The SXSW presentation was a home run. I think the audience really understood what we are trying to do with DEVO. A well written review on cnet:
AUSTIN, Texas–I’ve sat through a lot of business presentations in my time as a tech journalist, and I can say with confidence that until Tuesday I’d never seen one that was a fully serious pitch and completely tongue-in-cheek.
And it killed.
The occasion of this ground-breaking proposal was a session at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) festival here called “Devo, the Internet and You.” Yes, that Devo. The ’80s new wave band with the funny hats.
Well, Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, the band’s two leading members, are back, and they’re toting a business plan: marrying all the pieces of an Internet start-up–a social-media strategy, a CEO with a slick smile and good hair, a big marketing partner, buzzwords, and Venn diagrams–with the release of a new pop record.
Read Full Article on CNET!
Please join me for a special presentation from DEVO INC! I’ll be making a special joint appearance at South By Southwest Interactive with Devo, and Devo’s advertising agency, Mother LA!
Whether you’re a music maker, a music manager, a programmer, designer, information architect or just an unashamed music lover you’re going to want to join us in this spirited review of how we at Devo Inc. are using the internet and technology to reach out to a new audience, test Devo’s music and brand and explain the process of how we are aiming to make something for everybody now that De-evolution is real.
Bill Moulton – Mother Los Angeles
Gerald Casale – Devo
Mark Mothersbaugh – Devo
Jacob – Researcher, Mother
Jeremy Welt – Warner Bros. Records
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
3:30pm – 4:30pm
SXSWi – Austin Convention Center – 18ABCD
In “early q2” mog is launching their music service on iphone and android:
On Demand Streams
Downloads – Unlimited downloads of any song or album to your phone
Mobile HQ audio (streaming 64k aac plus, download is 320k)
10$ a month, including web and mobile access
Seems like a competitive offer. Mog also stated they are getting 17% conversion from free trial of there web service.
UPDATE 3.8.2010: Thumbplay contacted me less than 24 hrs after this post, and got me up and running on my blackbery 9760!
Thumbplay launched its music service this week, joining Mog, Rhapsody, Lala, Spotify, Last FM, and Myspace in the already crowded battle between streaming music services. The monthly subscription is $9.99. This is twice the rate of new entrant “MOG” (and $9.99 more than the free myspace!), but you get mobile access for the extra charge. Factoring in mobile makes Thumplay’s offer cheaper than Rhapaody’s similar desktop and mobile plan.
The selling point of Thumbplay Music is the ability to move your music to the cloud in one click by importing your playlists directly from itunes. It took just a few minutes to import 20 playlists, with 500 songs. The “import” was fast and accurate because it was only checking the data with the “cloud”, not actually moving files.
You can “import” songs to the cloud regardless of where they came from.
The second differentiator is Thumplay’s mobile access. With a full subscription, you can access your music and playlists from a “smartphone”.
Unfortunately the device list is small:
Continue reading THUMBPLAY MUSIC SERIVCE: MOVE YOUR PLAYLISTS TO THE CLOUD
Getting ready for mobile blogging at sxsw interactive. Testing the wordpress iPhone app. So far It’s simple, intuitive and free.