Music 2.0 and DRM

Interesting post on the Social Software blog: Yahoo music exec says maybe DRM should be ditched.

I’m all agreed that DRM doesn’t work in libraries – if it disappeared, then iPods would work with services like Overdrive and netLibrary. But look at some of the thoughts the author has about how to assign value (if the thing being purchased isn’t the music itself):

  • Linking music downloads to concert promotion/tickets
  • Liner notes
  • other branded multi-media beyond the music file itself
  • superior quality to files found in the wild

Some of these ideas are leaving traditional types (that’d be libraries and record stores) in the dust. Example – Linking music downloads to tickets – where does that leave the library’s music collection, or future music purchases? Also – other branded multi-media… hmm… at least with this added value item, patrons could still come to the library to access the value-added thing via the web.

Most likely there would still be a way to purchase music that would make sense for libraries (ie., subscription-based services). Still…

Also – the article mentions that there was recently a conference called “Music 2.0” – wow. Again, it’s not just libraries and Library 2.0 – many different industries are dealing with the same notions.

Library 2.0, Web 2.0, Music 2.0

My First Web 2.0 Presentation is Tomorrow

I’ve been getting ready for my first Web 2.0 presentation – should be fun! I thought others might be interested in my version… so here’s what I plan to do:

  1. Introduce the concept of Web 2.0 – definitions and descriptions
  2. Link it to Library 2.0, showing other links as well (ie., Law 2.0, media 2.0, etc) – just so attendees know they’re not alone in this learning curve!
  3. Explain RSS, RSS Feed Readers, and Blogs in a chunk – This provides a good intro to many of the essential elements of Web 2.0 – interactivity and feeds.
  4. Playtime – post in a blog, subscribe to it in bloglines, make a comment…
  5. Next chunk – Tagging, Flickr, and Bookmark Managers
  6. Playtime – look at my Flickr account, tag the photo I’ll take of them with my Treo, explore bookmark managers…
  7. Wikis – Define and explore – I’ll have everyone play around in a pbwiki.
  8. IM – define and explore – I might even IM someone using Meebo, so be warned anyone who’s on my buddy list!
  9. Last chunk – podcasting and videocasting – describe and explore. Possibly watch a videocast (if it downloads easily in the lab)
  10. Answer the “why would a library want to do these things” questions, and provide some easy “first steps.”

And, if you’re REALLY interested… here’s a PDF version of my Powerpoint presentation. Feel free to download it, use it, “borrow” the good bits (I certainly borrowed from others), etc. And – I’d love some feedback on it – let me know what you think!

Web 2.0, Library 2.0

Nice Productivity Reminder

Michael Hyatt just hit a nerve for me – I’ve been thinking about this kind of stuff for awhile now, what with attempting to use the GTD system, career stuff, etc. Hopefully someone else will also find it useful!

He discusses a recommendation he’d make to an aspiring young person on how to “get to the top” (ok, I’m not terribly young… but still). His response? “responsiveness.”

He goes on to talk about playing tag as a child, and compares winning tag (making someone else “it” quickly) to a winning career strategy: “Just like the game, if you stay “it” too long, you lose. The only winning strategy is to respond quickly and make someone else “it.”

He then says “you are building your reputation – your brand – one response at a time.”

Lots more there – good stuff.