Fidelity Not Hurting Ipod

The lack of CD quality sound has not hurt Apple in its five years of dominating the mobile music device market. Of course there are a minority of audiophiles who complain, but not enough have resisted the many incarnations of the ubiquitous iPod. When Apple's iTV gets up and running -- probably in the first months of 2007 -- Apple will be defying high definition, digital quality and all the things the industry thinks consumers hold sacred. Apple is wagering that convenience will trump fidelity. And they are probably right. Making a consumers music, movies and video portable and giving them a chance to play it seamlessly on a large&hellip

Zune-y Tunes

The new Microsoft/Toshiba competitor to Apple's iPod and iTunes -- Zune -- is betting a lot on this simple concept: users will be able to wirelessly send other Zune owners any song. The recipients can listen to the song for up to three plays within three days. Then, the recipients must buy the song if they want to hear it again. Microsoft and the record labels see this concept as wireless "street teams" and it looks good on paper. It's tough enough to have to compete with iPod in design, functionality and now in concept. The question is -- will it fly with mobile music device users given that they will be able to share their music&hellip

Another Big Radio Mistake: The Big Stay Bigger And Sell The Smaller

It seems pressure from Wall Street is making some of the big radio companies think about selling more radio properties. CBS Radio is in the process of selling off its smaller, less essential markets and stands to raise a lot of cash and no doubt please their real bosses -- Wall Street investors.

Now analysts are reportedly suggesting to the largest radio company, Clear Channel, that it might want to think about selling off some of its smaller markets. You know, clean up the balance sheet. Mind you, these are the same Wall Street types who helped finance radio consolidation. Once created, many of the resulting companies found&hellip

Get The Feeling FaceBook and MySpace Don’t Get It?

Facebook is still eating humble pie after a privacy meltdown of epic proportions last week -- one that saw and uprising of angry users. The apology. The humility. Yet all Facebook did was give members a little more control, but their changes are potentially still out there as unpopular as they are. Now, Facebook has "MySpace envy". Wants to expand the community. Of course, it's not going to make the mistake of letting all those new regional members mixed in with its college community -- at least not yet.

And MySpace feels like it is becoming more of a portal than a social network. The next generation can be very forgiving&hellip

Apple’s iTV Strategy

Steven Jobs couldn't keep the secret in advance of his San Francisco debut of a revamped line of iPods and more importantly -- it's gonzo entry into the movie delivery business. Apple's new iPods freshened the line, but the most significant thing was not just the fact that Apple is selling movies today but that early in 2007 it will debut a device that its hopes will shuffle the TV viewing market -- iTV. You have to read between the lines to see the rewards and risks Apple is taking.

iTV is expected to sell for $299 and it is designed to allow consumers to buy movies from the iTunes store for seamless viewing on television&hellip