Posted: Jun 27, 2007 11:47 pm
I don't understand the big deal about the Iphone.
The iphone is totally killing my Nostradamus-like visions of the future!
Ya know, long ago when it became clear that cds were tanking, I had kinda pictured the post-cd future with major labels putting all their catalog on some kinda super-server. Then I pictured taking your Ipod to a store to "load it up" with tracks. Record stores maybe surviving as some sort of hi-tech download bar where you came to browse their database and that would replace the cd racks. Sure you could p2p it at home, but the store kiosk would have a better connection or be faster or whatever, you wouldn't have to worry about viruses or crashing your computer, plus you'd maybe want to leave the house at some point anyway and I figured they'd serve beer. I thought that would be cool, now it's looking quaint like the future as portrayed in a buck rogers serial!
I figured that the majors HAD to wise up at some point, and start charging maybe a quarter or a dime for a track. That'd be so cheap that it'd be worth it for people to pay if they could find everything cheap and easy enough. So, I thought this way the record store as a physical structure might survive somehow (I mean for the average person, not for the record geek who buys vinyl, it'll always be around) with some kinda label-sponsored napster download service. Man, was I way off.
That maybe could have worked if they'd done it 10 years ago. But, they sued napster and shut it down. I never figured the big labels would STILL be pushing cds like they aren't totally obsolete even now in the face of this insane Terminator II device. I never figured the day would come when everybody could carry their own Ipod integrated with a mobile phone and be able to browse the web pretty much anywhere. Sure, blackberries and whatever have internet, but it's a pain in the ass to use, you still need the separate ipod or home computer or whatever. But with this thing...shit...I know you can't YET, but I see the future...
Soon there'll be no need to hook up your iphone to anything, you just download stuff directly onto it. From anywhere. Yeah, it's not much different from a blackjack NOW. But it gets wifi if it's around, later on that won't even be necessary.
Sure it takes too long to do this shit now, and you have to "sideload" it onto your computer and then the phone, but that's temporary. Not long from now you won't even need the separate computer at home. Makes the zune look even stupider with it's "squirting" a track to somebody else. Soon, you'll be sitting around talking about some record somewhere, and recommend a song to a buddy - and they'll pull out the phone, get online, and download it themselves instantly. And for the average person not looking for vinyl there is never a need to go to a store for music ever again. My vision of the record store of the future is totally OVER!