Fetishized Royalties Through Tim Quirk’s Google Glass

Race to the Bottom Glass
Schmidt’s Law: Royalties vary inversely to computing power, so royalties are cut in half every two years.

According to the Nashville Business Journal (“Google to Nashville’s music biz: Don’t fetishize the past“):

Tim Quirk, head of Android global content programming, had two takeaways for a room filled with people from Nashville’s music business at today’s Google for Creators event: Don’t fetishize the past, and music is priceless….[Quirk said:] “We are here to help you through that maelstrom of musical choice,” he said today at Anthem. “We don’t do it the old-fashioned way, by annointing a handful of artists as geniuses and declaring selected albums as masterpieces. We do it by building services that let thousands of potential masterpieces find their ideal audiences.”

Yes…it’s a race to the bottom.

One thought on “Fetishized Royalties Through Tim Quirk’s Google Glass

  1. The fact these folks completely miss is that most people aren’t interested in wasting their leisure time i.e., their most valued possession, on “searching” out entertainment. The traditional “star system” was all about a reputation for providing a quality experience that was earned from the grass roots and never dictated from the board room which seems to be the only mechanism these people seem able to relate to. It’s a level of utter ignorance about entertainment that will eventually bring the Google house of cards crashing down in flames.

    Yes, they “allow” the creative community the privilege of busking on the internet. Ironically, the musicians I’ve known who really did busk on the street earned more in a single lunch hour than the biggest stars have earned from spotify over its entire existence. The truth is that Google doesn’t have a sustainable business model and hype only goes so far. We’re still waiting after a couple decades for the internet to produce a single star of the magnitude that emerged from the streets at least once a year during the 20th. century.


Comments are closed.