Zune.net Podcast Directory Goes Web Based … Fascinating

So, quietly, the Zune.net Podcast Directory went web based (or at least has a web-based option). I wish I could tell you I got this content through some executive briefing that gives me hope for the future but … I read about this change in the Zune Insider as a sub-point of content (relating to some down time). I hope somebody up there understands how important this is.

However, let’s be honest, I’ll take what Zune News I can get (especially when it has to do with Zunes and Podcasts).

There’s nothing fancy here in this release, but it certainly does the job (and sure beat’s Apple’s offering in this space). There are links to download everything and audio Podcasts can be streamed (if you have Silverlight installed). There are also options to review Podcasts. I’ve reviewed each of the Podcasts listed below – for obvious reasons. And yes, sure, we’d love a review or two from the audience as well.

  • The Zune Luv Podcast – How could I not mention this one? Don’t you think the content at ZuneLuv.com has been getting better lately? No, I’m not writing it right now.
  • Internet Marketing This Week – I’m having more fun with this one than I think I should be allowed to have with a Podcast.
  • Marketing Online Live – Did I mention we’re revamping a “2.0” version of this right now? You’re going to love it. New episodes coming very very very soon.

I can hear the complaints coming now but, let’s face it: it’s web-based, it’s from Microsoft, it beats what Apple is doing, and it’s the first new Web-based Podcast Directory to come out in years.

Your thoughts?

My 2009 New Media Predictions

First, obviously, my scorecard on last year’s predictions.

  • One major podcast network goes down in flames. None went down in flames but only one of them uses the word Podcasting in their marketing material and we even have one that although still afloat, proudly proclaims a copyright date of 2006. I’ll say it now, the only “Network” that matters at all is Revision3, and part of the reason that they matter is because they know that Podcasting is only a smart part of their story.
  • The writer’s strike doesn’t help a single internet celeb go mainstream. Remember last year when the writer’s strike was going to be the nail in the coffin of “traditional media?” Yup, that was a silly notion. I’ll say it again – “traditional media” is doing a great job at being “traditional media” – we don’t want to play in their playground at all because it simply isn’t worth it.
  • Microsoft Zune podcasting numbers will get impressive quickly. Bingo, done, check, out of the park. I dare a single Podcaster in the Zune Podcast directory to tell me that the percentage of Zune listeners to players in the marketplace is lower than the percentage of iPod listeners to players in the marketplace. The Zune is extremely important in this space and is only going to become more so.
  • Managed RSS systems become popular and important. Popular, no. Important, yes. I’ve experienced some extremely profitable launches that have leveraged managed RSS that have given me tremendous content and case studies for Podcast Secrets 2009. The “real money” in Podcasting comes when different customers have different feeds.
  • The term “podcast” becomes synonymous with “channel” for the general public. About half right there. The need to understand the term is becoming less and less important and technologies will only push in this direction. I dare you to find the word “subscribe” anywhere in the Apple TV Podcast interface and I’d bet you more than 50% of new audience members in Podcasting this year couldn’t tell you that Podcasts come from an RSS feed if you pointed a gun to their head. That’s a very good thing (lack of plumbing knowledge, not guns to heads).

So, the predictions for 2009:

  • Now that iPod finally has a competitor in the Zune, you’ll see advances this year in new media aggregation that can only come from stiff competition. Despite our governments attempts recently to kill capitalism, you’ll see it play out in our marketplace anyway. The “winners” will have some much power and strength that the players will fight hard and long to get there. The audience will be the true winners. BTW, these aren’t the “only” players in this space. Boxee.tv continues to impress and if a Hulu.com box ever sees the light of day …
  • The meme that “nobody will pay for content” will quietly die. People have been paying for content for ages, people are paying for content right now, people will always pay for content. New Media makers will find that being paid for content is actually kinda cool and “get over it.”
  • “Cable cutting” will become cool. With the combination of economic concerns and new technologies, “cable cutting” will become very popular (amongst the geeks, but that’s where web surfing, emailing, and instant messaging came from too). This is the act of getting all of your media via the Internet, not your cable coax. It ain’t the best term as many get their Internet from the cable, but you know what I mean. The digital television transition is making a lot more over the air stuff accessible to people who once purchased cable just to get the “local” stations. BTW, a refurbed Mac Mini with an Elgato EyeTV card running Boxee is amazingly killer.
  • The general public will stop treating microblogging (Twitter) as a 24×7 chat room and find some very strong business uses for it. This will not only get people BACK TO WORK but it will enable these service to profit as companies will pay for business usage accordingly.
  • There will be no real competitor to the iPhone in 2009. Anyone/everyone tasked with building the “iPhone Killer” don’t understand what makes the iPhone the iPhone and it will take them at least a year to figure it out – and get it to market. Like the Zune prediction above, this will bring some great competition to our space, but it won’t happen in 2009. Many of us will be able to ride out our 2-year iPhone contracts without even wishing we could jump to something else.

And there you have them … leave your comments below:

Will Somebody Please Explain The Model Here?

Sunday night was the new 24 telemovie. I pondered recording it but I knew it would probably be on Hulu (via Boxee thank you very much) in under 24 hours (pun intended).

And it was.

And I enjoyed it while doing a little work Monday night. Nothing like streaming television, on your terms, with just a commercial per break.

This new media thing is starting to “take off.”

iTunes is offering the download of the 24 telemovie for $14.99 ($19.99 if you want HD).

Mind you, this is the same iTunes that sells 24 Episodes at $1.99 each. This was two episodes of 24. This normally retails for $3.98.

The DVD is $15.99 at Amazon and Best Buy.

The Amazon Video On Demand Service is selling it for $9.99.

When I watched it (again, less than 24 hours after it aired), I noted that not only were there PSAs in a few of the commercial slots (btw, Hulu doesn’t get paid for PSAs, that’s what PSAs are), but a few of the commercial slots were, well commercial less. It was liking watching the DVD.

And by the way, the commercials they did show were for an online project that started last September. I’ll bet you this is remnant advertising purchased extremely cheap.

In short, The $15 DVD is being streamed for free. Yes, I know the DVD contains a bunch of extra stuff (hey who doesn’t want cut video of Jack Bauer running around in the forest?). Yes, I realize there are DVD sales as a piece of the revenue pie but so is that whole advertising model that Hulu can’t seem to make work.

If you’re reading this in America (or have some clever proxies in place), you can enjoy the show embedded below (how many paying commercials to you count in this $15 DVD):

Hulu can’t be making anyone money.

I appreciate their desire to have a single commercial per break and I’ll enjoy the ride as long as it goes here but … streaming ain’t cheap (they’re evening doing it in HD now) and they’ve got nothing to show me that they have a long term plan – or that advertisers are actually buying into this. See, when advertisers “buy into” a concept, you see their add “buys” – that’s where the term comes from. You’ll see an occasional product on Hulu and there are some $$ coming in but getting me what I want on my terms is costing them less than they’re making in the deal.

There seems to be a really silly obsession with streaming at all costs. It’s expensive, bandwidth intensive, and darn it, isn’t making the sales they keep promising it will.

Downloads, not streaming, is the future of media delivery. It’s cheaper – much cheaper – and always ends with a better experience (for the customer at least).

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

But then again, they’re giving CEOs bailouts for making much dumber moves.

If we want to get anywhere in this industry, we need to do what makes sense, not what’s sexy.

Or are we all just waiting for the bailout?

Microsoft Actually Did Something Downright Revolutionary With The Zune Today

Boy that should get some attention …

I typically place the day to day stuff about the Zune over at ZuneLuv.com but today’s news deserves comment here as well (don’t worry, we wrote about this over there too).

As reported at Cnet and explained at the Zune Insider, Microsoft added something very cool to the Zune Pass program. The short explanation is this:

The Zune Pass music subscription program doesn’t leave you empty after each month of use. Now each month in the program includes 10 tracks that you get to own at the end of each month. Cancel, and the tracks are still yours. You can even burn them to CD if you want.

This changes everything, and then some.

First of all, the Zune Pass subscription program now can stay true to it’s claim of being a “music discovery” engine. Someone could spend a year in the engine, spend the money one might associate with 12 CDs and walk out with the ‘experience’ of having tried thousands of tracks – and still having 12 CDs worth of music in the end for their efforts.

It is truly the best of both worlds.

Secondly, the Zune (and Zune Pass) suddenly became a really good deal for music lovers. Instead of being the industry’s “solution to that pesky portable media player problem,” the Zune can now become part of the solution – in a way that’s “good” for both the industry and the end-user.

I’ve been a Zune Pass subscriber since the Zune came out. Microsoft has never paid a dime of my subscription fees yet I’ve loved the chance at listening to what I want, when I want it. Personally, the $15 a month seemed like a good deal. The ability to end each month with 10 tracks that are mine is but icing on the cake for me, but will cause a lot of people to finally give that cake a second look (and bite).

I’ve said in the past that Apple would have to respond to the music subscription options offered by Zune. Now they have no choice at all – and will be playing also-ran to Microsoft’s revolutionary first move in this space.

Smart move Redmond.

It’s been a long time since I’ve said that.

It feels good, don’t it?

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We have two great topics of content for tomorrow’s (Wednesday 9/10) New Media Matters Show: A) The Stompernet.com Launch and B) the recent iPod/Zune announcements.

So, if you’d like to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of the Stompernet launch (wait till you see what they do tomorrow), let us know in the comments below. If you’d rather chat about Zunes and iPods – we can do that as well.

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On the Apple Event Today And The Microsoft (Zune) Content Released Over The Weekend

So, the masses will be commenting (and how could I not join them?) on the Apple event throughout the day. Some of your best reports of the pure data comes, as always, from Engadget and Crunchgear. I, sadly, missed the live commentary from Cali at Geekbrief this year. Long story.

And of course, you can track the full details at Techmeme.

The buzz will, of course, push any of the Zune announcements out of the ‘Meme and further down the feed readers of many. I want to suggest that Microsoft’s third round is at least as exciting, if not more so, than anything announced by his Steveness today.

Disclosure: I spent yesterday at Microsoft (on their dime) getting briefed by the Zune team on all of the features coming out with the new Zune 3.0 software. The scheduled release is next Tuesday – but you know how these things can go. While at the Redmond Campus I took notes on my MacBook Pro and did a lot of work on my iPhone (much to the ribbing of a few in the room) during downtime. I consider myself an Apple Fanboy but absolutely prefer the best technology for the job. FWIW.

In a fun bit of synergy, the announcements from Microsoft and Apple actually have a lot in common: A) they’ve both updated their software (desktop and device) with an obvious focus on music and music discovery B) they both have some new hardware and C) they both made no announcements about Podcasting and New Media (minus the HD television show option which I consider moot as Xbox has been doing it for over a year now).

For the first time in awhile, this similarity in announcements allows for a real clean comparison between the two companies.

Lets talk about all three of these issues:

Music discovery in the software: As I flew home from Seattle today, I listened to “That Lucky Old Sun” from Brian Wilson on a first generation 8 gig Zune. Turns out I really liked it. I wouldn’t have purchased the thing normally but the Zune Pass option offered (at $14.99 a month) to Zune members allowed me to check it out, rent it, whatever you want to call it.

This isn’t a examination of the music rental or subscription model, it’s an examination of music discovery models. Yes, the new Apple iTunes will tell me what songs in my collection might sound better together (and I think) offer me a chance to buy some songs that might work as well but … I know my music collection – telling me what works together (in my collection) doesn’t matter to me at all. And in terms of, sure I can buy new stuff, a one hour playlist could be $20 that I’m not willing to spend at this point.

I guess I’m just not excited by a “Genius” that tells me what’s in my collection (I already know) and the idea of trying anything out at .99 cents a pop doesn’t do it for me either. I’ve been a huge fan of music subscriptions (even back to times when Zune.com was a Spanish Website and Yahoo Music was yet considered a failure) because of this very issue. Of course, having to poke your way around Napster, Rhapsody, Zune or any of the other sites was never much fun (or that fruitful) – but the music discovery options on the Zune hardware and software make this very doable – and do I dare say exciting?

For pure music discovery or genius, I declare Zune the clear winner.

FWIW: My prediction is that you’ll be seeing a music subscription option from Apple very soon – the Genius option really doesn’t make much sense without it.

New hardware: Sorry, but the new Nanos look like someone in first year CAD class was assigned the task of “Appleing Up” the Zune 4 or 8 models. There’s really nothing exciting at all about the look – and let’s face it “Fatty Nano” was a bust. What about features?

The accelerometer in the Nano is very cool – but I don’t think the implementation is anything exciting at this point. One does have to wonder how the ‘shake to shuffle’ thing will affect joggers, but that is another story all together. That might excite me at some point – just not now.

In terms of Zune’s new hardware, there is nothing new at all (that I can tell) – just capacity upgrades. I do have a Black Zune 16 that I’ll do an unboxing of soon (we’ll put that up at ZuneLuv.com) but I don’t expect to see anything too exciting.

Is there a winner? I’ll give that one to Apple but only because I had to give it to someone.

New New Media / Podcasting announcements: This, obviously, is my passion, and this topic, obviously, was completely ignored by both parties. We can call it what we want and blame it on whatever we want but nobody said or did nothing.

For that category, I declare both companies losers in this one.

The world is changing. Even within the music space, the monoculture of “look, a new album by the Beach Boys guy” has it’s place but is quickly being replaced by the excitement that comes from getting a remix over the RSS feed from the latest Geoff Smith album. I understand the need to grab the low hanging fruit of Jack Johnson but the future of music and media (of which both companies are trying to dominate) is the non-traditional music and media.

And the one who dominates that …

Remember how Steve pointed out with a smirk that Zune is #4 in the player space and #2 is “other” … that other is a huge number and doesn’t just apply to device makers – it applies to content sources as well. The numbers are there and growing every day.

Apple has done a good job of corporate embracing and Microsoft’s support of the Podcast format (despite it’s sounding like an Apple trademark) is a great step in the right direction but both companies would do very well with a “one more thing” dedicated to their future.

And between now and then, make sure that the Zune Engine and Apple Genius Cloud recommend “That Lucky Old Sun” – it’s one of the better things “big music” has come out with in awhile.

Of course, that’s after they recommend Mr. Smith.

Microsoft Podcasting And The New Media Expo

Full Disclosure – I am a Microsoft Digital Media MVP – but I am typing this on my MacBook Pro (and listend to my last 3 Podcasts on my iPhone). I’ve always been a “best technology for the job” kinda guy and I’ll hope you’ll read this with that in mind.

The clock over at New Media Expo reminds us all that we have 22 days until the big event. You’ll be hearing a lot from me about the event (so, if you haven’t already, do subscribe), but let’s talk one really important issue today …

Microsoft is getting serious here – and they are worth a second look.

Zune is a sponsor of this New Media Expo – not many have noticed this very exciting little fact.

You played with the new Zune yet? Not only does the Zune have a friendlier Podcast Platform than iTunes (wireless sync still isn’t in iPhone v2 and I won’t even get into sharing) but the face of Podcasting at Microsoft (Rob Greenlee) embraces the public and can be reached via email and phone. He’ll be at the Zune booth, drop by and say “hi.” While you’re at it, check out the new Zune.

BTW, I’ll have a fully charged Zune with me and will gladly wirlessly sync, and listen to, the most recent episode of anyone who shares their Podcast wirelessly with me at the Expo. If good, I’ll give you some promotion here.

I’d accept wireless syncs from iPhones but …

I’ll say it here – where is Apple? They’ve got a community that loves them but I’d sure love them to love us back. Why won’t they give a public face to Podcasting? Why aren’t they at the show?

It’s not just the portable players that excite me at Microsoft. The Podcasting Kit for Sharepoint is the only serious corporate play for my favorite distribution channel in the world. Sharepoint is by no means a perfect product but again, when you compare with what else is out there (what else is out there?), at least Redmond is trying to take this meme in some fascinating directions.

The amount of conversations I’ve had this week alone regarding the need for something like PKS is what triggered this posting. If we’re going to get serious about delivery this way, we have to get serious about delivery this way. PKS is part of that story – a very important one.

Here’s another point – PKS will be showing off their wares at the Odeo booth. Yes, the Odeo booth. There are some partnerships between these two working on a secure Podcatcher for the Enterprise that should fascinate anyone looking for Podcasting’s next step. We need multiple secure distribution mechanisms for portable new media – will their’s be viable? I’ll be spending some time at the booth trying to figure that out. I recommend you do the same.

Getting the feeling the New Media Expo is going to be about more than the latest USB Mic this year?

And, of course, speaking of serious players in this space, Premiumcast.com will have a booth at the Expo. I won’t be there all hours (we’re going to have many of our Podcast Secrets students showing off their shows) – but I’d love to have you drop by and check out what we’re up to as well.

And yes, Premiumcast works with the Zune.

Microsoft Needs Her Pixar – I Vote Zune

Warning: A bit of a ramble and maybe not fully thought out but I thought I’d share the beginning of these thoughts with you my readers and see what you think/say.

I was watching this fascinating documentary on Vongo last night (“The Pixar Story) and something hit me …

Now, mind you, it hit me as I was streaming this from my Windows Media Center computer to my Xbox to my television.

But, Paul, aren’t you the big fan of Apple TV?

You bet I am – but … I can get all you can eat rental movies on my Apple TV like I can on my xBox via Vongo.

Yes, neither of the players are totally there yet.

But I compare Microsoft to Apple.

I love Microsoft.

Passionate people.

Smart people.

Life changing technology.

And talk to any of these passionate smart people making the life changing technology and … something is keeping them from doing what it is they love to do.

Red tape?

Being the largest target on the planet?

Oh the stories.

Remember Disney?

Remember what they used to be?

If you watch the Pixar story you’ll learn that everyone there LOVED Disney – many even worked at Disney.

But Disney was just too large, too fat, too stuck in their ways.

And they started producing crap.

Bloated cartoons.

See the parallel?

But then, there was Pixar, changing animation.

Great movies, yes.

But full of passion.

Full of love.

The heart of animation.

Done by passionate people who loved every aspect of what they were doing.

And, most importantly, SMALL ENOUGH TO PULL IT OFF.

Disney teamed with ’em and when they compared “Toy Story” to “Tarzan” and “Invincibles” to “Brother Bear” and … they realized what they were missing.

They ended up acquiring Pixar.

But it breathed new life into them.

Disney is bigger than ever, but you bet they’re giving Pixar the room to do things right.

“Wall-E” is going to be huge this summer – bigger than “Iron Man” (or, blech, Indy IV).

Small team – doing what they love – without the system in their way.

Even though the system paid their way.

Xbox has pretty much been let go to do their own thing. See how well they’re doing?

Vista was designed, marketed, service patched, and damage controlled by committee. See how well they’re doing?

Zune has some elements of brilliance. I’ve written about it before. We luv the Zune.

Heck, my wife can have any media player she wants (this digital family can’t be accused of having no clothes) yet her choice is her Brown Zune. The wireless sync on the charging/player doc is the killer app for her.

But, an episode of Office purchased for the Xbox can’t be played on the Zune – and vice versa.


But, although launched in November, they still don’t have their Podcast database caught up.


And it still insists on placing a John Cougar Mellencamp album cover on more than a dozen cds in my collection no John Cougar in any form.


Too many people.

Too worried about legal.

Too entrenched in their ways.

Not enough autonomy.

I’ve met the Zune team.



They LOVE music.

The love what they can do with music and this little infrastructure.

I love that I can get a few choice tunes from Cesar automatically sent to my Zune so that as I run around town I can get some new music – chosen by someone I dig. So very cool.

But let’s admit it, Microsoft is on the brink.

Her only hope is that someone inside will produce something so brilliant (because they have the freedom to do so) that Microsoft realizes the power of embracing the small and doing big things with it.

Microsoft needs her Pixar.

I vote Zune.

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Zune Impresses With Spring 2008 Update

Microsoft’s Zune is becoming, more and more, and important player in the new media space.

And, by player, I mean the physical player and their status as “player” in this space.

Love ’em or loath ’em, Microsoft is serious about the Zune and the Spring 2008 update (launching sometime tomorrow) helps to better solidify their place in our space.

I got a chance to play with the updated devices a few weeks back and am impressed with what Microsoft will be making available tomorrow.

There are three big areas worth examining: television content in the marketplace, an expanded social element (complete with friend’s Zune Cards on the your device), and some enhancements (or bug fixes) in the software that should clean up some power user’s complaints.

Nothing new for the Podcast at this point, but an impressive update none the less.

Follow our Spring 2008 Update coverage at ZuneLuv.com.

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If You Aren’t Nervous, You Aren’t Paying Attention – Big Changes Very Quickly In The New Media Space

I’ve yet to connect all of the dots but consider the follow new stories in the new media space. Some things are brewing, some things are changing, and some things are about to explode.

These stories are in no particular order but I do believe strongly that they ad up to something pretty big. Consider the following:

Half of all music sold will be digital in the next three years. Microsoft won’t release a new OS in that time. We’ve stopped being a "blip" on the books. People are taking notice and changing some things as a result.

Remember that writers stike? Digital distribution was a huge issue. It’s about the money.

Random House killing audiobook DRM means that Audible’s demise and sale to Amazon means only one thing – they’ve made the very careful choice not to pick sides in this upcoming battle. And trust you me this, there is a battle coming. Amazon has always wanted to become a media company with with Audible, Unbox, the Kindle and their MP3 store, they are very quickly going to become a force to reckon with.

Apple ain’t just in the music game – they’re renting movies now. They also ain’t just in the movie rental game – they’re in the discount movie rental game. The new release of iTunes has a weekly 99 cent movie rental option. It’s much easier to rip a DVD from Netflix or Blockbuster than it is a rental from Apple. There is a lot less plastic, no postage and minimal employee requirements through this model. How could the movie business not support this full-force?

Speaking of movies on plastic, the death of HDDVD doesn’t appear to be doing a thing for Bluray. Ever wondered why?

More and more on demand content from pretty much everyone and their mothers seems to indicate some small change in studio understanding of the value of their back catalog. Why worry about the kids stealing Fantasy Island and Star Trek when you can make a few pennies by streaming it. And, of course, if you don’t have to share your profits with Apple and/or Blockbuster, a few pennies is decent profit indeed.

I’ve written a few times about how impressed I am with the Apple TV and how they have effectively killed the subscription paradigm. Ever wondered what else they’re looking to kill? This little patent for custom Podcasts and general excitement from the industry could be means by which Podcasters who once screamed for the rights to own their feeds give up control for that "download is finally a watch" metric that eveyone who thinks the real strength of this tv/radio killer is the ability to insert ads just like radio/tv. Yes, this paragraph contains a lot of juice and wasn’t perfectly written but read it again. New media is dangerously close to giving up something they once held very dear.

Am I suggesting that Apple has realized that new media is the future of their platform and that the Apple mantra of control it all is seeping out of Infinite Loop? Don’t know yet, … but one has to wonder. Anyone else notice that they seem to be releasing something new every Tuesday?

Can’t talk conspiracies without talking Microsoft. As hinted over at our ZuneLuv.com site, Zune/xBox Wifi integration is inevitable and that desktop / living room / pocket connection that Apple is doing so well at suddenly has a real competitor. And, dear friends, it will be a real competitor very quickly. Sure, Apple dominates the pocket, but don’t underestimate the power of those xBoxs connected to those televisions. That hardware can do everything Apple TV and do right now – AND IT PLAYS GAMES THAT DO BIGGER SALES THAN HOLLYWOOD. Do the math on this one.

Now, to Microsoft’s benefit, they haven’t done much (or at least that we know of) to try to change the game too much. xBox supports pretty much every file format (why Media Center hasn’t caught up yet is beyond me) and the new Zune plays everything the iPod does and, get this, more. Their placement of Rob Greenlee as Podcast Lead has his regular and consistent engagement with the community indicates that, at least in this stage, they’re looking to play nice. Do they have plans for later domination? Who knows.

But they are in this to win as well. When two sides are in this to win, a battle is the result.

And, one day, someone at Microsoft is going to realize that they’re future isn’t in getting us to upgrade Office and Windows. That days is coming very soon and that day will increase the intensity of that battle something fierce.

What do new media titans do with this kind of information?

I suggest you watch these three guys like hawks – for these very specific reasons:

Kent Nichols of AskANinja has a very solid and very profitable brand and is doing everything in his power to keep it his brand. He is also looking to profit as he deserves to from it. His blog is a must read as he’s sharing every bit of it as an "ousider" living in the "inside" of it all. Oh, and yeah, he’s actually making it work.

Tim Street brought us the French Maids. Say what you want about that brand but read his Blog. If you ever get a chance to meet Tim or see him present about this space, it is money fantastically spent, he ‘gets’ it too – and is trying to figure out how to make it all work. He’s got enough past experience to help us blend it all.

Dan Klass is the underdog in all of this but … he’s got inventory and is now selling it. Forget this free nonsense. Whatever happens to the Bitterest Pill will be written in the history books (or Blogs) of our little escapades.

You might want to subscribe to this blog as well.

I’ve written enough already and now actually have to work at paying a few bills.

Things are brewing. There is something in the air – very immediate.

And if you haven’t yet noticed, I’m glad I could help.

I appreciate your thoughts and comments.

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