Working on the porch for the first time this year.
Ten years ago this month, a music sector ravaged by Napster and largely ignorant of digital distribution found a savior of sorts in what was then called the iTunes Music Store. With its 99-cent unbundled songs, the service quickly became the only significant source for acquiring music legally online.
With iTunes, Apple had drawn the blueprint for distributing music, movies, books, and apps over the web. By supplying and tying together a music player, online store, and song-mangement software, Apple drastically simplified the entire music experience, defying the odds to build a music-retailing dynasty even as file sharing skyrocketed. A decade ago, Apple started to answer what would become an all-important question: how do you get consumers to pay for content again?
Just wrote a bunch about iTunes and the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Store. Check it.
I got to spend some time with the mad scientists behind Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 synthesizer. The company has just launched some really bizarre and interesting new accessories… it feels like a toy, but this thing is suited to serious music creation. Was really hard to let them leave without stealing the OP-1.