“[The late] Steve Jobs said it best: ‘Why would the big four music companies agree to let Apple and others distribute their music without using DRM systems to protect it? The simplest answer is because DRMs haven’t worked, and may never work, to halt music piracy.'” says marketing professor Dinah Vernik. “And our research presented a counterintuitive conclusion that in fact, removing the DRM can be more effective in decreasing music piracy than making the DRM more stringent.”
Because a DRM-restricted product will only be purchased by a legal user, “only the legal users pay the price and suffer from the restrictions,” the researchers write. “Illegal users are not affected because the pirated product does not have DRM restrictions.”
“Removal of these restrictions makes the product more convenient to use and intensifies competition with the traditional format (CDs), which has no DRM restrictions,” Vernik says. “This increased competition results in decreased prices for both downloadable and CD music and makes it more likely that consumers will move from stealing music to buying legal downloads.” Read full article here.
Biophilia is an iPhone/iPad release of Björk’s latest album created in collaboration with Scott Snibbe and her longtime design collaborators M/M (Paris). Comprising a suite of musical pieces and interactive artworks, Biophilia is released as ten in-app download experiences that are accessed through a three-dimensional galaxy, the album’s theme song Cosmogony. The first single Crystalline, is now available, others soon to follow. (Read more)
Björk Biophilia app intro narrated by David Attenborough.
Thanks to Made by Many for this great new App. Very effective and fun to use. Not only at keynotes, not only at SXSW. This is the future of getting peoples opinion, attention and stats.
You know how sometimes during a keynote or pitch you would really want to say something back to the speaker? So you wait until the speaker is done and put your hand up. Well, unless you are Robert Scoble of course. Or unless you have an iPad with Holler Gram installed. Or pick any of the pre-formatted shoutouts or make your own using your choice of fonts and colors.
You can even tweet your shout right from the app.
Holler Gram was made for SXSW specifically but I can totally imagine it will be popular at all events this year. As the author explains “You can even rate sessions by holding up a giant number display to become the ultimate armchair critic”. How awesome is that? (via thenextweb.com)
“The Heaviness Of Being Successful Was Replaced By The Lightness Of Being A Beginner Again, Less Sure About Everything.” – Steve Jobs
After yesterdays news about another medical leave of him, I remembered his commencement address atStanford from 2005.
***Interesting read (October 2010): John Sculley on Steve Jobs and on the value of experience. Interview transscript***
Top 40 Artists Downloaded Via P2P Last Week
PayArtists monitored P2P to rank the 40 most popular artists based on number of downloads in a week. Some key trends:
- Hip Hop music is the most popular genre of downloaded music worldwide
- Lil Wayne was downloaded more than any other artist last week
- Classic artists like Dylan, the Beatles and Elvis remain in the Top 40
For the week September 4-10, 2010
1 Lil Wayne
5 Lady Gaga
6 Roberto Carlos
7 Tupac Shakur
8 Jay Z
10 Kanye West
11 Justin Bieber
13 Trey Songz
14 Bon Jovi
15 Bob Dylan
16 Katy Perry
17 Vicente Fernandez
18 Mariah Carey
20 Rick Ross
24 Neil Diamond
26 50 Cent
27 Gucci Mane
28 Maroon 5
29 Black Eyed Peas
32 Christina Aguilera
33 Michael Jackson
34 Whitney Houston
35 Wisin & Yandel
36 Alicia Keys
37 Nicki Minaj
38 Jamie Cullum
39 The Beatles
40 Enrique Iglesias
Chomp lets you make simple app recommendations and then studies your tastes to help you find other ones. In its first week, accumulating 110,000 reviews. The four-person team behind Chomp got it into the top 25 free apps for social networking in the iTunes store, which helped propel more downloads throughout the rest of the week. Chomp makes the review process fairly lightweight — you “like” and “dislike” apps with heart and broken heart icons and you can add tiny 60-character long reviews.