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Fred Jacobs is President of Jacobs Media, a media research and consulting firm. Jacobs Media clients have included CBS Radio, Premiere Radio Networks, Citadel, Greater Media, MTV Networks, Playboy, Amazon, Electronic Arts, NPR, Sylvan Learning Centers, and Taubman Malls. Learn more about the company here.


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Larry Rosin

Wow thanks for this interesting link Fred. This young student makes a point I had never considered before: the impact of the iPod and iTunes on genres. If you don't anymore have to buy the whole album, you don't get the broader exposure to a body of music.

The demise of the 'album' -- which in many ways has always been a scam anyhow -- has reverberations all over the place. Hadn't much considered the link to formats.

Thanks again. Great post as always.

Bruce Warren

What a terrific post. In the struggle for survival, understanding where people are going and what their habits are is something that - IMO - folks in radio - particularly public radio - still aren't getting. Have we really become a culture of learned cluelessness? Of course, it's driven by the brutality of the economy and the challenge of being able to find a model to pay for it all without upsetting the current calculus. And yeah, there's a new genre of music some of my U Penn interns are calling "iPod rock." It's a mix of music where anything goes and "genre" is an old school term.

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