Thursday, May 6, 2004
Apple Sells 3.3 Million Songs On iTunes In Week
500,000 downloads of free songs, and 20,000 custom playlists in a week too.
iPod Shuffle Shakes Up Music Habits
In essence, these devices function much like customized jukeboxes or personalized radio stations, but don't require a pocketful of coins to feed them or noisy advertisements to support them.
As Suspected, iMixing Is Popular
"It's kind of a social networking tool without really trying."
Microsoft Exec On iPod
"It's not in the same category, of course."
Apple Rejects Masturbation iMix
Hot on the heels of rejected iPod engravings comes the first rejected iMix: "One to Tango: Songs with a Masturbation Theme."
New iTunes Boosts Features, But Tweaks Copy Rules
All the improvements outweigh the tighter copyright restriction, but the fact that the rules are fluid lends credence to concerns that people are losing freedom and control over what's stored on their computers.
AppleInsider has some guesses.
Find out more about Clippy, or Microsoft Agent technology, in this piece by Chris Pratley.
Microsoft Plans Laptop Tune-Up With Longhorn
With the next version of Windows, Microsoft is looking at the possibility of a separate user interface that could be instantly accessed for playing back movies, music and other media files. The company is even exploring ways that mediaf iles could be accessed without logging into Windows as a way to make the experience more comparable to consumer electronic devices.
Editor's Notes : I think it is great that Microsoft is exploring new ways to make life easier for users. However, it should keep in mind that people buy a computer because it is a computer, and not because it is a DVD player. There is a difference between making life easier, and dumbing down life.
Longhorn Tastes The Apple
Overall, Longhorn still had an Apple look to it. I suppose imitation is a form of flattery, after all.