Portable Media Update: The iFlop; Watch YouTube & Get College Credit; More

Sep 15th, 2007 | By | Category: Digital Movie Store, Digital Video Downloads, Internet TV, iPods & Portable Media Players, Podcast Directory Sites, Video

Here’s a roundup of portable media news for Saturday, Sept. 15th:

TorrentFreak has an expos√© on Media Defender, publishing internal emails that appear to show how the company created a website and leaked copyrighted content to entrap people into infringement. According to TorrentFreak, “The sole purpose of the site is to trap people into uploading copyrighted material, and bust them for doing so.” Remember who’s paying to entrap you, and that there’s an alternative, next time you sit through all the warnings at the beginning of your DVDs.

Apple Screws Linux Users – with the latest round of updates to Apple’s iPod linup, it’s made changes to the database that shows what’s on your iPod. Apple added an encrypted hash that is effectively locking out anybody that wants to use a third-party content management tool – like Linux users. iPodminusiTunes is looking for hackers to break the encryption.

Forbes has a scathing article about the Apple TV, calling it The iFlop. “Steve Jobs tried to design ‚Äîand dictate‚Äîthe future of television,” according Forbes’ Scott Woolley, “Here’s how he failed.” The article makes some good points, and it’s true that the Apple TV has failed to become another hit like the iPod or even the iPhone. If you want to understand how important the Apple TV is to Apple’s long-term media strategy, though, and why the Apple TV is a success, you need to consider the 25,000 video podcasts that are now available via iTunes. Apple has created a complete ecosystem for publishing, delivering and viewing Internet media, and content producers are lining up to create content. While big media debates and experiments with Internet TV, Apple’s got 25,000 shows in their system, all of YouTube and more on the way. Where’s Apple’s competition? Forbes is going to wake up in a year and figure out that Apple’s competition has been iSleeping.

Watch YouTube, Get College Credit – Michael Arrington points out a class that California’s Pitzer College is offering about YouTube. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view YouTube content and post their comments. While the class is likely to be held up as an example of the decline of higher education, the class isn’t really just giving students college credit for watching YouTube. YouTube is “a phenomenon that should be studied,” student Darren Grose said. “You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general.”

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