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Here is my view on the whole entertainment industry today.
Golden word for any music or movie service for the future:
* Access service
* Any time
* On and offline
* Reasonable priced
All license holders have been holding back "all-you-can-eat" streaming services for way to long.
This is the no one problem in both music and movie content, although music have in the last 2 years started to let the licensing fees down a tad and releasing new content directly to the streaming providers.
This need to happen to the movie industry as well!
When Netflix started it's "all-you-can-eat" streaming service it was the first step, I love Netflix as a company. But now the license holders want to hold Netflix back?! Why can't the studios give us the customers what we want and make streaming fees realistic? Let the streaming providers have license to stream new movies from day one and in 1080p with optional 3D content at a realistic price so we the customers don't have to go to other sources that don't give the studios a penny, hint hint...
On another note, the FCC really need to take a close look at the broadband market regarding price, usage caps and penetration with +3 providers at any location (time for some real competition!). This is what eventually will prohibit innovations!
Here is a really smart person I recommend all to listen / read seminars from that explain everything very well, Gerd Leonhard.
He's CEO of TheFuturesAgency and a Visiting Professor at the Fundacao Dom Cabral in Sao Paulo / Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He specialize in gathering information on current trends and where we as a digital society are heading (need to be heading).
3 years, 8 months ago on Netflix, Spotify and the Future of Unlimited Streaming
There are easy ways to improve the Spotify experience.
Some Spotify pointers, first off try the hidden contextual search which saved my day like artist:scarecrow title:”black door” find all the types in Spotify.com under FAQ section.
About the discovery aspect. There are many other sites that generate suggested songs in a Spotify playlist from any artist you enter or from what you played by using Last.FM and also one (truShuffle) that generate suggested songs on the fly from what you play in Spotify in a auto updated collaboration playlist as you play tracks. :)
Here’s a few links to truly awesome Spotify tips:
There are many sited that use Spotify API and I’m sure more will come.
And finally, here’s an possible new service to create (idea!):
As Spotify does have Last.FM scrobbling it’s quite possible to build an service that build collaboration playlist for each and every genre the user have listened to, by decade, by previous played tracks and so on. Might be an idea for someone to build and eventually sell. Is such case the service would be a awesome discovery/personal radio feature. Might even be possible to have such a service in a business deal with Last.FM for a small subscription fee like 1$ a month. If I was Last.FM I’d go for such a deal as it don’t require any licensing fees to payed to the labels at all, money straight in the bank. :)
I would love such a service and I think many others would as well.
3 years, 8 months ago on Spotify Rocks the Desktop, Fails on Mobile
Some Spotify pointers, first off try the hidden contextual search which saved my day like artist:scarecrow title:"black door" find all the types in Spotify.com under FAQ section.
About discovery. There are many other sites that generate suggested songs in a playlist from any artist you enter or from what you played by using last.fm and also one (truShuffle) that generate suggested songs on the fly from what you play in Spotify. :)
Here's a few links to truly awesome Spotify tips:
3 years, 8 months ago on Spotify Rocks! (Along with A LOT of other music too...)