uTunes: Is Gina Moffit the next YouTube idol?

March 5, 2007

By now, most YouTube followers have heard of Esmee Denters and Mia Rose, two of the most popular wannabe singers on YouTube today. (And, of course, Terra Naomi is sort of in her own league.)

But you may not have heard of Gina Moffit. At least, not yet. You will. Here’s one of her original songs, “Waiting Game.” Even though her webcam was experiencing some audio problems (you’ll have to turn up the volume), you should be able to hear Gina’s sweet voice.  The tone of her voice is so pleasant to listen to, but what I really love is the occasional edge to her voice.  I’m not sure that’s the correct technical term, but you can hear it at 1:11, 1:05, :53, :32, :19, and :14 seconds left on the video.  More of Gina’s videos are here.

Does YouTube deserve a C- for its dealmaking?

March 5, 2007

News: Washington Post writer Sara Kehaulani Goo has written an article titled “YouTube struggles despite dominance.”  According to the article, Josh Bernoff of Forrester Research said, “‘I give them a C-minus [in dealmaking]. When you negotiate with a media company, you have to demonstrate respect for their content.” He said YouTube needed to use more sophisticated technology to prevent the unauthorized uploads, which would in turn help foster more trust between YouTube and the media companies. ‘There is software out there — it’s not perfect, but it’s out there.'”

Analysis:   I agree there were a few hiccups in the past month with YouTube.  Lost deals with CBS and Viacom, plus rumblings from Universal.  But Google CEO Eric Schmidt did seem to right the ship by his public comments.  And I still think it’s significant no big media content provider has sued YouTube yet.  This may be because, as Scott Kessler of Standard & Poor’s said, “If these companies want to distribute their video content online for free or supported by advertising, they need YouTube more than YouTube needs them.”

BBC joins YouTube bandwagon

March 5, 2007

News: Last Friday, the UK-based television network BBC announced a major deal with YouTube to post videos of BBC content. The BBC now has 3 channels on YouTube: (1) BBC, (2) BBC Worldwide, and BBC News (not yet up). BBC will get a cut of the advertising revenue generated by traffic brought to YouTube’s site. (More here)