The price of Blu-ray players and discs seems set to fall this season, as those involved seek to take the format into the mass market – meanwhile that market’s changing, with consumers flocking to sign-up to location-based social networking services for their mobile phones, a pair of ABI Research reports claim.
“Blu-ray vendors and dealers are starting to realize that for Blu-ray to become the next DVD, they need to lower player prices in order to generate interest and build volumes,” said ABI Research principal analyst Steve Wilson.
Location-based services and social networks seem to be emerging as this year’s buzz words. In trying to dream up some musical angles to the application of such technologies, I found myself pondering geo-tagging.
Geo-tagging, if you’ve not heard of it, is technology which lets you connect data to a geographic position – so, for example, some images of a place you went to on holiday that you upload and make available to others using, for example, Flickr or Google Maps. Usually this involves images, though video is becoming more popular. Continue reading →