Filed under: WIRELESS | Tags: Arts, Blackberry, iPhone, Karaoke, Lady Gaga, Music, TechCrunch, Urbanspoon
In major metropolitan areas, the BlackBerry at lunchtime is a force to be reckoned with. And now it can be a device to help those urbanities actually find a place to eat with the launch of Urbanspoon for BlackBerry. (Techcrunch11/10)
Karaoke fans will soon get the chance to turn their iPhones into full-fledged karaoke machines, thanks to an upcoming new application called iOKi. This is no wannabe karaoke app either — music sensation Lady Gaga has partnered with iOKi to launch her own fully Gaga-ized version of the app featuring some of her most popular songs, which will make its debut alongside the upcoming release of her new album on November 23. (Techcrunch 11/10)
Filed under: ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA | Tags: Apple, Arts, Facebook, Karaoke, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Music, Myspace, News Corp
By 2012, digital music is projected to account for 40% of all music sold worldwide, according to InStat, with Apple‘s iTunes responsible for more than one-quarter of all music sales. Apple’s iTunes software is believed to be installed on nearly 30% of the world’s computers. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://www.wired.com/entertainment/music/news/2008/04/itunes_birthday 4/27)
Visitors to Viacom’s VMTV.com can enter online “playgrounds” for properties such as “The Hills,” where they will be able to create speaking avatars to interact with others. MTV is hoping users will embed their avatars on their Facebook pages, blogs or any other social media. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://www.clickz.com/showPage.html?page=3629281 4/28)
MySpace‘s new karaoke service, launching Tuesday, allows users to upload their own audio recordings singing hit songs. The new MySpace Karaoke debuts nearly two years after News Corp.’s Fox Interactive, the parent of MySpace, purchased the karaoke site kSolo.com. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080428/ap_en_mu/on_the_net_myspace_karaoke 4/28)
Here I am. . .sitting at my desk. . .singing Britney Spears ‘Oops, I Did It Again’. Nothing weird here. Nothing at all. I like this idea but I really wish someone could build a user interface that doesn’t look like someone vomited all over my screen. Note to Apple: Please just go ahead and add this feature to iTunes so I have the fun of karaoke without the ick of this website. Gracias.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is expanding its weddings franchise by taking a 40% stake in WeddingWire.com, an online wedding-planning company that combines a Web-based marketplace with a social community. The deal is part of MSLO’s strategy to expand in digital. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2008/4/prweb891864.htm 4/28)
(Below) Hollywood execs should continue to think about how to create quality content and monetize that content wherever it should live, less about how to ‘monitor’ usage. If we all just took a step back and learned how to innovate rather than control, we would all be better off. I continue to fume when I think of this issue considering that the broadband speeds offered in this country are laughable and extremely expensive when compared to the rest of the world. Grrrrrrrrr. . . .
Lawmakers and tech companies are pushing for federal rules to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing content flowing through their high-speed lines. But Hollywood execs are concerned that “net neutrality” could eliminate a potential tool for fighting online piracy. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-neutral29apr29,1,4892242.story 4/29)
Warner Bros.’s new PeoplesCourtRaw.com is a YouTube-style site that allows users to post pairs of videos articulating both sides of an argument, and then invites site visitors to vote on the verdict. TMZ.com mastermind Harvey Levin appears as a guide on the yet-to-launch site. (Iwantmedia 4/29, http://www.portfolio.com/views/blogs/mixed-media/2008/04/29/tmzs-levin-in-new-user-gen-site-launch 4/29)
LOVE it. If only I could post every argument my ex-boyfriend and I have ever had, I would be a happy camper. . .
VOIP provider JAJAH has just got a welcome boost via a deal with Yahoo that will see JAJAH power premium voice on Yahoo Messenger. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/04/28/jajah-lands-97-million-yahoo-users 4/28)