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Digital content piracy, the cause of all evil? Not really.

Digital content piracy, the cause of all evil? Not really.

Every year it is the same old song. Because of digital piracy, the artists and studios loose a lot of money…. bla,bla,bla… So here some interesting facts that might rebalance the topic. Idea #1: Illegal film Downloads will kill the movie industry. False! Here is the top 10 most illegally downloaded films in 2012 and, in comparison, the overall legal sales obtained worldwide. So, as we can see here above, all most illegally downloaded movies are all blockbusters in the charts. If you think that the 2012 Batman and the Avengers were both best hits on sales and on illegal downloads, we can see that there is no correlation between piracy and the fact that people would go less to the movies. Please note that all downloads here were collected by Torrent Freak, on bit-torrent downloads from January 1st to mid-December 2012. Of course, all major hollywood studies think that…

Classical music, too expensive?

Classical music, too expensive?

The music industry evolved much more in the past 10 years than in the past 50 years. In deed Internet changed a lot the way we buy or listen to music. Of course it also developed the piracy around exchanging music illegally. And this would be another subject. If we focus on the “legal”channels, we can see that there are different prices for different sort of music and unfortunately Classical music is much more expensive than other categories. In deed, if you compare for example different kind of music in the iTunes store, we can see that classic music is much more expensive in general than Pop, Rock, Folk or even than world music. A good classical album can cost between 15$ up to 50$ depending on the artist and the orchestra. At the contrary, a Pop album will cost between 7$ up to 20$. So this makes things hard…

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

iCloud, the new Mobileme.

Apple announced yesterday the launch of its iPhone 4S. It is not the revolution but an evolution. Basically all you who were waiting for the new iPhone to get one…. well now it is time. I will not talk about the 8MP photo camera, or the HD1080P videos, or even a quite revolutionary Voice control (that makes Android and Blackberry out of order)… no. I will talk about iCloud. The story started with iTools in 2000. This one only the Apple freaks will still remember. Then, the online synchronization service from Apple became .Mac in 2002 and had finally the good formula for Developers and non-developers. It took them until 2008 and the launch of iPhone to start reviewing their site and came up with MobileMe. MobileMe brought extra fonctionalities like synch your mails, calendar, contacts and pictures + storage + “find your iPhone” application. Since then, sharing content online…

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

How Internet decreases the world’s cultural landscape?

The digital revolution started in 29 October 1969 when for the first time one network was made between Leonard Kleinrock’s Network Measurement Center at the UCLA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science  and Douglas Engelbart’s NLS system at SRI International (SRI) in Menlo Park, California. This was the starting point for Internet. Today, we have 2.1 billion people online or at least using internet regularly. Are we experiencing a new revolution? It is hard to say no. At the end of the 19th century, the industrial revolution changed the way we were manufacturing products. The steam-machine technology brought new possibilities and changed the world. The end of the 20th century brought the Digital culture into a huge phenomenon and today we believe we are facing a new revolution, the Digital revolution. 30% of total global population is online now. Out of this huge technological breakthrough, social networks and the way Media content is used brought new paradigms. Some…

SwissTV, VOD (R)evolution

SwissTV, VOD (R)evolution

SwissTV is an interesting swiss offer for VOD, video on demand. Most of online offers are either not compatible with what you have at home – hardware – or too expensive and sometimes not appropriate. Switzerland has its ways and here we might see a nice (r)evolution. Check it out.

iPhone new commercial – If you don’t have an iPhone…

iPhone new commercial – If you don’t have an iPhone…

Here is the new TV commercial for the iPhone 4. The theme is about the fact that if “you do not have an iPhone” basically you are a loser…. It is bold but is it not a little over the top?