I started the morning with an article in my reader that quoted Prince saying “The Internet is completely over.” The context was the distribution of music. The eccentric pop star continued:
“I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else.
They won’t pay me an advance for it, and then they get angry when they
can’t get it.”
I don’t want to get into the cluelessness of this statement, or the fact that the career of Prince might be over, but instead I offer you a different way of viewing music on the web. It is now possible to completely publish an album on the web using only HTML (utilizing HTML5 elements) – no Flash allowed. I came across an article that touted the first embeddable HTML5 album. Presenting Francis and the Lights – It’ll Be Better . Now I would argue that HTML5 is intended to be an advancement that allows all devices and browsers to access the same content. We’re not there yet as Jerry‘s android phone won’t play the album, and neither will IE8 (or even the IE9 developer platform browser). But, we’ll be getting there sooner rather than later when people push the technology in these directions. I’ve got a future post brewing on what HTML5 is, and maybe even an anti-Flash rant, but for now you can view this in a variety of places such as any browser on the Mac, Firefox on Windows, and the iPhone (see screenshot below). The Internet is just getting started.