In the year ahead, look for several efforts from both camps as digital music distribution becomes more important to the music industry as well as a point of increasing competition among service providers.
Let’s hope so. Can you view digital liner notes on an iPod touch or iPhone?
In an interview about the Kindle, Jeff Bezos explained how Amazon has to compete with traditional retail stores by doing things that retail can’t do. Amazon never perfected book signings – but they mop the floor in helping customers make decisions through customer reviews.
So what are the things that you can’t do with print that you can do with digital technologies? That’s where music packaging is going.
Edit: Does anyone else think that a Digital Booklet is something that you should get automatically when ripping a CD to iTunes, just like the artwork?