Stan Schroeder over at Frantic Industries did a more though and in-depth review of the WebOS options then the blurp i posted a few days ago If your interested in how folks are expanding the functionality and depth of web applications, this post is about as insightful as they come.
Amazin’ Phasin’ hipped me to a very interesting video put on YouTube by the folks at the Italian consultancy Casaleggio Associati. The video is a look back at the media landscape from the year 2051. Its interesting for a couple of reasons: 1) its definitely wrong on the details 2) it seems directionally correct 3) its got really cool. Take look at the video and see if it convinces you that the future of big media will be spelled Google.
People have been belly-aching about Apple’s iTunes DRM for months, complaining that it’s somehow more restrictive then says Microsoft’s brown brick, the Zune. Steve (El Capitain) Job’s has been largely silent. Until now. Today Apple’s CEO came out swinging. In a letter posted on the Apple site, not only does he lay-the-smack-down on the “free iTunes” contingent but he steals my math to do it. A large part of his argument virtually mirrors the analysis I did way back in April of last year. Namely that most of the music on iPods is not from iTunes. Should I expect a check?
My five sentence summary of Steve’s 1800 word rant is:
iPods rock, DRM sucks. The labels made me put DRM on iPods before they’d license any music to me. If I open Apple’s DRM to every joe-blow company that comes asking Apple’s products would suck as much as Microsoft’s Zune. Only 3% of the songs on most iPods is from the iTunes music store the rest is from other sources.
My favorite quote:
“The third alternative is to abolish DRMs entirely. Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. In such a world, any player can play music purchased from any store, and any store can sell music which is playable on all players. This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat.”
Read the full letter here, to find the first two alternatives.
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.