The plan is to have the new site opened to limited beta testers (who will be uploaders). Once there is a bunch of good content (maybe 100 uploads), then the site will be released to the public. Whilst the beta testers are uploading content, I will be coding up the ‘tipping’ system. I’m anticipating this will take around 3 months.
Launch Business Model
I’ve been racking my brain to try and find a business model which is sufficiently simple and can benefit both the uploaders and the site.
I recently stopped using a CVS repository service (assembla8.com) because I couldn’t work out how much their service would cost me … their business model was too complicated. Made me realise that the ‘cost’ of the service _has_ to be simple.
So here it is.
All content is streamable (for free) from the browser in 5.1. You can either stream to speakers connected to your computer, or stream optical to an AV receiver.
No downloads are free.
If you ‘subscribe’ to Ambisonia, then you can download everything for free. The subscription fee is $15 for 3 months, or $45 for one year.
Now here’s the really cool point … you then have to ‘spend’ your subscription money as tips. In other words, if you bought a $45 one year subscription, then you need to allocate that $45 to the tunes you think most deserve it.
You might tip lots of people 10c, or you might tip just one tune $45 (either way you can download everything). Ambisonia then takes around 30% of that (like iTunes).
Anyway, back to the beta site.
What I’ve got left to do is:
- Find a new name. I’ve been labouring over this for ages. I cant use any ‘ambisonic’ derived name because it wont be trademarkable. I liked something like ‘conch’ … because it has that association with being transformed to an other world just by sound (putting a sea shell up to your ear). ConchHead.com would have been perfect, but its taken…so… I dont know.
- Clean up a few graphics.
- Work out some way for the Uploader to know how long the transcode is taking.
- Test edge conditions (like uploading files of same name etc.).