Top digital lifestyle news
Lots of music industry news this week. The band Nine Inch Nails announced they were following Radiohead’s lead, by dumping their record label; and Madonna said she plans to do the same. On the digital front, online music service Rhapsody is now available on TiVo; and Universal is reportedly pushing ahead with Total Music, the latest assault on Apple’s iTunes.
In Internet TV-related news, Sony’s PS3 game console is to become an IPTV set-top box for Korea Telecom; Vuze, which now boasts 10 million software downloads, has opened up it p2p video distribution platform; and Joost plans to add “live” television to its service early next year.
Finally, we reported that Google’s GPhone may not be a phone, but an operating system, designed to take on Windows Mobile and Symbian OS.
Daniel Langendorf took an in-depth look at Vudu’s broadband-connected set-top-box, which delivers on-demand movie rentals, directly to a television. “5000 movies. 25 studios and distributors providing content. A 5-button remote. 1 couch. 0 waiting.” But can the Vudu service replace a Netflix account?
In the light of the recent music industry activity, we looked at five alternative business models for selling music: free, pay-what-you-want, pay-by-popularity, subscription, and taxation.
That a wrap for the week. Have a great weekend!