Here’s and interesting article I got from the NIN twitter feed.
nineinchnails RT @rob_sheridan: CNET has a nice article up about open camera policies at concerts, with some comments from me: http://bit.ly/1HVAlO
I’ve been to NIN and Gwen Stefani concerts with the everything goes camera policies and to a Bjork concert where I was trampled by a large security guard on her way to kick a fan out of the concert for having a camera phone out of his pocket. When the camera policy is loose, the audience is more engaged and, in general, having more fun as they make memories and share their experience with the world in real time. With respect to the Bjork concert, I really didn’t appreciate being trampled and I would have liked to, at least, have taken a picture of myself and my husband at the event to mark the occasion.
To be honest, whenever I see an artist demand a no camera policy, my gut tells me it’s because the artist knows the show isn’t that good and doesn’t want footage leaked that will discourage potential customers. Any reasonable person knows, regardless of the image and sound quality, NOTHING beats the experience of actually being at the concert. I applaud those artists that understand their audience and understand cameras are for admiration, adoration, and commemoration and not piracy. Not only that, with some clever marketing, fan generated media can be made into some nice personalized merchandise for the artist to sell back to the fan. Example: HP and Gwen Stefani collaborated with fans to make personalized concert books. It was a win-win-win solution!
Here is an article about how Barnes and Noble is backing Adobe’s EPUB standard.
I’m happy to see content providers getting behind this so there is device independent standard for e-books.
As for the jabs at Apple’s iTunes, well, iTunes isn’t completely locked down. There are plenty of software programs available that remove Apple’s “wrapper” so users can play the music they purchased on any device as an mp3. I had to do this when my laptop crashed and the only copy of my music collection was on my iPod (it seems to me Apple can remedy this by making it easy to transfer songs from an iPod back onto a computer, rather than locking iPods with one device). Depending upon Kindle’s success, I imagine some “Robin Hood” spirited programmer will “crack” that device as well (it may already have been done). This really is beside the point, but I am a little tired of reporters feigning ignorance about the various ways to circumvent proprietary file formats and touting proprietary file formats as the key to having a successful digital distribution business model. iTunes doesn’t have a lock on the market because their file format is proprietary. They have a lock because their device is easy to use, it’s drop dead simple to buy music for iPod and iPhone devices, and the pricing structure for the music available is within reason. Can you say Apple has had the same success with video entertainment via Apple TV? No … (in my estimation, it looks like Netflix is poised to dominate in this area due to the numerous deals they are making with TV and gaming console manufacturers. It is very simple to watch Netflix movies on demand via my XBox360 with my existing Netflix account). So far there is no clear winner on e-books or e-reading right now other than the personal computer and there are many PC manufacturers. As for e-readers, I think it’s pointless to have a separate device outside of a laptop for e-reading. Ultimately, I think this is a software play and not a device play. I think Amazon recognizes this too, which is why they are making the Kindle software available for PCs the same as Apple did for iTunes. This leaves box makers to struggle for margins as they try to one-up each other by driving device prices down. My advice to the box makers is to multi-task existing laptops, minis, and mobiles rather than wasting time and money on developing a separate e-reader device — unless, of course, that e-reader can be submerged underwater for tub-time reading. Of course, tub-time computing would also be quite revolutionary …
I first learned about the death of Michael Jackson via Twitter. At first I though it was a joke because news broke within a few hours of Farrah Fawcett’s death. I never expected Michael Jackson to become an old man, but it was still a shock. So who was Michael Jackson to me? Well, when I thought about it, I realized his music was a prominent part of the soundtrack of my life. Considering the length of his career, I was probably listening to Michael Jackson as part of the Jackson 5 while in the womb. I remember as a tot listening to “Rock with You” in the car with my 2nd cousin, with my aunt, and whle skating around the roller rink. I remember eagerly anticipating seeing the entire “Thriller” video on Halloween. I remember watching the debut of the “Moonwalk” on TV. I remember the excitement in the living room, my Mom loudly clapping her hands, cheerfully yelling, “work it, Michael!” as if he could hear her through the TV. I have dear, dear-sweet high school memories of seeing “Captain EO” at Disneyland with my best friends. I remember taking the time to see the debut of the video “Do you Remember the Time?” I remember the music, the dancing, his charity. I remember singing along with Michael Jackson with my family and friends. I grew up with Michael.
I also remember Michael Jackson’s eccentricities. No, I didn’t like the way he changed his face — I actually had a crush on the pre-surgery Michael and thought he was very cute. As for the salacious matters, honestly, I never paid them much attention — I figured it to be the cost of celebrity and letting opportunistic people into your home.
I look forward to watching Michael Jackson’s memorial on TV or over the Internet tomorrow with my family. I also hope some entity is able to piece together the footage of Michael’s comeback concert dress rehearsals so we fans can all experience what Michael had planned (It would be nice to see it at a movie theater). I will continue to remember and honor Michael Jackson by listening to his music. And to the haters: poo-poo on you. Let the man rest in peace and acknowledge the joy and good he brought to the world.
I saw the NINJA tour (Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction) when it came to SD on May 16th. As ususal, NIN, was excellent. Jane’s Addiction was good too, but I truly couldn’t appreciate it because I don’t particularly care for their songs with exception, of course, to “Got Caught Stealing.” Anyhow, I took some EXTREMELY horrible pictures with my iPhone and posted them to FuzzyShot. Here’s a link if you dare. If you like NIN, go to this tour and sing your lungs out (I did, along with a little dancing). Rumor is that this may be the last time Trent Reznor goes on tour as NIN (I hope this isn’t true). Whether you stay for JA is up to you (I stayed for about 1-hour of JA). Also, check nin.com for some fund raising activities in conjunction with the NINJA tour.