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Friday, December 19, 2003


SAM enables "download on selection"

I like to see SAM enable the creation of a community of audio messages that lets the SAM listener choose the audio messages they want to listen to.  This preserves download time and bandwidth.  Listeners could use the message title, description and other audio message attributes to make clear choices.  Why download media that you are not interested in?  Downloading audio or any media automatically at this time on the Internet adds unnecessary load and bandwidth costs to the SAM network.

Imagine waking up in the morning, reading your SAM enabled RSS reader from either your PC, notebook or PDA and picking and choosing a couple hours of audio messages. Then as you were doing something else, like getting ready for work the iPod using it's builtin WIFI or bluetooth (not available today) automatically syncs and retrieves your morning audio message picks.   This process can be repeated throughout the day.

SAM makes the audio message chooser aggregator piece possible today and most importantly enables a community of available audio messages.  SAM makes it easy to write SAM-aware aggregators and feed readers. 

I have a hunch that MP3 players with WIFI or bluetooth are right around the corner.  Stay tuned for their announcement at the end of next year.   But what is the next feature after wireless networking is added to Mp3 players?  Why not SAM enable it?

In the meantime we will just have to sync our MP3 players to SAM using USB or FireWire.  Imagine how many new users will be receiving MP3 players over the holidays.  All are potential future SAM listeners. 

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More on enclosures

Even Dave thinks enclosures are designed to be automatically downloaded overnight  by enclosure-aware aggregators and feed readers.

Scripting News: "Reminder -- there's a special RSS feed for Lydon interviews, with enclosures, that can automatically be downloaded overnight by enclosure-aware aggregators and feed readers. "

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Napster versus Radio

Napter for argument sake was one-way with very little if no community.  It was that way by design.  The majority of the music that made it so popular was produced elsewhere at sometime by the Recording Industry.  Sure the community was ripping , adding music and most importantly adding bandwidth but the community was not adding to or fueling the listening community with new original content or community conversations. Napster was never about promoting new music from new or veteran artists.  Most of the time people went there looking for music they learned about elsewhere or new from their past.

What it did was bypass the "a sleep at the wheel" middle man in the old music distribution system that didn't recognize the potential the Internet had given it. This is one of the reasons it was doomed as a business model to failure from the get go.  The music it was using to build momentum wasn't it's own.  It's success was that it woke up the middle man.

The next problem for the record Industry is the conversation with the new channels of listening communities.  The mass audience/vehicle of the past is starting to disappear.   This time the artist is understanding this fact before the Industry.  The Web is a two way medium made up of many channels of listeners.  The artist knows they can reach, go directly to their channel of listeners and probably have a much longer career or a possible career at all doing it.  Best of all the artist can now have a conversation with their audience daily and bring that experience also into their art.  The Industry in the past had control of the mass communication between artist and listener.  Or you could look at it as the Industry enabled the artist and controlled the mass conversation in the past.  The mass communication device of the near future is not as massive as it was in the past and getting smaller and broken down into many smaller listening/attention channels everyday.  The artist can now enable their own conversation into these newer channels probably as good if not better than the Industry on the Web and add to that easy distribution. What role does the old Industry play in this new massive direct channel network without getting in the way?

Evan: "Napster versus Radio Doc says that Napster et al was "the market's correction for the failure of mainstream radio not just to adapt to the Net, but even to fulfill the missions it established for itself over the decades....Napster is radio! It's about sharing record collections the way the great radio stations of yesterdecade used to do, and today's robotic commercial radio can't remember and can no longer even begin to conceive."

I think that's a great idea, but I don't think that's what Napster was about to a large degree. If it was, than the majority of songs downloaded via Napster would not be the most popular songs played on the radio. I don't know what the numbers say about that, but from what I've heard before, they are. Napster may have been about sharing new and interesting music that we otherwise wouldn't have heard if it were designed differently. But the way it worked, you found stuff you knew of (Hot Lists allowed you to discover things, but it wasn't core to the application). And most people knew of stuff from "robotic commercial radio." Napster was about getting that stuff in a more conveneint (sometimes), more economical way."

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Let's play hockey

This is the picture of my son we are sending to friends this year in the holiday cards.  I can't believe my son is a high school freshman already.

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Listen to SAM

If your old enough to remember Sam Drucker from PettiCoat Junction and Green Acres fame, you'll remember that in his general store he maintained Hooterville's main audio messaging device to the world, the phone.

Frank Cady, who played Sam Drucker is 88.  Records on the Internet report that he is still alive. 

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