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When Passions Collide: Peavey Ampkit Link for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

John Federico

I used to play bass and guitar in New York Area rock bands during the eighties and early nineties. While that's not much of a shock, the clothes we used to wear would be. You know the era: lots of hair, spandex, and ripped t-shirts. There are pictures somewhere, which my wife threatens to reveal if I ever get her really mad at me...

I LOVED playing music. It was one of the great passions in my life before my wife and I began sharing an apartment. That was over 16 years ago and I haven't picked up an instrument since. Not because my wife wasn't appreciative - in fact, she's encouraged me to continue to play over the years.

It's difficult to practice, however, when you're surrounded by neighbors in an apartment building. Even after we moved into our house in 1999, it just wasn't appropriate. Practicing an instrument can be a wholly singular experience, separating you from your family for hours at a time, and the noise can be distracting to other people in the house - especially to a sleeping baby.

This week, I went to our local Guitar Center and bought myself a new electric guitar. What was my inspiration?

My iPhone. 

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Adobe is Running Scared from Evolving Standards

John Federico

Buy this from SpreadshirtLike the iPhone and iPod Touch that came before it, the iPad runs the same slimmed-down version of Mac OS X complete with it's multi-touch controls, icons and menu bar.

The iPad also shares with its forebears a lack of support for Adobe's Flash. Flash is an application runtime environment (a nerdy way of saying "software that lets other software work") that competes with the native applications on the iPhone, so it would make business sense that Apple might exclude it from the native capabilities of the "iPlatform".

More likely however, is the fact that Flash is buggy, crashes often and can suck up CPU cycles like crazy.

Case in point: now that I'm running Google Chrome on my MacBook, I can see how often Flash crashes as the browser will remain functioning but indicate that the plug-in has crashed. These are crashes I used to blame on my browser - Safari, Firefox, Opera, Camino - all of them. Shame on me.

Given how maniacal Apple is about the user experience and stability of the iPlatform, it's a no-brainer for them to exclude Flash - competitive issues aside.

And now, with the triumvirate of the iPhone, iPod Touch and soon iPad, Adobe is getting a little uncomfortable. If there's one company that can utilize its momentum and marketing prowess to shift an industry from de facto standards to web standards, it's Apple - and in this case, that web standard is HTML5.

Apple did this for the Webkit rendering engine that now powers Safari and Mobile Safari, but also Google Chrome, Android and soon a variety of other Webkit-based browsers for mobile devices like BlackBerry. They did it for video with H.264 and soon, they'll do it for HTML5.

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Achieving Goals, Two at a Time

John Federico

At the start of 2009, I committed to reading two books each week with the premise being that if I could do it for one full year, it would become an ongoing habit.

Fuggedaboutit.

I've just been too busy to keep up that pace. Even with the help of my Kindle, I've only been able to finish one book per week.

I also made another commitment for this year which is simply to get more exercise. I'm accomplishing that with the help of my dog, Lucy. I walk her at least twice per day for about 40 minutes covering about 2.5 miles each time.

A few weeks ago, I had a "duh" moment and realized that I could combine my exercise goal with my reading goal in order to consume (not necessarily read) my two books per week.

Of course, I'm talking about the use of audiobooks.

I've always been a big fan of audiobooks but when my commute changed from "lots of driving" to "lots of riding the train", I stopped listening to audiobooks and switched to reading (which I prefer).

Now, each week I read one fiction book on my Kindle and listen to one "business" audiobook on my iPod while I walk Lucy. Some books can be longer than others but that's OK - it's just more incentive to get out and walk some more.

What am I reading now? I just started Daemon by Daniel Suarez (recommended by Rick Klau).

What am I listening to now? I'm at the end of Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. (A great book that I highly recommend.)

Do you have two tasks that you can combine to help accomplish your goals more effectively?

Gadgets for Christmas

John Federico

Once again, Santa was good to me. I'm grateful that my family is so thoughtful and generous.

So, what gadgetry was under the tree for me this year? 

iHome iP9BR Clock Radio & Audio System for iPhone & iPod, Black

This is the one that works with the iPhone and allows for incoming calls. Previous models did not. I set it up so that I wake to an episode of The Bigg Success Show each morning.

 

 

 

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen, 2 GB

The day that my Mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas was the day that LiveScribe released the beta of the Mac desktop software for their Pulse Smartpen, so I added it to the list. (My Mom picks one or two things off my lengthy gadget list each year, as her budget allows...)

I'm looking forward to putting it through its paces. If you haven't seen it in action, be sure to check out these videos:

The Pulse comes with a single-subject spiral-bound notebook which is better suited for students than business use. I ordered a set of Moleskine-like journals that should be here in a couple of days. 

Of course, in a pinch, you can also print your own LiveScribe Pulse-compatible paper.

Freehands Fleece Gloves for the iPhone

 

Before you judge the geekiness of these gloves, try using an iPhone in the dead of winter. Not practical.

The thumbs and pointer fingers flip open (and stay open thanks to the magnets that are sewn-in) so that you can use the touch screen on the iPhone. They are perfectly suited to the task at hand. (Pun intended)

  

Mini Espresso Maker

Those of you who follow me on twitter know about my addiction obsession affection for espresso. It's tough to find the elixir of life when you travel to, say, the boonies of western Pennsylvania. To help with my search for the perfect shot on-the-go, my wife gave me a Mini Espresso Maker from Restoration Hardware which should work just great. I haven't tested it yet but will give it a try over the holidays, just to make sure I know how to use it properly when traveling.

Stupid Corporate Policies: The Apple Store

John Federico

I want an iPhone 3g.


I haven't purchased one yet because the waiting time on "the iPhone line" at Apple retail stores is just more than I can invest on any given day.


But the iPhone 3g doesn't represent the only bit of coin I intend to drop at The Apple Store: I'm also planning to get a new MacBook as my first generation machine is showing its age after nearly 3 years.


My "CFO" (A.K.A. "My Management"; A.K.A. My Wife) suggested that I wait until after our summer vacation to get my new MacBook. OK. Fine.


Then I had an idea: if I bought a new BlackBook now (a top-of-the-line black MacBook), couldn't I also purchase and activate an iPhone 3g (a top-of-the-line, 16 GB white iPhone 3g) at the same time? What self-respecting, capitalist, cash-motivated store manager wouldn't want that, right?


An Apple Store Manager.


A "Genius" at the Apple Store in Soho told me, "that's the official policy."


Now, I understand managers at Apple retail stores need to keep the line-sitting iPhone fanboys/girls happy and motivated - these customers don't want to watch someone walking out of the store with a new iPhone 3g after only a few minutes while they've waited for hours to get their hands on their precious iPhone.


That said, I'm offering to accelerate my purchase of a new piece of Apple hardware just so that I can purchase still more Apple hardware.


WTF!?


Put another way: I'm offering to spend more money at an Apple Store, so that I can have the privilege of spending money at an Apple Store.


Is it just me or is that a freakin' crazy policy? Can anyone else confirm this is the "official" policy?


UPDATE: I've received a few comments/questions from some folks on my little rant. (Thanks. Why not just post them in the comments next time?) ;)



1) Where do you draw the line in terms of price point?



Sure, this makes sense. Someone buying a $20 iPod case can make an argument that they're also spending additional money at the store and they'd like to check out at all at once.


Answer: turn it into a new Mac promotion! You then have two lines outside the Apple store: the iPhone line and the iPhone + Mac line. "This line is for customers purchasing a new Macintosh with their iPhone 3g." I'd bet that you'd sell a lot of Macs that way!



2) What about returns? What's to stop someone from buying a Mac + iPhone on a credit card, then returning the computer the next day?



This is a tough one. Maybe a restocking fee? (I despise restocking fees, but it could be one of the Terms & Conditions of the above "promotion.")


[tags]Apple, The Apple Store, iPhone, iPhone 3g, Retail, MacBook, Computers, Notebooks, Hardware, Laptops, Corporate Policy[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #63: We Told You So

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

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[tags]John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Eric Rochow, Real World Green, Gardenfork.tv, Wine, Digital Media, On Digital Media, For Your Imagination, Elvis Costello, Downloads, Audio, Music, Wal-Mart, iTunes, Retail, eCommerce, EMI, EMI Digital, Google, Podcamp NYC, Podcast, Yahoo, MatchMine, SXSW, Google, Android, Apple, iPhone, Media, Adobe Flash, Silverlight, Acquisitions, Alexander Blu, Jobs, Careers, Career Development, Jeff Pulver, SoMBAA, Events[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #60: Yes, Steve. Blu-Ray is dead.

John Federico

The latest episode of On Digital Media has been posted. Show notes and audio can be found here.

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[tags]Online Advertising, Advertising, John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Wine, Digital Media, On Digital Media, Podcast, TV, Television, Nielsen, Podcasting, Digital Audio, VOD, Blu-Ray, Apple, iPhone, Microsoft Exchange, John Battelle, IAB, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Research, iTunes, Music Retailers, Music, Wal-Mart, Audience Measurement, Metrics, PRX, Public Radio Exchange, NetFlix, Earnings, AT&T Wireless, AT&T, Audible, Amazon, Random House, Audiobooks, Downloads, Media, Google, Spring VON Conference, VON, Acquisitions, Alexander Blu, iTunes, Microsoft, Yahoo, MicroHoo, Jobs, Careers, Career Development[/tags]

iTunes 7.6 breaks podcast feeds?

John Federico

Has anyone noticed that iTunes 7.6 has broken podcast feeds? Nearly all of my subscribed podcasts required that I re-subscribe in order to receive new episodes - including my own.

I've also noticed that since the software was released, our consumption seems to be down about 25%. Coincidence? Maybe, but it was so sudden that I don't think so.

[tags]iTunes, Software, Podcasting, Podcasts, Syndication, RSS, Apple[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #39

John Federico

In this episode John Federico, Chia-Lin Simmons and Steve Hatch discuss:


  • Wine! We're learning how to rate our wine on the 100-point scale. Thanks to Cork'd for the how-to. Vist Cork'd and add us as your "drinking buddies."

  • NBC wants noon to 2pm to be your new Prime Time with TheLunchBreakShow.com

  • Chia-Lin has determined that John is a Phone Ho. John declines to respond. ;)

  • It's rumored that Apple will launch video rentals via the iTunes Store this fall. So, "DRM is Dead", but only for content that you own?

  • Steve thinks the concepts of content "rental" and "on-demand" content will be blurred in the very near future. It will all come down to available bandwidth and the ability to deliver hi-def content without latency. Apple's"video rental" is just a stepping stone to true video on-demand.

  • Want to develop for the iPhone? It's all Web 2.0!

  • Steve thinks YouTube videos will likely be rendered in Quicktime for playback on the iPhone

  • Chia-Lin is no longer "One Gadget Girl"

  • We love the FaceBook OS. There. We said it again. But John still wants to know how they're going to monetize it.

  • Six million FaceBook users have embedded the iLike application in their FaceBook profile and more than 300,000 users per day are adding it.

  • Steve thinks that LinkedIn should be looking over its proverbial shoulder...at FaceBook. John thinks that Steve hasn't really thought through the value proposition that each social network provides. (and doesn't provide)

  • Marketers are realizing that they can use tags to start targeting advertising, particularly display ads. Chia-Lin thinks that the results could be better than search marketing. Steve doesn't think it will be as effective as the rigor that AdWords requires.

  • Google pushes Google Checkout on eBay vendors....and eBay pushes back. Hard.


Our wine this week is our old standby, the 2004 Coppola Rosso along with a 2005 Oak Grove Zinfandel.

Our closing music is Democracy from Alexander Blu.

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Get it here.

[tags]iPhone, Apple, Hardware, Corkd, NBC, The Lunch Break Show, iLike, Video Rentals, Video On-Demand, Bandwidth, Broadband, iPod, Video iPod, LinkedIn, Social Networking, Tags, Tagging, Folksonomy, Technorati, Google AdWords, AdWords, Social Networks, YouTube, iPhone API, Web 2.0, Safari, QuickTime, Video, Online Video, Streaming Video, Streaming Media, Online Advertising, Advertising, John Federico, Ken Gellman, Chia-Lin Simmons, Steve Hatch, Wine, Digital Media, On Digital Media, Podcast, Podcasting, Digital Audio, Downloads, Media, Traditional Media, Big Media, Alexander Blu, FaceBook API, FaceBook, MySpace, Apple TV, DRM, Jobs, Careers, Career Development[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #38: The Tangent Show

John Federico

For this episode we invited John Wall of The M Show and Marketing Over Coffee to join John Federico and Steve Hatch over Skype. (Thanks to Doug Kaye and the folks at GigaVox Media for The Levelator. Without it, this show would not have been possible…trust us.)


In this episode, we yammer about:

In Studio 1A we were enjoying good ol’ Coppola Rosso and a 2005 Oak Grove Zinfandel. We have no idea what John Wall was sipping at his location…


Our closing music is Democracy from Alexander Blu.


Send us email to comments AT odmcast DOT com or call our comment line and leave a message: 775-860-2263.


You can also reach us via Gizmo Project by contacting username ondigitalmedia or by leaving a comment in our blog.


Be sure to stop by http://www.odmcast.com to complete our listener survey - we’d really appreciate it.


For partner or sponsor information, contact jaf AT newrules DOT com.


If you weren’t able to download the latest episode, you can always catch it by calling our Podlinez number (818) 688-2754 from any telephone. (Long distance charges or cellular minutes usage may apply. Blah, blah, blah.)

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Seven Game Changing Moments in Online Video Marketing

John Federico

iMediaConnection thinks it's captured the major inflection points in online video marketing. What do you think?


  1. Honda's "Cog"

  2. Google's Purchase of YouTube

  3. Burger King's "Subservient Chicken"

  4. The First Victoria's Secret Runway Show

  5. The Rise of Lonelygirl15

  6. Video meets iPod/iTunes

  7. ABC's Ad-Supported Online Videos

Read the full article here.

[tags]Video, Online Video, Marketing, Digital Media, Honda, LonelyGirl15, iPod, iTunes, ABC, Google, YouTube, GooTube, Victoria's Secret, Burger King, Subservient Chicken[/tags]

Show your Love: Buy a CD?

John Federico

 

Fans now consider purchasing a CD a sign of true devotion, record stores are positioning themselves as purveyors of music knowledge, and artists are offering consumers more than music when they buy the CD.

Source: Buffalo News | 4.15.07

[via iconoculture]

[tags]Music, CD, Downloads, Digital Media, Music Fans, Record Stores, Retail, Music Artists, Bands, Trends, Marketing, iPod, MP3[/tags]

Getting the message IN

John Federico

A great post from Terry Sutton over on the 37Signals blog:

Getting the message in is about feeding the culture. It’s about making people proud of the work working on. I think it’s an important lesson for anyone building a team. Getting the message in is as important as getting the message out.

I can't stress how important this is, yet so many companies just don't grasp the concept: communication to (with) your employees is just as important (sometimes more) than what you communicate to the market.

Read the full post here.

[tags]Marketing, Employee Culture, Human Resources, Jobs, Work, Careers, Management, Communication, Employee Communication[/tags]

There's an iPhone in my Future

John Federico

I've been interested in the iPhone since I learned of it. Of course, one would think that I had actually watched the Macworld Keynote where Jobs introduced the iPhone. Nope.

I had downloaded the iPod version of the video, but it's an hour and 45 minutes long and I just didn't have the time to sit through it.

As I'm traveling back from CTIA this past Thursday night, I had finished my book, read all my magazines and was surrounded by a loudly giggling group of high school girls from the Glen Ridge Girls Softball Team. (Who called me, "Sir". *Sigh*) I decided it was finally time to watch the keynote.

OMG.

If you thought that I wasn't going to get one of these, you can put that out of your mind right now.

It makes my Treo 700p look like a brick and my Moto Q with WinMo 5 look like a software engineer's side project. Of course, I'll either have to pay Verizon $175 to get out of my contract or wait until the contract is up in June of '08.

The latter makes more sense, since they'll have likely worked the bugs out of the phone by then, but I know myself better than that. I'll be lucky if I can make it to July before I grab one of these. ;)

[tags]iPhone, Apple, Verizon, AT&T, Cingular, Mobile Phones, Gadgets, Treo, Motorola Q[/tags]

Bum Rush the Charts TODAY

John Federico

Bum Rush the Charts happens today. The goal is to take an indie podsafe music artist to number one on the iTunes singles charts as a demonstration of the reach and purchasing power of podcasters, bloggers and other social media producers. ("We don' need no stinkin' record labels...")

The song to buy is "Mine Again" by Black Lab. I had intended to buy it today but this morning, I received a gift from John Wall of The M Show and Ronin Marketeer - thanks, John! I "paid it forward" by buying a gift for Steve Hatch. Hopefully, he'll gift it to someone else.

Go buy it now.

[tags]BRTC, Bum Rush the Charts, John Wall, The M Show, Black Lab, Mine Again, Steve Hatch[/tags]

Hear This: On Digital Media, Episode #22

John Federico

In this episode John Federico, Chia-Lin Simmons and Steve Hatch discuss:



Our wine selection was a 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon and Coppola Rosso.


Our closing music is Democracy from Alexander Blu.


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