Apple Has Something Big Up Their Sleeve

Nostalgic Reflections by Mitch Santell

After Steve Jobs, I have been searching my heart and soul for what is going to be Apple, Inc.’s saving grace. When Steve Jobs passed on the DNA that is Apple, a piece of the company died when Steve did. Not an easy thing to admit because I was inducted into the Apple Cult early on in 1984.

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1984 512K Fat Mac with External Disk Drive.

In 1984 I purchased a Fat Mac for 3,700.00 Dollars plus Tax in Los Angeles. Now fast forward to 2018 and look where Apple is now.

Apple can’t stand still, and it is trying not to be a casualty of its own success.

Apple has something big brewing. What is it? Apple is about to overtake Spotify as the top paid streaming service. There is a reason for this. The reason is Apple incredible relationship with its customers.

The streaming market is being fine-tuned. If you are a songwriter and artist, you are going to have to pay very close attention to what each of these streaming companies is doing.

Spotify is being as innovative as Apple in that the company is allowing artists to sign themselves to Spotify as a real artist giving them more control of their content.

Many companies offer the same product, but their pricing scheme is related to how they can accumulate the most amount of customers.

Take a deep breath investing a few moments in listening and watching what is happening at Napster. (Yeah, man, they are still around)! The company is now called Rhapsody / Napster. The new company adds 24,000 new streaming tracks every 24 hours. The company has their payout structure in place and are paying top dollar to the artists and companies.

Time to reflect on where the market is shifting. Let me know your thoughts. I’ll expand further on the challenges that face Apple and why but in the meantime, check out this reflective talk between Bill Patrizio, President & CEO, Rhapsody Int’l – Napster (USA) interviewer: Mark Mulligan, Managing Director & Analyst, MIDiA Research (UK)

Nostalgia here: http://bit.ly/2uqy5hQ

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Seth Godin, a real marketing hero!

Applause and Endorsement by Mitch Santell

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I’ve been following Seth Godin’s blog and various websites since 2006.  His insights, simplicity of message and focus, accuracy and timing will help YOU to jumpstart your own project.

First, take a look at Seth’s Blog, hosted at WordPress and a delight to view and read:

https://seths.blog/


Second, Invest a few moments to listen to the podcast, it is worth your time. Here are the other places to find Seth Godin:  https://www.sethgodin.com/

Listen to Seth Godin’s Genius in this podcast.

Here are Seth’s Top 100 Blog Postings:

https://seths.blog/top-100/


Third, Read more about Seth in his own words…

Thirty years of projects

I realized the other day that most people grow up thinking in terms of professional affiliations. “I’m going to be an accountant.” “I’m going to work for General Dynamics.”

Somehow, I always thought of my career as a series of projects, not jobs. Projects… things to be invented, funded and shipped. Sometimes they take on a life of their own and last, other times, they flare and fade. But projects, one after the other, mark my career. Lucky for me, the world cooperated and our entire culture shifted from one based on long-term affiliations (you know, ‘jobs’) to projects.

I had a two-part approach to building a career about projects. The first was to find a partner who was willing to own the lion’s share of the upside in exchange for advancing resources allowing me to create the work (but always keeping equity in the project, not doing it merely for hire). Publishers are good at this, and it enabled me to bootstrap my way to scale. The second was to grow a network, technology and the confidence to be able to take on projects too big for the typical solo venture. Complicated projects, on time, is a niche that’s not very crowded…

The stages of a project—being stuck, seeing an outcome, sharing a vision, being rejected, finding a home, building it, editing it, launching it, planting the seeds for growth—I’m thrilled it’s a cycle I’ve been able to repeat hundreds of times over the years.

There’s a difference between signing on to someone else’s project and starting your own. The impresario mindset of initiation and improvisation are at the heart of the project. It’s yours, you own it. Might as well do something you’re proud of, and something that matters, because it’s your gig.

Read the rest here: https://seths.blog/2014/07/thirty-years-of-projects/

100 Most Popular Hashtags On Instagram

Simple observations by Mitch Santell

Each day I edit audio content, write blog posts, continue to build Big Reggae Mix into a Global Brand and lovingly support another artist’s who feel depressed and stuck.

Between my daily duties at Big Reggae Mix, I find little things that help me get to more people and share kindness, love, and support on a massive level!

Remember to think: Big!


100 most popular hashtags on instagram

1. #love – 143,817,139 photos
2. #instagood – 97,570,915 photos
3. #me – 80,693,198 photos
4. #tbt – 75,411,509 photos
5. #cute – 75,047,873 photos
6. #photooftheday – 70,995,806 photos
7. #instamood – 64,925,462 photos
8. #beautiful – 54,570,181 photos
9. #picoftheday – 53,776,027 photos
10. #igers – 52,997,258 photos
11. #girl – 52,960,538 photos
12. #instadaily – 51,313,415 photos
13. #iphonesia – 51,124,375 photos
14. #follow – 46,372,281 photos
15. #tweegram – 44,656,230 photos
16. #happy – 43,360,681 photos
17. #summer – 42,718,347 photos
18. #instagramhub – 42,101,798 photos
19. #bestoftheday – 40,202,550 photos
20. #iphoneonly – 39,287,795 photos
21. #igdaily – 36,932,129 photos
22. #fashion – 35,815,277 photos
23. #webstagram – 35,073,684 photos
24. #picstitch – 34,965,202 photos
25. #nofilter – 34,196,209 photos
26. #sky – 33,913,231 photos
27. #jj – 33,899,949 photos
28. #followme – 33,865,057 photos
29. #fun – 33,069,338 photos
30. #smile – 30,236,252 photos
31. #like – 29,636,123 photos
32. #pretty – 27,687,567 photos
33. #sun – 27,583,417 photos
34. #food – 27,409,451 photos
35. #instagramers – 26,197,524 photos
36. #friends – 26,182,561 photos
37. #lol – 24,989,254 photos
38. #hair – 22,859,451 photos
39. #bored – 21,586,314 photos
40. #swag – 21,569,900 photos
41. #cool – 21,370,212 photos
42. #funny – 20,780,049 photos
43. #onedirection – 20,410,001 photos
44. #life – 20,334,119 photos
45. #nature – 20,266,828 photos
46. #family – 19,848,462 photos
47. #christmas – 19,542,006 photos
48. #my – 18,660,172 photos
49. #blue – 18,489,451 photos
50. #pink – 17,953,933 photos
51. #dog – 17,943,442 photos
52. #beach – 17,670,037 photos
53. #art – 17,538,396 photos
54. #hot – 17,384,494 photos
55. #tagsforlikes – 17,089,894 photos
56. #photo – 16,794,388 photos
57. #amazing – 15,979,281 photos
58. #repost – 15,893,445 photos
59. #girls – 15,820,604 photos
60. #instahub – 15,466,981 photos
61. #sunset – 15,426,384 photos
62. #party – 15,419,737 photos
63. #awesome – 15,292,933 photos
64. #red – 15,223,775 photos
65. #baby – 14,963,775 photos
66. #statigram – 14,813,215 photos
67. #black – 14,756,443 photos
68. #versagram – 14,670,529 photos
69. #cat – 14,587,895 photos
70. #music – 14,582,697 photos
71. #instalove – 14,561,589 photos
72. #likeforlike – 14,451,644 photos
73. #night – 14,371,566 photos
74. #followback – 13,602,164 photos
75. #throwbackthursday – 13,395,605 photos
76. #clouds – 13,228,789 photos
77. #white – 12,911,807 photos
78. #bestfriend – 12,393,864 photos
79. #yummy – 12,388,898 photos
80. #yum – 12,280,256 photos
81. #like4like – 12,151,613 photos
82. #textgram – 12,025,992 photos
83. #eyes – 12,014,859 photos
84. #green – 11,927,125 photos
85. #2012 – 11,722,646 photos
86. #sweet – 11,696,715 photos
87. #all_shots – 11,652,778 photos
88. #school – 11,642,671 photos
89. #igaddict – 11,568,790 photos
90. #style – 11,470,768 photos
91. #i – 11,304,169 photos
92. #beauty – 11,016,473 photos
93. #harrystyles – 11,009,421 photos
94. #instacollage – 10,942,042 photos
95. #jj_forum – 10,905,037 photos
96. #foodporn – 10,647,412 photos
97. #nice – 10,633,312 photos
98. #boy – 10,414,825 photos
99. #instago – 10,314,053 photos
100. #best – 10,271,100 photos


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Steve Job’s iPhone Turned America Into A Dystopian Atomized Society

Comments on iPhone Cloning of Humanity by Mitch Santell

The change is very subtle but you notice it still the same. What is it? The darting of eyes in the supermarket here in America as patrons (we call them guests), decide if they should pass you on the left or on the right.

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Dystopian & Atomized America

The reason that most people don’t know is that the level of wireless wi-fi and radiation coming off portable smartphone devices, plus the cloning off of your thinking skills is enough to take for one person.

In atomization, the subcultural mode’s local communities cannot hold together, because they no longer deliver adequate meaning. The subcultural solution to the problems of self and society—intermediate-scale subsocieties that buffer individuals from national institutions—failed.

Instead, society moves onto global interactive media. Internet social networks support larger, geographically dispersed virtual communities. You no longer need to be in the happening place to get access to a genre or scene. You may not know the gender, race, or nationality of some of your closest friends. It is wonderful to find people who share your nearly-unique interests—but can online relationships replace in-person ones? Can electronic communities provide the same benefits as local ones?

The vestiges of systematic social organization are crumbling. As culture and society atomize, it becomes impossible to maintain a coherent ideology. Religions decohere into vague “spirituality,” and political isms give way to bizarre, transient, reality-impaired online movements. Decontextualized, contradictory, intensely-proclaimed religious and political “beliefs” displace legacy systems of meaning. These are not beliefs in an ordinary sense, but advertisements of personal qualities and tribal identification. The atomized mode generates paranoia, because without the systematic mode’s “therefores,” its structure of justification, there are no memetic defenses against bad ideas.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2sqpHy5


Technology divides us more than anything else. The more I read and observe, the more I am convinced of this.

Dystopia is everywhere. No longer just a narrative form in the vein of 1984 or Soylent Green, the very word is seeping into our daily news and culture, invoked as readily in the pubs of London as the checkpoints of Gaza. Far from “an imagined … society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic,” dystopia is now used to describe Facebook, Brexit, biometric data, militancy, antibiotic resistance, and HQ Trivia.

A 2017 article in the Nation summed up a great deal of liberal feelings about the current political climate: “With the election of an uber-narcissist incapable of distinguishing between fact and fantasy, all the dystopian nightmares that had gathered like storm clouds on the horizon—nuclear war, climate change, a clash of civilizations—suddenly moved overhead.”

Of course, the Western political and economic upheavals of the past few years are about as dystopian as a party balloon next to the reality of life in, say, North Korea, whose government sums up the rights of its citizens with a simple phrase—“One for all and all for one”—better known in the West for a book that is probably not discussed much in Pyongyang. Like Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany before it, the totalitarian oppression of the DPRK feels so remote that it becomes almost pantomime. The hysterical weeping of party officials at the death of Kim Jong-il and the assassination of Kim Jong-un’s defector brother, with the killers allegedly told it was part of a “prank” show, feel closer to fiction than fact—stories to be marvelled at, rather than profound human truths. Propaganda and history collide, blurring the lines between fiction and reality; as these lines move, so does our cultural understanding of dystopia.

More here: https://slate.me/2so2Djj

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The Re-Boot Of Vinyl Records on HD

Observations of Old World Formats by Mitch Santell

Vinyl records continue to sell and now there is industry talk of HD Vinyl next year. With all of the competition for Streaming Services, do you think that HD Vinyl will take the market by storm? Stranger things have happened. Hell, I remember Quad Vinyl in 1968.

Yeah man, I just had to look up Carlos Santa, Black Magic Woman that was released on the Album Abraxas in 1973. Oh man, now HD Vinyl? I am loving it!

‘High-definition vinyl’ could be spinning on your turntable by next year

Vinyl records are in the midst of a surprising renaissance, fueled not only by millennial nostalgia but by high-tech turntables. As CD and digital music sales continue to decline due to online streaming services like Spotify, CNBC reports that vinyl LP sales increased to 13 million in 2016 — their highest level since 1991.

Now, an Austrian start-up named Rebeat Innovations is hoping to give the venerable medium itself a high-tech boost with an innovation it’s calling “high-definition vinyl.”

Pitchfork has a rundown on the new process, which involves digital audio conversion and the use of lasers to engrave the ceramic “stamper,” the master component that creates the grooves on the record during the manufacturing process.

The company filed a patent in 2016 for “3D-based topographical mapping combined with laser inscription technology,” which it says will reduce the manufacturing time by 60 percent.

Founder Günter Loibl told Pitchfork that the company has received nearly $5 million in funding for HD vinyl, with a new $600,000 laser system on the way and plans for five test stampers at selected plants. The new process produces vinyl LPs with higher fidelity, better volume, consistent quality, and longer playing times than traditional records.

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Rebeat, founder Guenter Loibl 

Everyone at Rebeat Innovation loves music and technology.  It’s deeply anchored in our company’s DNA.

Rebeat, founded by Guenter Loibl (pictured) back in 2001, started as a CD and DVD distributor.  In 2006, Rebeat expanded into digital music distribution. In 2009, Rebeat Digital became the first digital distributor to integrate royalty accounting into their distribution application.  

In 2015, Rebeat MES (for Music Enterprise Software) was born, the first – and still the only – distribution company to offer a fully-flexible distribution matrix.  MES was designed to meet a broad range of client needs.  It even allows third-party aggregators to be added into our clients’ tracking dashboards. 

In 2016, Mr. Loibl had this crazy idea to make vinyl records with lasers 🙂  We simply called it HD Vinyl.  We think this is just one of many groundbreaking ideas ahead.

Read more here: https://hdvinyl.org

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Will GDPR Take Down Your Stream?

Aftermath Thoughts by Mitch Santell

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President Donald J. Trump Won The Election to stop this but he can’t.

The state of streaming your content changed forever on May 25, 2018. Did you feel it? Do you know about it? Will you be affected by it? Lots of questions and reasonable because if you are like me you have received dozens of “privacy update notices” from various online services including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and dozens more.

Here is what I have found so far so check it out!

LONDON — Europe is about to introduce some of the toughest online privacy rules in the world: the General Data Protection Regulation, also known as the G.D.P.R. The changes aim to give internet users more control over what’s collected and shared about them, and they punish companies that don’t comply.

Here’s what it means for you.

What are the new rules?
The law, which goes into effect on May 25, strengthens individual privacy rights and, more important, it has teeth. Companies can be fined up to 4 percent of global revenue — equivalent to about $1.6 billion for Facebook.

The internet’s grand bargain has long been trading privacy for convenience. Businesses offer free services like email, entertainment and search, and in return they collect data and sell advertising.

But recent privacy scandals involving Facebook and the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica highlight the downsides of that trade-off. The system is opaque and ripe for abuse.

Read more here: https://nyti.ms/2KYYVnQ


For companies large and small, here is a solution I found. Please research this and let me know what you think!

Termly
This could be a perfect solution.

“Termly was founded with the belief that protecting an online business can be quicker, easier, and cheaper than it has ever been before.”

https://termly.io

In the meantime, it would seem that the lawsuits have already started!

US news websites including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times were inaccessible for millions of European users after missing the May 25 deadline to be GDPR compliant.

At the time of writing users in the European Union were met with the following message when trying to access their websites:

“Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2sabSV4 and here: http://bit.ly/2skRRKW

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Enjoy The New Regulations.

On the first day of GDPR enforcement, Facebook and Google have been hit with a raft of lawsuits accusing the companies of coercing users into sharing personal data. The lawsuits, which seek to fine Facebook 3.9 billion and Google 3.7 billion euro (roughly $8.8 billion in dollars), were filed by Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems, a longtime critic of the companies’ data collection practices.

GDPR requires clear consent and justification for any personal data collected from users, and these guidelines have pushed companies across the internet to revise their privacy policies and collection practices. But there is still widespread uncertainty over how European regulators will treat the requirements, and many companies are still unpreparedfor enforcement.

Both Google and Facebook have rolled out new policies and products to comply with GDPR, but Schrems’ complaints argue those policies don’t go far enough. In particular, the complaint singles out the way companies obtain consent for the privacy policies, asking users to check a box in order to access services. It’s a widespread practice for online services, but the complaints argue that it forces users into an all-or-nothing choice, a violation of the GDPR’s provisions around particularized consent.

Shrems told the Financial Times that the existing consent systems were clearly noncompliant. “They totally know that it’s going to be a violation,” he said. “They don’t even try to hide it.”

The lawsuits are broken up into specific products, with one filed against Facebook and two others against its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries. A fourth suit was filed against Google’s Android operating system.

Both companies have disputed the charges, arguing that existing measures were adequate to meet GDPR requirements. “We build privacy and security into our products from the very earliest stages,” Google said in a statement, “and are committed to complying with the EU GDPR.”

Facebook offered a similar defense, saying, “We have prepared for the past 18 months to ensure we meet the requirements of the GDPR.”

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2sgGiEq


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Will WordPress Continue to Grow As A Platform? Yes, I said yes!

Reflections by Mitch Santell

Each time I log into WordPress, I see the following scree

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WordPress Opening Screen.

WordPress claims to power 30% of the internet. I would like to say that I believe them. It would be interesting to note what percentage of their users are on the official WP platform and which users have downloaded the software to their server. Of course, I can’t answer any of this because I don’t work for WordPress.

The reason I know that WordPress will continue to grow is that their platform has created a space to network with thousands if not millions of other bloggers and postings.

The reason WordPress is on my mind is that I am looking at the plethora of platforms that are out there and each time I come back to WordPress.

From 2006 until 2009 I blogged at Typepad which was and is a competitor to WordPress. Typepad’s “Program it yourself platform” is known as Moveable Type. When I deleted my original WordPress site, it was gone and erased from the internet.

It was a lovely surprise to go back to my 2006 site and still see it online and intact.

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My original blog still online at: http://moviecapital.typepad.com

Typepad might be a way to go for some of you who also need a stable and secure platform. Each online service their strengths and weaknesses but I have found it comes down to the interface and how fast you can get your content up there.

TypePad Movie Capital
You might like Typepad:http://www.typepad.com

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Start Your Own Music Label

Comments on Pay to Play and the State of the Music Business by Mitch Santell

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Start your music label: https://www.dittomusic.com/record-label-in-a-box

There has never been a better time to start your own music label. I have watched and read as dozens of Reggae Artists have truly taken their career’s back.

Regardless of what anyone tells you, the days of “Pay To Play” are finally coming to an end. Want a more profound indication of this? Look at what is happening at Billboard!

This is what Music Business Worldwide had to say:


When The Harlem Shake hit No.1 in the US, just 309,000 of its 103 million first-week streams came from audio services like Spotify.

The song was also helped by 262,000 downloads – driven by YouTube viewing, no doubt – but it got little help from a radio audience of just two million.

To exclude video streams from the Hot 100 would have ignored the public’s newfound ability to turn a song into a pop culture phenomenon almost overnight.


Five years later, Billboard has decided that a YouTube stream is no longer worth the same as a Spotify stream.

Starting in July, Billboard’s new weighting system for the Hot 100 will create a hierarchy that discriminates paid services from ad-supported services – and audio from video.

The Harlem Shake might not have reached No.1 if released in 2018.

This new scheme will work on a points basis:

  • Streams from on-demand audio services – Spotify, Apple Music, et al – are given one point;
  • On-demand video streams from YouTube, Vevo and others receive 0.67 points apiece;
  • Finally, programmed streams by Internet radio services – non-interactive and limited functionality, meaning you can’t choose a song or listen to an entire album from start to finish – like Pandora and Slacker Radio are given 0.5 points each.

How will these changes play out?

I took 2017 US year-end numbers from BuzzAngle, estimated the total number of streams for each category above, and then calculated each category’s share of total annual streams.

Then I applied Billboard’s new point system to these 2017 numbers.

This is what the total market looks like before and after the new weighting scheme:

Old Vs New Playboy

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ISZxhL

It is interesting to note that Billboard purchased Radio & Records on July 7, 2006 shutting down R&R one year later laying off hundreds of employees so I have no love for Billboard Magazine for what they did to the radio business in 2006.

Billboard mag buys rival Radio and Records

Friday 07 July, 2006

As expected, Billboard magazine has reached an agreement to acquire Radio and Records, its 33-year-old Los Angeles-based competitor.

R&R has always maintained a strong focus on radio.

Billboard has its own radio-driven publication, Billboard Radio Monitor.

Billboard and R&R both publish their own airplay charts, which are created using data from competing airplay monitoring firms, Nielsen SoundScan’s BDS (owned by VNU, parent company of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter) and Mediabase.

Billboard owner, Dutch media giant VNU, says it will keep the R&R brand and will integrate R&R’s L.A.-based operations into the Billboard Music Group. R&R publisher Erica Farber will remain and the takeover date is July 31. VNU didn’t announce a price for the deal that’s long been speculated about.

Radio & Records was founded in 1973 by Bob Wilson, has witnessed several ownership changes. In the late 1980s and early ’90s, the publication was owned by radio chain Westwood One. The magazine was purchased by Perry Capital in 1994.

Read more at: https://radioinfo.com.au/news/billboard-mag-buys-rival-radio-and-records

To those of us who remember, this is what Radio and Records looked like in 1997.

 

Radio and Records Yes 1997
R&R in 1997 before Billboard bought them in 2006 and killed the company.

 

Work On Yourself First

Reflections In The Mirror by Mitch Santell

The most important thing that I work on each day is myself. How can I mentor or produce or inspire another person if I am not the best version of myself?

My observations and opinions are based on my experiences, books I have read, conversations that I have had with others. It is my quest to be coachable and willing to revisit topics and situations that are not comfortable.

Living in a post-modern era here in Southern California reminds me of an out-take from Blade Runner. Since I can’t read your mind, it is best I work on my own.

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9 Minutes and 51 Seconds To Set You Straight

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