- First, speaking of Atlantic Records, allow me to pay respects to the late great Ahmet Ertegun. Excellent Slate interview here, L.A. Times profile here, Rolling Stone here. Let me give you an excellent documentary to just hear this guy talk about the music industry -- Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, which, though primarily about one of his colleagues, Tom Dowd, had plenty of Mr. Ertegun's insights.
- The newly blogrolled Google Operating System has the top ten Google Apps of the Year. Excerpt: 7. Google Video -- Google Video has shifted its mission from searching TV shows captions to searching all the videos in the world, one by one (including user-generated videos). The video store wasn't successful, but Google Video continued to add features: popular videos, uploading videos online, ratings, comments, labels. But most of them were added a long time after they were included in YouTube, its major rival. Adding Google Video to Google's homepage didn't help it too much, so Google bought YouTube. Contextual video ads, launched this year, will have a big exposure, while Google tries to make deals with content providers.
- I remember one time former Texas Senator Phil Gramm was asked how many guns he owned. His reply: "More than I need, but not as many as I want." I have the same feeling about getting some of these.
Labels: Ahmet Ertegun, Documentaries, Google, Music, Obituaries, Rock Music