Enhance iPhone’s Hardware with Playboy’s Software

June 29, 2007

Ok I saw this press release today and couldnt resist. Read the full release after the jump.

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UK Music Industry Threatens Prince Over Music Promotions

June 29, 2007

The Brit tabloid, Mail on Sunday, has come under attack from British music retailers over a promotion its running with Prince (TAFKAP). It seems that the retailers have gotten all bent out of shape because the paper, with 2 million weekly readers, was smart enough to sign a deal with the Purple One to give away free copies of his latest CD. Prince, like most artist, makes the majority of his money from shows and will also be giving away copies of the CD to people who purchase tickets to his concert. The Guardian Unlimited has the full story but this is yet another sign of the utter collapse of the traditional music industry value chain.


Research Tuesday: Research from around the web

June 28, 2007

Ok, so research Tuesday became research Wednesday Thursday.

Males Love Video Long Time
It’s been a reading week for me. Lots of great stuff to mull over and help shape ones thinking about digital media. Lets start with a report by consultancy Frank N. Magid & Associates with the irresistibly tantalizing header “80% of 18 – 24 Males Watch Online Video“. Only 53% of their female counter-parts are watching an equal amount of video. The report goes on to claim that news clips are the most watched content type. Teenage cat fights, skating injuries and soft-core porn dont even chart according to the report thus greatly reducing its credibility. Via Digital Media Wire

Ladies Love Drunk Texting
Ever gotten a drunk text at 3am from a former girlfriend, proclaiming her undying love and mounting desire for you? Maybe this just happens to me… Well, thanks to a new survey put out by Samsung we now have some fun research on these women. Yup folks, the technocrats at Samsung have put out a pretty funny research report outlining some of the cell usage behaviors of single women. The title is a good indication of the rest of the report: “Single Mobile Females Find New BFF: Their Cell Phone“. It’s a funny fast read lite on details with blog worthy data pulls like 40% of women experience “text shame” the morning after texting while inebriated.

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ZapMeals: Closing the Gap Betwen Mouse and Tummy

June 22, 2007

zapmeals.jpgA great new Web 2.0 launch that plans on revolutionizing the restaurant and take-out industries. The start-up has an amazingly ambitious plan to help restaurants and home cooks monetize they excess capacity and inventory while delivering quality, low-cost food options. This is an amazing long-tail opportunity that I never even saw coming. Basically the company connects local buyers and sellers of meals, while redefining who the sellers can be (anyone who likes to cook) and offering their services to a global buying audience. This is one company I’m going to watch intently! Check out their presentation and you’ll see why I cant wait for it to launch!


Bain: 75% of Companies Face Extinction. “Innovation” and entrepreneurship cant help…

June 22, 2007

book.gifBain, the KGB of consulting companies and breeding ground for presidential hopefuls, announced the results of a 10 year study on business which essentially said companies wont be able to buy or create a solution to their impending doom. Needless to say it was a bit of a downer. The study, book advertisement, announcement was a teaser for Chris Zook’s (a consultant with Cialis model looks) latest corporate page turner called Unstoppable: Finding Hidden Assets to Renew the Core and Fuel Profitable Growth. I havent read the book yet (hope its at the library) but the line below really jumped out at me:

The study reveals that by contrast, common paths that many companies pursue when their business gets in trouble – such as leaping to new hot markets, pursuing “big bang” transforming mergers, or launching broad-based innovation programs – solved the fundamental growth and survival issue only about 10% of the time.

So basically, “innovation” is not gonna save these firms, nor is trying to be more entrepreneurial and Web 2.0 savvy. According to Zook the only thing thats gonna keep’em going is if they figure out how to sell more of the same old stuff to new people or new stuff to the same old people. As someone who works in what might be called an “innovation program” and an advocate on the transformative powers of an entrepreneurial approach, this isnt a message I want to have widely promoted. Thanks goodness the book is not on a best sellers list so its almost guaranteed that no one in the executive suites of corporate America will read it. Still gotta figure out how to get it off of 800-ceo-read. If you work in an innovation group and find yourself confronted by Zook reading managers refer them to any work by Jane Linder and send them this article as a good antidote.


YouTube Live on AppleTV iPhone Next

June 20, 2007

758.jpgIn a release put this morning Apple acknowledged the much rumored link between AppleTV and YouTube. The release stressed that while AppleTV + YouTube was cool iPhone + YouTube is killer. As the Apple’s marketing machine gears up for next weeks launch of the iPhone I wonder what other announcements are in store. From the 8 hour battery life to YouTube connectivity, Apple seems to have a series of high wow factor announcements up its sleeves.

Read the Apple YouTube press release after the jump:

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BGO: No DRM Infection = Higher Sales

June 20, 2007

Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious
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For some reason folks are acting all shocked that sales of digital music seem to go up when you dont cripple it with DRM. In a piece thats all over the net right now (here, here, here and here) Bloomberg (the news service not the recently independent, non-presidential candidate) is reporting that sales of DRM-free tracks released by EMI are showing significant increases. Again not sure why this would surprise anyone not paid directly by the DRM developers or the RIAA. Its an interesting story that is only going to get bigger as folks like Apple and Amazon push for less restricted music. Of course the P2P side will still dwarf them all but that is a debate for another time.