The music industry is changing, again. We’ve heard this before though, right? Digital downloads were going to kill album sales. But now what about streaming? With more and more options on how to stream your favourite music, it’s no wonder that it’s getting so big, so fast. And because of that, digital downloads are taking a dive. What we don’t hear as much from the music industry is just how much they love getting money from subscription services like Spotify and Apple Music. YouTube, however, doesn’t pay them enough, or so they say.
More than 30 million people are now paying for subscription streaming services in the United States. This actually pushed the streaming revenue up 48%, to $2.5 billion in the first half of the year. Streaming now accounts for 62% of the music business in the United States. The music industry took a hit that started back in 1999 because of Napster. But that actually didn’t stop until a couple of years ago.
In the meantime, iTunes style digital downloads continue to fall. They are down 24%. Because why buy music for a dollar when you can stream almost anything you want for as much as $10 a month. Different subscription services vary. A surprising statistic, however, is related to physical sales. Like things that you can hold in your hand, like an actual vinyl record. Those sales are nearly flat. Down just 1%. Which is weird isn’t it? … Read the rest
Last weekend, the extremely popular torrenting site The Pirate Bay, was catching some flack for testing out a new system that used visitors’ CPU power to generate cryptocurrency profits for itself. This tactic has been around for years, but the high profile implementation signals that its probably time to start blocking this from happening. I’m kind of floored to be honest. No, I’m not so naive that I don’t think this couldn’t happen, but I’m shocked that someone has the gall to do something like this.
The first step in this process is to determine if you want to block sites from using cryptocurrency miners in your browser. Which, you probably do, but in case you don’t you should know they are saying that they need money to keep the site running. Maybe they do, but is this the way to do it? The administrators of The Pirate Bay (TPB) wrote a blog post explaining their reasons for doing it after people freaked out. They explained that they were testing out a new service called Coin Hive on the site that would allow them to mine the cryptocurrency called Monero while users have TPB open in a browser tab. So basically all you have to do is have a browser tab open at all times?
If you’ve ever used TPB, you are aware of the kinds of advertisements that they attract. Which means, some people might be open to allowing a little bit of their CPU power to be used in order to have an ad-free experience. … Read the rest
I recently read an article that I could relate to all too much. As a woman in my mid-thirties, I have begun to wonder what I am doing with my career. Is it going anywhere? Am I going anywhere in my career? In a time where unemployment seems just around the corner, should I be happy simply because I have a job? When I started out on this journey, I was keen. I had a lot to learn, but I knew that I could make a difference. Not only in my field, but for the people that I represent. Six years later, extremely good at my job, I wonder if I’ve actually made an impact. And what that even means.
According to a 2015 study of female millennials by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, women’s awakening to workplace sexism is a slow, inexorable evolution. As we age, we become increasingly dissatisfied so that by the time we are 30 or even 34 (ahem) we become disenchanted. Specifically, we notice things about our workplace Like our employers aren’t encouraging diverse enough hiring. Or there aren’t any female role models. Millennial men, however, feel more supported and contented in their jobs. Which is interesting because young women are likelier to put their jobs first – over family.
If you’ve seen the TV show Insecure, you’ll know what I’m talking about. And if you’re a woman in your 30s, you can likely relate. One of the main characters, Molly, is constantly getting slapped in the face when she realizes that her accomplishments don’t matter. … Read the rest