Should music ever be free? That was the inescapable topic of discussion among the hordes of recording-industry middlemen and hangers-on gathered for the music section of the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference last week.
It's a schism that has emerged just when it looked like subscription streaming services, such as Spotify, were bringing an end to the music industry's years of economic pain. The dispute concerns the "freemium" model, which allows consumers to listen to music for free in exchange for listening to ads, or pay to listen without ads.
In a blow to cable and satellite TV providers, HBO will offer its programs directly to consumers over the Internet - potentially giving millions more Americans another reason to cancel their pay TV service.
The premium network - home to "Game of Thrones," "Boardwalk Empire," "True Blood" and other shows - is now available only to pay TV customers for a subscription of about $15 a month. Starting next year, HBO will be available a la carte to the 70 million households with basic cable or satellite service, and to the estimated
Boku, a mobile payments company that works with Facebook and Sony, thinks text messaging can help magazine publishers boost their subscription revenue.
If nothing else, it might cut down on the number of subscription notices -- otherwise known as "blow in" cards -- tucked inside magazines.
The San Francisco-based startup said Thursday that it's partnering with U.K. publisher IPC Media -- owner of titles such as NME, Wallpaper and Horse & Hound (yes, it's a real magazine)
The early and mid-90s Entertainment Weekly was a trade magazine for the masses: A publication that promised to make consumers, whether 11 or 45, into near-experts. It took a while to figure out the format-at first, it was a little too snobby New Yorker and not enough Henry Luce-style middlebrow-but by the mid-90s, it had hit its stride.
But doing what its readers liked and doing what its parent company Time Warner needed did not always, or even often, coincide. Entertainment Weekly premiered just about a month after the completion of the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications
The report, commissioned by BBC head of news James Harding from Sir Howard Stringer, also said that the BBC's web presence lacks "character and personality" compared with younger rivals such as Vice Media and Buzzfeed.
Stringer, a BBC non-executive director, made the point that in just eight years Buzzfeed has developed a bigger audience than BBC News and BBC Worldwide manages internationally.
Back in the mid-to-late 1990s, the UK magazine industry was the most lively and competitive in the world. There were around 5,000 titles available on the newsstands, with every possible interest or type of person catered for, and scarcely a week went by without someone launching a big new magazine.
And the sales figures in those pre-internet days were enough to make your eyes water. Around 10 titles sold more than a million a week (now there are just two doing those sorts of numbers, and both of them TV listings).
One of those things that keeps many magazine publishers up at night is the rise of branded content - not just native advertising, but those new publications created by brands that can be paid for from a brand's marketing budget and, hence, not be ruled by their P&Ls. Content marketing is nothing new because custom publishing is nothing new. But digital has changed things dramatically for many publishers.
American Photo and Popular Photographyrecently launched a brand new Newsstand app for a start-up magazine Imaging Edge. The title will appear in both print and for the iPad and is - though it does not come right out and say this - is an advertiser driven product, produced with Sony. Because of this, both the app and the issue inside is free of charge.
South Korea's design scene is bursting with talent. The country itself boasts a prolific graphic design scene, pioneered by the likes of Young Jae Cho and Ahn Sang-soo. The latter is especially noted for designing a succession of experimental letters based on older Korean typefaces that were the first to deviate from the rigidity of Hangul typography, a Korean alphabet created in the mid-15th century, and the square frame of Korean writing.
Eight months ago, Atlantic Media placed a bet that a digital-first, mobile-oriented publication geared to business executives on the go would be a hit. The results, so far, point to a publication on the rise.
Quartz began with a philosophy that goes against today’s publishing tropes: Instead of running banners, it would run advertising content; instead of a homepage, it would have a continuous stream of content. In the last eight months, the company has grown its staff, advertiser base,audience and revenue.