Michael Gartenberg: What the new iPods mean.
Apple now has the most complete product line at effective price bands to allow consumers join the iPod experience while not creating overlapping products. This is a good tactical move and will once again force their competitors to respond.
I really can’t see any other manufacturer getting more than a toe-hold in this market without coming up with something spectacular.
Today’s TypeTechnica offered the first look at QuarkXPress 7, something that I wrote up for eWeek. It looks good – the OpenType support is something which is badly needed.
It was good fun to hang out with a bunch of typographers and people who know and love type – something that I haven’t done for a while.
I’ve been out most of the day at TypoTechnica 2005, of which I’ll be posting more later. Meanwhile, it’s worth having a read through the transcript of ABC News’s interview with Bill Gates.
Over at Boing Boing, Wil Wheaton mutters "So, ASCAP plans to *license* podcasts?".
I have to *pay* ASCAP for the privilege? I have to *pay* them for exposing an enormous audience to the music? An enormous audience who may want to *buy the fucking record*?!
Are they out of their fucking minds? It takes me just as much time and effort to put a great song from a Comfort Stand artist into my podcast as it does to include a song from a Warner Brothers artist. Guess who gets the free airtime and publicity from me, thanks to ASCAP?
This isn’t about "licensing" at all. It’s about protecting the status quo (aka payola) for ASCAP and Clear Channel.
I wonder if Wil would feel the same if he was losing his actor’s repeat fees because every man and his dog were broadcasting CSI episodes? If you want to include music in podcasts, pay the fucking people who wrote the song – just as you should pay the actors if you include video. If you don’t want to pay a fee, use royalty-free, or get permission.
I’m currently downloading another copy of Onfolio to reinstall, despite my earlier move to Bloglines. Why? Because I’m now very impressed by the company’s customer service.
Last night I emailed in a bug report, as I’d been trying to capture an email from Outlook into Onfolio. The capture had failed, because – I think – it was an old NewsGator item rather than a proper email. Then a few minutes ago I got an email from a real live QA person at Onfolio, asking for more details on what went wrong so they can fix it.
That’s impressive – so I’m going to reinstall the product and see if I can find and help fix the bug.
Michael Gartenberg: Get the story straight… Napster’s DRM has NOT been broken.
Geez, this just get sillier and sillier. I’ve already gotten calls on this so let’s be clear. No one broke the Janus DRM that Microsoft developed and that Napster is using. Capturing the music stream is no big deal and as I mentioned far easier ways of doing this.
That’s two stories in a day that have spread all over the web and been wrong. Ouch.
As you’ll have noticed from the past few posts, I’ve been playing around with several different RSS readers lately, including NewsGator (the old favourite), FeedDemon, Onfolio and Pluck. While playing around with FeedDemon, I ended up testing its integration with Bloglines, which in turn led me to playing with Bloglines for the first time in a while.
Bloglines is much better these days than when I first used it. The interface has been tweaked and massaged to the point where it doesn’t look like it was designed by a gibbon, although that off-blue they use for everything still makes me think of 1970’s bathrooms. But, it’s much improved.
So I decided the conduct an experiment. Rather than use any of the desktop aggregators I’ve been playing with, I decided to use Bloglines – and, for offline reading, the integration with it in FeedDemon – for RSS. Once I’d decided that, it made sense to switch from IE to Firefox, which has a couple of nifty tools for working with Bloglines. And once I’d decided to switch to Firefox, I thought I might as well go the whole hog and move to Thunderbird (from Outlook) for email.
Thunderbird is currently importing the approximately 20,000 emails that reside in Outlook, which – amusingly – is making Norton Anti-Virus go ballistic as it finds archived emails which contained viruses that I knew nothing about (hey Norton, how did you not catch them the first time???). I suspect it could take some time.
The final piece in the jigsaw, by the way, is the excellent FranklinCovey PlanPlus for Windows XP, which will replace all the aspects of Outlook that Thunderbird doesnt’ cover. I already use this, though, so it’s not new. I’ll be posting about how this all goes over the next few weeks.
Link: Michael Gartenberg: Browser Wars??? This isn’t even a skirmish..
Lots of folks have already urged caution for business users to think twice about Firefox (myself included). This adds further fuel to the fire. At the end of the day, announcing now for a beta sometime this "summer" with no comment about features or fixes is just good old fashioned FUD, regardless of who you think the target of the FUD is.
This is one of the reasons that I’ve just downloaded Firefox: I’m fed up of waiting for Microsoft to pick up the pace of IE development. And, increasingly, Firefox offers what I want – but more of that later (really!)
Link: We’re Chopped Liver? (Chris Pirillo).
[Microsoft] wouldn’t be making this move if Firefox wasn’t a "threat." In that sense, let me say that I hope Firefox continues to be a "threat" – if that’s the only way we can light a fire under someone’s foot o’er in the IE development realm.
Bang on the mark, Chris – especially when you add in to the mix that Firefox just hit 25 million downloads. I like to think that I’ was the 25 millionth, as I just downloaded it for both Mac and Windows. But more on that later.