Universal digital chief: Android's selling bucketloads of Amazon MP3s, litigation is not a long-term fix to piracy


I haven’t exactly hidden my contempt in the past for Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group. For many years, UMG has ridden the coattails of the other record labels, particularly the trailblazing EMI, when it came to digital music. It was with mild trepidation, therefore, that I began to read Cnet’s interview with UMG’s Digital Music head honcho, Rio Caraeff.

There are a number of interesting nuggets of info in the interview – that Android’s driving “a ton” of sales for Amazon MP3, that litigation is not “a definitive or long-term fix” for piracy, and another confirmation of the “tens of millions of dollars” that Rio had previously claimed the label was getting from YouTube.

Most interesting of all, though, is the way that Rio sounds like a guy who’s really got his head screwed on. He speaks very knowledgably about digital music, but the most telling statement is when he says “We’re trying new things constantly. There is nothing we won’t try.” Trying new stuff was one of the central themes of my Six Tenets series about how the next generation of music companies will work. Good to hear someone so high up in the ‘traditional’ industry echo those sentiments.

Cnet’s Rio Caraeff Interview

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Lost foreign survival guide for iPhone 3G discovered, translated by CNET UK


CNET’S Andrew Lim has discovered a rare Japanese survival guide for the iPhone 3G, which promises ‘six hot tips for making very best good use of your new 3G iPhone!!!’, which he has translated for our benefit.

My favourite – which you can see in closer detail if you click on the picture above – describes what you should do if a ‘hyperactive child rubbed mud on your beautiful 3G iPhone’s screen’. The guide recommends you should quickly pull ‘the hair wiping move’, and ‘teach child life lesson and do double great wipe same time’. But not for too long, or ‘infant may start big big crying’. Sensible advice….