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

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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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Amanda Gets a Brand New Gig

November 9, 2006

The image “https://i0.wp.com/www.amandacongdon.com/photo/swimsuit.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Moni Love hipped me to this article over at Media Week which suggests that Amanda Cogdon, who’s very public flame out with Andrew Baron ended my daily love affair with RocketBoom.com, is going to get a show on HBO. According to Mike Shields, the articles author, the unconfirmed rumors could be confirmed as early as tomorrow. Go Amanda!


MS Cuts Labels into Zune Sales

November 9, 2006

Zune™ Device White I’m pretty conflicted about the news that MS has signed an agreement with Universal Music to share revenue from Zune sales. On the one hand it seems like a great way for MS to guarantee itself access to content from one the music industries largest producers. Given Universal’s size and power its unlikely that other labels wont get in line to license their stuff to the ZUNE store and get a piece of Zune sales as a bonus. On the other hand it highlights just how desperate MS has become in its heavily lampooned bid to ruin the iParty that Apple has enjoyed for the last few years.

There is great coverage out there from both perspectives; for the naysayers, check out Global Nerdy’s take on the Zune shakedown or Om Maliks thoughts on UMG muscling Zune. For a more enthusiastic take on the subject check out Mathew Ingram’s post or El Reg’s rant, neither of which call of the out right destruction of the music industry… Of course you may prefer the more balanced approach of MSM, so here a link to the NY Times article and an AP story is here.


Riya2.0: When Web Commerce goes Hollywood

November 9, 2006

Munjal Shah is a genius. Well to be more specific “Lisa and Laura” at his PR firm, are geniusi, geniuses. When was the last time you saw someone get front page promo in the WSJ and a profile on press release hit the wires (for an alpha application no less)? If you needed a sign that Bubble 2.0 was in full effect this might be a good one.
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African Innovation: Pronto Condoms

November 8, 2006

There is so much I might say about this one but then it would reveal way to much about my life (or lack thereof). The Pronto Condom is a great example of innovation at work based on needs and constraints, not process and “smarts”. South Africa has a huge problem with HIV infections, but they dont have a ton of money, huge R&D facilities or a bunch of MBA’s to “foster innovation”. And yet they seem to have found a solution to the age old problem of how to keep it up while trying to wrap it up.

According to this report difficulty getting on a condom is a huge limiting factor in condom use. Given the limited resources in South Africa, the dire problems with HIV and ingenuity of the people that they came up with this simply solution is not surprising. Note that it doent require new materials, new machines or new processes to make.

On the marking side I’m not sure the term pronto is the right association you want with your condom. Check out the amazing demo here


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