On 8/31/05, paul <prp6040@...
> I paid $2.00 for a 10 second clip. I think they called
> it a ringtone. I also paid $2.00 for a picture that
> only could reside on the tiny screen on my phone. I
> think it was called wallpaper.
So you're the one who's buying those! I figured someone had to be.
Now: would you pay $120 per year for a subscription to a ringtone
service? How about $120 per year for the chance to preview all the
ringtones you wanted, and then a low $0.50 for each ringtone? Yes,
the scenarios aren't exactly equivalent, but then the ringtone
providers also aren't competing very much against high-quality free
> Obviously I am being sarcastic. But people will buy
> something if it adds value to an existing device they
> own. This could be one of those things.
Matt May pointed out that smartphones can already get podcasts on them
for free. While of course that doesn't help users without
smartphones, I suggest that the users of "standard" cellphones
probably also have limited demand for listening to podcasts on them.
The loudspeakers on those cellphones are usually somewhat bad, and are
you going to hold the phone up to your ear for 45 minutes so you can
listen to Dawn & Drew? Would it be worth ten bucks for you to do
I think if Erik really wants to exploit a phone/podcast convergence
opportunity, he should drop the idea of delivering podcasts over the
voice network for every possible cellphone, and focus on creating
podcatching tools for the RAZR and Treo and other devices capable of
grabbing them via the data stream.
(Damn, more free consulting! I get caught up in this stuff too easily.) >8->
Steve Eley (sfeley@...
ESCAPE POD - the SF podcast magazine