It’s now just over a month since we were in the Debussy Auditorium at Midemnet 2009, and a lot has happened:
- Spotify and Catchmedia have become the media darlings, each showing that you can bring innovation to market without litigation and hand-wringing.
- That said, Seeqpod and Songbeat have been sued by both EMI and Warner Music Group.
- Spiral Frog teeters on collapse.
- Jim Griffin’s Choruss initiative is beginning to get buy-in from the majors.
- Total Music and Ruckus have ceased operations, major label initiatives that failed to get traction.
- The Pirate Bay trial goes on in Stockholm, with no clear winner in sight.
It’s clear that the chaos isn’t over, we need to get down to business.
As many have stated over the past months, there is an audience out there for music, there are revenues for the taking. We need to stop posturing, litigating and talking over each other. We need to stop leaving money on the table and maximize the opportunities.
We need to creative sustainable partnerships & deliver services that address fan behavior. If we can’t do that, we’ve truly lost.