I’m way too cutting edge

August 28, 2006

Certainly living in the San Francisco Bay area for the last . . . . holy cow – almost 10 years  – has immersed me in a very tech savvy culture.

I often take for granted and as a given things like broadband access, watching video online, downloading & buying music almost exclusively online, blogs and blog search engines, getting my news through an aggregator so that by the time I get home and my wife puts on the “evening news” it’s all old to me.

It’s really easy to forget how far out in front I am from most people.  This is not  a boast – just an observation because most people don’t do all these things.  Yet.

But I was that way even before moving out here.  In the early 90s cNet had a Sunday morning tech show – remember that one?

And Soledad O’Brien hosted a tech show called “The Site” with a virtual character Dev Null.  Anyone remember that?  That was awesome!

Yes it’s true . . . I’m way too cutting edge.  ,-)  It’s important to me to be aware of where things are trending – but also not get so lost in being out on the edge I forget where everyone else is.

Anyway – by way of Scoble (who is a blogging SuperStar! but still – a very small fish in the very large mass market pond)  we learn that “98% of people don’t use RSS”.

At first I was shocked – and then immediately – almost the entire content of this post flooded into my brain.  It wasn’t really a surprise  – but it’s good to be reminded there’s normal people out there who are still totally unaware – who still have yet to discover some of the things tech geeks have already taken for granted.


Zune news

August 28, 2006


Microsoft’s Zune Player More Than Just Music

August 28, 2006
More details have surfaced about Microsoft’s upcoming Zune MP3 player, which is designed to rival the iPod. Apparently the plan is for Zune to use its wireless capabilities to be a social networking device, and not just a music and video player. According to documents filed with the FCC, Zune users will be able to play the role of a deejay, sending streaming music content to up to four other devices. With the device’s wireless networking abilities turned on, people can send and receive photos, as well as “promotional copies of songs, albums and playlists,” according to CNet News. Users also can choose whether to stream to any nearby Zune user or only to people on their friends list. With the deejay setting on, the music sent is the same as what the deejay is listening to. If they stop listening, the stream is interrupted. Toshiba will be manufacturing the Zune device.

Microsoft also has said that Zune will come preloaded with videos from the EMI label, but has not discussed the details of any music or video service it plans to offer. Microsoft does plan to have one model available in time for the holiday season, and the company expects the Zune effort to take years and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, according to CNet. Other features of the device will be a 30GB hard drive, a three-inch screen and an FM tuner. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

I wonder which device radio will be more inclined to use as give-aways on air?

It sounds like they’re loading the thing with everything the iPOD isn’t.

Could be a great strategy – could be a miserable failure.

Many people argue the iPOD lacks many important features – exactly the features MS Zune seems to be including.  But those are features often requested by geeks – and not average users.

While the wireless sharing sounds like a neat idea – is this something people will really do?

Sirius offers Interweb only streams

August 28, 2006

According to Sirius Backstage

Sirius will offer

online only subscription called “Sirius Internet Radio Plus”.  The service will offer CD-quality sound on the music channels and select talk channels including Howard 100/101 at 48kbps.

Hate to be a stickler – but 48kbps is not CD quality.
Cost – $12.99 per month for newbies – and and extra $2.99 per month for existing subscribers.

Not sure what the point of this is.   The extra boost in stream quality doesn’t out-weight the fact the content is still tethered to a computer device with an internet connection.

What the satcasters really need to be doing online is –
A.) Offer tiered programming packages for reduced costs.

All the rock channels for $6.99 per month.

All the “hits” channels for $6.99 a month.

Mix and match package of 10 channels of your choice for $4.99- $6.99 per month.

Let the Howard Channels become a premium channels for $5.99 per month all by itself.

B.) Offer internet only channels.

I know for a fact the satcasters have ideas and even fully produced concept channels that they simply don’t have enough bandwidth on the satellite to run.  Put’em online.

But hey, I’m just a terrestrial radio guy – what do I know.  ,-)