Monday, July 14, 2008

"The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers." Arthur Koestler

"Every beginning is a consequence - every beginning ends some thing." Paul Valery

"The difference between a top-flight creative man and the hack is his ability to express powerful meanings indirectly." Vance Packard

Today's image: Kauai Postcard by konaboy. Great shot. Thanks for sharing.

AOL Radio (with CBS Radio on board) on the new iPhone 2.

Tech maven Leo Laporte posted the following on FriendFeed yesterday morning...

"Pandora is great, too. It's the death knell for broadcast radio."

Clearly, CBS Radio gains an advantage with iPhone users.

There are still some issues here, it's early. One comment on Leo's post said "Useless, until I can run it in the background" (pb30).

Perhaps the biggest issue is not with this single app but with iPhone penetration. One million units sold in the first weekend is impressive but in context still a small number. Apple is saying iPhone and iPod users have downloaded ten million apps from the new App Store.

This all gets interesting when developers offer AOL Radio, Pandora and other radio/music apps across more mobile platforms.

My thanks to Leo Laporte for the image.

Doh!: My sense is Leo and Jeff Jarvis [related], have both missed the big picture here. They are enjoying broadcast radio content on another platform. This marks not the end of broadcast but a beginning, access of broadcast content via another media.

Reviewing the bidding: Aaron Landry provides a good overview of iPhone mobile social networking apps. All the usual suspects are here. Kudos, Aaron. Well done. iPhone demo iPhone Demo from Toby on Vimeo.

Congrats & cheers: BuzzFeed & Jonah Peretti on securing their $3.5 mil first round [via CNET]

LATER: Kelly O'Keefe weighs in via comment...

"What this suggests is that those people (myself included) who won't give up their iPhones and iPod, prefer these devices with a healthy serving of radio. After all, AOL Radio, mentioned above, is powered by broadcast radio."

Bravos, Kelly! Well said.

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