Category Archive for: Technology

The art and law of webcasts

We’re exploring adding a webcast piece into our the rVibe service and I think it’s the right way to go. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but suffice it to say that any user (non-subscription) can listen to an embedded webcast on any site where it’s embedded. And that webcast can be…

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Avoiding busy user interface design

I have seen so many websites and applications that are clutteredwith stuff or excess content that they become virtually unusable. Application clutter is one of my big pet peeves in UI design. It’s easy to see how that happens. When you have so much content you want the user to see and easily get at,…

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Future of digital music – is more than one solution?

I read Fred Wilson’s blog pretty regularly (it’s a great blog) and he has some very interesting insights.  He just posted about the future of digital music and it sparked a bit of hot debate on his blog.  In a nutshell, he’s saying that the future of digital music is not in pay-per-download (ie: iTunes),…

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AOL Music is Napster = acquisition?

Napster has a new partner agreement in place with AOL to help build revenue. The two companies signed a deal where Napster will take over AOL Music’s (previously a MusicNet company) subscriber base. Add to the mix that Napster put it self on the auction block recently and this has very interesting implications for the new…

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Technology Business Decision – C++ or Java

When building client side software that interfaces directly with the internet (as we are), it’s very tempting to write in Java. You get the nice benefit of a cross-platform runtime where you can pretty much drop in code and you’re ready to go.  It’s got great firewall tunnelling support and it’s easy and fast to develop.  …

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The trouble with music data and social networks

In the rVibe service, there is a strong data and data-mining component, around the music, the people who are buying/using music and the intersection of people and music.  Clearly, data around who is using/buying what/how/from whom has pretty major implications for a variety of things (marketing, recommendations, metrics, viral patterning, technology, privacy, customer experience, etc) and rVibe…

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