Who expects Pono to compete with Amazon and iTunes, not to mention the increasingly popular on-demand subscriptions services that offer tens of millions of songs for $10 per month? Nobody. And Pono itself has no delusions about that.
One of the most popular locations in any airport, or indeed here at SXSW itself, is the device-charging kiosk. People will contort themselves into uncomfortable positions and cozy up to complete strangers if it means a few more minutes of power for their precious, essential devices.
Assuming that this week does not mark “the end of Bitcoin” and, by extension, Bitcoin alternatives -- or even assuming that they have been set back five to ten years as Mt. Gox fears -- the music industry will get its own alternative currency next week in “Songcoin.”
Apple notoriously declines to attend CES, and now Google has gone and announced a significant partnerships with four major automakers and a chipmaker to put Android in millions or maybe hundreds of millions of car dashboards. Audi, Honda, Hyundai, and GM will put Android into their cars as result of the deal.
Amazon gets in on the year-end action with a list of the company's top-selling music titles not only of 2013, but of all time. As the results show, sales vary by format; for example, CDs historically lean toward female artists with a focus on vocal performance while MP3s center on viral hits.
As record labels continue to grapple with how to make money from music when there's an internet, one art-and-academia minded label called Care Of Editions has devised an interesting solution we couldn't help being curious about.
If you pay by the month for music, your kith and kin might call you crazy behind your back. Isn't that stuff free? On the other hand, if you are a subscriber, you've probably realized that if you like music, you could do worse than to pay $10/month for 20 million songs. Accessing those same songs for a year via iTunes would cost you about $20,000,000 (keep the receipt).