The future for the music industry

First read Ian Rogers’ excellent presentation about why it’s time we pay closer attention to consumer needs when it comes to digital music.

Then go and buy Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows which is available as a DRM-free download that costs whatever you feel like paying for it. If enough people buy the album we will show the music industry that this is the way forward!

Steve Jobs on why they are charging different prices for the same songs in different European markets

At the Berlin news conference, Mr. Jobs reiterated that Apple had been compelled by the major music companies to charge different prices for the same songs in different European markets.

“We think the prices should be the same,” Mr. Jobs said. “Anybody in Europe should be able to buy off of any store. I’ve been saying this from the start. But the music companies don’t permit us to resell their music that way. So it’s really an issue with the music companies.”

Deutsche Telekom to Offer iPhone in Germany – New York Times

It would be nice if the same would apply to Apple’s hardware as well. Unfortunately I think that’s always going to be more expensive in Europe.

d-JAYS

d-JAYS

Yesterday I ordered a pair of white d-JAYS earphones. The d-JAYS are supposed to be great and my iPod touch deserves the best!

I’ll get my headphones tomorrow so now I’m just waiting for the iPod touch to arrive. Hurry up Apple!

iProng – iPhone features you’ll miss out on by buying an iPod touch

None of this is to say that you shouldn’t buy the iPod touch. In fact, based on my early testing, I’d have to say that the iPod touch is by far the most amazing product to ever bear the “iPod” brand name. But be forewarned that the iPod touch is not necessarily the mythical “iPhone without a phone” that some users have been looking for. Instead, think of it as an “iPhone lite without the phone.” If the iPod touch suits your needs, then don’t let any of the above stop you. But with as much as has been arbitrarily removed from the iPod touch, it sure looks like Apple still wants you to buy the iPhone, and then only wants you to consider the iPod touch if you’ve already ruled the iPhone out.

iProng – iPhone features you’ll miss out on by buying an iPod touch

Good summary. The more I read about the iPod touch the more I believe I will love it!

Sahara Hotnights

In action

Last night I saw Sahara Hotnights play in the new concert hall in Uppsala. I’m not one of their biggest fans and I’ve only listened to their latest album, but I think the gig was quite ok.

They played all of the hits combined with some older material mixed in but I was a bit surprised when they left the stage after just 40 minutes. They naturally returned for an encore of two songs, so I guess in total they played for just under an hour.

Isn’t that a bit short?

Or is it just me who’s used to Moneybrother and Tomas Andersson Wij who can’t stop and basically play until they are dragged off the stage. I don’t know, but at least I’m not used to short gigs.

I’m not that sure about the new concert hall either. I think it’s butt ugly and it unfortunately has the same style indoors. There is no charm and no personality just a lot of concrete everywhere.

The big room with numbered seats might be better but this concert was a standing one so it was on the ground floor in the area where, I heard, there is usually a café. That in itself is quite odd.

Then for some reason the stage is so low that even I had a hard time seeing the girls in the band. A bit into the show we moved to the back of the room and Camilla finally got a glimpse of the singer and said “Oh, she’s got dark hair!” I found that quite hilarious!

If this wasn’t enough they left the light on in the entry hall and they didn’t close the doors, not that it would have mattered with glass doors. But this meant the room wasn’t dark enough and I found the lights very distracting and annoying. I really hope they’ll do something about that.

All the queueing sucked quite bad too, but that will probably get better as the people working there get more experience.

Lisa Miskovsky – Acceptable Losses Acoustic Tour

Last Thursday we saw Lisa’s gig at Katalin in Uppsala and it was brilliant! I think I actually prefer the acoustic Lisa over normal Lisa 😉

If there was one problem with the tour last autumn it was that the songs sounded just like on the album. It was pretty much like listening to the cd but in the concert hall instead of home in your living room. This time around though, the songs have changed and grown as they were adjusted for the acoustic environment, and that actually makes them better!

I really hope that they will record one of the gigs on the tour and release it in some way.

Damien Rice

What is it that makes Damien Rice so good? Is it the low soothing voice? The piano in the background? Or maybe the brilliant lyrics?

I believe it’s all the above that combined makes him stand out from the rest, making it my prefered music during my commute to work.