Disregarding the politics involved, all the stories about artists pulling their recordings from Spotify had me thinking again about the way people consume music these days.
I’m old enough now that I’ve paid for The Beatles’ Abbey Road album at least four times. In college on vinyl, later on cassette tape, still later on CD, and more recently as a digital file.1 While the record and tape are long gone, I still have the digital file. And the CD is around here somewhere.
At the end of the day, at the farthest point possible from the physical center of the conference, Will, Gary, Ewan, and Steve did a great tag team show-and-tell with Ustream.
More importantly they also talked about how this kind of communications tool could be used for teaching and connecting students.
That’s the piece that we still need organize and think through before putting these tools in front of our trainers and especially most teachers.
But from a techie standpoint, this was pretty cool. More than 100 viewers showed up for the live stream, at least half in the same room, which was probably stretching the wifi in the hotel to the limit.
And then there were the 80 or so in the chat room, with many sidebars, questions, and suggestions of their own.
The people at Ustream should be paying for this kind of publicity. Oh, that’s right… it’s free and they aren’t making any money from it.
Is web 2.0 built on a non-existent business model? I guess that’s a question for another day.
Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing what went on, the stream and chat room are archived on Will’s Ustream channel. [It’s in two parts because of the crash 3/4 of the way through the session.]