Nowadays the number of seeds I've been seeing on Pirate Bay are huge. Kanye West has 7,000 seeds right now. Were torrents two years ago like that? I don't think so. If anything P2P is growing. More people are learning to BitTorrent or gaining home computer access.
You're spot on about the "mental barrier"—we need to break that. The mouse is really limited—we need to put that thing in the histor-e-books and move on. I do think it could work with multitouch pads. The touchpads on new laptops are a step towards advancement because they can do more, and they're fairly intuitive, especially if you're used to touchscreens like the iPhone's. Watch the video here on multitouch—there's some pretty cool ideas about user interfaces.
IMO the "savior" of news is the Internet itself—regardless of whether it's on a mobile phone, desktop, or anything in between. I think the touchscreen is huge, mainly because it's so intuitive for the end user. If the tablet devices prove to be a hit, I think the computer user interfaces will follow having touchscreens or multitouch pads, and even gesture recognition is not that far of a stretch. The tablet readers are like "minimalist" computers really, for now, but their simple operation is a huge plus.
Amie Street was so cool when it first started. The layout was better and it was only obscure indie music. I don't like that Tunecore distributes to Amie Street, and I certainly don't like this Sony deal. I don't like paying for music downloads either. Amie Street may be the only site where I have actually paid for downloads, but I haven't lately seeing as there is so much awesome music available for free.
I think Amie Street should rework their business model where the "rec's" and "listens" count as points towards ad-supported revenue and they could let the listeners stream for free. Or they could offer unlimited streaming for a monthly subscription.
This formula sums it up nicely, and I think the revenue streams are changing, based on this, to licensing live interaction and fan experience. The musicians that adapt the quickest to these models will thrive.
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