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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Some first iPad thoughts

From ExploreMusic's Alan Cross:
• You do have to admit that the thing does look cool. And to think that the cheapest one will cost less ($499 USD) than I paid for my 20GB iPod back in the day.

• There are over 75 million iPhones and iPod Touches in the wild, so that means 75 million people already know how to use this thing. And with 125 million iTunes accounts and more than 12 billion downloads, the audience is there.

• I’m surprised that there was no connection to the cloud. I would have bet that after the Lala purchase, Apple would have made your iTunes purchases available to you wherever you are. I thought that might be the One More Thing announcement. No dice. Not right now, anyway.

• No TV subscriptions. That’s coming, though, once the TV networks realize where things are going. That means no watching ExploreMusic-TV on Aux-TV. Not yet, anyway.

• This is the real beginning of the end for traditional printed music magazines. Circulation has been sliding for years now as people moved to the Internet for their music info and gossip. I can’t wait to see how (if?) mags like Rolling Stone, Q, Mojo and all the rest of them adapt. No more waiting for that monthly issue. And no more being two months behind when it comes to the UK publications. Can you imagine music magazines that update constantly?

Conclusion? If there’s one thing we’ve learned since the Regency TR-1—the very first transistor radio in 1954—it’s not the device itself, but it’s what the device allows us to do and the behaviors that result. Continue to expect many unintended and unforeseen consequences.

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