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Comment: Right thing but for the wrong reasons? (Score 1) 364

by monstza (#47260077) Attached to: Google: Indie Musicians Must Join Streaming Service Or Be Removed

Its well known that services like Spotify don't make much money. They charge the cost of a CD a month, which is way more than I used to spend on CDs. Yet, everyone in the chain is struggling.

" Roger Entner of Recon Analytics says streaming music services should be sustainable when they reach 10 million paying users. "

I am not sure how big the streaming market will become, but 10 million users just to break even sounds like a lot. I wouldn't be surprised if 10 years from now only two or three streaming services are actually profitable.

Those 2 or 3 companies will wield all the power and eventually re-negotiate deals that are horrid for the music industry.

I worry that the (indie) labels are just being short sited. They should welcome several players in the streaming market and charge them a reasonable rate. That's the best way they can ensure the streaming music industry is alive and healthy.

Comment: Re:Mweeehhhh (Score 1) 376

by monstza (#43893053) Attached to: Too Many Smart People Chasing Too Many Dumb Ideas?

tumblr is moving the world forward; you just have to consider why Yahoo bought tumblr.

Yahoo wants to find out more about you. So it can do everything from sending you target advertising... to telling companies how many people will buy their new product. I think that's moving the world forward.

I wish Google had a better idea of how many people would buy their Nexus 7.

Comment: Re:Typical. (Score 2) 141

by monstza (#42089599) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?

Well, he said they are growing. So, who knows where they will be in 2 - 5 years. I am sure they don't and none of us have a crystal ball.

The question should be, whats their strategy? you know.. the usual... where do you want to be in 5 years? how will you want to get there? and whats the catch?

So, if the answer came back... " We want to be the largest ISP in the country. We are sitting on a pile of cash and plan to out spend everyone else. The problem is are as stupid as the stuff pigs play in". Then something expensive and well supported is probably the way to go.

I think you guys get the idea...

Comment: They should all go wholesale (Score 1) 247

by monstza (#39246947) Attached to: AT&T Clarifies Data Limitations On "Unlimited" Data Plans

I have seen 1st hand how wasteful cellular networks can be. They have 20+ price plans, each with detailed rules like when to turn on your mailbox.So, their billing systems aren't cheap.

Then they know most customers don't care about which network they are on. So the networks spend a fortune to keep reminding you about their brand...

I wish they would just sell wholesale. Governments should allow anyone with a commitment to setup a decent network in an area to go ahead. Then have companies (similar to ISPs) who buy up access from the wholesalers and provide customers with nationwide coverage.

I just think cellular networks are one way the rich keep getting richer!

Comment: Even if they wanted to, could they? (Score 1) 402

by monstza (#39097779) Attached to: Should Microsoft Put Office On the iPad?
So much as been said over the years about how scared Microsoft is to touch certain parts of their code base... If I remember correctly, Outlook is a prime example. But, for a company whose biggest success is that a 20 year old app will run on their OS or a 10 year old excel document will open correctly... is it really possible to for them to a decent port office to objective C ?

One has to look out for engineers -- they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -- Marcel Pagnol