After the music industry has seen a number of revolutions over the past few years, there's another next-big-thing on the horizon that might make it into mainstream.
Songs, mp3 music, already has a long history of being disconnected from physical media, enabling music downloads and its evil twin, online music sharing.
Now what is slotMusic? It's an attempt to re-unify a versatile media format and flexible mp3 based audio storage. slotMusic is essentially a microSD card preloaded with music, an album or a selection of tracks. Everything is DRM free and quality is at a maximum of 320kbps/s. Backed by some big media companies (EMI Music, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group) and SanDisk for physical fulfillement, the idea is promising. If in a hurry, you can enter the next Wal-Mart and buy yourself for about $10 a shot of new music. Wired's Kevin Maney is not so fond of the idea, anyway, there's a certain appeal to it and we like it. So, we'll see.