6 commented and curated links from last week

  1. Amid Privacy Concerns, Apple Has Started Rejecting Apps That Access UDIDs | TechCrunch
    Here’s something that will really affect both publishers of apps, and advertisers on mobile platforms. Accessing UDIDs has been a good way of tracking users behavior. However, there are privacy issues – which I personally agree with, as the UDID cannot be changed or erased like a cookie – and now Apple is moving ahead and rejecting apps that access UDID. The blog lists some ways to solve the problem, but none without big flaws.
  2. Why Do Magazines Look So Terrible on the iPad 3?
    Mike, our Chief Product Officer, wrote about the new retina iPad and file sizes last week. Here’s a piece from Mashable that adds more on the topic. Don’t miss the comments from our colleagues over at Stonewash, they add a lot of value to the Mashable article.
  3. Report: More mobile users getting news on smartphones and tablets, but can media companies cash in? | TabTimes
    In 2011, newspapers in the US lost $10 in print ad revenue for every new $1 gained online. But that’s not the most interesting thing about this article. Instead, it’s the fact that mobile news consumers are more likely to use an app or go directly to a site rather than use search: I believe that this behavior comes from the experience. Too many sites that will show up in search results aren’t yet optimized for a mobile experience. If I know that site X works well on my iPad, I’d rather go directly to them or use their app instead of searching for news and ending up on a site that’s only optimized for desktop.
  4. The demise of Encyclopaedia Britannica – is this the inevitable end for all print? | Praxis Media Blog
    This is interesting. I would argue that in the long run, print is on it’s way out – at least as we know it. Printing stuff on paper for physical distribution just won’t make sense in the long run. Sure, there will be small, niche markets.Jon writes that vinyl is on the rise, pointing to the news that vinyl saw a 39 percent rise in 2011 and uses this as an argument that digital music hasn’t killed analogue. But when it comes to a mass market, it has. No artist today would release his/her material only on vinyl, and many – if not most – artists don’t release vinyl at all. Publishers who buy this argument should consider the following:Also, the total market for vinyl records in the US 2011 was 3,9 million units. Unless they’re collector’s items, which which would render Jons comparison irrelevant as collectibles isn’t what we’re talking about, these 3,9 millino records were sold for some 20-30 dollars. That would make the vinyl market worth some 100 million dollars. It’s a very small sum compared to the 2.7 billion dollars the US CD market is worth. Add to that that digital sales (not including CDs) are expected to top 2.8 billion dollars. I’d say that if vinyl records turn over 100 million dollars on a 5.5 billion dollar market, then in all vital aspects analogue music has been killed by digital.
  5. An Example of Photography on the Retina Display – Duncan Davidson
    Here’s a solution for how to get images from the web to look good even on the retina display on the new iPad. A great tip for everybody who’s working with images.
  6. Publications Publishers Cite Tablets As Top Tech Priority
    Print business will have flat-to-negative growth in the next five years, according to eMarketer’s senior analyst Paul Verna. What’s surprising in that contest is that a new survey by the Software & Information Industry association, only 60% of B2C and B2B publishers say that tablets, mobile publishing and/or new web products is a “high priority”.Another interesting piece of information: of publishers who are publishing on mobile platforms (in which I include “tablets”), 68% are publishing on the iPad and only 35% on the Android tablets. Most likely, this is because users with iPads are much more prone to paying for content.