March 23, 2007
Its an awesome skit. And even better its on YouTube. Awesomeness, thanks to Scott Mathews! Alas, the clip is no longer available on YouTube!
Here’s one of man, many funny anti-Viacom clips out there.
March 21, 2007
The WSJ is running an article with the rather hilarious title “Sales of Music, Long in Decline, Plunge Sharply“. I wonder if that’ll get any attention with the Luddites over at the RIAA that think suing college students is the answer or the executives in NY and LA that let them do it.
The article, which is behind the WSJ idiotic registration wall, is a great read.Some of the more interesting highlights include:
CD sales down 20% first quarter
800 record stores closed in 2006
Overall sale of music (physical and digital) down 10% this year
#1 albums can sell fewer then 100 units
At this pace, which isn’t likely to keep up, the music industry would be out of business before the end of the year. However, even if they squeeze out a profit in the coming quarters and manage to escape the year with only the normal 7% decline in sales, the recorded music industry as we know it is dead within 5 years. No more labels with their current contracts, no more CD, more touring and merchandising. If Musictoday goes public or joins a public company buy that stock and hold it. Thats where all the money will be in the music biz.
March 8, 2007
I was trolling the Joost forums looking for a way to get back one of the invites I sent out, the person I sent it to is sitting on it, when I saw a comment about selling invites on eBay. I was curious so I popped over to eBay to see what the deal was and sure enough 10 auctions are happening right now for Joost invites. The prices were all over the map, ranging from around $5 at the low end to $85. Click on the screen shot to enlarge it and note that the first auction, with 14 bids, is about to end at 18 bucks! I cant remember what Gmail invites were going for on eBay but I dont think they were this hot.
I’m gonna have to post a list of the beta launches you all have to be a part of so you dont end up buying your way in via eBay.
March 5, 2007
Way back in december when people still cared about the prospects of Microsoft’s Zune, I commented on a CNN product review gone horribly wrong. At the time I didnt think it could get worse. Well I’ve been proven wrong. Its seems our British friends are putting their more refined use of the english language to work not in the creation of prose but in the more rarefied art of product bashing.
While looking into new phones I came across this review of the Samsung E900 in the Guardian (an excellent alternative to the crappy US newspaper fare). The review starts off with some self-effacing hilarity, moves on to snarky commentary and then quickly blossoms into full out bashing. Anytime someone uses the words “twittering handheld crapstones” to refer to your product, its not a good thing. I’ll end my musings with this sample of what rant is truly supposed to be:
It is lumbered with a bewildering array of unnecessary “features” aimed at idiots, including a mode that scans each text message and turns some of the words into tiny ani-mations, so if someone texts to say they have just run over your child in their car, the word “car” is replaced by a wacky cartoon vehicle putt-putting onto the screen. There is also a crap built-in game in which you play a rabbit (“Step into the role of Bobby Carrot – the new star of cute, mind-cracking carrot action!”).