Zune Mania
November 14, 2006, 7:13 pm
Filed under: Consumer Electronics, Portable media, Technology and Gadgets, zune

Following the advice that I give to my 5 year old every time I’m charged with getting her to eat dinner… “How do you know it tastes funny, you haven’t tried it yet”… And feeling some small guilt for subsidizing the hype machine that is Zune marketing… I bought the Zune today

Okay some positives: nice bright, clear widescreen display, simple navigation UI,….um, okay I’m sure I will think of some more later. Oh yeah, really cool packaging, i.e. the box, not the device.

Not so good? Sterile, some would say ugly, design harkens back to electronics of the 1970’s (retro industrial style thing that I must be missing?) And Brown,…so Spring of 2006….

More later on the limited sharing and file download support, once I get the software running on a PC….

Happy Zune Day
November 14, 2006, 10:42 am
Filed under: ipod, media, Music, podcasting, Portable media, zune

On the plus side, competition is healthy for any industry. On the minus side, I’m not sure I want to be within 30 feet of the people I am sharing music with.

“Welcome to the Social! Get nice and friendly, ’cause you’re going to have to stand around real close to share anything. Oh and don’t talk to those other wifi devices all around you…they’re scary”

“Oh and a dollar of your money is going to Universal for music you may not listen to because you might be a lying, thieving pirate, but hey… Welcome to the Social!”

Podcast and Portable Media Expo – People
September 29, 2006, 3:11 pm
Filed under: media, podcasting, Podcasts, Portable media, trade shows, Videocasts

The first thing that strikes you about PPME is the diversity of the communities that podcasting and portable media attracts. These communities may get blurred more and more as podcasting matures, but at this stage in the life of the media there are audio geeks, lifestyle content producers, alt-lifestyle proponents, traditional media industry converts, web technologists, social media observers, marketing/advertising types, trade show pros, etc., etc.