XM’s Lee Abrams to Speak at USC

My friend Lee Abrams has agreed to come to Los Angeles and talk about satellite radio, the future of mobile music media and take questions from students, professors, graduates and the media.

Abrams kicks off a USC Thornton School of Music series of new events known as "Thornton Hot Topics" in which cutting edge issues relating to music media can be discussed. Nothing is off limits. Lee is a very creative guy -- a thinker who has distinguished himself in the terrestrial radio field for many years.

When Abrams decided to leave terrestrial radio for satellite radio -- before most of us knew what satellite radio was going to&hellip

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How Facebook Saved Face

An online mutiny this past week brought Facebook to its knees and gave a scary first look at how tenuous the world of cyberspace can be. Take notes, MySpace. Your parent company News Corp. paid over $600 million for the chance to be the social network and it can all go away at the click of a mouse.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg apologized in a letter posted to members by saying "We really messed this one up." How?

On Tuesday, September 5, Facebook implemented RSS feeds. As one student of mine said, "we like to spy on people but this is too much". The RSS feeds alerted friends to changes in members' profiles -- a&hellip

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Sirius WiFi Satellite Radio — an Idea Whose Time Has Not Yet Come

It's nice to see that Sirius Satellite Radio is getting into the Internet delivery business with the sale of a new live portable receiver known as The Stiletto. Great name. Great device. Unfortunate timing. The hefty $349.99 price comes with the promise of listening by satellite or WiFi -- at home, in the car (kits sold separately -- ouch!) and the disappointment that you'll have to wait a long time before universal WiFi is available. The new device is intriguing. The SL 100 allows for 6 Hour Recording Blocks. Software updates can be done via WiFi connection allowing Mac and PC users to easily update without using a&hellip

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Why MySpace’s Music Store Deserves Watching

The single-most visited Internet web address -- MySpace, the NewsCorp online venture, is going after Apple's iTunes. Many have tried and failed as iTunes commands a 70% share of the digital music market. The big four major record labels are no doubt rooting for this attempt to break Apple's stranglehold over them.

SpiralFrog announced their new plan to launch a free music
download service supported by advertising by the end of the year. Many see SpiralFrog's approach as "same-old, same-old" (see comments to separate post). But the MySpace challenge -- by no means a slam dunk -- is more intriguing.

On the surface&hellip

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The Future of 90 Second Commercials In Exchange For Downloading “Free” Music

The latest attempt by the record industry to swim upstream against Apple's iTunes appears destined to fail even before it ever gets started -- at least that's what the majority of my USC students think. Free music is a good thing. Being forced to watch a 90-second commercial every time you download that free music is a bad thing. Not being able to own the music is one thing. Having it all disappear within six months is quite another thing. This leads some Gen Y'ers to ask "What are these folks thinking?" Yesterday's announcement that Universal will take several million dollars in&hellip

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