Peter Kafka

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Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, Minus the Sex and Drugs, Plus a Big Helping of Data

You don’t often read essays about the music business–written by somebody employed by a major label, no less–that include sentences like this: “With our business, the fan experience starts becoming that which contextualizes what was known prior as an artifact.” But there’s plenty more in this post by Ethan Kaplan, who now runs the “emerging technology” unit for Warner Music Group’s sales and marketing arm. Read on for big thinky thoughts about big data and big music.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work