Wednesday, September 20, 2006
music platforms become the rage
instead, i will comment on the ipod/itunes post that I made in the spring.
there is a bunch of stuff in this article from the chicago tribune.
- myspace will begin selling songs - pretty cool idea, they have a captive audience and lots of bands already registered, they are providing an outlet
- microsoft is still hanging around the music space and will role out a platform and a player, wonder what happens to "play4sure"
- platforms are the rage - ipod and itunes work so well together that everyone else will soon follow suit (as microsoft has suggested). the wall street journal recently printed an article on the music platform that samsung is building.
- spiralfrog will offer free music downloads this winter - Universal and EMI have joined the network. the trade off will be some type of embedded advertising. still it looks like the beginning of a strong network.
- 90% of all music is still sold on CD.
- cell phone music players, like chocolate from verizon are selling well but transferring music is troublesome. in many cases it is easier to buy the song directly from the provider website than to rip and transfer from a CD you already own. Paying for music twice doesn't sound right but that is where the providers make their money.