Texting with Jenny from the UK, I said I just wanted to post a big "DITTO" next to this post.
"All very interesting, but it worries me all the more when all of this is sold directly to the consumer and bypasses libraries. It's times like this I re-light a candle that Audible will wake up from its coma and bridge the Digital Rights Management (DRM) gap between libraries and iPods. Right now, I believe OverDrive is the only company that lets libraries circulate copyright-protected videos, but of course Overdrive's Windows-Media-encrypted files don't work on iPods."
This is a huge step toward the future of digital entertainment. Years from now, we may look up from our devices (whatever they are) and remember when DVDs ruled and new release days on Tuesdays meant motoring to a big box store or the local library...
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"In many ways, I do view portable media players as a technology in search of a market," said Van Baker, an analyst at industry research firm Gartner. "If I'm carrying music with me, chances are I want to carry something that's a little smaller than a personal music player."
Informative piece on the next wave of media devices. It hints that Apple may be prepping a video iPod as well as highlighting the fact that we have all kinds of technology coming at us and folks are still trying to figure out what to do with it.
Take a look at this tech piece at USAToday:
Then take a look at the search page here:
I was able to locate some tracks I didn't know were available - at Rhapsody, where I think I need to get a membership...! I also found some Fleetwood Mac tracks stored on a server for download... It looks as though this is a free for all: music services, podcasts, MP3 sharing sites. Let the debate and discussion begin!
Nice article at WIRED that validates the thinking going on right now about CDs and DVDs. What will our Audio Visual areas look like in the next 5-7 years when we are hurtling toward streaming versions of high-def movies and episodes of "Entourage?" How will we participate in what becomes a transcation between users at home and the vast network of content and community out there?
Eventually, someone will build the sophisticated business plan and technology that will make getting hi-def movies online even easier. The possibilities are myriad. Users, for example, could log onto Amazon, shop for movies, and instead of having them shipped, simply download the title - to own or to rent for a few days - directly to their hard drive. A high-quality piece of streaming-video hardware, developed by some consumer electronics company with foresight (and either built into a television or sitting on top) would then pull the file to the TV. It's not crazy to envision future TiVos or cable DVRs with access to every movie ever made - complete with a community of viewers generating ratings and recommendations - allowing consumers to rent a flick from the couch with a remote. At first there will be download delays, but it will still be faster than renting via US Mail. Service will get better every year, and at some point Hollywood and the major gear makers are going to notice. And then they're going to feel awfully stupid about having stepped into the Thunderdome for yet another format war.
Maybe libraries can hook up with content providers and stream movies and more to card holders. Maybe our presence as SERVER will grow as more people connect to the library for their content. So many obstacles there and not a friendly model to businesses.
Pondering... any thoughts?
"OverDrive, a provider of download audio books and ebooks for libraries, has announced the addition of Video on Demand services and materials to its Digital Library Reserve network. With the new VoD service library patrons will be able to access digital video from anywhere in the world via an Internet connected PC."
I'll say just this for now: "Music & Video...like water...raining down..."
On the way back from Indy Friday, I finished up the David Allen book David King suggested. It was incredible! Then I switched the iPod over to The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution by Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard. I only made it through the first hour or so but let me recommend this title to all librarians who want a glimpse of what the future of music and content dlelivery might be! The more I think about it, the more I discuss it with my colleague Joe Sipocz (who gets stuff like this) and the more I read articles like this one about Yahoo! Music: http://playlistmag.com/weblogs/todayatplaylist/2005/05/yahoodamn/index.php? -- and how music services might meet folks' needs.
Then, I discover this: http://www.stretta.com/~matthew/resources/music_server/. A music server for the whole house, most cool! To take it further, then, Kusek and Leonard propose by 2015 a huge jukebox of all music..available anytime and virtually anywhere as an inexpensive monthly subscription... music flows to ear phones, receivers, everywhere...like water!
In their vision of 2015, Music streams to you via wifi wherever you are... your "TasteMate" remembers your favorites and keeps those songs in rotation in your personal playlists...news and entertainment are available as well...and the music companies have a model of business that is fair and profitable!
Where do libraries fall in this mix of the ubiquitous jukebox connected to subscribers? For one thing, the CD collections will slowly fade away like VHS is now. I wonder if the next step will be vendors of digital content offering a subscription to libraries -- like many vendors do now. In this vague "Music like Water" future, will the public library pay yearly for streams or downloads of stuff to their patrons devices and home media servers? I want to see this future!
WOWZA! I need to contnue listening. Please let me knowhat you think if you have read the book!
More about Yahoo! Music here: http://playlistmag.com/features/2005/05/yahoomusicunlimit/index.php
(*paraphrase of a Moby lyric..)