8/29/2005

Rio Must Die

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The first company that made a portable MP3 music player, Rio, is leaving the market.

In a statement the company said: “D&M Holdings has decided to exit the mass-market portable digital audio player business by September 30, 2005.”

Since the Rio was introduced in 1998, the market for digital music has ballooned to a $6.9 billion business and Apple’s iPod snatched 75 percent of the U.S. market.

Rio’s inability to compete against Apple and other manufacturers caused the company heavy losses ($8.75 million last quarter), forcing it to exit the market and focus on other products.

Microsoft begins test of new WinFS

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft on Monday posted the first test version of a new Windows file system.

The company made the test version the file system, called WinFS, available to subscribers to its Microsoft Developer Network service.

The software was originally intended as a key feature of Windows Vista–developed under the code name Longhorn–the next release of the operating system expected somtime next year.

However, roughly one year ago, Microsoft announced that it was removing WinFS from Vista and would release it separately in order to meet its delivery schedule for Longhorn.

Source: News.com

BBC targets music downloads in Internet strategy

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The BBC wants to be a major player in the digital media world and is considering partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads, Director-General Mark Thompson said on Saturday.

The publicly-funded broadcaster is testing software called MyBBCPlayer to let users download its TV and radio programing, and plans to use its powerful presence to take its place among Internet media giants like Google.

Source: Reuters

eDonkey Gaining On BitTorrent

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A study by the Cambridge-based Internet analysis firm CacheLogic found that eDonkey is now roughly on par with BitTorrent in the United States, China, Japan and Britain.

It is the dominant peer-to-peer file-sharing network in South Korea, which has the world’s highest percentage of high-speed Internet use, and also in Italy, Spain and Germany.

“This is almost assuredly a result of the increased legal action toward the once-ignored BitTorrent — a game of P2P hide-and-seek,” said CacheLogic’s chief technology officer Andrew Parker.

Last year, BitTorrent was consuming up to a third of the Internet’s total bandwidth as users traded huge movie and television files. Hollywood struck back with a slew of lawsuits to shut down Web sites that provided “tracker” links, which tell the network where to look for files.

The United States has also seen a surprising return to popularity of the Gnutella file-sharing network, which had faded after an earlier crackdown by music companies.

About 60 percent of the Internet’s total bandwidth consists of P2P traffic, according to the CacheLogic study. P2P, which sends data from user to user, is often difficult to shut down because networks don’t rely on a centralised server to distribute data.

Source: Reuters

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