Posts on: technology
Mar 2, 2014
@ 5:00 pm
Jeff Bercovici sat down with Gawker’s Nick Denton in an interview for Playboy:
PLAYBOY: Speaking of the establishment, what will The New York Times look like in 10 years? Will it exist? Will the Sulzberger family still own it, or will they have sold it, perhaps to Michael Bloomberg?
DENTON: The New York Times will exist. Someone else will own it. Most families, the more generations they are from the original founder, the more fragmented the ownership, and eventually the nephews, grandnieces and great-great-grandchildren want their money now. They’d rather take the purchase price than zero dividends. I think the Times has bottomed out, and now, even though the signs are mixed, it will be able to put on more in digital revenue than it loses in print. Or I hope so, because I like the Times. There should be at least one or two survivors. Even when a major disaster kills most life on earth, usually a few species survive. Dinosaurs survived and became birds. Maybe that’s the future of The New York Times: It will be the survivor of the dinosaurs, the little tweeting thing you see flying around.
The entire interview is well worth your time.
So many topics discussed, it’s hard to pull out just one. The above is interesting, but yes, the whole thing is even more so.
Feb 11, 2014
@ 3:40 pm
This is a great read. I especially enjoyed it as a modern-day piece of journalism, in that the entire thing was sourced by the data trail we now leave on the internet: tweets, app metrics, scraped websites… everything is available for the taking. Except for, now, Flappy Bird itself. Ironic.
Jan 31, 2014
@ 4:20 pm
In a press release coinciding with last week’s launch of the new streaming service Beats Music, the word “experience” appears five times. With the possible exception of Beats Music…
I tried out the Beats Music free trial a couple times in the past week. It’s a nice service, but I personally would never pay for it—at least not in its current form.
Its greatest potential asset, the odd duck of a Mad Libs game called “The Sentence” is only marginally better than Pandora, and worst of all, features no play history, so unless you’re actively listening and staring at the screen, there’s no way for you to go back to see what you’ve heard. Which seems pretty idiotic for a music discovery service.
Still, I’m not exactly your typical music consumer, so for people looking for a Pandora-like experience that’s a small step above radio, they will eat this up. Except for the part where those same people who migrated from radio to Pandora are always willing to put up with ads, because at the end of the day, they really don’t care about what’s playing, so long as they don’t hate it.
Which means Beats, for all its brand power and marketing prowess, especially among teens and 20-somethings, has a long uphill battle ahead. After all, Rdio went after the affluent, adult music-listening crowd with an ad-free model, and that didn’t work either.