Vrijdagvideo: Roger McNamee – The era of Google is over | #vrijdagvideo

De vrijdagvideo deze keer is een presentatieRoger McNamee is rockmuzikant, investeerder in Facebook en Managing Director bij Elevation Partners. Iemand met een interessante visie over hoe Google de muziekindustrie om zeep heeft geholpen en hoe Apple nu Google het zeer lastig maakt.

Business Insider stelt in een blogpost het volgende:

But he also has an interesting perspective on how Google helped destroy the music industry — and how other Web companies and Apple are now destroying Google.

Some choice bits:

How Google helped trash the music business: “Google had a plan for organizing the web’s information that treated every piece of information as if all were equally valuable….What we all missed at the time is that by treating every piece of information the same, Google enforced a standard that permitted no differentiation. Every word on every Google page is in the same typeface. No brand images appear other than Google’s. This action essentially neutered the production values of every high end content creator. The Long Tail took off and the music industry got its ass kicked.”

Google is losing its dominance in search — fast. “Google’s success eventually filled the web with crap, so consumers began using other products to search: Wikipedia for facts, Facebook for matters of taste, time or money, Twitter for news, Yelp for restaurants, Realtor.com for places to live, LinkedIn for jobs. Over the past three years, these alternatives have gone from 10% of search volume to about half.”

Why Apple is such a huge threat to Google: “People who have iPhones and iPads do far fewer Google searches than people on PCs….If they want news, Apple customers use apps from the New York Times or Wall Street Journal. If they want to know which camera to buy, they ask friends on Facebook. If they want to go to dinner, they use the Yelp app. These searches have economic value and it’s not going to Google, even on Android. When Apple and the app model win, Google’s search business loses. Like Microsoft, Google has plenty of business opportunities, but the era of Google controlling all content is over.”

How HTML5 and Apple’s App Store rules will eventually kill Apple: “HTML 5 is cheaper to build, cheaper to support, no 30% fee . . . oh, and the apps perform better, too. I believe Apple’s best response would be to focus on selling hardware and accept that consumers will demand products that happen to bypass the app store. Based on the argument with Amazon, I sense Apple is not ready to concede the point. That’s ironic, because the only way Apple can get hurt would be if they try to force all commerce through the App Store. The would create a real reason for customers to buy a tablet other than iPad.”

His conclusions: Google and Microsoft will remain huge, but their influence is evaporating, which means we can ignore them. Apple is winning big, which means we have to support their platforms first. For people who make content, Apple is a better monopolist to deal with than Google.

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