Shh. Don’t tell anyone, but iPod users have ‘pirated’ stuff on those things

Who would have guessed — iPod users have ‘pirated’ stuff on those things: (From the Wall Street Journal [free feature]) “This intersection between consumer technology and piracy isn’t something most companies are eager to talk about. (Apple declined to comment.) But because Apple CEO Steve Jobs is being touted as the savior of the beleaguered recording industry, it is at least worth exploring how all those iPods he is selling to the public are really being used.”

Sidenote: Is it just me, or does this following sentence seem awfully “bloglike” for a newspaper article:

“It didn’t take long after Apple introduced its new product for crafty Netizens to start sharing movies and TV shows formatted for the device (do a Google search with the words “torrent,” “video” and “iPod,” if you don’t believe me, or visit

I added the boldface: since when do newspaper reporters go conversationally snarky in the middle of a news story? Break it down and this “exposé” of iPod “pirated content” is a thinly veiled how-to guide for iPod users on how to find such content.

Update: I guess this is a column, not a news story, so I stand corrected on the part about the “style” of writing. I still think he’s winking at the reader, however.

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This quote is flat: From an interview with Thomas Friedman in the Financial Times:

“And what’s even more interesting to me is: who invented podcasting? Nobody. It was an application that just emerged from the network.”

One of the “initial developers” of podcasting responds:

“Analogously, who wrote Tom Friedman’s latest book? No one, it just popped off the printing press.”

(Rexblog flashback, 10/11/2004: “Marconi personally taught me how to podcast“)

paulconley: The future of distribution

What Paul Conley Said: “I would prefer that publishers spend less time thinking about electronic design and spend more time thinking about electronic distribution.”

Observation: I love great design — print and online — however, I couldn’t agree with Paul more. People are reading your articles via newsreaders, blackberries, Treo browsers, who knows, smoke signals. When you design a website with the belief that your readers are all going to “enjoy” it via the most recent version of a web browser on a large desktop monitor, you’re displaying a high degree of cognitive dissonance (translation: you’re convincing yourself of something you want to believe, rather than that which might actually be).

Paul’s post also reminds me that I’ve been meaning to point to the (Washington) Post Remix weblog (tagline: “The Post’s Official Mashup Center”). I’ll echo Paul’s suggestion to anyone in the “traditional” media business who has the desire to “get it.” Follow the Washington Post’s enlightened lead. However, on this front, I’m sorry to say I also agree with Paul, who writes, “But truth be told, I can’t imagine that any B2B publishers will be able to do such things for several years. Heck, I can’t convince many of the folks I work with to link outside their own Web sites! Many journalists aren’t ready for the present, let alone for the future.”

(Actually, I can think of some B2B publishers who are ready to follow the Post’s lead, but I could count them on one hand. Come to think of it, the Post even has a B2B publishing unit that pumps out lots of “mashup-ready” RSS feeds. Somebody there will should get it.)

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