Rather good World Cup single – IT’S TIME FOR ENGLAND (Barker & Hartley)

Kind of Chas N Dave meets The Kinks. Good video too. Love the fact that they have Terry Thomas, Stan Laurel and Wreckless Eric as epitomising our fair isle. Not so sure about Natalie Wood though – was she English?

Mood Six – Hanging Around

I have been waiting five years for this to land on YouTube! Early 80s pop psych revivalists Mood Six with their almost hit Hanging Around. I love everything about the video from the song through to the slightly camp 80s take on late 60s fashion. Mood Six actually made a couple of excellent albums in the mid 80s and I can highly vouch for their recent comp Cutting Edge Retro

Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger on iPad apps – he is not sure if The Guar really needs one

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Just finished listening to the Radio Four debate on the future of the media, which was fascinating. One interesting snippet that hasn’t yet been widely reported is what Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger thinks of the iPad.

I can’t give a direct quote but he basically said that he loved the device and thought that The Guardian looked great on it. In an alomost off the cuff comment he then added that he thought the browser version of The Guardian looked so good and worked so well that it had made the company think twice about iPad apps.

I think he is bang on with this. For all the talk of iPad editions, page flicking technology and associated business models the fact remains that the browsing experince on the iPad is so good and so natural to anyone who spends any time online that other ways of accessing content just seem outdated.

I think now that any publisher wanting to produce an iPad app needs to think about what extra functionality they can deliver on top of their content. If they don’t then people just won’t pay money for straight content delivered in a way that now seems outdated. http://ashleynorris.posterous.com/gq-sells-365-copies-of-its-apple-ipad-or-1091

Printed version of The Guardian may be dead within 10 years says Editor

There’s a report of a fascinating debate on the future of media here http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/1004140/Guardian-editor-forecasts-vault-dar… with The Guar’s Alan Rusbridger sparring with The Times’ John Witherow.

It is all great stuff but the two key elements for me are

1 Pushed by host Steve Hewlett for a date by which The Guardian will not exist in print, Rusbridger said: “I was thinking 20 years at that point (2005). I think that might be telescoping quite dramatically now.”

It is easy to forget that print editions of newspapers and magazines really are living to a timeline – they will be gone one day soon and at the moment that killer online business model is still not materialising

2 That The Times online doesn’t have a Plan B if its paywall doesn’t work

Rusbridger’s prediction elicited the response from Witherow that he would be “disappointed” with 60,000 subscribers, but the Sunday Times editor refrained from giving his own estimate of the number of future paying users.

Witherow later said News International was “going full out to make it work” and did not yet have a plan B if it did not.

GQ sells 365 copies of its Apple iPad — or $1,091 in sales | The Wall Blog

Good piece over at The Wall – which is fast becoming one of my most read sites – about how many copies GQ have sold of its iPad edition. In what is very bad news for any publisher hoping to make money from the new format, GQ has apparently sold just 365 copies since December.

That’s clearly not even going to cover the cost of the digital editorial investment in video etc let alone make the company any money. It is early days, but I do think any notions that the iPad is some kind of magic bullet for publishers are going to disappear very quickly.

http://www.wallblog.co.uk/2010/05/19/gq-sells-365-copies-of-gq-on-the-ipad/