In the next 6-12 months Facebook plans to monetize their news feed even further. Essentially marketers can pay for the "..enhanced distribution above and beyond what News Feed already provides.”
This means that if you get a message from a friend on facebook that you haven't been in contact with for a while, it's probably paid for by that brand.
Essentially, it comes across as your friend endorsing that product.
Check out this guy, who heads up monetization at Facebook's, statement: “That is advertising,” Kendall told Wired.com last week. “But it doesn’t look like that to your friends, because they care about you.”
I know Facebook has to make money, but this just seems real sneaky. It's going to be interesting to see people's response to this.
I love(d) my iPod, but converting mp3's and uploading to my ipod is well too much effort. What bugs me the most is the folders of mp3's that I have scattered all over my machine as well as on external hard drives. Yes, maybe if I was a bit more structured this wouldn't be such a hassle, but I'm not.
So I've come across Slacker Radio which is kinda like a mashup of iPod and Pandora.
Once you purchase the player, you can listen to music for free (although 6 skips are allowed per hour)! Each station gets updated when you connect to wifi with new music. Unlike the Pandora app for iPhone this doesn't stream tracks in low quality mono, it downloads it to the player and plays it in stereo at higher quality.
I've had the device now for a week and have been impressed with the quality of programming as well as new artists I've discovered.
For me, I don't really want to necessarily own the music, just wanna have a cool selection to listen to whenever I want to. If you get the monthly $7.50 premium service you can save songs to your library, get unlimited skips and request songs.
The player itself is quite light, a bit clunky for my liking, but apparently there's a new player coming out soon that is smaller.
I think it'll just be a matter of time now before I upgrade to the premium service to replay favourites.