With the launch of Hard Rock’s historic new memorabilia website the greatest collection of music artifacts is now available to millions of fans worldwide at the click of a mouse.
The memorabilia web access will also showcase the music memorabilia displayed at the Hard Rock’s over priced cafes, hotels, casinos and live venues worldwide. Which means the music lovers will no longer have to empty their pocket books over for a $10 hamburger to peak into the Hard Rock brand. But there is a catch.
The new Hard Rock memorabilia site is the first live website in the world to be powered by Microsoft Silverlight. That is right, another thing to install. Another step towards Microsoft attempts to control the computer world. This one is a direct punch to Adobe’s products.
What does this mean? Linux, Pre-Intel Macs and non .Net PCs will not have access to the memorabilia. Why? Even though Microsoft reports:
“Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.”
It does not support everyone. The only way to have access to Silverlight is to get a new and expensive computer.
What about developers? Unlike flash just create a *.SWF store it on any server with the correct embed codes and your are done. Most people have Flash plug in already installed, unless you have an iPhone, that can access the Flash program. Silverlight is different. The server has to be “Silverlight Hosting Compatible”, which basically means you need a Windows 2008 platform. Therefore, again, if you want to create a Silverlight program, scrap your existing server for a more expensive server and eliminate your MySql database (unless you want to pay extra).