RE: Forecasting the Future

Tim Byars (
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 13:39:49 -0700

At 11:30 AM -0700 6/7/99, Gregory Alan Bolcer did the job with this:

> "Music is already the second-most-searched commodity
> on the Web. With the record industry in turmoil over
> MP3, and with RealNetworks and Microsoft sharpening
> their hatchets for the battle to offer a 'safe' alternative,
> there's likely to be a bloodbath."
> Thomas Dolby Robertson, founder and chief beatnik,
> Beatnik

Now the Computer ________________ (insert whatever you consider
yourselves) fuck the artists. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

> "The Internet is the perfect place to reinvent the
>music singles chart. Once a barometer
> of popular culture, the national singles chart could
>be reborn on the Web. The digital
> single can be an important medium for consumers to
>discover new music and for the
> record industry to develop new artists. A format and
>business that is costly offline
> becomes an attractive business online."
> Larry Miller, COO, a2b Music

Great, let's get KPC&B to fund this. Fuck the artists creating music.
More Backstreet Boys, and iN Sync.

> "Voice and audio. Whether you are talking about Net
>telephony, conferencing or Net
> radio, I think this area is underthought and
> Bo Peabody, CEO, Tripod

Underthought. Yeah, don't ever consider creating a system where artists
can support themselves. That would hurt your bottom line and fuck up
your IPO.

> "One day, getting music will be like signing up for
>cellular service. You'll get it in your
> house, in your car, on your Pilot, wherever you are,
>and you'll get billed at the end of the
> month. The format is unimportant. You'll be able to
>get a certain amount free, but there
> will be a 'buy' button if you want to keep
>listening. You'll have a 'stereo-top box' in your
> living room with a large LCD screen and a remote
>control, to manage your inventory.
> You'll get special offers of incremental goods like
>concert tickets and T-shirts. In theory
> the best companies to offer this kind of service
>will be TCI, AT&T or PG&E."
> Thomas Dolby Robertson, founder and chief beatnik, Beatnik

Thomas Dolby has always been a clueless idiot. He should have stuck to
letting Matthew his bassist come up with catchy riffs he could turn
into pop songs.

Fry's moved a 8 foot high palate of recordable blank CD's over the
weekend in their Anaheim store. Musicians are getting around $1.20 per
album sold. Figure out who you're going to be listening to in 5 years.




"If at first you don't succeed, come back and we'll beat you again." - Degeneration X

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