The Future of Digital (via Business Insider)

This fascinating slide deck was sent over to me by my colleague Marc Krejci (follow him- seriously).

Some very good insights about where we came from and where we appear to be going.  Notable takeaways:  Digital is now 20 years old!, Growth in the US smartphone market is waining, while Asia is exploding, Digital content revenue is through the roof (Glen Beck TV earned over 12 Million in 2011 <throws up in mouth>), Google is outpacing all Newspaper and Ad revenue, Digital will dominate media in a 4 (or 5) screen world.

Some nice quotes in this as well.

"As habits change... the money follows"

"Google is like advertising at a store.  Facebook is like advertising at a party" (ouch)

ENJOY (kickass web-app of the week) is a super-cool database of current pop/hip-hop/electronic hits and the samples used within them.  The page is incredibly simple although the main page is a bit of a vomit of information...  It isnt what I would call a clean interface, but it is a really neat site for the musically curious.  This all via the web, or their IOS apps.  Not only does it tell you what your favorite pop-star sampled, but it tells you when in the song the sample occurs and also include a youtube link to the music that was sampled...  It is pretty freakin sweet.

Aside from the geekery of this, it also could drive sales of both the original tune sampled and the newer sample-filled work via the pass-thru links to itunes and Amazon... really the simplicity of it is pretty attractive to me and like I said, other music geeks will agree that this is a fun toy err.... I mean tool.  Additionally, it won the EMI innovation Challenge this week... so apparently, I'm not the only person who thinks it is cool.