Category Services

E-Books: Subscription Services vs. Libraries

Business model flexibility with digital content leads to a blur between the public good and private enterprise.

Forbes – Going Hi-Fi To Compete With Spotify (And Google And Apple)

My latest piece in Forbes is about the new breed of subscription music services that offer lossless compression, in order to appeal to the audiophile crowd.  Two of them recently launched in the U.S. market: Tidal and Deezer Elite.  I speculate about whether this development will finally lead to an era where top audio quality has […]

Why Does Apple Want to Halve the Price of On-Demand Music?

Apple needs to throw the on-demand music market into disarray in order to become a serious player in it.

That Old Question Again: Did Going DRM-Free Help or Hinder Sales of Music Downloads?

So, did going DRM-free help or hinder sales of music downloads? Here’s what the actual numbers show.

Ghosts in the UltraViolet Machine

Copyright and Technology London 2014 takes place next Wednesday; Amazon and Apple announce family accounts for sharing content and apps; Garth Brooks launches his own competitor to iTunes and Amazon.

Dispatches from IDPF Digital Book 2014, Pt. 1: Wattpad

Why isn’t the book publishing world scared to death of Wattpad?

MP3Tunes and the New DMCA Boundaries

A federal district judge reopens an old case; courts start to limn the boundaries of “willful blindness” in qualifying for the DMCA safe harbor. Meanwhile, Michael Robertson’s latest provocative startup involves Internet radio.