With the data now behind us, looking at new ways in which Hollywood could treat online.
A few minutes ago, I learned that Yahoo! acquired WebJay, a site that allows for categorization, editing, listening, and sharing of playlists online (In a way, it can easily be compared to del.icio.us for multimedia.) WebJay was created in early 2004 as a way to create the internet equivalent of mix tapes. Lucas Gonze, the creator of WebJay agreed to taking a few minutes of his time to do a quick IM interview between meetings. Following is the transcript of that interview: TNL: so the rumors are true: Webjay acquired by Yahoo! You should post it on your blog. Lucas Gonze: That’s right. It turns out that when they sign up new people, y! makes them put on this pointy hat that sorts them into “houses”. This makes no sense to me, but it turns out that I am “hufflepuff” TNL: Hehe… stay away from Slitherins Lucas Gonze: They’re over in the DRM group. TNL: Tell me the reason for this acquisition. Lucas Gonze: The point of it is playlists. It’s a sign that Y! takes playlists seriously. The point of playlists is that they are to internet media what RSS is to weblogs and HTML is to browsing. Playlists…Read More
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback regarding LightScribe, the new technology for writing labels on CDs and DVDs. First of all, a correction to the previous entry: In that entry, I said that LightScribe was a silk screening technology. Steve Loughran, who worked on the technology, points out that It has been likened silk screening, but it is definitely not: it is laser printing at v. high resolution onto discs. This is an important distinction that I missed out on. Another alert reader pointed out to me that LightScribe now has its own site. From there, one can learn more about the technology and licensing information. More details: At the current time, LightScribe will work with Windows 2000 and Windows XP but support for additional operating systems will come in the future. The new technology will not have much of an impact on prices, adding only a few pennies to the price of disc media and a few dollars to the price of a computer. LightScribe-enabled disc drives will also be available as peripherals Basic printing will take about a minute to complete but more complex images can take up to 15 minutes to print. I do believe that…Read More
There’s an interesting Michael Wolff piece in New York about the declining value of content. (Disclaimer: I used to work for Michael in the early 90s) While I generally agree with the concept that content is becoming more widespread and that there is an increase in the amount of content being produced, I fundamentally disagree with his assumption that people do not pay for content. If that were truly the case, where would box-office revenues go? What about video and DVD rentals? His pointing out the fact that changes in behavior show that most people will steal music and movie content on the Internet is largely due to the fact that there are no clear alternatives. Attempts to offer a crippled service like the new Napster or Pressplay are not enough (After all, if I pay for a service, why does the stuff I downloaded expire). Give us an all you can eat legal buffet at a price point that does not gouge us and we will come. Or start paying the artists and your case will be stronger when you tell us that we are starving them. Right now, many people pay for cable TV. Basic price gives you…Read More