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Physical media is far from dead, but it's certainly in decline. Blu-ray is up about 20% over last year and I believe last year at this time it was up 46% from 2009 (I don't have access to the numbers from where I am.) DVD is certainly down, but is being largely (but not completely) replaced by BD sales. IIRC, U.S. physical sales grosses are equivalent to theatrical boxoffice, so the numbers are still quite large. Furthermore, 2011 will be the first year that...
Sometimes choices are a good thing and sometimes they're a bad thing. Usually, brands try to fill in all price points to eliminate customer objections over price (the second rule of selling is to overcome customer objections.) For example, if you look at the Apple computer lineup, you'll see a fairly evenly distributed range of price points from bottom to top. If the choices aren't clearly defined, it causes consumer confusion. And when consumers are confused, they...
I'm puzzled by your comments. The iPhone 3s and the iPhone 4 use the same OS. While there were some features only available on the 4, I'd say that the usability of the two phones was almost exactly the same, except in regards to performance, in which the 4 has smoother scrolling and is faster. The numbers seem to indicate that iPhone 4 users are upgrading. That's a surprise to me even considering the voice-controls and other features of the new phone. I would have...
Pixar? You want this to be a CGI cartoon?
A person's life cannot be accurately portrayed in a 3-hour movie. So characters and events are always consolidated and in the interests of the narrative arc as well as the filmmaker's and writers' egos, things are always changed. And that's aside from the fact that the actors are almost always far better looking than the actual people they're portraying. I can't think of a single film biography that was completely accurate and some were so far from the historical...
For the most part, well-balanced people are not the people who achieve the kinds of greatness that change the world. People who achieve greatness, whether creative, scientific or business are highly focused and frequently concentrate on their interests to the exclusion of almost everything else, frequently alienating family, friends and even business associates. I've always theorized that people like Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg, etc. have mild forms of autism. Geniuses...
Apple killed the music industry only indirectly. It's not the concept of iTunes or the 99 cent downloads that's killed the music industry. It's the fact that the industry has changed from an album model back to a singles model. (And one could argue that Apple saved the music industry from services like Napster, in which most people weren't paying for anything.) Singles were viable in the 1950s and early 1960s because an act would go into a studio and record...
I agree. Unless Apple demanded and received exclusivity, Apple is not hindering wider distribution. And if there was increased distribution of such movies with more vendors, that increased competition might actually hurt the studios because prices would tend to fall. And even if the above poster is correct and the exec is decrying the lack of digital distribution options, I think that's ridiculous as well. There's Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Sony's service as well as all...
There are simply no words that can express the loss. To me, the thing that was greatest about Jobs was his quest for excellence.
I've never had any of the problems you describe, not even once. The only problem I've had (with my 3G) is that sometimes the map application doesn't respond or gets very sluggish. I've never had to reset the phone. I do shut it off late at night. I generally recharge it every other day unless it's gotten excessive use on any given day. The only thing that I've found that chews through the battery quickly is when I use a bicycle app that tracks my ride when I'm...
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