Posted tagged ‘Media’

Did Apple Pivot on Media Pricing with Glee?

February 8, 2010

Cast your eyes back in time, to the early days of the iTunes Music Store. Apple’s DRM concession, some say, was part of a bargain to get music labels on board to assure a large library of music for the iPod. Part of Apple’s strategy was to avoid variable pricing, keeping all songs the same price, $0.99. Given how hard Apple fought for single pricing, it is interesting that they eventually gave up, first as the “iTunes Music Plus” DRM-free tracks, then just bagging it completely and going to a 3-tier model.

Why the change? Why did Apple pivot on this issue when they are notoriously unbending when they really believe in what they want?

Another Reason to Hate Newspapers

February 3, 2010

Today, the scary frozen water fell from the sky. As snowstorms went, it was pretty mild, but since the new 4-5 inches was dumped on top of the existing couple of inches from last weekend, I figured I should clear the driveway. Plus, they say 12″+ this weekend! Little did I know the newspaper industry was laying in wait to screw up my day.

I Never Want To Buy Hollywood Again. Period.

December 9, 2009

“The economics of the motion picture industry are based on exclusive release windows which allow price differentiation; that is, some earlier transactions take place at higher price points,” Freeman said.

The above is a quote from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, which is a Cali business trade group.

The above is also stupid. You can’t legislate an unvalued business model forever.

Stop Whining About Hulu

November 25, 2009

This is representative of recent posts regarding Hulu’s future; folks seem quite put out that Hulu will probably start charging for some or all of it’s content in the near future.

Get over yourselves. Really.

News, Bing, and Google — Why Rupert Might Be Right.

November 24, 2009

He might be right because he may not need the whole internet to see his news in order to make an online profit.

Please Give a Beep! How to Make Streaming Audio Apps Better

September 23, 2009

In the vein of David Pogue’s crowd-sourcing of technical innovation ideas, and as an homage to his Take Back The Beep campaign, here’s a humble proposal for streaming audio players

Use the audio output to tell me when you are buffering, when you are waiting pointlessly, and when you have given up on the stream.

Washington Post vs. Gawker #2: How to Monetize the News Industry

August 11, 2009

Previously, I talked about the value-add that blogs provide when they aggregate original reporting done by the mainstream media, a discussion precipitated by the Washington Post/Gawker kerfuffle.

As reporter Ian Shapira described in his follow-on piece, he did about a day’s work, which culminated in the published article. While the argument over Gawker’s usage of his article is illustrative, it is not the really interesting thing.

Washington Post vs. Gawker #1: The Value-Add of Bloggers

August 10, 2009

Recently, there was some interesting give-and-take between Ian Shapira of the Washington Post and Gawker, regarding Gawker‘s use (and reuse) of one of Shapira’s articles.

Shapira mourns that he put in hard day’s work into a 1500-word article, which was then distilled and interpreted by Gawker in about a half an hour, with a small link at the bottom back to his article. His angst strikes me as reasonable, but Gawker’s attitude is sort of fair as well. You can easily see both sides

It does seem to me that if you are quoting from an online story for an online story, you should link for attribution up front, not way down at the end.

Shapira’s end result was a nice, neat article.

However …