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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

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PC User Whistles A Happy iTunes
by Katie Dean, Wired News
Windows users who take the new iTunes for a spin will find a service that is fairly reliable and easy to use, making it a strong addition to the ever-growing collection of paid music services.

Buck A Song, Or Buccaneer?
by Leander Kahney, Wired News
Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store for Windows appears to be off to a grand start, but no matter how successful it may be, the online store will never, ever have the slightest impact on the file-sharing networks, experts say.


Crutchfield To Sell iPods
by MacMinute

Apple Expands TV, Radio Ads For iPod
by MacNN

New Apple Stores Open In Ohio, San Diego This Friday
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Like other Apple Stores participating in the Panther release event scheduled for this Friday, the new Legacy Village and UTC locations will be open until midnight.


Facing The Music
by Forrester Research, CNET
Apple Computer's Windows music store leads its rivals in ease of use and distribution. Together with Musicmatch and Napster, it will catapult legitimate music downloads into the mainstream.

Is Apple's 'Book Quality Slipping?
by Charles Moore, MacOPINION
If Apple doesn't proactively and effectively address the quality and reliability problems, they may well have trouble maintaining the sales momentum they've built up in this "year of the laptop."

Everybody Wants A Piece Of The iPod
by Peter Burrows, BusinessWeek
For those who do need thousands of songs in their pocket, iPod will always be the cream of the crop. For everyone else, any of a slew of new rivals may be just as good — at a fraction of the cost.


Seeking Information Within And Without: Reviews Of iPassepartout V1.0.2 And iSeek V1.0.0
by Gary Coyne, Applelinks
For anyone who uses the web to do searches for information, iSeek is bound to make life more convenient — and isn't that what it's all about?

More Theories On The PowerBook G4 15" (FireWire 800) 'White Spot' Issue
by MacFixIt

Despite Updates, Exchange Server Support Still Lacking In Entourage
by Ryan Faas, Computerworld
With Exchange support effectively limited to e-mails, I fail to see much advantage to configuring an account as an Exchange account instead of an IMAP account.


Tuesday, October 21, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

I'M NOT GOING TO DISABLE MY FIREWALL EVEN WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER: According to Shannon O'Connor, Apple advised Windows user to disable their firewall in order to access iTunes Music Store.

So, the question is simple. Are the 99-cents tunes incentive enough for you to worry about incoming viruses and worms?

I'M NOT GOING TO INSTALL PANTHER THIS WEEKEND : Even if I purchase Panther this weekend, I will not have time to backup-install-restore my computer. Two major celebration in my family this weekend. In fact, there will be minimal and/or infrequent updates to MyAppleMenu this weekend too.

RUMORS DU JOUR : iTunes Music Store for Canada? Real soon now. iTunes Music Store for Europe? May 2004.


Gates Touts Office Furnishings
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft on Tuesday released what its executives touted as one of the most significant product updates in the company's history: a fresh version of Office with extensive new hooks into corporate computing systems.

$150 Million Marketing Push For Microsoft
by Nat Ives, New York Times
Could it be that Microsoft is finally hearing footsteps from competitors in the office suite software market? Analysts say maybe so; Microsoft says of course not.

Source Of Worry For Microsoft
by Associated Press
With more than $32 billion in sales last year, Microsoft doesn't usually worry about losing one customer. But this one may be different.

Microsoft Lassos Music Customers
by Associated Press
A Windows XP feature forces consumers to use Internet Explorer to purchase music online, even if they specify that they prefer a competitor's browser. The feature also steers users to a Microsoft-owned website. The DOJ and 19 attorneys general are not amused.

Study: Productivity Gains In Office 2003
by Peter Galli, eWeek
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday will not only announce the worldwide availability of Office System 2003, but will also roll out the results of a commissioned study. According to the findings, its latest suite brings big worker productivity improvements and a rapid return on investment.

New Office Relies On Buddy System
by David Becker, CNET
Microsoft says the new version of Office, its most profitable product, could also represent a bonanza for its partners.

Microsoft Is All Business With IM
by Jim Hu, CNET
Microsoft is set to begin its most aggressive effort yet to sell instant-messaging services to corporations — and it's pulling out its old playbook to gain traction.

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