Aram Sinnreich

Dr. Aram Sinnreich is an Analyst for Gigaom Research and an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, in…

Amazon Instant Video now playing on iPhone, iPod touch

Amazon raised the curtain on its Instant Video App for iPhone and iPod touch devices, which join the iPad and iPad mini for video purchase or rental playback. You’ll still have to buy or rent videos through the web, however; it can’t be done in app.

Media store wars: iTunes vs Amazon vs Google Play

Google now activates one million Android devices per day and has 400 million devices in the wild, but its media store efforts have lagged. Google Play now has more digital content types, so here’s a look at how it compares to iTunes and Amazon’s digital store.

paidContent 2012: The conversation isn’t over

Several hundred execs filled The TimesCenter Wednesday for a day of intense conversation and discovery (on stage and off) about the current state of digital content online… and where we’re headed. But paidContent 2012 is just the beginning.

Is the 1% rule dead? The BBC thinks so, but it’s wrong

New research from the BBC suggests that one of the web’s most common rules of thumb no longer applies — and that online engagement has risen dramatically in recent years. But is its surprising conclusion based on a dramatic misinterpretation of the rule itself?

Welcome to GigaOM Europe

From today we have a new addition to the family: GigaOM Europe — a home for breaking news and analysis on European startups, technology companies, venture capital and digital media. But what does that really mean?

Your guide to the new paidContent

Things look a little different around here today. Early on April 3, paidContent moved to a new platform. Here, we tell you what stays the same and what’s moved to help you get your bearings. Welcome to the new paidContent.

Did the AP just declare war on news aggregators?

A lawsuit filed by the Associated Press against news aggregator Meltwater, accusing it of copyright infringement and “free riding” on its content, is just another sign that the newswire is trying to fight the democratization of distribution that the web provides instead of trying to adapt to it.

YouTube & its content discovery paradox

YouTube is making a massive investment in original programming. But as it increases the value of the content being produced and uploaded, it needs to get better about helping viewers find it. To do that, YouTube will need to step beyond search tackle the discovery challenge.

YouTube could introduce a subscription service of its own

While much of YouTube’s monetization efforts have been based on advertising, CEO Salar Kamangar said the company could potentially create a service that could enable content providers to create their own subscription-based video offerings on the YouTube platform.

KeepRecipes creates an iTunes for cookbooks

KeepRecipes is launching an “iTunes for recipes” on Friday, in hopes of building an online marketplace for buying and selling culinary ideas. It’s starting small, but KeepRecipes hopes to show cookbook publishers they can make money online and consumers that some recipes are worth paying for.

Vimeo’s massive redesign puts videos front and center

Vimeo has redesigned its website, with a much larger player and multiple features aimed at improving navigation and discovery. Built with its user base in mind, the new Vimeo has less clutter and is a lot faster when it comes to loading pages and finding videos.

How Hollywood drives people to piracy

Big media companies are pushing SOPA and PIPA to limit piracy. But it’s not Google’s fault people are seeking out films and watching pirated streams or downloads — it’s the studios’ fault for not making it easier for consumers to find and pay for that content instead.

Lovefilm lands on LG, Roku up next

U.K. Netflix clone Lovefilm just announced an app for LG’s smart TV’s, and the company is also getting ready to launch on Roku’s media streamer once the device becomes available to Britons. Details on the Roku app are scarce, but it could launch in early February.

Netflix, Hulu and the golden age of content

Hulu is launching its first original scripted show just days before Netflix will unveil its first stab at an original TV show. Both companies are part of a bigger movement toward original online programming that includes new ways of funding as well as distribution.

Dish’s Blockbuster @Home now streams 25,000 titles

Dish first announced its Blockbuster subscription streaming service three months ago. In that time, it’s been quietly ramping up the amount of content its subscribers can access through the service, boosting the number of choices from just 4,000 streaming titles at launch to more than 25,000 now.

NewsRight: A carrot, or a stick to beat aggregators with?

The Associated Press and a consortium of major media owners such as the New York Times have launched a “news registry” called NewsRight. The entity says it is about tracking and licensing content, but where will it draw the line on “over-aggregation” and fair use principles?

Can newspapers also be tech incubators?

The Philadelphia Media Network has launched a tech incubator and the Digital First Media chain have both announced plans to invest in startups. While both of these efforts may fail, it’s nice to see traditional media companies doing something other than simply putting up a paywall.

Portrait of (and podcast with) an artist entrepreneur: Marc Maron

Marc Maron’s popular WTF podcast is more than an entertaining listen; it shows how the artist-entrepreneur can harness the power of Internet distribution and community. In this audio interview, Maron talks about the lessons he has learned and where he fits into the media landscape.

A better recipe for digital cuisine

Digital recipes and cookbooks need to emulate the world of digital music. By creating a standard recipe format similar to the MP3, we could overcome the artificial barriers between cooking Websites, apps and our bookshelves. Only then could we be build truly comprehensive digital cooking libraries.

How Hulu’s ‘Steamboat’ ads recommend new shows to users

While Hulu has mostly built its audience by featuring popular new programming, it’s also building a recommendations system to introduce viewers to new content. It’s leveraging those recommendations with a new set of ads aimed at getting users hooked on shows they didn’t known about.

Five things I would do as CEO of the New York Times

New York Times CEO Janet Robinson recently stepped down from her post, and industry sources say she was asked to resign because she didn’t do enough on the digital side. Here are five suggested areas that a new CEO of the newspaper should focus on.

The page turns: Tablets to outsell e-readers by 2012

Although dedicated e-readers arrived and became popular before the current tablet trend, multi-purpose connected slates are set to outsell single-purpose devices as early as next year. While some will always prefer an eInk reader over a tablet, software and connectivity are powering tablet sales past e-readers.

FCC to media: Don’t look to us, we can’t help you

When the FCC said it was putting together a report on the future of media, many feared it would recommend subsidies and other breaks for traditional media entities, but the report actually provides very little help for media companies, other than some helpful advice.

Is the iPad Launching the Two-Screen Revolution?

iPad owners are starting to see more and more apps that encourage the use of the device in conjunction with other screens. These apps allow the iPad to act as a supplemental screen for another, and they represent a new stage in our consumption of media.