Good morning, it’s Monday, January 28, 2008, and this is your first early morning digital briefing.
Look out iTunes. Amazon.com announced plans to expand its DRM-free MP3 store to international markets later this year. Launched in Sept. 2007 with content from all 4 major labels, Amazon’s digital storefront now offers over 3.3 million songs from 270,000+ artists, with more than 1 million tracks available for .89. Amazon’s international destinations include www.amazon.co.uk, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.fr and www.amazon.ca.
Sony Ericsson is also expanding its digital music operations, announcing deals with 10 new music labels and adding 5 million new tracks to its upgraded PlayNow arena music ringtone service. The over-the-air service allows listeners to identify a song off the radio then order it to their handset. Sony Ericsson is also working on increasing localized content. It added 250 new games through existing deals with leading games manufactures including EA Games, Gameloft, THQ, Glu, Digital Chocolate and I-Play.
MGM will launch an American Gladiators broadband site on Wednesday, Jan. 30 featuring sparkling new re-digitized footage from the original competition show that aired in syndication from 1989-1996. Clips from the camp classic like this interview with the Jeff Spicoliesque “Malibu” have been racking up thousands of views on YouTube.
Voting is underway for the “My Grammy Moment” awards on YouTube and CBS.com. Over the next two weeks, fans will narrow the field from 15 semi-finalists to three finalists; eventually one musician from the orchestra will be chosen to perform with the “Foo Philharmonic Orchestra” during the 50th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.
Don’t cancel your wsj.com subscription just yet -Rupert Murdoch apparently changed his mind about making it a free site. He was quoted as saying at the Davos Forum that the site’s content providing “the greatest insight” would still require a subscription.
Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, book publisher G.P. Putnam, Cyber Group Animation and Big Fantastic are collaborating on a web series that will serve as a prequel to Robin Cook’s latest thriller Foreign Body. The ad-supported webisodes will debut the week of May 27, hoping to build momentum for the book’s Aug. 5 release.
The folks at interactive agency Deep Focus launched another interesting website in support of HBO‘s new drama In Treatment premiering tonight, about a psychotherapist (Gabriel Byrne) and the inner journeys he embarks upon with his patients. He’sListening.com features an innovative user interface, allowing the user to click on sections of brain to pull up audio and video thoughts of the main characters. Medical illustrator Bryan Christie was commissioned to illustrate the brainwork.
CBS Interactive announced that Last.fm‘s unique U.S. listener base spiked by 85% after announcing its free music service on Jan. 23, compared to metrics for the previous week. Unique visits and page views were also up dramatically throughout the rest of the week.
Bidding topped $3.7 billion during the FCC‘s 700 Mhz wireless spectrum on Friday, the second day of the proceeding. Thursday’s anonymous bid of $472 billion for the nationwide “D” block of spectrum still stood as the highest bid. The auction resumes today and is expected to drag on for weeks.
Clickable online video advertising start-up Ooyala raised an additional $8.5 million in second round financing led by Sierra Ventures.
The Superbowl will drive some 2.4 million HDTV purchases this year, according to the third annual “Sports and Technology” survey conducted by CEA and the Sports Video Group.
Top Facebook Applications U.S. Home/Work/University – November 2007
Engaged Widget Penetration of Total
Facebook App. Viewers (000) U.S. Facebook Audience
Top Friends (Slide) 6,230 18.5%
Movies (Flixster) 5,199 15.4%
SuperPoke! (Slide) 3,626 10.8%
Compare People 3,503 10.4%
iLike 3,449 10.2%
Super Wall (RockYou!) 3,237 9.6%
Likeness (RockYou!) 2,693 8.0%
Quizzes 2,583 7.7%
FunWall (Slide) 2,107 6.3%
Graffiti 1,647 4.9
Total Facebook.com Visitors 33,660 100.0%
Total Facebook Applications 20,649 61.3%
Source: comScore Widget Metrix
MySpace named Jeff Berman as EVP of Marketing and Content, responsible for implementing marketing initiatives and growth campaigns for MySpace and its spin off franchises. He will report to MySpace CEO and co-founder Chris DeWolf.
With online video promising to be the topic du jour an NATPE this week, check out blip.tv for a site that does many things well in this space. While many sites are busy trying to catch lighting in a bottle with that next big viral hit, blip.tv is focused on building a sustainable business around matching loyal subscribers with appropriate advertisers, according to CEO and co-founder Mike Hudak. Blip.tv empowers creators with an extensive array of options, controls and formats; enables them to syndicate to multiple platforms via embedding or RSS feeds; and for its best producers, works to find sponsors that will pay a premium for the right niche audience. What makes it great for users is the quality of its shows. The site seems to already enjoy the Steve Jobs seal of approval – of the dozen web shows Jobs pulled from iTunes during the MacWorld keynote, 4 were blip.tv shows.
Later — Wayne
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