It’s the Economy, Stupid.

August 21, 2009

Even for high quality brand name products, pricing is an issue in tough economic times. Despite the popularity on college campuses of the ubiquitous MacBook, students are accepting less expensive Netbooks for their computer needs and may never look at a $999.00 laptop again.

I’m not one to take away the cool factor of a MacBook, but Netbooks from companies like Acer are economical, attractive and effiecient. d that money that you’re saving? Maybe it’s time for your first smartphone.


“It’s Called The Internet”

June 15, 2009

What were they saying about the web, back in 1994? Check out this NBC News story with a pimply Eric Schmidt and pre-contact lenses, Bill Gates.

eMusic Announces Sony Catalog Distribution

June 1, 2009

17 Dots blog response to the announcement of the eMusic/Sony catalog deal:
Don’t mess with the formula too much. Give Sony Music their own label page like you do for Naxos. And have your critics find the overlooked and out of print nuggets among the catalog that deserve a wider audience. But please guys, don’t turn it into the Columbia Record Club. If your main screen overdoes the promotion of old Sony product, I will be bummed.

And regarding the price increases, why don’t we wait to see how the catalog sells? Are their many members who want to buy ‘The Stranger’ or ‘Born To Run’ for the tenth time?

We all remember how the major labels told us to stop buying LP’s when CD’s came out and then told us to re-purchase those same titles when remastered versions were available. It will be too much deja vu for me if Sony, Warners and Universal Music use eMusic as their shill for MP3’s.

Netbook Hopes

April 1, 2009

The New York Times acknowledges what we knew was coming…

Netbooks (cont.)

March 27, 2009

Well, it looks like netbooks (those cool, minimalist laptops/notebooks that were discussed in an earlier post), are being taken seriously by business. With the development of their new 3G technology, AT&T recently began a relationship with Radio Shack, whereby the retailer would sell netbooks at a reduced price, albeit with a subscription plan from the carrier. Not to be outdone by the competition, Verizon has just announced that they will begin a similar service, by early summer.

The phone companies continue to see a decrease in profits as more and more users continue to replace their “hard” line subscrptions with mobile plans (80% of people in the US now use a wireless device). It’s important for AT&T and Verizon to be creating new revenue streams as the technology continues to evolve.

As they do already with cell phones, the carriers will subsidize a large part of the netbook cost (most are in the 300-500 dollar range) in exchange for a service contract.

This may not be a bad idea on the part of the carriers. With the total PC market continuing its’ decline (remember when we would replace one every two years?) and the inevitable crossover of the smart phone beyond business to the consumer user, perhaps the time is right for a transfer of hardware. I’ll keep you posted.

Those Funky Little Laptops

February 12, 2009

Have you seen those funky shrunken laptops (they call them “netbooks”) from companies like Acer and Asus with 10″ screens, SSD or HD storage and high speed Wi-Fi connectivity? I want one.

The Importance of Going DRM Free

June 20, 2007

Paul McCartney’s latest ‘Memory Almost Full’ was released on June 5th and it’s not just available in Starbucks’ (it’s their label’s release) and at the stores, but most importantly, online.  Read the rest of this entry »