Want to know why the music business is broken? Look at how Rolling Stone Magazine mismanages its most prized asset: five-star reviews.
Over the last two months, Rolling Stone Magazine published five-star reviews for three albums. Rolling Stone rating an album five stars is as rare as a four-leaf clover or a Bush apology. How did Rolling Stone announce this rare event? With a red carpet event? With a press release? With a blog post? No, with minimally competent mentions in their pathetic feed:
Wish you could browse the full list of Rolling Stone five-star-rated albums? Wish you could to be able to buy all of them easily as MP3s? Or hear samples of some of them? Keep wishing.
The music industry wonders why album sales have been decreasing. Check out this chart. I argue that the 1990s almost killed rock. Note that many albums in the “2000s” column are reissues – it’s an imperfect science (but at least I’m trying).
I’ve done my best to do Rolling Stone’s job for them, but I’m getting tired of doing these updates. This may be my last. Here’s the full list of albums rated five stars by Rolling Stone magazine:
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1960s
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1970s
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1980s
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 1990s
- Rolling Stone Five-Star Rated (Mostly Rock) Albums: The 2000s
- Amazon Commits Feed Malpractice
More reasons to proofread your feed.
- RollingStone.com’s Feed Hacked
Plus how to find RollingStone 5-star reviews.
- Holy CD-Quality Audio, Batman! AmazonMP3.com MP3 Downloads Are 256 Kbps VBR!
Following Apple’s lead, Amazon now offers DRM-free MP3 downloads.
- Illegal Feeds And Betting Against The Internet
The clue train has left the station, and most publishers aren’t on board.
- It’s The Metadata, Stupid
For the music that I have purchased, I want all of the metadata: the MP3s, the album art, the BPM data, the liner notes, the lyrics, the tablatures, the recording dates, the release dates, the artist’s history, etc. Today, I can’t get all of the metadata from a single source.
- Virgin Radio: Best Radio Station Ever
Virgin Radio in the UK rocks. In more than one way.
- The Dark (Gray) Age Of Music On The Internet
While there are a lot of choices for consumers, the current state of music on the Internet leaves a lot to be desired.
- I Want My P2P
There is more to P2P software than its detractors would have you believe.
- Ease-of-Copying In The Digital Age – Turning A Negative Into A Positive
Rather than worrying about ease-of-copying, owners of copyrighted works should use it to their advantage.