Google is heading for a possible showdown with academic publishers according to an article in the latest issue of Nature. It seems that while Google has committed itself to putting the contents of the world’s great academic libraries online, it has yet to get the agreement of the publishers of copyrighted works.
Napster is claiming its Napster To Go service ‘will change the music industry forever,’ according to Chris Gorge, Napster chairman and CEO.
[via MacUser news]
Tim Marman suggest that Tablet PC rental shops might be a good idea:
Someone suggested a Tablet PC rental store awhile back. I think this is an extraordinary idea – an idea Microsoft might seriously want to consider. Tell them about it, and they’ll blow it off as something that is all hype and only has utility in niche markets. Get the Tablets in the hands of people and, more often than not, you’ll have a convert.
It’s strange: Apple came up with a similar idea to push the early Mac. I wonder if pen computing is at the same stage now as the GUI was then?
According to iTunes, since it’s launch I’ve bought 400 songs from the iTunes Music Store. That’s 400 songs that I would probably not have bought at all had it not been available (I’m a very lazy music buyer).
Apple has launched its iTunes Essentials on the UK music store, and it’s a terrific incentive to buy. The basic idea is simply compilations of songs according to genre, artist or mood split into three categories: The Basics, Next Steps, and Deep Cuts (you can also buy the lot, as the Complete Set), which lead you from the fairly obvious choices in a genre to some things that even completists might not have heard of.
It’s another demonstration about why Apple gets how to do this kind of service. iTunes Music Store, despite the recent launch of Napster’s portable subscription service, remains the king of the hill thanks largely to its ease of use.