Unmediated has some interesting suggestions for using RSS and blog tools with television based content. I still haven't gotten on the bittorrent bandwagon (I don't really enjoy watching video on my computer...but maybe I'm old school) but providing customizable RSS feeds of important content (like programming schedules, press releases and news articles, but also for us in the reality biz, info about casting calls and the like) could be very useful. I'm still not convinced that video on demand services, especially through your PC, is important in the tv model, yet. At least not until people start buying media centers en masse and start using them more fully. I want my Smart Phone!
So, I don't like having to carry around a PDA, a phone and a digital camera as three separate units. My current phone's screen is too small to really make web browsing (outside of sports scores and quick news items) useful. I'd love to be able to get my email while mobile. I really dig the sidekick from T-Mobile and I know everyone loves the Treo 600 but is it the coolest choice? What can people tell me about the i500? Is it a good choice? Is the price point too high? Are there other options I should be considering? I want my iMix!
Despite itunes not finding an update yesterday through it's supposed handy dandy integrated update tool, I got 4.5 (mostly because George made some iMixes and I thought that was so awesome that I had to figure it out). IMixing turns the itunes music store and software from a great digital music player and library into a game for audiophiles like myself. Not having gotten into the radio.blog revolution, I'm much more inclined to create a playlist on my own computer (especially one that I can work through and sort dynamically) and showcase it on itunes for all to see with a brief description. Or provide a link for it through this site. Or send it via email, etc. etc. I'd love it more if there was more functionality. Better searching tools specific to the imix area would help (How about every mix with a pixies track on it? Or every mix in a given genre). Speaking of genres, I'd love to be able to give more tagging to my mixes. And I'd love to be able to comment (outside of the boring rating system) on someone's playlist. Why can't I give props to someone with rockin' good music taste? I'd also like more options when publishing. Say I have a best of 2003 playlist that has over a 100 songs in it (which I do). Why do I need to create a separate playlist if I only want to publish a random sampling of that playlist or a playlist that's a CD in length or size? My sidebar of playlists is going to get very long and cluttered. The same could be said for party shuffle. I'd like to be able to select a genre or certain artists right in the options menu there rather than having to create a separate playlists. Also, itunes, since you have the BPM tag, why not provide some under the hood functionality that can actually determine that for me? I could be such a better itunes DJ if you gave me that help. I'm demanding, my itunes girlfriend, because I love yo so much. I want my Music Festival!
Coachella is about 43 hours away and I'm so excited. Even with Wilco and Tom Yorke likely not being there it should be ridiculous. Conspiracy theorists think Beck might take to the main stage Saturday night after Radiohead (which seems especially more likely with his friends, The Flaming Lips, also in town set to rock on Sunday. They could do an eclectic set for the grown ups while the kiddies go watch Phantom Planet. Either way, I'm not freaking out too bad by the scheduled times. I think I can see just about everyone I want to see. No VIP this year (so sad) but I plan on taking lots of pics. I'm predicting that the buzz band after the weekend's over will be The Killers. Here's a random sampling of the Coachella artists I have on my itunes: The Coachella 2004 iMix.