The Digital Music Industry [infographic]

December 12, 2012 |  by  |  Music  |  1 Comment
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Digital music isn’t just the future anymore, its quickly becoming the past. Instant music streaming services like Spotify are gaining ground fast and could easily slow the sales of downloadable tunes. Today’s graphic shows the growth of digital and the overall impact of piracy and digital media on the music industry.

Although the RIAA would love to contribute the entire loss of music sales to piracy, it can’t be true. Our country is in one the worst economic times since the great depression. The entertainment industry as a whole has grown exponentially. Music festivals, video games and programs like Netflix suck up the population’s already limited cash supply. Music is a smaller part of most people’s life than 10 years ago. Finally, the music industry itself has changed. Big labels don’t own everything anymore.

I have been working for a small record label in my hometown. We’ve just taken on producing a local band, Wild Child, on their sophomore release. They don’t have big funding, but big funding is still needed to compete in the industry and with that in mind they have turned to the internet. Wild Child has only three more days to reach their goal of $40,000 on their Kickstarter Campaign. If you’re wondering how to support artists directly, Kickstarter has helped numerous bands with access to monetary security and donating to a kickstarter campaign is a great place to start!

As the music industry is in limbo, conscious consumers, new ideas and innovation solutions are the future. Let’s start helping out the little guy and remember, buy merch at live shows. [Via]

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A Quick and Comprehensive Type Guide [infographic]

December 11, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Education  |  5 Comments
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Type is all around us. It is a key component in the design process. The font you choose affects the aesthetic of your design, and one bad font can ruin everything. (Are you listening, fans of Comic Sans??) If you are a bit uneducated in the anatomy of a font, keep reading for a quick lesson.

Everything you design, type, create has a purpose. Before choosing a font, determine your purpose. It makes font selection much easier. Many fonts send a “message” so choose wisely. And stay far, far away from Comic Sans.

If you are a type novice, save this infographic. Keep your branded message consistent, clean and impeccably designed. [Via]

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The Mobile Photo Explosion [Infographic]

December 10, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Smart phone users: what is the most frequently-used app on your device? For some people it might be a favorite game or music app, but for many others the answer would probably be Instagram or another photo app.
Since it was launched in late October of 2010, Instagram has exploded (not just in the number of members but the sheer amount of photos taken as well). As of March 2012, Instagram boasted more than 27 million users, a figure that has only grown since then.

Today’s infographic from socialnewsdaily.com goes over the history of the photograph, from its early beginnings to the staple of our society that it is today. The first permanent photo was taken in 1826. It was definitely an accomplishment, but it was in black and white, it was grainy, and it required an 8-hour exposure. Fast-forward to today and there are 26 photos uploaded on Instagram every second of the day. That’s quite a leap!

The extreme availability of cameras and smart phones today has boosted the amount of photos used not just in social media, but for artistic purposes as well. Photoshop is still the preferred method among photographers to alter and edit photographs, but photo-editing apps on phones are being used more and more for their convenience and readiness for immediate use.

For more info on the prominence of photos and Instagram today, refer to the infographic below and have a great week! [Via]

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Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System [infographic]

December 9, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, Government  |  4 Comments
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Alright. Time to get serious again. Today’s infographic tells about a topic I have recently been incredibly intrigued by. Juveniles in the adult prison system. It’s an issue a lot of people do not know much about, but it affects society on a HUGE level. Seriously, though.

Almost everyone breaks the law in one way or another—especially when in the years of our infamous teenage rebellions. The problem is when a kid gets put in the adult criminal justice system, even for “minimal” crimes, the effects on their lives are usually not beneficial. The lack of rehabilitation and therapy in the prison system might be to be blame with a shockingly high recidivism rate among juveniles (and adults).

I am training to be a social worker, and although I do not wish to work within the prisons, I want to promote reform of the prison system. It is much needed, with study after study showing that the methods in practice do not work. For those of you who are interested, I put a video about some of the issues that a professor at UT addresses directly under the infographic. It is very educational.

Have a great Sunday, y’all. Watch some good football and eat some yummy food! [via]

 

Playground to Prison: Youth in the Adult Criminal Justice System

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Google Music vs. Itunes & Amazon [infographic]

December 8, 2012 |  by  |  Music, Tech  |  1 Comment
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Hooray! I get to post a completely pro-Google infographic! If you don’t know, I love Google and hate Apple, mainly because of Apple’s uncanny ability to milk every last penny out of their customer base. Google, once again, has produced one of the greatest mobile apps, for completely free.

Google Music is a free music cloud storage and streaming solution. When I first heard of Google Music, I could not believe it. Free streaming of my entire 15,000+ song library? I’m there. Not only that, Google Music’s app works 99% of the time, even with slow internet.

Now I’m not going to say that my Google Music app will be obsolete soon, but it will. I’m sure I’ll be making the switch to Spotify Mobile shortly. Not because I don’t like my Google, but when entertaining as many new musical artists as I do, all the downloading and record storing takes up too much time. I’m getting older now and I don’t have time to hipster out on obscure music blogs all day. I need a service that can do some of the work for me with similar artist functions and app capabilities. I’m sorry to all you online music stores, instant music streaming is the only option for the future. Now I just can’t wait until Google comes out with a free version of Spotify Mobile. [Via]

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