Loc: Petaluma, CA
Hi Carp. The only example I can give in defense of The Beatles. Last week, standing in line at the supermarket checkout stand, there was a little girl, maybe three years old, sitting in a shopping basket singing Yellow Submarine. Everyone around me smiled and went "Awww…" The little boy in the stand next to me started to sing to. It was a great moment.
A week before Beatles came to iTunes.
The Hippie in me says "Far Fskin' Out". As cheesy as it may be, somehow, someway, The Beatles hit a chord that that is timeless.
Their diversity can appeal to so many genres, it's staggering.
And they did all of this in a mere nine years.
Sorry to be defensive, but the greatest music ever was when I was when i was nine years old.
"I have a theory about liking popular music. As far as I can tell, the best music is made when you're between 15 and 25. Between 25 and 35 music gets progressively worse. By the time you're older than 35, new music sucks big time. With exceptions here and there, to be sure."
Sorry Dr, John. I would have to add 3-8 and 9-14 to that quote.
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Well, the cloud's really a new utility. That's what's going to happen. It will be utilified ( in the most important place, in the mass's perceptions of it ), like AC made a utility out of electricity ( and I guess, virtualization, the leaps in processing, bandwidth, architecture and topology, etc is like the AC ) transforming electricity from DC networks to an AC utility ( from pre-utility mainframes-terminals, networked minis, networked PCs, the thin client stuff, PCs, workstations, etc - all pre-utility ). The cloud is a utility. Stuff moves to utilities - It's just the way that works. With the utility, computing moves to the cloud, to the utility. You don't make your own electricity - You get it from the grid. Simple. Easy. Cheap. Efficient. You get your natural gas from a utility, your water. Your sewage dumps into one. UTILITIES.
The cloud is an important new utility. Apple is creating new media utilities, or should be.
So, this Beatles thing is pretty key to Apple, to help make the business case for streaming media.
So, with the cloud, a utility that people don't even get is a utility, yet - It's not ten years too late. It's right on time for the Apple utility. I think that's what may have been happening with Apple, they've been morphing into a media utility, by accident or design, and people have instinctively/whatever responded as they do with other utilities, they've signed on. Forget web applications, the cloud, the internet, merits, whatever - That's missing the picture - It's about utilities. Utilities ultimately win, of course. Google is becoming a utility. Apple is becoming one. Microsoft doesn't have a clue. Facebook will never be a utility. Twitter may be slowly defining a new utility. Utilities that run on the mother utility of all, the cloud. Steve needs to forget that Sony nonsense - Companies like Sony don't become utilities. Apple is what they are, a utility.
As for everyone else, he says, "Download it illegally, I don’t care. I want you to hear my music so I can play live."
Reminds me of an Immortal Technique show I went to. The crowd was all riled up by the time he made it out onto the stage. His first words were: "Who here bought my cds?" (crowd cheers) "You're [censored] morons! Pirate that [censored], and save your money to come to the shows!" Brilliant.
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