Parallel universes, three days and 20 miles apart, in the midst of Silicon Valley.
In the Bloggercon universe, the Apple iPod is a pervasive new content delivery platform.
In the WiCon universe, all devices are converging into the mobile phone. But what about the iPod and its ilk?
So I asked someone at WiCon -- specifically, Paul Marino, vice president and general manager of Philips Semiconductors. Dismissively, Marino deemed the iPod "a fashion statement."
I rebutted, before a passive audience of 150 Silicon Valley engineers, mobile phone operators and marketers, that the iPod represents a new content delivery platform, not a fashion statement.
I couldn't make heads or tails of Marino's response, but this is clearly a market serving a customer base salivating over the thought of collecting a nickel every time mobile phone customers request an instant video replay while watching the NBA live on their phone.
It's disheartening to see a company that manufactures silicon in such quantities not recognizing the most important shift in media in our lifetime. Watching broadcast TV on your mobile phone ain't it.