What I hate about the iTunes Music Store, Veoh and Odeo…

Software. Damn if I have to download and install more RSS aggregation programs! I have Odeo, Itunes & Veoh. I need them all because there isn’t a one-stop for all media embedded in RSS feeds.

Why? Why is Apple playing the proprietorship game? Why did they make special iTunes XML tags without which, you cannot be in their directory of “free” content? Why do you have to have a credit card number on file with them in order to submit a feed?

Meanwhile, Odeo has a pretty good setup. It allows Tags like Technorati which is cool, but it doesn’t work so well with the iTunes program, which I like.

I just got Veoh running. It’s cool. There’s a fair amount of content on there. And for the maker of content, they’ll allow you to upload the videos, or submit a feed. Oh- and Veoh implements BitTorrent apparently. Gotta give ’em props for that.

But When I’m looking through Veoh’s content, Or the iTMS’s podcasts, I can’t help it wonder: Why the hell do I have to use THEIR software to browse what is essentially just a website? Odeo’s site is just that, a website. Same with BlipTV. I get to browse using MY browser, not some stripped-down near-browser like Veoh’s program or iTunes when you go to the iTMS. But I’ll be damned, I have to launch the Odeo Syncer if I want my Odeo subscriptions to start downloading, and BlipTV doesn’t do auto-download.

Is it just me or shouldn’t all this be built right into a user’s regular web-browser?

And speaking of browsers, when are Apple and Microsoft finally going to realize that there’s no advantage to them in not letting the other’s users get the latest plug-in… I think I’m like 3 versions behind on my Windows Media Player plugin. And it seemed like it took forever for Apple to release H.264 Quicktime for Windows users.

Flash, Quicktime, Real Player, Acrobat Reader, Windows Media, Shockwave!! Isn’t it supposed to be the nineties or something?!? Shouldn’t nice new computers be able to view the internet right out of the box?

There’s no advantage for these companies to make an internet user’s experience less enjoyable.

You may sense my frustration. I wish Apple, Microsoft, Macromedia and all these emerging audio/video content channels did.

Gee Whizzz.

Prediction: EDITED ooops

In the near future, the cable-television industry, The telephone companies, with their fiber-optic broadband infrastructure will win out over the telephone companies, the cable-television industry, as internet service providers and as providers of voice-communication. Around the same time we will begin to see the personal computer replace the television.

Video and Audio On-Demand will become Cheap and Easy.


I realize now that i need to do this, so let me just jump right in:

Obviously, if you care, and if you’ve been paying attention, there’s a lot going on right now in the realm of “free” online “content.” Mostly, these things stem from the widespread implementation of RSS: Blogging, Podcasting, Vlogging, Video-Podcasting Etc… Then there’s the content GO-TO’s. Things like: the iTunes Music Store, Veoh, VideoEgg, all the other podcast/blog “aggregaters,” like Odeo Etc, then sites and services like Current_TV, PutFile Etc… There’s the RSS-consolidation sites, like Technorati, And now the search-engines like Google and Yahoo are getting into providing video content too…

I’m asking myself constantly: “Where is this going?”

Instead of ANSWERING in bold print, I think I need to be asking more questions…

Why is this happening? Why is it a good thing? What is standing in the way?
What are some of the Frustrations faced by USERS of these new technologies in the “media landscape” that is emerging?
What would be more IDEAL for the users and content creators? What improvements need to be made to these new and tenative infrastructures in order for any of them to last?

I think I need to start with where I imagine this is going… Or actually, WHY is it going? I don’t consider myself a visionary, but I think I undersand the push that’s going on right now and some of the causes of it:

*Media in general is too expensive, and lacking in quality.

*As expansive and open as the WWW is, it is difficult to find good content online.

*File-sharing has devalued traditional content for the internet’s most effective [and important] users.

*In general, creatives do not make nearly as much on a media product as the providers/distibutors do [big problem for me because I’m a multi-artist].

*As of recently, the price of decent-quality audio and video production equipment has become low enough to make it possible for there to be so much new, varying, decent-quality content out there on the web.

*BitTorrent, or “file-sharing” at large has made it possible for nearly any intellegent, and/or slightly saavy creative-type to get ahold of professional software for free, however often illegally.

I will probably edit this, but for now those are the main factors I see driving this shift, which is effectively the shift toward the internet as THE ONLY PLACE TO GO.

[this is my intro-post…more to come]