While the wireless carriers install specialized DRM solutions in order to appease the major media houses, under the assumption that big media content is the main thrust of wireless data, a new trend is appearing with mobile MP3 players. Specifically, iPod users are increasingly listening to recorded audio shows created by random individuals and posted to the web, much like most weblogs. The so-called "Podcasts" are varied in content, but include music, commentary, comedy, and opinion. A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project suggests that over 6M people listen to this new form of media (although that figure may be overstated.) Podcasts can usually be downloaded to the device free of charge: users sync the content over their PCs and never pay a wireless fee. I would expect that as mobile phones get more capable, users will seek this same kind of mobile content experience on their phones. Phone models such as the PalmOS-based Treo or MSFT mobile devices can already play such Podcasts. But for now, while the wireless carriers are working on locking down their phones to make them suitable for big media content, innovators are working away, creating new ecosystems which offer an experience the customers want.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Thomas Friedman Believes Snowden Should Get A 'Second Chance,' By Which He Means 'Come Back To The US And Stand Trial'
- Lebanese Internal Security Force Requests Facebook Passwords, Text Messages Of All Citizens In The Country
- DailyDirt: Bullet The Blue
- DailyDirt: Making Memories
- DailyDirt: How Do You Solve A Problem Like... Academia?