Monday, April 9, 2012

The Blue Pie Sound Cloud Site is now LIVE !

I am very pleased to post to the Blue Pie blog that the new company  SOUNDCLOUD  site is now live. We will be posting some of the great tracks we have produced over the years from our archive as well as many of the new and exciting tracks that we are completing each and every month. 


All you have to do is to click on the following link SOUNDCLOUD and you will be taken straight to the site. Have fun and enjoy the songs. 
The Blue Pie Web Team 

Friday, April 22, 2011

APPLE GETS A CLOUD FOR A MUSIC LOCKER ?

Yep. Apple is planning a cloud-based music locker service, which will let users stream their music, over the Web, to different devices.

Which may sound a lot like what Amazon rolled out last month.

From the music industry’s perspective, however, there’s a big difference: Amazon started its service without getting approval from the big music labels. But Apple is actively seeking licenses for its service, and will pay the labels for the privilege.

And sources tell me that Apple has already procured deals from at least two of the big four labels (Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony and EMI) within the last two months. One source tells me Apple content boss Eddy Cue will be in New York tomorrow to try to finalize remaining deals.

“They’ve been very aggressive and thoughtful about it,” says an industry executive. “It feels like they want to go pretty soon.”

Reuters reported earlier today that Apple has “completed work on an online music storage service,” but said the company had not obtained licenses from any labels so far. I’ve asked all four labels for comment; an Apple rep declined to comment.

The industry executives I’ve talked to haven’t seen Apple’s service themselves, but say they’re aware of the broad strokes. The idea is that Apple will let users store songs they’ve purchased from its iTunes store, as well as others songs stored on their hard drives, and listen to them on multiple devices.

Amazon’s service does the same thing, but label executives have argued that a license would allow Apple (or Google, if it moves forward on similar, but stalled, plans) to create a more “robust service” with better user interfaces, sound quality, and other features.

I’ve never understood how a license would affect things like product design, but there’s at least one practical benefit from Apple’s perspective: The deals it is signing will allow it to store a single master copy of a song on its servers, and share that with multiple users.

Amazon’s service, by comparison, works much more like an external hard drive, where users are required to upload a copy of every song they’ll want to get via remote access.

Amazon offers its user a limited amount of storage for free. I don’t know if Apple intends to charge its users for the service, or will absorb the storage and licensing costs on its own.

GOOGLE MUSIC ...Will this ever happen ?

Google has spent a year trying to build a music service that could compete with Apple’s iTunes. But those efforts seem to have stalled again.

Google’s negotiations with the big music labels are “broken,” says a source familiar with the search giant’s thinking: “There’s definitely a problem with the Google music conversations.” Another industry source says Google’s top executives are reconsidering their music plans altogether. “They’ve gone backwards,” I’m told.

That may be news to some corners of the music industry. Google had representatives in New York last week to talk to the labels, and several label executives I’ve spoken to in recent days told me that they believed their negotiations were progressing smoothly and that they felt confident they would strike deals with Google soon.

But others contended that Google has changed its terms in the past few weeks and that has held up negotiations.

Google officials, who have yet to formally acknowledge their music plans in public, haven’t responded to requests for comment. Wayne Rosso, who once ran the file-sharing service Grokster, wrote a blog post earlier this week asserting that Google was “just about at the end of their rope” with the labels.

One issue that could have complicated Google’s discussions with the labels is Amazon’s launch of its own music service last month. The online retailer, which already sells digital music it licenses from the big labels, launched a cloud-based storage service without getting approval from any music owners.

That service is fairly limited, and Google had envisioned a more robust offering with the labels’ participation. But it’s possible to imagine a scenario in which Google launches something similar without label buy-in, too.

In that scenario, Google wouldn’t be able to sell music, but it would at least be able to offer online storage that users could access from their PCs or phones. Lack of a decent music service has been a notable weakness for Google’s Android platform, and Android head Andy Rubin has been the driving force in Google’s music efforts.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Big Engine Rock Ya Bones ! - The Boys are Back in Town

Big Engine Rock Ya Bones ! - The Boys are Back in Town
Big Engine kick up a storm with their killer live version of the Thin Lizzy classic. Check out this great track on iTunes for the world. Download this one NOW by clicking on the purchase link below.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fat Opie are out there getting that FAT inta ya Rayyyddeeeiiiioooo!

I do not ofen write about our acts but in recent times one of our alternative acts "Fat Opie" have been gaining more and more radio air time in the US, Canada and UK. The band were song of the day last Mondahy on FM 102 www.y102fm.com in San Francisco. The band and are on high rotation for " Said + Done " - Great work lads. The band are now being played on over 100 + stations including some of these ones.

KCCQ Des Moines, IA
KFTE Lafayette, LA
KNXX Baton Rouge, LA
KRUA Anchorage, AK
KRXP Colorado Springs, CO
KSPC Claremont, CA
KXNA Fayetteville, AR
NV Reno
WARQ Columbia, SC
WBRU Providence, RI
WBTZ Burlington, VT
WCYY Portland, ME
WKRL Syracuse, NY
WKRL Sarasota, FL
WRRV Newburgh, NY
WSWI Evasnsville, IN
WTZR Johnson City, TN
WUPX Marquette, MI
WUTK Knoxxville, TN
WVBU Lewisburg, PA
WVIC Jackson, MI
WVUA Tuscaloosa, AL
WWCD Grove City, OH
WWCT Peoria, IL
WWWX Appleton, WI
WXDX Pittsburgh, PA
WXEG Beaver Creek, OH
WXNR Greenville
WXSR Quincy, FL
WYBB Charleston, SC
WYIR Baugh City, IN
Check out the latest on Fat Opie at www.fatopie.com

Blue Pie Records Pass 2.5M in Downloads !

It has been a long and often very hard road to drive down but the hard times seem to be passing us by as we drive to greener pastures. We have now passed the 2.5M download mark from our catalogues with over 350,000 downloads happening last month alone. The label continues to expand through the acquisition of catalogues all spurred on through the strategic alliances that I have set up over the past 6 months with partners like Full Entertain Music and Out Of The Box Records now being acquired and Stephen Wrench now coming on board to head up the new Global Content Acquisition Team under my leadership, things are looking great.

We are being asked to look after more and more administration and back end reporting services for labels due to the investments that we made into the development of world class reporting and accounting systems. Transparency in business is something that has been close to non existent in the music industry as a whole over 10 years ago now is the way of business for the leaders in the rush to secure market share. As the major labels all grapple with how to deal with the new Music.Dot.Com market and how to monetise this new market the leaders in the independent space like IODA, The Orchard and of course smaller labels like Blue Pie will continue to grow and lead the way forward.

I would like to thank my team for the hard work and in particular the many great artists that are now enjoying solid growth in their downloads with acts like:
Sunny Neji, Black Face, Burning The Day, Dale Bozzio, Sahra, Bone Angel, Barry Crocker, and icons like Peter and Gordon, Gordon Waller all continue to sell consistently the world is now enjoying more and more Blue Pie music. This is what we all strive to achieve. I am looking forward to the next 12 months of growth as we are so close now to breaking into the mainstream charts in several markets simultaneously that I can hardly wait to write what the next twelve months of sales will be. For more information on the label you can check out our website at www.bluepie.com.au

Monday, August 18, 2008

ABOUT THE GLOBAL MOBILE INDUSTRY - SOME FACTS TO NOTE !

ABOUT THE GLOBAL MOBILE INDUSTRY - SOME FACTS TO NOTE !

In 2007, operators worldwide generated more than USD 800 billion in mobile revenues. This is expected to reach USD 1,094.9 billion by year-end 2012, growing at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.4 percent. The USD 1-trillion mark is expected to be reached by year-end 2011. Although a rapidly growing subscriber base has led to growth in revenue for the mobile industry, operator margins have shrunk over the years.

Operators worldwide, faced with declining average revenue per user (ARPU) due to falling voice tariffs, are now looking at ways to counter smaller margins by building alternative revenue streams through mobile data services. Voice services still make up the lion’s share of mobile services revenues; in 2007, voice services accounted for approximately 81 percent of operators’ total mobile service revenues worldwide. However, with an ever increasing focus on non-voice mobile services, this figure is forecast to decline to a little over 74 percent by year-end 2012.

In 2007, revenue from mobile data services accounted for approximately 20 percent of total service revenue in Western and Northern Europe; 15 percent in Central and Eastern Europe; 24.5 percent in Asia Pacific; 18 percent in North America; 10.5 percent in Latin America; 7 percent in Africa; and 11 percent in the Middle East. The contribution of non-voice mobile services to total mobile services revenues is expected to increase significantly over the coming years, across all regions.

Rather unsurprisingly, SMS contributes the largest share to total non-voice revenues and in 2007, SMS accounted for approximately 49 percent of worldwide mobile data services revenues. However, as other data services such as mobile music, mobile games, mobile e-mail, mobile instant messaging (IM) and mobile video gain popularity, the percentage contribution of SMS is expected to decline in the future, even though SMS traffic volumes will continue to grow worldwide.

In 2012, SMS is expected to contribute approximately 37 percent to overall data services revenues. Worldwide mobile data revenue is expected to increase at a CAGR of 16.2 percent, reaching USD 251.9 billion by end-2012 from USD 102.4 billion at end-2006. Although revenue from all data services is expected to increase, the fastest rate of growth is forecast to come from mobile video services (CAGR of 68.2 percent), followed by mobile IM (CAGR of 58.3 percent).

Video is the new media for the music industry and one that will see new bundled content delivered. Blue Pie is at the forefront of video and has completed agreements with over 10 of the global leaders for our catalogue to be serviced via our digital systems. This will expose all of our artists and labels to a greater depth of license opportunities and develop new fans much faster than we have enjoyed to date.

If you want to know more about the impact of video and what this can mean for you and your content then email us at sales@bluepie.com.au

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