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In part 1, I defined a way of thinking about the differences between "websites" and "platforms". A platform, according to this writer is a pervasive utility - an application of real use that extends into many other, if not all, parts of the web. A...

Over the past couple of weeks, I have pondered the competitive threat that Facebook poses to Google and vice versa. This question is of course top of mind due to the launch of Google+ (which I love by the way). This post is Part 1...

A while back the social media set started to realize that just because someone liked your brand or artist's Facebook page, they wouldn't necessarily see everything you posted to Facebook in their feed. At f8 last year Facebook discussed their Edgerank algorithm (see a good overview from...

[from The Comet] It’s true that independent musicians have access to a greater range of professional quality resources than ever before. It’s no secret that you don’t need a label deal to distribute music digitally, promote it online, or even sell custom merch. That said, the artists...

[from The Comet] The first Billboard chart was published in 1936, and the Top 100 list first made its appearance in 1958. Now, in 2010, a new crop of startups are tracking the data that’s important in today’s music business – not CD sales – but Facebook friends, Twitter...

[from The Comet] In my last post, I outlined three lessons every artist should live by. Prince, whose music I love, recently made a statement which has now provoked me to revisit the first rule in greater detail: Make it easy for fans to discover your music -...

[from The Comet] Changes in the traditional label system have been chronicled far more extensively than I dare attempt (David Byrne’s piece in Wired is a personal favorite). This is a complex topic which I’ll address further in subsequent posts, so for brevity’s sake I’ll start...

Weezer Remix Contest - "Love Is The Answer" - Indaba Music Our newest program over at Indaba Music! This is going to be an amazing one. Here's the intro from the contest: Weezer has provided you with the stems for "Love Is The Answer", a track off...

Over at Indaba Music we just launched the most epic remix contest EVER. It's N.A.S.A. featuring Kanye West, David Byrne, Chuck D, RZA, The Cool Kids, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Tom Waits, DJ AM, KRS-One, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Lykke Li, Santogold, George Clinton, Scarface, M.I.A...