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J.K. Rowling's Pottermore
Business

J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore brings App Store economics to ‘niche’ markets

With the launch of the Pottermore website Rowling has brought app store economics to ‘niche’, that is to say single subject, markets. This is not only a dramatic change for book publishers but will certainly change online economics for other established franchises. Film, video games, and music retailers will be paying close attention to Rowling’s Harry Potter App Store as they attempt to replicate her economic model for themselves.
Zune HD
Mobile

Microsoft discontinue Zune production

Microsoft will no longer release further iterations of Zune hardware, but will instead concentrate on integrating Zune software and functionality into other devices like the Xbox and those running Windows Phone 7.
Victor V Phonograph
Entertainment

Sony’s Qriocity online music plays gets international release

Sony’s sexily titled “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™” was made available to international audiences today, a month after being piloted in Ireland the UK. The Qriocity music player will now be available to users in the USA, Europe and Asia on Sony’s 2010 and 2011 models of network-enabled BRAVIA TV, Blu-ray Disc player, Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, PlayStation 3 as well as VAIO and other personal computers.
Guinness Darklife via Irish International
Entertainment

Guinness’s ‘There is more life in the dark’ campaign airs on Irish television

Irish International BBDO is premiering its new international ad for Diagio’s Guinness brand, Dark Life, on Irish television this weekend. The latest in Guinness’s iconic commercials uses state-of-the-art digital post production techniques, as well as some nice Canon 5D digital cameras, to superimpose the famous stout’s head settling over some global cityscapes. It was directed by French director Frederic Planchon and filmed in cities from New York, Bogota & Hong Kong
Spotify
Entertainment

Spotify has plans to launch “in every country”, but just not yet

Good news, Spotify, the freemium web music service says it has plans to expand “into every country”, including Ireland, in the future, although just not yet. Responding to a question from this site Spotify says that they plan to open the music services to as wide an audience as possible as soon as they can. When asked specifically about Ireland Spotify said that they don’t foresee launching the service in the country soon, despite great interest in the site by Irish music fans. Spotify said, “We know just how passionate Irish music fans are but we don’t have any immediate plans to launch there.”
Android Honeycomb Music app
Mobile

Android’s new Music app [Video]

Leaked video footage [0:50] of the new Android Music app has emerged, offering a glimpse of some of the user interface features we can expect in Android 3.0. The video demos some of the new Music app features already revealed at this year’s Google I/O
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