Weekly wrapup, 8 – 12 October 2007

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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!

last100 is edited by Steve O'Hear. Aside from founding last100, Steve is co-founder and CEO of Beepl and a freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications, including TechCrunch, The Guardian, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld, and also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary, In Search of the Valley. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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