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Aram Sinnreich
Aram Sinnreich

Aram Sinnreich is a writer, speaker and analyst covering the media and entertainment industries, with a special focus on music. Named one of the...


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Welcome to Alphaville, Avoid the Ghetto

The world we see through our smartphones is a curated world, and its horizons are constricting, rather than expanding.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 READ MORE



‘This Is What We Do’: Why I Hated Chrysler’s Super Bowl Ad

The Super Bowl commercial is a shell game. Detroit’s pain isn’t the result of some existential crisis of faith, but a direct consequence of the amoral, profit-seeking behaviors of Chrysler itself.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE

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‘Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture’

From that moment during the Renaissance when someone first decided that a painter was more than just a craftsman with an easel, the whole idea of the Artist-with-a-capital-A has required an entire mythology just to make it seem plausible.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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E-Speech: The (Uncertain) Future of Free Expression

As tools like the Web, e-mail, voice over IP, Internet video, mobile phones and peer-to-peer file sharing become increasingly vital to our lives, limitations on speech and threats to our privacy are becoming increasingly important civil rights issues.

Posted on Oct 28, 2008 READ MORE


Pin the Flag on Liberty

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Closing the Box on Pandora?

The Internet radio business changed suddenly on April 16, when the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board decided in favor of drastic hikes in the royalty fees that webcasters pay record labels to play their music. Pandora founder Tim Westergren (above) says this ruling could put an end to American internet radio as we know it.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007 READ MORE


Right Move, Wrong Reasons:  Inside the EMI/Apple Deal

Media analyst, scholar and musician Aram Sinnreich takes a close look at tech giant Apple’s joint venture with major recording label EMI to offer music that is free of the restrictions imposed on consumers by “digital rights management.”  Sounds like music to our ears, and those of the iPod-toting masses, but the author detects a hidden agenda behind the deal.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Aram Sinnreich
Aram Sinnreich

Aram Sinnreich is a writer, speaker and analyst covering the media and entertainment industries, with a special focus on music. Named one of the fifteen “Innovators and Influencers of 2001” by InformationWeek, Sinnreich is often quoted in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal and NPR. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, The CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, CNN, CNBC, BBC Radio and Fuji TV. He has also addressed several university audiences and professional organizations, including NYU’s Graduate Music Business Program, Fordham University’s MBA Program, USC’s Communication Management Master’s Program, and The New York State Bar Association. He has also served as an expert witness in several court cases, including the recent Supreme Court file sharing suit MGM v. Grokster.

Sinnreich has written about music and the media industry for publications including The New York Times, Billboard, Wired News and American Quarterly. As a Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research in New York for over five years (1997-2002), he produced research covering the online music and media industries and provided hands-on strategic consulting to companies ranging from Time Warner to Microsoft to Heineken.  He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Radar Research, a Los Angeles-based media and technology consultancy.

Sinnreich holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Journalism and Media Studies department.


Email: aram [at] radarresearch [dot] com

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