• SXSW 2008: Rhapsody understands how the music industry has changed, looking to make most of new environment

    [photopress:sxswrhap.jpg,full,right] It’s amazing. Ever since the music industry declared war on its customers a few years ago those of us who spend entirely too much time online have debated back and forth on message boards, modern day salons. How dumb is an industry that sues its own customers? (Answer: Very.) What compels people to pirate music in the first place? (Answer: Immediacy. Read More

  • SXSW 2008, Gripes edition: No Wi-Fi in the press room

    The saddest press room ever For the most part SXSW is pretty cool, certainly more fun than CES. (CES is a long, hard slog compared to SXSW.) Lots of like-minded people converging on a fairly small city with the goal of networking their way into the next Web 2.0 success story. Good luck with that is all I have to say. That’s not to say the show… Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Facebook, Federated Media had them some parties

    [photopress:IMG_0155.jpg,full,center] A party report was long overdue. There’s so many of them here at SXSW that, honestly, it gets a little old after a while. I brought my camera to the ones I went to and wanted to share them with y’all. The two “best” parties last night were the ones hosted by Federated Media and Facebook. I wish I could explain why these parties… Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Reformat the Planet, a documentary on chiptunes

    [photopress:sxswrtp.jpg,full,center] Ever hear of chiptunes? It’s s genre of music made using the blips and bloops of old video game systems. NES, Atari 800, GameBoy etc. The golden age of video games. Well as I was walking around the SXSW show floor, I saw this dude, GameBoy in hand, hooked up to a Marshall amp. Like, you expect power chords to come out of a Marshall amp, not GameBoy music. Read More

  • SXSW 2008: Rock Band as far as the eye can see

    [photopress:sxswrb.jpg,full,center] What’s the most common scene at SXSW Interactive? That would be little kids playing Rock Band, completely shredding the game for all its worth. (On a scale of 1-10, I’m about a 0 as far as my Rock Band/Guitar Hero skills are concerned.) There’s little kiosks all over the Austin Convention Center with little kids rocking out. It really makes… Read More

  • Crowd totally hates on Mark Zuckerberg's interviewer at SXSW

    Via Valleywag. Silly Nicholas left his camera in the car. So a funny thing happened at the Zuckerberg Facebook keynote today. Dude was being interviewed by Sarah Lacy, some lady tech journalist. Maybe she missed that one week in J school where they teach you how to interview people, but man oh man was it a train wreck. She spent more time flirting with Z… Read More

  • Nicholas' John Biggs' notebook: A video update from me to you

    What’s poppin’, CrunchGear? I just made that little video for your enjoyment. And no, I don’t know how to use the in-house, CG video hosting services. Hence, YouTube. Here’s that bar where Jenna Bush got caught. Crazy! fin. Read More

  • Nicholas' notebook: Just got to SXSW convention center (and everthing's closed)

    [photopress:sxswherefinally_1_2.jpg,full,center] You’ll notice my Jose Padilla beard. That’s what happens when Delta screws you. After something like 30 hours of mild discomfort I have finally reached the Austin Convention Center, home of the SXSW Interactive festival. It’s 6:45 local time and pretty much everything has shut down, including the press room; I’m… Read More