My Last Zune Post

November 27, 2006

Unless MS does something amazingly stoopid and unseemly I promise not to post anything else about the Zune. But this article from the Chicago Sun-Times is the latest (and perhaps most brutal) support for my view that the Zune is a flop.

Then go ahead and buy a Zune. You’ll find that the Zune Planet orbits the music industry’s Bizarro World, where users aren’t allowed to do anything that isn’t in the industry’s direct interests.

Ouch! Now thats harsh and a fitting note on which to end my Zune obsession.

YouTube Up TV Down

November 27, 2006

graphGreat post over at Mashable on this BBC report claiming that 43% of Brits who watch video via the net or mobile devices watch less TV. Now thats a big scary number but the fine print is that this group represents only 9% of the British population. Of course thats the only bit of good news if your a TV broadcaster. The rest of the article goes on to point out that the group most likely to watch now and in the future is the 16-24 set (28%). The very group most attractive to advertisers, despite the fact that they’ve got no spending power.

Copyright Term Creep Killed in UK?

November 27, 2006

Interesting article from Variety full of rumors and leaked reports and response to rumor and leaked reports. It looks like an independent report, called the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, is being put out by the UK’s trade administration is going to recommend that the copyright term for music NOT be extended. Of course this has got the BPI wining and complaining about protecting the rights of artist, free trade, national economies and and cold beer.

Daisy: The DIY/Open Source MP3 Player

November 21, 2006


It’s clear to most folks who follow the media industry that users will not just consume media they will play an integral role in making and distributing it. While whole industries, like our friends in music, continue to be in denial about the profund shifts occuring under their feet, most people that deal with IP are clear that participatory culture is real and here to stay. There are however, a number of industries that will be just as profoundly effected as media and they arent even aware of it yet. Take the good folks in hardware development, while they are currently reaping the benefits of the explosion of consumer media, they are directly in the line of fire for participatory media. Exhibit#1: The Daisy MP3 player, which is currently on offer at MAKE is a DIY MP3 player kit that you can purchase for $114 bucks. Sure this wont put Sony out of business in the next 5 years but as this type of project expands the options of users to truly become a part of the process rather than just spectators to it.


Ouch! Internet Gets to Wipe it’s RIAA

November 20, 2006

How do you express your contempt for an organization that has pursued suing its customers as its business strategy? Well if your an online novelty shop with a sense of humor you express your contempt by offering rolls of toilet paper with the initials of the Recording Industry Ass of America on it. For $6 per roll, expressing your outrage by wiping your ass with the Recording Industry Ass of America is a bit costly, but from the testimonials its well worth it. I cant help but wonder what organization is more reviled, the Bush White House or the RIAA. (via BoingBoing)

Are NYTimes Reporters Finally Starting to Get it?

November 16, 2006

we think

Yesterday, while loafing off doing online research, I came across a new book titled We Think, by Charles Leadbeater. I’ll write a bit more about it in future but the abbreviated and much simplified premise is that “professionals” are luddites who are threatened by participatory culture and media folks are among the worst of this group. But no sooner do I start to read his book when MoniMon sends me a great article over at the NYTimes thats actually seems to be created specifically for online reading. The article is about the wealth of fine arts content on YouTube and mirrors another article they did this summer but was impressive in that it had embedded links to the YouTube videos playing right in the page.

Could it be that the reporters at the NY Times are starting to actually think of their long-winded rants specifically for online reading? Might we see more media inclusion, perhaps even embedded links? Check out the article by Charles Isherwood, its not a bad read if your into the topic and as I mentioned it does contains embedded links to YouTube content. Of course I cant help but wonder if the videos are copyrighted content and if the is in fact supporting copyright infringement by linking to them?

Zune Gets Blasted on CNN

November 15, 2006

I came across this YouTube clip on Spicy Gadget Roll of a Zune review on CNN. All I can say is OUCH! Its supposed to be one of those normal softball reviews TV networks are famous for and it starts off well enough but by the end Soledad has her iPod Shuffle out and they are debating the problems with MS design. Its too funny, you gotta watch it:

iPod’s Everywhere

November 15, 2006

ipod1.jpgPaidContent has a post on the Apple teaming up with a number of airlines to have the iPod integrated into their in-flight entertainment options. The article points out that the timing matched the retail launch of MS’s Zune player and serve’s as a reminder of just how far MS will have to go before it can dislodge Apple from its dominant DMP position.

10 Reasons Zune will Flop

November 14, 2006

Today the Zune player from Windows will explode from the shelves of 30,000 stores around the country, to what I anticipate will be the collective yawn of a “me-to” device weary public.
Will Microsoft spend billions pushing the Zune player on the market? Yes.
Will they make a huge splash in the press? Yes.
Will they put out a press release within a week and tout how many Zune’s they’ve foisted off on unsuspecting luddites sold? Yes.
Will it fail get any real traction and have a minimal impact on the market for digital players? Yes!
Now some might say I’m simply playa hatin’ (excuse the pun and the misappropriated vernacular) the on the Zune, so I’ve put together this list of the top 10 reasons the Zune will fail in the market.

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Pontificate like a Pro: Research Summary

November 12, 2006

(Pontificate 1999)
Two reports have come out this month that are worth taking a look at. The first is from the phoenix of Wall Street, Mary Meeker, who has survived greed and scandals to once again reign as one of the leading Internet pundits. The second is David Sifry’s quarterly report on the “State of the Blogosphere”, which unfortunately continues to use a linear ranking of the Blogosphere rather then adopting my Caste system. If you’er up for a PowerPoint and some good reading then you’d be well served to take a look at both of these reports in detail, but if your happy with the talking points, I’ve summarized them below for you to use when pontificating.
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