New iTunes service; iPhone no-no's; Tinker

Meliza Solan Surdi · April 11, 2009 · Short URL:

What Am I Missy? Episode 16

Music fans, here's a new way to access music and videos. For $17, you can have a pass to watch and listen to live performances by "The Fray." It's a new service launched by iTunes to give record labels another way to make money off their artists. Unless you're hiding a rock, it's pretty clear that the music industry is suffering from declining CD sales. And, even though there are ways to buy music legally, many people still are downloading songs illegally. Is this new service going to be a hit? I probably wouldn't put it in the Billboard top 10 ways to monetize music.  

See:Record companies seek ways to augment revenue

Just an FYI for all of you iPhone app developers. Here's five of 10 tips to avoid anti-patterns, according to Toby Boudreaux, who is writing a book on Phone application development. Billboards - splashscreens are evil, even when they're pretty. Nobody wants to see your logo at the beginning of launching your app. Instead try to show users that your app is already loading data.On phone shaking, basically, don't make me shake my phone. Allow me chose to do these things if I want to.So app developers,always remember, you can compete in the App store, but you must cooperate on the device.
See: Patterns to avoid for iPhone developers

Glam Media, an operator of female-and-male focused sites, raised $10 million, bringing the total investment to $124. Glam also launched a new product called Tinker. aggregates real time conversations from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other micro-blogging platforms around events and breaking news. So if you really want to know the conversation happening across these sites around the Aids Walk in NY or the Denver Green Festival, you can find them on Tinker. It's a good idea. It's conversation central. Now, let's see if Glam comes up with a way to monetize it.

See:Glam Media raises $10 million


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The founders of Glam Media created a new media model to bring brand advertisers to vertical audiences online:  vertical content networks. Today, Glam Media—with its (women) and (men) networks—is the fastest growing Top 10 media Web property in the U.S. with a total reach of 52.3 million unique monthly visitors in the U.S. and approximately 90 million uniques globally. Glam Media recently entered the comScore Top 10 Web properties list and is also a Top 10 Display Ad Publisher. With 700 sites total, Glam Media is composed of:—a carefully curated network of popular and influential lifestyle women’s Web sites, blogs and magazines; and—the newly launched all men’s network. Glam Media is backed by Hubert Burda Media, GLG Partners, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Walden Venture Capital and Information Capital. Glam Media is headquartered in New York City and Silicon Valley, California, with international offices in London, Munich, Berlin, and Tokyo.