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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

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Apple Offers iTunes Music Store In UK, France, Germany
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple on Tuesday opened for business its iTunes Music Store to customers in the UK, France and Germany. Apple said that a European Union version of the store is coming this October.


Five Steps To Apple Enterprise Success
by Blane Warrene, MacNewsWorld
Apple's aggressive pricing and similarity to Linux is a way to counter the popular open source operating system and its relatively low price to deploy.

Euro iTunes Store Launches Without Indie Labels
by Jonny Evans, Macworld UK
The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has confirmed that Apple has failed to license repertoire from Europe's independent labels.

AOL Announces Alliances With Apple In Europe
by MacMinute
AOL today announced it has partnered with Apple to integrate the iTunes Music Store throughout AOL Music channels in the UK, France and Germany, providing AOL Members with instant, one-click registration to the popular online music store in each of the three countries.

Apple iTunes' Global Rivals
by Seth Jayson, Motley Fool
So far, Apple's been the only one to profit from digital music with any consistency.

Apple Expands iTunes Music Service To Europe
by Associated Press
Rivals in the fast-moving market of online music are bracing for Apple's expected European launch Tuesday of its iTunes Music Store.

Apple's GarageBand Puts On A Show At Rogue Valley Mac Expo 2004
by Patricia Cruz, Southern Oregon News
If you know how to click, drag and drop you're well on your way to becoming a GarageBand wiz.

Reasons Behind Apple Share-Price Surge
by Blane Warrene, MacNewsWorld
"We do see the growth changes at Apple."

Frederick Smith Jr.:'s Got Game
by Joe Cellini, Apple
"We use Apple products exclusively for all of our hardware needs. For computing, for editing, for database creation, for everything we do. Bottom line, everything is done on the Mac."

OD2 Bolsters Defences Against iTunes
by Chris Nuttall, Financial Times

The iPod Generation Rejoices: The Online Music Store Is Here
by Charles Arthur, Independent


Has Steve Been Body-Snatched?
by Michael Brewer, O'Reilly Network
Steve has spoken in the past about how copy-protection mechanisms do not work... But today, we get a Steve that says this?


Entourage 2004: Important Incremental Changes
by Tonya Engst, TidBITS
Entourage 2004's new capabilities may inspire some people to switch to Entourage, and they certainly add up to a better user experience with the software.

Two Portable Speakers For The iPod
by Travis Butler, TidBITS

Griffin's iTrip Mini
by Phillip Torrone, Engadget
The iTrip mini is one of the best accessories for your iPod mini, if you have a lot of FM devices around this is the quickest best way to get your music on them, end of story.

Medal Of Honor: Breakthrough
by Dustin Smith, Inside Mac Games
Is this game worth it? I would have to say yes, but you might want to wait till they release a pack where they want you to get both expansion packs in the same box for like $40-$50.00 or something.


A Better Digital Hub Coming Soon
by Heng-Cheong Leong

The digital hub is going to get better, with hard disks getting wireless.

Major Testing Ahead
by Heng-Cheong Leong

It used to be that web designers and webmasters need to test their results on a multiple of web browsers — even when there are standards, and even when the web pages conform to the standards. This is still true today.

However, for those of us living on the "bleeding edge", we now have to add a variety of RSS aggregators to the list of viewers to test — even when there are standards, and even when the RSS feeds conform to the standards.

I've been reading my own RSS feeds on Bloglines (highly recommended, by the way), and so far, it is working fine. But just yesterday, I've received a bug report regarding reading my RSS feeds on NetNewsWire. Once I find the time — sorry, but you do know that running MyAppleMenu is not my day job, right? :-) — I'll have to install another application on my Mac to test my website. And, most likely, I'll have to regularly check for errors on both Bloglines (easy, as I use this regularly anyway) and NetNewsWire Lite (not so easy as this is yet another task to do when I get home at night).

And who knows how many other RSS aggregators out there that have a problem with my feed?

(Oh yes, when I last check this morning, my RSS feeds conforms to the 2.0 specs.)

Fifteen years ago, when I compose e-mails, I do not have to check against multiple e-mail readers such as mail and elm and pine. And I probably still don't need to if I stick to plain text e-mails.

Okay, enough ranting. (Sorry.) Time to get back to work. And, by the way, thanks for the bug report. I'll get on it as soon as possible once I get the time.

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