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  • "But mom, everybody does it!"

    The Ipsos Group is a marketing research firm. According to a recent survey, 18% of Americans 12 and over — about 40 million people — have downloaded music within the last 30 days. Most of them are males age 24 or younger (downloading activity falls by half in the 24-34 group, and by nearly half…

  • An MPEG-4 iPod? No, but…

    One of the more interesting smart storage devices introduced at CeBIT was the Archos AV340, a 40 GB video player and recorder with a 640×368 screen. It stores up to 80 hours of content — that’s a minimum datarate of around 1 Mbit/sec — for viewing on the device’s 3.8″ screen or a television. It…

  • CeBIT bites

    I just returned from a week at CeBIT. I’d hoped to be able to post regularly while I was there, but internet access where I was staying was too expensive to justify anything but critical communications, and my schedule was too packed during show hours to allow for browse-time via the open Wi-Fi base stations…

  • Interesting milestone for consumer voice-over-IP

    I recently read The Innovator’s Dilemma, which is a great book by Clayton M. Christensen about why dominant incumbents rarely continue as anything more than crumb-catchers (if they aren’t forced out of business altogether) once a disruptive technology takes hold. Voice-over-IP is a disruptive technology. VoIP used to be something that only large businesses could…

  • AOL's newest plan to get their chat on

    Sun and Java. Apple and QuickTime. AOL and instant messaging. It’s a mixed blessing when a company’s most-interesting assets don’t come with a ready-made windfall. AOL claims that about 40% of Americans from age 14 to 24 use AOL Instant Messenger (a.k.a. “AIM”). They say that 2.3 billion messages a day are sent through their…

  • The future of DRM?

    Does this send a chill down your spine, too? [via Epeus’ Epigone] “Warning: Trademark and/or Copyright Infringement” More related Perry Hoberman art (“OK/Cancel” series)

  • Apple to introduce Mac-only music service, MPEG-4 AAC support for iPod

    The L.A. Times is reporting that Apple will be introducing a Mac-only music service, using iTunes as the client and MPEG-4 AAC (rather than MP3) as the delivery format. A source told the L.A. Times: This is exactly what the music industry has been waiting for. It’s hip. It’s quick. It’s easy. If people on…

  • Still seeking contributing editors

    Apologies for the erratic posting schedule this week — next week’s should be back to normal. (If you or someone you know is interested in sharing interesting digital media news with a couple thousand folks a day, be sure to ask me about being a PlaybackTime contributing editor.)

  • When only the very worst Mac software will do

    One of the more popular Mac sites is VersionTracker, which tracks the latest versions of most Mac software using a pleasant (albeit personality-free) newest-first list format surrounded with as much advertising as possible. It’s useful, and (like many useful things) boring. In contrast, the bitchy PerversionTracker much more entertaining. The highly trained PerversionTracker staff locates…

  • "We don't serve your kind here…"

    Dive Into Mark, a great blog whose name inevitably conjures slightly disturbing imagery when read the first few times, has a cool article on how Mark used Apache and the mod_rewrite module to stop evil spambots, spybots, and unwanted robots — by definition, those that don’t respect the Robot Exclusion Standard — from stealing his…

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