More details about AOL's upcoming integration of blogging software into the company's software. I still think this is going to be big, as will the RSS trail that follows. I didn't realize that they are going to integrate pictures, but of course they are because it makes perfect sense. Mo' moblogging down the road.
That idea has me quite intrigued because I've been following Aaron Schmidt's photoblog of pictures sent from his cell phone. It's fascinating to watch his daily life through it. I like that I can see Aaron's friends (none of whom I know), his cute puppy, and snapshots of the places he goes, so I can't imagine how much more enticing it would be to find feeds of photos and blog posts in my aggregator daily. And audio files posted by phone? You mean I could hear my niece in my aggregator? I am so there!
Ernie's getting the fever for legal digital downloads, and I totally understand where he's coming from. I thought the iTunes store was the service for which I'd been waiting, but it turns out that it's not. Don't get me wrong - I really like the idea of being able to hear a song before buying it and not having to worry about the whole album. However, there is definitely something to be said for the subscription approach that also lets you burn tracks.
In an ideal world, I should be able to pick a package that lets me just burn songs (Apple's approach) or burn and listen (Rhapsody's approach). Because what Ernie hasn't discovered yet is that when you suddenly have access to 340,000 songs from any computer, you start listening to 340,000 songs from any computer.
In other words, there is a heckuva lot of music out there that I want to listen to but not necessarily purchase. There's a certain freedom in being able to listen to the whole of a song or an album without worrying about shelling out money to permanently own it. There are literally thousands of songs that I'm okay not owning but which I like listening to when I'm at work. Maybe if the price gets down to a dime per song, but even then there are some things I just don't want to pay for. And yet with Rhapsody, I can still listen to them.
One problem with this is that I can't unsubscribe from the service without losing that access, but I'm willing to pay that for the moment because the stuff I really want I can burn for $0.79 per song so I get the best of both worlds. (Well, I would get the best of both worlds if the labels would make their whole catalogs available across the board.) However, the bigger problem turns out to be that I can't take those 340,000 songs with me when I go on vacation. There are so many pop songs that the kids like that I don't want to pay money for. And yet I've set up play lists for them to listen to, and now we won't be able to take those on vacation to the cottage on the lake. I'm lucky that I have broadband internet access at work and at home, but there is a void in the car, on vacation, on the plane, etc.
I need the promised always-on, high-speed wireless internet in my pocket today.
Of course, the bigger question for me is how do libraries fit into a future where music is mostly digital and these types of services are the norm?
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