Everything Old is New- Old Content Outselling New Content

The Kids are Alright

Album cover for The Who’s “The Kids are Alright” overlayed with the real world photo shoot location. Source: PopSpotsNYC.com

Did you know that, according to the most recent numbers from Nielsen Soundscan, old CDs are outselling new CDs for the first time? While many theories have been floated by various pundits as to why this phenomenon is occurring, I tend to agree with the folks at Death and Taxes magazine that the shift is happening because younger music consumers are simply not buying CDs anymore.

So that makes sense, younger folks have no interest in compact disks.  They may not even have CD players.  This might also help explain why iTunes and Spotify are now the top revenue generators for record labels.  But it doesn’t explain why the most popular concerts thus far in 2012 are older acts.  Consider that the top three touring acts this year are Roger Waters (touring an album first released in 1979), Michael Jackson’s digital ghost and Bruce Springsteen. Can’t help but wonder what brand of cell phone these concert goers are using.

And as long as we’re talking about old content in the new world, go ahead and take a look at PopSpotsNYC.com, the source for our image above, where photographer Bob Egan has painstakingly tracked down the location of iconic images in pop culture and digitally merged them with the original famous image.

Daily Links – June 19, 2012

Each business day we post links to our favorite news items related to the digital distribution trade, as well as a few tidbits about the assets being distributed.  We categorize them accordingly.  This is… Pushing Content:


  • App developer 955 Dreams is helping to redefine user-interactivity in mobile advertising.  With plans to license the technology, this tiny startup has a very bright future.
  • Facebook is taking over your life…and your wallet.  Subsidiary is hard at work planning total domination.
  • Rights and royalties finally sorted out for indie musicians whose work appears on Vevo, the music video streaming service.
  • Mozilla releases Thimble, a simple side-by-side web design tool.  Note to parents: With slickly implemented gamification applied to their Projects feature, this is a great starting point for children (or anyone really).
  • Everything you need to know about Microsoft’s new tablet device, Surface, in a well-edited 90 second video from Gizmodo.  The case-as-keyboard thing is pretty cool.


  • Can Arsenio Hall mount a successful return to talk show television?  Maybe, although I wouldn’t count on seeing Mitt Romney with a saxophone any time soon.
  • HBO’s Game of Thrones reimagined as a romantic comedy.