Thursday, September 29, 2005
your pocket and your don't mind waiting for a full-blown XP machine to boot
up, then this may be kinda cool for you music and videos. No sync
required... just download via WiFi and enjoy.
Monday, September 26, 2005
running Windows Mobile (and thereby Window Media Player) means that these
will be "Plays for Sure" devices fully capable of syncing and listenting to
all your subscription music content. Note to carriers - this is the
beginning of the end for your walled garden approaches. Once there is an
open platform and open access to the network(s), there is no reason the
public will pay a premium for content to be delivered specifically to their
It's interesting to see what Apple's costs are, but the margin quoted above is misleading since the retailers have to get their piece of the pie too. It's been a while since I've dealt with product that was sold through retail outlets, but in the past the Best Buy's and Target's of the world demanded at least 20 points of profit...
Saturday, September 24, 2005
So, my brother-in-law (and artist extrordinare) has FINALLY gotten a site up. Between my complete lack of artistic talent and his technological aversion, we make quite a pair.
Here is one of my favorite pieces of his recent work. Check out www.dansutherland.net to see some of his other stuff. The site and images don't really do it justice (as you can imagine), particularly considering many of the paintings are 5' tall....
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
This is essentially stating the obvious, but it is the piece that everyone is missing.... there needs to be tight integration and working relationships between the music service, the PC software and the device to create an Apple killer. Samsung, get on the phone with Microsoft and a top tier music service provider, and make something compelling.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
The saga continues....
Here comes the industry shakeout....
Friday, September 16, 2005
Offered without comment....
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Alternatively, if you are just interested in some of my music-related charts (like my Top 10), then I've added this support to just that piece of this page.... then every time you go to your My AOL page you will see my latest Top 10 list.
To go along with my last post.... here is the latest object of my affection. And it is going to sell for only $149?! I'll take three. Granted the iPod Nano is cool looking, but for less money I can get this... supports subscription music services, sports Windows Mobile 5 and WiFi (I believe). Best of all, it limits the number of devices I have to carry down to one. It's the day I've been dreaming of for 10 years.
Sweet. Flash memory continues to get bigger (capacity not physical size). Imagine your next mobile phone... Windows Mobile 5, Windows Media Player (with Janus Support) and 32GB worth of storage. All in a phone no larger than the one you have now. Mmmmm....
So, I was almost right. I've been speculating for some time that Media Center would be bundled with the "standard" home edition of Vista. Well, Microsoft has announced no less than 7 different version of Vista, with MCE being part of the bigger "Vista Home Premium" edition. The article speculates that this will be the volume seller, with it being the equivalent of XP Pro. Good news for those of us awaiting mass market adoption of Media Center.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
I'll be the first to say that a wi-fi connected media player is very cool. In this scenario, I could just leave my portable player in my car and when I pull into my garage just have it pull and/or sync my latest content wirelessly. Maybe I'm just lazy, but one of my big pet peeves with other portable players is that I have to bring it inside an sync it every few days.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a "Guide to Online Music" that is basically a list of reasons why DRM sucks and how consumers should basically just visit some alternative DRM-free solutions like eMusic and Audio Lunchbox. It's a noble cause, but you'd be waiting an awfully long time for any "big name" music to be legally distributed without copy protection...