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The 8 Billion Dollar Ipod

Most of us who have spent any amount of time on the internet have run across the TED series of speakers (Technology, Entertainment and Design). If you aren't, I'm sure you will find the speakers very good at making their points and certainly worth listening to. Ted is one of the most interesting sites on the internet (in my humble opinion). There are people who can earn a decent living without paying any attention to the internet, alas, I am not one of them. I find that I do have to take an interest in what is going on, and I find myself sifting through tons of crap to get to the few precious gems that may be there. TED delivers the gems.

This particular video is delivered by Rob Reid, a very astute thinker and author of the book Architects of the Web. He is also the creator of Rhapsody.comt, an online music subscription service. In this particular five minute segment he examines the claims about piracy that the entertainment industry is making. I have no doubt that piracy does cost the industry a significant chunk of change, but I also suspected that their claims are dubious at best. Mr. Reid hilariously points out exactly how dubious their claims are. I think you might enjoy his take on the matter.

Comment balloon 8 commentsMalcolm Johnston • March 19 2012 04:24PM


I have not heard of Ted, but was entertained.  Numbers and Stats certainly can be deceiving.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Kathy, there are some incredibly entertaining speakers who have the ability to shed light on some otherwise dark areas.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 7 years ago

I will look forward to your post about Alien Music policy, that will obviously be coming soon.

Very entertaining, and insightful.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 7 years ago

It was a little long for my limited attention span. I will rely on you to continue to enlighten me.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

TED talks are a wealth of information as was this one. Thanks of sharing Malcolm.  I think our day must have some time devoted to learning and growing.  I appreciate you putting things up I have missed.  Have a great week.

Posted by Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you. (YourStories Realty Group) almost 7 years ago

Brian, the alien music policy blog post might not happen for a while.

I'm not sure that relying on me to remain informed is the best course of action Ellie.

Hi Larry, it is a great series, and I always do learn from the speakers.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 7 years ago

Malcolm - I've never heard of Ted, so after watching your posted video, I went over and clicked on 'design' speakers (of course).  I watched Kelli Anderson's talk on creating an exciting design out of an ordinary, too often seen object, like a greeting card.  The best part - she talked about creating a fake New York Times paper, where all the news was about something positive that they'd like to see happen.  A sort of utopian edition. 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 7 years ago

Malcolm, I, too, had never heard of Ted, and after listening to this video, will forward it to Helen, who loves this sort of stuff

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 7 years ago