Mobile is the New Radio

My dear friends in the radio business to a great extent see themselves in the 24-hour news, information and entertainment business. That is going to have to stop. Technology is at work. The TiVo and its clones allow viewers to take from TV instead of waiting for TV to give. Consumers like the control they are getting over their television entertainment. Radio has been awesome at being there for listeners since it was invented, but being there is not going to be enough in the mobile future. I see mobile radio "stations" (if I can call them that) as shorter form offerings. Maybe 30 minutes worth of programming that mobile users can&hellip

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The Real Genius of Steve Jobs

The Steve Jobs interview in Newsweek has a not-so-hidden lesson for Microsoft regarding its new Zune competitor to iPod. Jobs says, "I've seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you've gone through all that, the girl's got up and left! You're much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you're connected with about two feet of headphone cable." Something tells me he's right (other than my USC students). So how is the&hellip

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The Chances of Stern Succeeding on the Internet

I always liked Howard Stern. Thought the move to Sirius Satellite was brilliant. Not because they paid him $500 million plus stock incentives. That too. Because radio was declining and satellite was the new frontier. Now Sirius is launching a new non-satellite satellite service on the Internet for $12.95 a month. No need to buy the radio. October 25 and 26th are freebie preview days. Sirius also has 74 other channels on its Internet service, but they're going to go to the dance with the guy that brung them -- Howard Stern. Makes sense. But think it through. Stern appeals to older listeners who currently constitute satellite's&hellip

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Digital Rights Management — Isn’t Gonna Happen

If I've learned anything working with the next generation at USC it is that DRM, the concept worth going to war over for the record industry and the RIAA is doomed to eventual failure. What I mean is that yes, the record labels succeed for now and stand in the way of the true digital revolution. But, they'll never win the long term battle. Every protection can be hacked. Standing in the way of true interoperability is like Custer's Last Stand. In the end the labels will die -- no matter how noble -- fighting for the old way of doing things. Here's what's worth considering: music made for distribution without DRM protection will&hellip

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Old Media, Meet The Real Enemy

Sometimes you wonder how radio has been able to buy up everything allowable by law and still come away with a declining business model. Must be that damn iPod, right? You wonder how the mighty TV business can be kicked in the butt by a few 22-year old "kids" who while screwing around invented YouTube. That leads me to the question is traditional media in trouble because of all this new technology and a new hard to tie down generation of interactive monsters? Or are they to blame for their own mess? I'm thinking the old model doesn't work. Take a look. New Internet start ups actually hire people -- lots of people -- sometimes when&hellip

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