Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Individuals Permanently Networked by 2010?

Interesting article by the BBC suggesting that "By the year 2010, scientists predict we will be immersed in a sea of miniature computers" ... which enable users to be permanently connected to the Internet.

Personally, I'm looking forward to iPod type devices incorporating wireless communications technology so that the music and, more importantly, users' ratings become part of the Internet. This could solve a chicken-and-egg problem for collaborative filtering efforts where users will only use and provide ratings information if a collaborative filtering project is useful, but collaborative filtering is only useful with the necessary user ratings.

All devices aimed at the opportunities presented by such pervasive connectivity, and from my perspective incorporating user ratings information to provide services, should already have established what user needs they are going to address and how they intend to do so. Mobile phone operators are best placed to take advantage of the possibilities as their devices naturally incorporate strengths in the following areas: communication technology, user identity, storage options, and payment/billing as well as all the experience such companies have with their existing user base. The Lifeblog offering from Nokia could be a step in the right direction, particularly if blogging applications incorporate rating functionality that users adopt.

ADDITION: The Wrap-Radio by Arriva is an example of the type of hardware starting to appear.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Rating #8

Good Download IndustrialMetal Copyrighted WMV(15Mb video) New Project

To download video "right-click" on the Download link and select "Save Target As..."

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Progression of Independently Produced Internet Content

At the "WTF : WTF's The Future?" event yesterday a comment by Romek Szczesniak of "SpikyBlackCat" got me thinking again about the likely order in which types of content produced for distribution over the Internet by independent artists is likely to enter the mass market. What I am talking about here is content produced by individuals/small groups/collaborations (i.e. a highly fragmented production base), not material produced and released by the major record labels / movie studios - although the sharing of back catalogs from such organisations over P2P networks cannot be underestimated in terms of stimulating demand for this type of material.

Basically MP3s are/have initially been the most popular file type produced for distribution over the Internet due to their small size and ease of use (only need an audio device to consume, rather than visual display for movies and pictures) and have been followed by other audio file formats (AAC, WAV etc). It would appear that music videos are likely to be the next popular step due to their relatively small size and the large user base that has established potential demand for related subject matter. There is also a strong incentive to produce such material as it is excellent for promotional purposes. Then small (5-10 mins) independent films (initially created under optimal quality settings for Internet distribution) on subjects that appeal should become popular, followed by TV style programs of 15-30 mins and finally full length films.

An example of an independently produced music video appearing for distribution over the Internet is Tweaking The Cute Gene (15Mb) by New Project. To download video "right-click" on the "Tweaking The Cute Gene" link and select "Save Target As..."

Note: this WMV file has not been released under a Creative Commons license - the full copyright has been retained, although it is free to download. The Production Company is OPVS Films, and their record label is Spiky Black Cat Records in the UK, and Shock Records in Australia and New Zealand.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Can't Stop The Music

Good article Can't stop the music by Ben Hammersley on the arrival of new online music sites. Interestingly, on Mperia.com "...artists get 70% of their track's price ticket." This is roughly what I would consider artists should reasonably be aiming for, although it is the first time I have actually seen it implemented at this level (using Bitpass).

The article also says that "These sites [see article for more sites] have only been active for a month or so, and are still having trouble dealing with categorising the music, or allowing it to be ranked." Good to see this blog is going to have something to offer as this space develops.

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