Lala the new Soundjam MP play from Apple

8 12 2009

The company Casady & Greene isn’t who you think about when pondering the beginnings of iTunes. The names Jeff Robbin, Bill Kincaid and Dave Heller aren’t the names that come to mind when you think about the creation of iTunes. That is because Apple started talking to the technology company in early 2,000 and subsequently bought them (while AOL was negotiating and missing the ball) then signed a 2 year secracy clause….flash forward to January 9, 2001 and the digital music world would put the music industry business model shattering course for ever with the introduction of iTunes 1.0….Brilliant!

The beginning of a digital music store that changed everything

Enter LaLa. The scenario is starting to sound very familiar, albeit much more public this time. Apple swoops in to buy a company in a “fire sale” price. Another major media company, Warner this time, has lost their shirt in the investment…and didn’t know what to do with the technology they had. Another 8 years from now we will look back and see this is another segment of the music industry that Apple came in to standardized and scale the fragments, i.e. Napster, Rhapsody, etc. The real biggest looser in this whole chess match is Spotify. That will be the headlines to come in 2010.

Apple is a visionary company. They see the value in music portability. They see the value in music access vs. owenership. They will bring music subscription to the masses…much like they did with the all-in-one home computer called the iMac, the MP3 player called the iPod, the smartphone called the iPhone, and mobile applications called the app store….Brilliant!

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris

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Happy Belated Birthday

13 07 2009

You have come a long way in just one year….hope there are many more “game changing” years ahead!

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Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





Mogwai “The Hawk Is Howling”

8 07 2009

This was my jam yesterday as I worked through my least favorite program Excel. They came up in my slacker custom radio for MuteMath. They have a great catalog of intrumental mood rock / prog rock / slash cool groove. Here is a non-official Mogwai YouTube music vid for the song…no real video, just the album image for the latest “The Hawk Is Howling” ’08 release.

Enjoy, check them out on MySpace.
Chris





John Mark McMillan

13 01 2009

So, i have to admit…working in the music business has it’s perks. And when you work in the Christian music genre with a focus on praise & worship, well the perks go beyond just some good tunes. I have the privilege to worship every week in our Wednesday Chapel at Integrity with some guys like John Mark McMillan.

John is an amazing worship leader, who has already had an impact throughout the church (global church) with the song “How He Loves Me.” Some influential worship leaders/teams like Jesus Culture and Hillsong United have used it in their worship set list. Take a look at John’s moving video from The Call gathering in Nashville and you will see why:

There is something very special about the way John approaches songwriting, worship leading, and the church. I don’t even want to begin to classify or put his styles into a category box. It’s real, it’s unfiltered, it’s an open heart. Here is one of my favorite songs (“Make You Move“) from the “The Songs Inside The Sounds of Breaking Down” album:

So, Wednesday will be another amazing Chapel time…can’t wait to see what God is going to do through John’s ministry. Check him out online, here’s the vitals:

iLike
MySpace
Twitter
iTunes
Official Website

Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris





The Big HQ

29 07 2008

 

The Big Sign

The Big Sign

I’m here at Apple for some meetings, and yes…i’m the total nerd tourist who is in awe of being here at the big HQ.  See some shots below:

 

 

Log In At Apple

Log In At Apple

 

 

The Badge

The Badge

 

 

The Sign

The Sign

Everything Apple does is with a level of excellence and coolness that is above the competition.  I feel like I’ve made the pilgrimage, and I have fulfilled my calling 🙂