Some people, in the end, did stop downloading free music, but it wasn’t because of the record company lawsuits, for the most part. It was because Apple created a convenient and affordable way to get music legally, called iTunes.
I like Quiet Storm (QS) at WBLS very much. It is played 7:00pm NY, that means 8 am in Tokyo, but I am not really in the QS mood in the morning. When I am in the QS mode at night in Tokyo, they feature Steve Harvey which is fine but not so suitable to listen at night. Then I’ve found the WBLS sister station, KBLX of San Francisco, that plays QS all the time. It can, in effect, capture QS listeners online of any time zones across the globe. That is nice. That leads me to think the long tail curve for the quiet storm listeners something like:
At this point, I’d bet there are very few people listening online and their revenue depends purely on local advertising and no business model is yet established for online streaming program. However, as more and more listeners will shift from offline radio to online and the competition will intensified, I hope the new form or style of online radio programs will emerge.
Yesterday, I was quite inspired by this video (thanks!, via Ejovi) and told it to a friend of mine. She subsequently returned yet another CANON Rock by another player, who turned out to be the Taiwanese’s guitarist, JerryC (google video, official site ), who, I just learned, originally arranged this CANON Rock. I am not saying which one is better, but I am simply amazed how a single artist can video record his play in his room and upload it to google video or youtube and attract so much access and downloads overnight. Simply amazing.
In Japanse: クラッシックの定番 CANONの Rockバージョンです。もともとは台湾のギターリスト少年 (?) JerryC (オフィシャルサイト )がアレンジして自分の部屋で演奏したものですが、グーグルビデオで大人気になったとか。また、こちらは別の少年、YouTubeに数日前にアップロードされた同じ曲のビデオです。部屋で一人で演奏。たった数日で、百三十万回以上の閲覧されているようです。才能さえあれば誰でも一晩で大人気になれる時代なんですね。