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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Are We All Digitally OCD Now?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 05:30 PM

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/a...2042340,00.html

"We are all OCD now. We do these things not just because digital filing gives us the satisfaction of cleaning without the unpleasant feeling of getting up from our chairs. It's because we're constantly confronting the onslaught of information, and our brains are trying to make patterns out of the randomness. We believe that if we just finish a list of every movie we want to see, we can finish that task, despite the fact that Rob Schneider is going to make more films."

Photo Credit: Gizmodo

This is a humour column, but there's some truth to the idea that sometimes we spend more time organizing and fretting away over the details of our digital collections than actually enjoying them. However, unlike the author of this column, I've always been detail-oriented and I appreciate creating digital order from digital chaos...it's almost soothing to me to see things organized properly. I don't think I could ever embrace digital chaos the way the author is suggesting - could you?


Thursday, January 3, 2008

Digital Music - One Day More Than Music

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 06:20 PM

http://www.switched.com/2008/01/03/digital-music-to-get-more-extras-in-2008/

"A common complaint concerning MP3s is their lack of interesting extras – the types of things you typically find inside the cases of compact discs, such as lyrics, liner notes, images and even keepsakes. That may change this year, as competition among the digital music purveyors heats up and third-party creators tap into the interest of music fans for more information." - Switched

I guess I don’t care as much about that stuff as most people. To be perfectly honest, I enjoy listening to music but I’m probably not ‘into’ it like many people. However! I do know that many people like this sort of thing and I’m glad to see that they’re finally going to add more of a consumer experience into buying digital music.

The types of things you can have as part of the digital experience are much different than what buying a jewel case would get you. I think it has the potential to be more valuable to more people in the long run. Personally, I’d love to see the ability to play lyrics on the screen as the music plays. Not that I sing along or anything…

Tags: music, digital

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Big Wigs Talk DRM, Pass the Buck Around Some More

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 07:00 PM

http://www.appscout.com/2007/02/digital_music_forum_more_suits.php

"Day 2 of the Digital Music Forum kicked off with an interesting panel discussion on "Device and Format Wars." Which basically means DRM, right? So, as you can guess, the conversation had a lot in common with yesterday's DRM discussion. Today, eMusic CEO David Pakman played the "why-not-just-drop-DRM?" guy, and execs from Microsoft's Zune team, MusicGremlin, Zing, Click and Buy, and Sonific represented various points along the DRM spectrum... The panel is moderated by Jupiter VP and Senior Analyst David Card, who starts us off with some stats to chew on: Legal music downloads in 2006 brought in around $800 million. Subscription music services generated between $150 million and $180 million. So all told, digital music in the US is just under a billion dollars as a market. That's a heckuva lot of Fergie, people."

An interesting panelled conversation, even if it doesn't conclude or resolve anything and pretty much goes nowhere. For the umpteenth time, companies trying to make money from the sales of digital music (whether piecemeal or via subscription model) blame Apple for having set the tone for music sales. I can't say agree. I really believe DRM would still be around even if there never was an iPod. I also don't believe the subscription model is something everyone's dying for. It might be great of those top-40 listeners who are always picking up the latest hits, but for those of us that have had a set music-listening pattern for some time, it's not very viable. So what do you think? Is it all Apple's fault? Would you opt for a subscription from iTunes if they offered it? And would it change the face of digital music sales? I'll start off by answering no to all three questions...


Monday, January 8, 2007

Ford Teams Up with Microsoft to Deliver In-Car Digital System

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Accessories" @ 01:30 AM

http://media.ford.com/newsroom/release_display.cfm?release=25168

"Ford Motor Company today announced the launch of a new factory-installed, in-car communications and entertainment system that is designed to change the way consumers use digital media portable music players and mobile phones in their vehicles. The Ford-exclusive technology based on Microsoft Auto software, called Sync, provides consumers the convenience and flexibility to bring into their vehicle nearly any mobile phone or digital media player and operate it using voice commands or the vehicle’s steering wheel or radio controls. Ford owners will not need to worry about whether their car or truck is compatible with the latest phone or music player that hits the market. Sync seamlessly integrates the vehicle with the popular portable electronic devices of today and is upgradeable to support the devices and services of tomorrow."



After watching Bill Gates' CES keynote, we were a little overwhelmed by Microsoft and Ford's plans to deliver an in-car digital solution (dubbed, Ford Sync) for Zune, iPod, and mobile phones. USB 2.0, Bluetooth, voice recognition, text-to-speech, ringtone support, you name it - they didn't hesitate to highlight all of Sync's great features, but amusingly, there was no mention of how the cars it's implemented in perform (with that much digital bling, did they forget the motor?). I guess they left that for the auto show in Detroit. ;)


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