Just read Andy Ihnatko’s review here, has more details than engadget’s. The good just got better.
So, I have recently touted Amazon as an up-and-comer in the mobile space, and here is another example. Amazon officially opened the door to their own Android Market Place, and while the store itself is not without flaws it came with a web based feature the shows the kind of thinking going on over in the world of Amazon. That Feature is Test Drive. It is a web based test environment for apps you are considering purchasing. Revolutionary. There are very few times in recent history where one can say, “hey Apple, you should copy this.” This is one of those times. While reviews are helpful, nothing beats a hands on go around with a potential app purchase. Amazon continues to push the envelope, and I am excited to see what is on the horizon.
This is a pretty big deal. Apple has been rumored to have something like this in the works but out of virtually nowhere Amazon has a product and it is available to day. 5Gb of online storage for music that is available to you anywhere there is an internet connection, for free. There are upgrade options for space including a free upgrade to 20Gb with the purchase of an album, but the service is free. While this is something the I personally will not use, I have a 160Gb iPod Classic because I can’t decide ahead of time which songs I will want to hear in the future so I have to carry everything, but I am sure there is a large audience for this service. Look out for Amazon, they are positioning themselves as a major player in mobile device game in a way that few could have predicted.
John Paton, the CEO of the Journal Register Company, tweeted ten tweets to transform Newspapers – now.
Before today, I had no idea who John Paton was, but I can tell you one thing, I like the way this guy thinks. Hey Music industry, you listening?
Check out this piece over on GigaOm.com. I find it very interesting that a film maker created a website, shortoftheweek.com, that became popular, but still felt weary using it to promote his own short film. In the end it worked out for him, but I almost wish it hadn’t, he should’ve believed in his project from minute one. I am ultimately glad it worked for him though because it is evidence that the old way of doing things in show business is eventually going to be just that, the old way. Besides, who would you rather have spreading the word of mouth about your film anyway, computer savvy film buffs or film festival folk. I’ll take us nerds any day.
Engadget says, OSX turned 10 today.
Which means it is also the 10 year anniversary of some design engineer at Microsoft turning to his colleagues and asking “Hey, does anyone know how we can copy this?”
Full disclosure; I am a Howard Stern fan, a major fan.
Howard Stern doesn’t get no respect, as the great Rodney Dangerfield would have put it. The man transformed radio, and when he decided to leave the company he worked for, bringing in countless millions of dollars over a couple of decades, gave him a case of wine…then they sued him for promoting Sirius during the last year of his contract(a suit in which Howard prevailed gaining the rights to all of his legacy tapes). No Respect. Then he went to Sirius, a company that, when he signed, had 600,00 subscribers and now just over 5 years later they boast over 20 million subscribers. So when I read that Howard is now suing Sirius for unpaid bonuses, I was shocked. How could Sirius force him into this corner. No respect. Being the Stern fan that I am, I know the decision to sue Sirius was one that was not easy for Howard, he has a track record of being loyal to a fault. Here is my take on the thing, from beginning to the eventual end. Sirius offers Stern bonuses for subscriber-ship. Howard hits the first bonus no problem and gets paid. Subscription numbers continue to rise, but Sirius starts to think “hey, we would have gotten a lot of these subscribers with out with out Stern”, in classic disrespect for Stern, and decides not to pay him. Stern sues for bonuses. Stern wins. Sirius wonders why they didn’t just pay him his due in the beginning, because now the cost is way more than it would have been. Stern completes his contract in about four and a half years. Sirius subscribers leave in droves for internet services. Sirius finally realizes, like “Free Radio” did, that Howard Stern was carrying the company all along and wishes they could pay him double to stay.
I guess time will tell. But one thing I am sure of and have been saying for a very long time, the rear view mirror will be kind to Howard. People will look back in reverence at what he accomplished. It just a shame that it will take him leaving the airwaves for it to happen.
See the court documents here.