December 26th, 2007 | by Tom
While the transformation of Apple from a quirky computer maker serving a loyal, if tiny, following into a world-beating consumer brand has been several years in the making, 2007 was clearly the jump point for the company. With this new status as a mainstream consumer brand comes both enormous opportunities and ominous challenges. My big question: is Apple culturally suited to being a mainstream consumer brand?
November 2nd, 2007 | by Tom
The Writer's Guild of America should beware. Nature abhors a vacuum--but not as much as consumers. Thing is, leave them high and dry and this time the consumers might just amuse themselves.
October 5th, 2007 | by Tom
Regardless of your musical tastes, on Wednesday I encourage you to download and pay generously for Radiohead's new album. It will be an act of defiance heard 'round the world.
September 6th, 2007 | by Tom
When the top dogs at the major labels start to understand that mass markets are dying, that albums are an anachronism, that music designed for distribution at Walmart is the real cancer, that concert formats are stale, that DRM is a throwback to the Industrial Age--only then will they get back to producing great music that stirs the human spirit and creates for artists something more important than a distribution channel: a lifelong audience.
March 15th, 2007 | by Tom
By now you know my rant on commercial radio: it’s like walking around with someone else’s iPod, listening to someone [&hellip