Funny Stuff

Does anyone else think it is funny that the Sibelius Blog is “outing” the upcoming features of Finale 2014? (Link)


I received a nice e-mail from Philip Rothman, who is the current author of the Sibelius Blog.  He wanted to let me know that he is not affiliated with Avid, and that in his position at NYC Music Services, they use Finale and Sibelius.  His post wasn’t meant to “out” the coming features of Finale, but to discuss how Finale 2014’s release could impact Sibelius, Steinberg, and MuseScore.  And he does intend to write about any music notation topic that could impact readers of the Sibelius Blog.

All of these are good points.

I would just say that most people that follow music notation technology still consider the Sibelius Blog to be the “go to” source for Sibelius news, even if it is no longer managed by a Sibelius (Avid) employee.  This is an important role, as there are millions of Sibelius users who are wondering about the future of that product and whether there will ever be a Sibelius 8.  I think a lot of Sibelius users are putting their hope in the upcoming Steinberg product, which is, of course, being worked on by most of the old Sibelius design team.

So, knowing that the Sibelius Blog does have that role, it still strikes me as funny–not bad–that Finale 2014’s features were publicly brought out by the Sibelius Blog, rather than any other blog (including Finale’s own)–even though these features were first published in other magazines (Even Music In Motion posted Finale 2014 as an available product nearly a month ago).

I look forward to seeing what Finale 2014 brings to the table.  Finale has the challenge of becoming more touch-friendly (Think Windows 8), as well as looking at the features brought to the market by new technologies such as tablets.  And all of these programs influence each other and cause each other to improve.  New features don’t stay unique to a platform very long.  And you simply cannot dismiss the disruptive force of MuseScore.  Speaking at Luther College last weekend to music majors at a couple of colleges, almost all were using MuseScore; many had used Finale (did not own), and a few had used Sibelius.  None had used Notion.  I have some thoughts about that for Notion, who I will e-mail about the matter.

But I still think that it was funny that the first “public” post of Finale 2014’s features–in my tracking of the issue–came from the Sibelius Blog.  That’s all.


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