<![CDATA[Arkacia Ventures - News & Views]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 20:18:52 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[Apple Music Numbers are In... But Not Inspiring]]>Wed, 21 Oct 2015 21:06:59 GMThttp://www.arkacia.com/news--views/apple-music-numbers-are-in-but-not-inspiringSpotify Continues to Lead the Industry PictureMusic Streaming*
Apple's numbers are in and they are not impressive. There are 6.5 million paying subscribers now for Apple music.

That would be a good result for a small startup but a closer look at the numbers shows just how much trouble Apple is in.

First, Apple has around 800 million active credit cards on file; so their music subscribers represent under 1% of that.    When you consider that for Downloads, Apple's itunes had over 80% of the entire market, it is quite a troubling sign that their streaming is growing so slowly.

Secondly, Apple has about 94 million iphones in the USA.   Their music subscribers thus represent about 7% of that - another dismal number.  

As downloads continue to decline, Apple is facing a very serious problem.

Spotify continues to show stronger growth rates than just about anyone, and there is no reason to see that changing.  Apple is so used to being number one, they may not yet have the kind of "guerilla warfare" mentality they need to win a come-from-behind battle.

To succeed in Music, Apple needs to get more aggressive.  They should try to acquire and control every resource they can, including buying other music streaming companies; buying our URL MusicStreaming.com; and upgrading their service to higher quality, meaning bit rates (Apple has a lower bit rate than Spotify, while Spotify is lower than Tidal; and Tidal is lower than Pono which has FLAC quality). At some point, if Apple wants to claim to be the quality leader, then they have to actually have quality.  People are more sophisticated now; it's just not enough to put your focus on 'lifestyle' kind of commercials instead of tangible things like bit-rate quality.

There are potentially some better ways to monetize music that we have discovered - that no one is yet doing, and therefore Apple could, potentially, take the lead in that area.  Whomever buys our URL, will get our monetization advice included at no extra cost.

The dominance that Apple had in downloads is going to end; so far, it appears that Apple might not have the kind of organizational expertise needed to win, when coming from behind in music streaming.  

Steve Jobs must be turning over in his grave right now.

*Note: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

<![CDATA[How to Differentiate your Fabric Care Business]]>Fri, 25 Sep 2015 23:29:43 GMThttp://www.arkacia.com/news--views/how-to-differentiate-your-fabric-care-businessPremium Set of Fabric Care Domains For Sale!Picture
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<![CDATA[Premium Domain Sale - All ".com" Domains]]>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 21:21:30 GMThttp://www.arkacia.com/news--views/premium-domain-sale-all-com-domainsSelling Brandable URL's, and more
We are running a sale on many of our domains; here is a sample.  Contact us and describe what you are looking for - the more detail the better.  We are discounting a lot for sales in the next week or so.  Sale includes:
Brandable domains:


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<![CDATA[Having Problems Installing Windows 10?]]>Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:02:18 GMThttp://www.arkacia.com/news--views/having-problems-installing-windows-10How to Clear the Install Files and Start Fresh
Are you having problems installing Windows 10?   
Since the install is automatic, there is little for you to do but wait.  But what if the download files get corrupted?
We found a way to not only clear out the current windows 10 install files, but to trigger a direct download - no waiting for days.  Windows 10 will flow right to you, subject only to your own internet connection speed.  Nice!

Use this method only if you have some experience,  These are tips we found online - so there is no guarantee this will work.  You can consider calling Microsoft first, if you are having problems.  NOTE: If the tips below do not work, we will not be able to help you further - only Microsoft can do that.   All we know is that it worked like a charm for us.

First, lets check if there are problems: Run Windows Update, and then look at the log (its a link right on the Windows Update page).  If you see error messages for Windows 10 updates, then there  might be a problem.  Or perhaps you got an error message, during the Windows 10 install.
We had a machine with Windows 7 on it.  Yet on the Update log, it was showing attempts to download Windows 10 updates - as if it was already installed.  I looked up the error code and found out that some of our Windows 10 installation files might have gotten corrupted. 

Here is the solution that worked for us:

FIRST: CLEAN YOUR SYSTEM.  Update your virus checker and run it, preferably with a 'boot time' scan.   Defrag if needed, and then run ChkDsk, preferably with the 'surface check' to make sure your hard drive is working well and not causing file corruption.   I would also recommend uninstalling anything you do not need; the simpler a pc  is, the better it runs.  Uninstall Flash to add more stability to your PC, and Disable the Flash extension in Chrome.   You should be doing this kind of maintenance once a month anyway, on each machine.  

Now there are just 2 quick steps to trigger a fresh set of Windows 10 files:

Step 1: Delete the Windows 10 Installation Files:

Go into "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" and delete everything in that folder.   That clears out the bad files.  

Step 2: Start a fresh, direct download:

Run the command prompt as an administrator. To do that in Windows 7, go to the Start menu, and type CMD but do not hit Enter.   Once you have typed CMD, a few inches up the screen you see it listed - so you right-click and choose 'Run as Administrator'.    For Windows 8, use the search in the upper right corner; type in CMD, and then do the right-click to run as Administrator - and so on.  Once you have a CMD box running as Administrator, run this:

wuauclt.exe /updatenow

So thats it!  Now check if the download starts:  Go to your Control Panel > Windows Update and your Windows 10 should start re-downloading from scratch, hopefully without flaws this time.

Once all the files are downloaded, the Windows 10 installation process is fully automated.

Can you help us?  Please give us a comment below; Google likes to see comments , so that will help make this page more visible in search engines - which can help other people find this solution!