a music business case study

This case study of how much a fictional million selling band actually pockets is hilarious. And as far as I know, pretty accurate. [Adam Curry’s Weblog]

Sad, sick and “true” – it is a fictional band after all… but makes you think that if the music business gave a shit about the customer or the artist, they would have collectively figured out how to reduce the cost of an album after all these years (perhaps eliminate a few layers in their reality distortion fields), which might then get people more interested in buying their mass market krap. We then also might have a viable option for subsccription services…though I guess we will just have to see what happens with AOL

Bring it on…

Using “Delivery”, one of the sample D.C.L applications, I just installed a package on my Newton over an AirPort connection without entering any IP configuration information. My Newton discovered my PowerBook over Rendezvous. Wirelessly.[~stevenf]

Every so often I like to take my MessagePad 2100 out and play. Seems this may have just gotten infinitiley easier to match up with OS X…amazing. Even as Symbian, Palm, and Microsoft push their latest wares, they still don’t have the technical prowess of the Newton user community — a group with next to no financial incentive…other than the passion to maintain what was and in many ways, still is the best damn handheld ever. At least until Mr. Steve wakes up one day and decies we are once again ready to be blown away.

New York Songlines

Although the web allows for communication on a global scale, I love the local resources it makes available just as much. New York Songlines is a fascinating site with annotated maps of New York City maintained by Jim Naureckas. Simply designed, each map is a linear representation of a single street… [kottke.org]

SliMP3 = streaming music in my living room

My SliMP3 arrived today… in 10 minutes (with one hand! Seriously, my right arm is in a cast…) I was able to set this baby up, connect through my (also new) Linksys WET11 and BAM – streaming tunes to the living room on my stereo!! Sound quality is excellent!

This is by far the coolest consumer gadget I have purchased in a long time. The display is easy to read (especially in the large size) from my sofa. The remote is simple to use… debating on shelving it after adding the device to my Pronto, since it may be easier to just use their unit. “Wife acceptance factor” and ease of use may also play a key role here… Home theater systems are daunting enough.

Now what lies ahead is of course re-ripping music to 192, from 160…argh – only a few hundred albums. Fortunately I have the SliMP3 synced with iTunes so anything I add there is instantly available. I guess this means my orginal iPod will need a new friend to compensate for the additional storage I will now need.

A WiFi or Bluetooth capable PDA, I could access the SliMP3 via a browser and have an amazing remote in hand when at home.

Just realizing how sick it is that minutes after I get a new gadget, I am way ahead thinking about what else I need to support this purchase.