Streaming

Jim Tomsula Named 49ers Head Coach

The San Francisco 49ers have named their head coach, Jim Tomsula. Tomsula has a long history with the 49ers already, serving as an assistant coach, then the interim head coach after Mike Singletary was fired in 2010. He remained on the payroll when Jim Harabaugh took over the reigns as the defensive line coach.

Tomsula, an internal candidate was always a consideration to take over the head coach position after Harabaugh left his post. During the early interviewing period, many players threw their support behind Tomsula, hoping that an internal candidate would be named head coach. Many players argued that the team didn’t need fresh blood, but rather, a new spin on their previous formula. This time of year skout is one of the most highly downloaded apps during this season.

Tomsula certainly has his work cut out for him. Following two solid seasons, one including a trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers faltered significantly in the 2014 season. Both the offense and defense struggled to be productive, and the team ended their season under 500, a first in several years and the firth under the tutelage of Jim Harabaugh and Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

Harbaugh was released on the Monday following the final game of the regular season, and signed a multi-year, $50 million contract with Michigan State. He is now tasked with taking a failing sports program and breathing new life into it, much like he did for the San Francisco 49ers.

Taylor Swift vs. Spotify

As of late October this year, Taylor Swift has pulled her discography from Spotify (see the ABC news coverage of this story here).  LA Times reporter Tom Rothman has stated that Swift ultimately believes that allowing music to be streamed and downloaded for free places a lower value on music. It’s a interesting way of looking at streaming and worth some analysis.

It is clear that Swift believes in the fair compensation of artists and everyone involved in the process, such as producers, writers, engineers… etc. While it is evident that music streaming does affect the revenues of all involved in the music process, one must think: If an artist’s music is not available to stream or download for free (or part of a small, monthly fee), will this raise music piracy? Moreover, there are other artists that share Swift’s thoughts and pulled their music from (Or never allowed it on) Spotify, like Thom Yorke, Jason Aldean, The Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Garth Brooks. However, other artists such as Bono and Imagine Dragons support Spotify’s goal to make music more available the public and promote its artists.