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Today’s Music and Film Posts

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On August 23, 2005 @ 3:35 pm In Film,Intellectual Property,Music,Web/Tech | Comments Disabled

Today’s Music and Film posts are going to cover a lot of ground — its more a round up than a specific rant (you can see Lefsetz’ industry takedown [1] for that).

MusicFile-sharing continues at colleges [2] — whats surprising about this is that file sharing remains active even at schools that offer free versions of Ruckus, Cdigix, Napster and RealNetworks.

Why? ‘Cause none of the all-you-can-eat-buffet services allow you to transfer your music to your iPods. Is it any surprise that Yahoo’s! Music Unlimited [3] — which is similarly tethered to a PC with no provision for moving it to iPod — has no traction. None.
How clueless are these companies?

Movies:  Our prior discussion as to Why movie theatre attendance was declining [4] paid scant focus to the quality of the films. Theater owners disagree, making the Hey Hollywood! Make Better Movies to Lure Crowds! [5]   See also,
Summer’s Flops Spur Movie Studios To Reassess TV Ads. [6]

Long tail:

New on Amazon- Short Stories For 49 Cents [7] (WSJ)
‘Telenovelas’ Become A Vibrant New Niche In the DVD Market [8] (WSJ)


RIAA: Wired takes down the RIAA fabrication that the Mafia are music pirates in Mob Pirates: Menace or Myth? [9] 

Bring ‘em on: a Mom refuses to knuckle under to RIAA litigation threats, and says "Lets go to court [10]."

Tech: The iPod is why Apple is able to beat Sony’s music service, even on their home turf [11].

The first sign of improvement for the Japanese giant are the Sony beans [12]; While they don’t look like iPod killers, they are certainly are improvements over Sony’s old offerings.

Bluebean500x500 [13]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Lefsetz’ industry takedown: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2005/08/the_future_of_t.html

[2] File-sharing continues at colleges: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D8C31VKG2.htm?campaign_id=apn_home_down&chan=db

[3] Yahoo’s! Music Unlimited: http://music.yahoo.com/unlimited/

[4] Why movie theatre attendance was declining: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2005/07/declining_movie.html

[5] Hey Hollywood! Make Better Movies to Lure Crowds!: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112440958691917275,00.html

[6] Summer’s Flops Spur Movie Studios To Reassess TV Ads.: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112440894618617254,00.html

[7] New on Amazon- Short Stories For 49 Cents: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112466801529219188,00.html

[8] ‘Telenovelas’ Become A Vibrant New Niche In the DVD Market: http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112467240069719249,00.html

[9] Mob Pirates: Menace or Myth?: http://www.wired.com/news/digiwood/0,1412,68490,00.html

[10] Lets go to court: http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050814/NEWS02/508140316/1020/NEWS04

[11] Apple is able to beat Sony’s music service, even on their home turf: http://media.guardian.co.uk/newmedia/story/0,7496,1552382,00.html

[12] Sony beans: http://news.com.com/Sony+looks+for+musical+magic+from+Walkman+Beans/2100-1041-5838414.html?part=dht&tag=ntop&tag=nl.e433

[13] Image: http://bigpicture.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/bluebean500x500.jpg

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