23 posts • joined 7 Dec 2010
Re: @Nordrick Framelhammer
I can't speak for the cost of promoting an album, but if you're spending more than a few thousand pounds to record a band's first album, you're doing it wrong. Recording these days is extremely cheap, if you want it to be.
I'd also question whether it's true that "most bands will never sell enough records to recoup the record label's investment." Certainly, most bands will never recoup the label's investment from their royalties, but that's a very different matter from the label actually losing money.
Re: Defensive much?
Not to mention that the headline is contradicted by the very first sentence of the article.
Headline: "...blames price rise on musos wanting money"
Article: "...blaming a jump in royalties it has to pay out to record labels"
Re: Haven't you heard? IPCC Chairman Pachauri confirms it: Global warming stopped in 1997!
If global warming stopped in 1997, how come 12 of the 15 years since have been warmer than 1997?
Why not just buy an iPad?
Because this is better?
I appreciate that it goes against the teachings of St Steve, but I believe the idea is to offer the consumer choice.
Beer also outsells Blue Nun.
Haven't seen manufacturer comparisons more recently than June, but Neilsen's figures then showed Apple on top with 28% (same as now). Second were RIM and HTC, both with 20%. Given Android's growth, I'd be a little surprised if HTC aren't a couple of points closer now.
I thought at the time that Apple would have had a bigger lead.
It should be noted though that of HTC's 20%, 14% was Android and 6% Windows Mobile in its various forms. It could be that their Android growth is cancelled out by WM share losses.
Archos Gen 8
Debian is available for the Archos 70 and 101.
You are aware, of course, that In Rainbows was only available as a pay-what-you-want release for two months and that after that two month period, when the album received a full physical release, it sold 3 million copies in 10 months?
RE: Let me get this straight
Gah! I'd hoped it would be obvious that I was taking the piss out of Little Me's post.
Yes, my completely non-technical old mum who can't work computers, for example. She was going to get an Android phone, but after reading about the Market search issues on the Google support forums, she's now getting an iphone. Fuck sake...
The odd shaped chin...
I find the chin (on my old Hero, at least) makes the phone more comfortable to hold and manipulate with one hand - it kind of hooks onto your thumb. Also, if you place the phone face-down on a flat surface, neither the screen, nor any hardware buttons, touch the surface. It's a nice piece of design, even if it does look a little odd.
According to the screenshot here:
you either hit 'agree' or 'disagree' - no tickbox involved. This may be a recent change, of course, I honestly don't remember from the last time I did an activation.
Whatever, Google/Android is completely upfront about it, and it's not like the situation with the non-optional location tracking bug on the iPhone.
"Google says that Android location services use an "opt-in" setup and that location data sent back to the company is "anonymized"."
FFS, when you first activate your Android, you're asked if you want to use Google's location services. It's not in the least bit shady, as you seem to be trying to suggest here. It's opt-in, not "opt-in".
Thought experiment, of something...
So let's imagine that the content industry's figures are correct and the majority of us broadband users are breaking IP laws. Is it maybe time to consider that the laws themselves are the problem, and not the downloading? Perhaps, rather than increasing the scope and enforcement of current IP laws, we need to do away with them altogether for non-commercial copying, and stop attempting to criminalise the majority of the online population?
Given that they all bought iPads...
...they were all Apple customers, surely?
Oh, and Macs are PCs anyway.
Even better, because their new devices are always 'sold out within MINUTES!!!1!', in order to get one, you have to either wait weeks, or queue up to get it on the first day, thereby guaranteeing they'll be 'sold out within MINUTES!!!1!'
It's a kind of genius. Albeit, one that's only enabled by having an extremely creepy relationship with the press.
Do you mean the likes of the Archos 101, which you have actually reviewed, and yet doesn't appear on your tablet tabulation..?
Google's Honeycomb hardware requirements
Did I miss the announcement of the minimum requirements for Honeycomb? Last I remember was Google's Dan Morrill denying that there were minimum requirements (some time in Jan?).
AJO, you even say yourself - the article is about smartphone sales. More specifically, about US smartphone sales and how Android is selling faster than iOS. In this context, iPods and iPads are irrelevant.
The internet: where nothing goes without saying...
Why is Android outselling iOS?
There's been a lot of debate on the thread about why Android's doing so well, but no-one seems willing to point out what might just be the reason, so let me be the one:
Android is, quite simply, better than iOS.
The one caveat? If you have a Google account. But who doesn't? If you use Gmail, Google Maps, Google Reader, Talk, Contacts, Calendar, Search, YouTube - any of the stuff developed/supported by Google, an Android phone pisses all over the iPhone. It's much, much better. Android overtook the iPhone about a year ago and Apple's rather pathetic response has been 'more pixels'. Sadly,even the Retina Display isn't as nice as the AMOLED screens Samsung's using.
Apple's hardware's nice, but the design is bland and uniform. The software's slick, but offers so much less. Android is just better.
Oh, and to those predicting armaggedon for Android when the iPhone's on Verizon - wasn't that meant to have happened when the iPhone 4 was released?
"Indeed, of all the tablets on the market so far, none can beat the iPad when it comes to looks."
No. The iPad is ugly. Like, staggeringly so. It looks like a joke - a Fisher Price iPod Activity Centre. Which doesn't detract from its usefulness or usability one jot, but it is decidedly not an attractive piece of kit.
Michael, why does it matter to you so much?
I'm amused that when it was launched, the iPad was a whole new category of device. But now it's a proper computer and not a different device after all. Poor old desperate-to-be-number-1 Apple.
Also, I keep reading about how the iPad is eating into netbook sales, but would I not be right in saying that netbooks are still selling at a much greater rate than the iPad, or tablets in general, for that matter? Don't have figures to hand, but I don't see any from anyone else, so I'll declare that netbook sales are actually increasing at an exponentially hyperbolicalistic rate compared to iPads. Probably.
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