 82% of the consumers they surveyed thought video ads were annoying. A full 75% said they just ignore the video ads and only ten percent said they interacted with these ads occasionally. If I'm selling traditional media, I'm going to like selling against these statistics.

Of course, you don't have to go to a research company to know how ineffective the new age of Internet advertising really is, you just have to be a Gen Y'er or the parent of a Gen Y'er or a nosy person watching someone blow off Internet advertising. I know I&hellip

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