Saturday, January 26, 2008

Digital Soup Kitchen: Grab A Bowl

Downloads of music, movies and television shows is part of the new frontier: the Wild, Wild West of 2008 Online. Downloads is us? For pirateers and purveyors of digital content, it's manna from heaven. A gift from the gods. Meantime: Record companies, TV networks and newspapers are scrambling to interpret how best to respond to the new digital technology that is upon us. One thing is for sure: music, TV and newspapers will never be the same (unless we move backwards as a society)... If you've ever wanted to download youtube videos, streaming TVshows, movies, music, or really anything that streams, you can turn that FLV flash content into avi's, mpeg's, or even mp3's. This is a step by step guide to achieving that goal, from Omneity.

Metallica v. Napster revisited: When true electronic books, e-magazines, and e-newspapers become readily available, their rules of operation may well be shaped by the creation of the heavenly jukebox. Music, according to a National Research Council report released last November, is the "canary in the digital coal mine." - The Atlantic Monthly (Online) September 2000

CBS will be making its Internet music unit more like radio, says the New York Times.

Dan Gillmor writes that "There are plenty of reasons to wonder about citizen media’s business model." He is "bothered by part of an announcement of some interesting new features that will give users or reddit, a news-recommendation site owned by the parent company of Wired magazine, new ways to help each other understand the news." Gillmor also notes that "Adrian Holovaty and his team at EveryBlock (subtitle: “A News Feed for Your Block”) have launched in Chicago, New York and San Francisco. This is a solid start to a project that has enormous potential."

See Also:
The Album, a Commodity in Disfavor
Plunge in CD Sales Shakes Up Big Labels
Music Industry Slide Continues
Plastic Internet
Digital Dilemmas

Readership of newspapers online increased 7% during 2007, reports Associated Press. Online readership is at record levels, says Media Daily News. We already know that "pay to read" newspaper websites don't work. Locally, The Daily Gazette (Schenectady) abandoned "pay to read" during 2007. But how do the papers fit in the digital soup pot? A panel analyzing the current status of media - appearing on Colorado Public Radio - said the picture is not pretty, and one of the most serious problems is that newspapers have not found a way yet to make money on the Internet, reports the Denver Post.

Despite recent speculation that it might drop its charges, the Wall Street Journal will continue to charge for viewing most of its stories online, says the New York Times. Rupert Murdoch says some Wall Street Journal features might become more expensive. If Murdoch makes the online content of the Wall Street Journal free, it would endanger Yahoo Finance, says Business Week.com.

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