Oz legal music downloads: Don’t hold your breath

A very interesting article from my favorite IT website, The Register

Oz legit downloads fail, and fail again
By Alex Malik (feedback at theregister.co.uk)
Published Monday 8th August 2005 09:59 GMT

Analysis Australian lawyer, academic researcher and music industry commentator Alex Malik presents a look at the Australian market for digital downloads. His research has found that while IFPI are spinning the success of authorised downloads, the reality shows that at least in Australia, there are substantial gaps in available repertoire and a heavily protected market controlled by the majors. Continue reading

The Internet in Korea & Japan

After living in South Korea for two years I am increasingly frustrated at the state of the Internet industry in Australia. The Australian scene is dominated by Telstra which is half owned by the government.
Ten years ago Telstra was 100% owned by the government. Now the government is in the process of trying to organize a third float of shares to sell its remaining 50% share.
Unfortunally telecommunication policies by the government don’t seem to be aimed at giving consumers more choice. A cynic would suggest the governments policy is to maximize Telstra’s share price so they can sell it for more money.
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The Korean MP3 player market

The Korean market is very different to the rest of the world.
Koreans tend to buy Korean products. This is OK because there are a lot of good Korean products such as cars (Hyundai), ships (Hyundai), memory chips (Hyundai), consumer electronics (LG, Samsung) and MP3 players (iAudio, iRiver)
Just don’t compare the price you pay for the same product in Korea where I live to what you pay in the US. A lot of the time it is cheaper to buy in the US.

In terms of MP3 players and phones the Korean public love it when a product is small and has a ton of features, even if usabily sufferes in the process.
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