Subject: Gleanings: Your recommended daily serving of IA
Well, fast company finally went after fucked company and now Pud has to change his logo. If you are a designers, he’s putting out a general call for a new logo. If you loved the old one, order his merchandise now… he’s selling it out and won’t be producing more.
IA & INTERFACE MATTERS
http://www.eastgate.com/ thanks peterme for this pointer to a source of interface thinking.
contemplating our medium of choice.
from MSDN good article on KISS
Information Architects Construct Their Sites With a Unique Blueprint
a longish but interesting article on the latest even in the music wars.
Are You Digitized?
That ringing you hear isn’t from the new Jimi Hendrix box set. It’s
the bell announcing the next round in the digital-music wars. Not
surprisingly, the first punch has been thrown by Universal Music
Group, which distributes the Hendrix catalog. Having prevailed in
court (MP3.com may need to write a $250 million check), the world’s
largest record company may be taking a big step toward trying to sell
what’s now available for free.
Late Thursday night, News.com and Inside.com reported that Seagram’s
Universal, soon to be part of Vivendi, cut a deal with Loudeye
Technologies to encode and store 14,000 audio tracks and 30,000 music
videos, the label’s “entire U.S. active catalog of audio and music
video titles.” Loudeye has some high-profile encoding deals with other
entertainment companies, but the news here is that it’ll be hosting
Both sides of the transaction talked to both News.com and Inside.com.
Neither talked money, but both talked size. “We’ll be storing 150
terabytes,” Loudeye founder and CEO Martin Tobias boasted to News.com.
“Between us and the U.S. Department of Defense, there’s nobody else
who comes close to that capacity.” Inside.com pointed out that
Tobias’s multiple titles also include “minister of order and reason.”
Inside.com reported that the tracks “could be ready for streaming or
other means of digital distribution in a matter of weeks.” What
Universal intends to do with 150 terabytes remains unclear. Both
outlets discussed samples for free and full tracks for sale, and
Inside.com listed Universal’s many digital initiatives without probing
how much they might overlap.
How might people buy some of these 150 terabytes? At a conference in
Beverly Hills, the president of Emusic.com said that the subscription
model made the most sense, while the public statements of major labels
like Universal continue to suggest that they want consumers to pay by
the track. And while Napster’s still in business, no one’s buying
anything. Ding! – Jimmy Guterman
Universal Licenses Music Catalog to Digital Encoder
Universal Takes the Digital-Music Plunge, Contracting With Loudeye to
Emusic.com President Says Paid Music Downloading Can Work
APROPOS OF NOTHING
Before They Were Politicians
The making of the eighth-grade president
Performance Artist Shocks U.S. Out Of Apathetic Stupor