Mark Cuban has a great post on how nice it would be to be able to fill up mp3 players with 30-100 GB of great content and listen to our hearts content.
Not only is there a problem with the \”statutory mechanical royalty rate\” per song that makes this prohibitively expensive, but one of my companies tried to pre-load other content (audio books for which it has rights) onto iPods last year only to find that when customers configured the iPod for their computer system they lost everything that had been pre-installed.
Check out this article from Reuters: Cell phone makers aim to get production costs to $20 per handset by 2007 and to $15 by 2008. Approximately 810 million mobile phones will be sold this year up from 680 million last year. 3.5 billion people live in areas with coverage who cannot afford their own handset, so lower prices means more market penetration.
I am spending a good deal of time trying to determine where mobile technology is going. Several of my companies are going to be involved in delivering content or services to mobile devices including cell phones.
So it is a bit frustrating to keep finding research analyst reports that are priced in the $2-5,000 range. Here\’s a 53 page report on the future of mobile phones selling for $3,495.
Sometimes you see market forecasts that blow your mind. I remember
attending Jupiter conferences starting in 1995 where forecasts were
made showing hundreds of millions of internet users worldwide in the
coming years, and it was mind-boggling then. Now, estimates say we\’re
over a billion internet users worldwide.
Any time I see a billion of anything, I\’m pretty impressed. So I was
I love blogging.
Last month 23,000 unique visitors came to my web site, mostly to read
my blog. Two weeks ago I blogged about how only 4 students had signed
up for the Internet Marketing course at BYU that I\’m scheduled to teach
this fall. Now there are 32 enrolled.
I love Wikis.
team launched a Wiki last week for entrepreneurs. We have 8 volunteer
editors so far who are going to help us recruit contributors and build
a Wiki that contains thousands of quotes and "success tactics" from the
most successful entrepreneurs of all time. Our hope is that
entrepreneurs will use this Wiki to find new ideas by discovering what
I love my Blackberry. I can\’t imagine why all executives don\’t get one, unless their thumbs are too big. I do the vast majority of my email on the go and save myself an hour a two of day of sitting at my computer. (But I admit, there are a lot of people who work for me and with me that won\’t take my advice and make this investment.)
In the biggest VC funding round since 2000, Vonage, a leader in voice over IP telephone solutions raised $200 milllion
led by Bain Capital in Boston. It will be very interesting to watch
Vonage vs. Skype. Check out the Mary Meeker quote about Skype in this
Nokia will ship by the end of this year a number of new phones that offer rich multimedia capabilities. One of their phones has a 4 GB hard drive that will store 3,000 songs.
This is significant partly because in 2004 Nokia owned more than 30% of the global market for mobile phones, almost twice as high as the number two player Motorola.
You know what I love about the internet era?
Last night I read the latest issue of EContent magazine, one of those underrated and little known publications that always has a treasure trove of information about content businesses. From my days studying library science I acquired an interest in certain magazines that no one else I know seems to know about. I highly recommend this one.
Here are the topics I need to learn more about: