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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

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iTunes Europe Sells 800,000 Songs In First Week
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
On Wednesday, Apple announced that during its full week of operation, the iTunes Music Store sold 800,000 songs to users in UK, Germany and France. More than 450,000 songs were sold in the UK alone.


Jogger Blasts 'Skipping' iPod
by Macworld UK
Apple maintains that skipping iPods are rare.

Apple: H.264 Codec Coming To QuickTime
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Apple on Wednesday announced that the H.264/Advanced Video Codec will be incorporated in its QuickTime software in an upcoming release next year. The video technology has been ratified by the DVD Forum for use in the High Definition DVD format.

Quaker Valley Schools Computer Lease Approved
by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The school board last night voted 8-0 to approve a $3.1 million contract with Apple to lease about 1,200 laptop and desktop computers. Quaker Valley had been providing laptops to students in grades three to 12 for use on a school wireless network and at home.

Microsoft, Apple Snub Consumer Freedom Coalition
by Andrew Orlowski, The Register
A new coalition of citizens groups and representatives from the computer and telecommunications industry was launched today, with two notable absentees.

Apple, BMW Execs Talk About iPod Integration
by Jim Darlymple, MacCentral
"We are beginning a really big push into a world we all spend a lot of time in — our cars."

Apple To Open First Iowa Retail Store
by MacMinute
Apple is planning to open a new retail store in West Des Monies, Iowa, at the upscale Jordan Creek Town Center.

Maine Schools Embracing Laptops As Tool
by David Sharp, Associated Press
Maine's education commissioner has obtained assurances from at least 47 superintendents that they're ready to press forward with laptops in high schools this fall, giving her confidence that a deal can be struck with Apple.


Dell Wants A Bigger Piece Of The School Pie; How Badly Does Apple?
by Dennis Sellers, Macsimum
It's past time for Apple to renew — really renew — its focus on the education market.

Apple's Interface Strategy: Building On The Familiar
by Joe Wilcox, MacNewsWorld

Apple Needs The Independent Record Labels More Than They Need It, Because They'll Do Just Fine, Thanks, Through The Normal Sales Channels
by Charles Arthur, Independent
If Apple doesn't widen its offerings, both musical and technical, then last week's launch may turn out to be one of the biggest missed opportunities in years.

Your Tiger Wish List
by Jason Snell, Macworld
Let's take a look at your favorite features.


Dressing Up Your iPod
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
This roundup includes only a small sampling of the various gadgets that are available for use with the iPod. As long as your wallet holds out, you can do all sorts of things with an iPod.

Of Macs And MIDI
by Christopher Breen, Macworld
We'll provide some background and show you how to use MIDI files to expand GarageBand's repertoire.

.Mac Travel Tips
by Kirk McElhearn, Macworld
Many people don't realize just how much they can do with that $99 subscription.

Tokens 1.1: Program Introduces Flexible, E-Mail-Based File-Sharing Scheme
by Christopher Breen, Macworld
In an intuitive way, Tokens 1.1 solves the problem of moving large files over the Internet. If creating a local FTP server is beyond your abilities, Tokens is an elegant alternative.

IDL 6.0: Convenience And Distrubtion Power Enhance Visualization Program
by Charles Seiter, Macworld
IDL offers data-visualization tricks not available in any other math application, and version 6.0 is significantly easier for newcomers to use.

Finale 2004 And Sibelius 3.1: Rival Music-Notation Packages Go Head-To-Head
by Peter Kirn, Macworld

Freeware Provides Music Data At A Glance
by Al Fasoldt, Syracuse Post-Standard
iTunes Track places a single line of text on your screen that lists the name and other information about the currently playing music on iTunes. That probably doesn't sound like a great idea. But iTunes Track has a treat in store.

You Synchronize 2.0: Popular Utility Gets A New Name, New Features, And A Speed Boost
by Dan Frakes, Macworld
It's still not as fast as some of its competitors, but its comparison methods and data safeguards offset its slower speed.

Voice Recording Magic With The iPod
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
This pocket jukebox is also a capble voice recorder. I'll walk you through the set-up, then show you some creative ideas (beyond recording biology lectures) for leveraging this capability.

Automounting Servers In Mac OS X
by Richard Dyce, PC Pro

Worms 3D
by Pat Miller, Applelinks
Worms 3D brings a classic game to the third dimension fairly successfully. If you can forgive a few inconveniences here and there, Worms 3D is a honed, elegant game wrapped up in graphics, sound, movies, and details that just make it ooze personality.

The Benefits Of HIToolbox: The Evolving Widget Set
by Apple


Collect 'Em All!
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Here's your cut-and-fold paper model of the eMac.

Life Imitate Art, Or Is Art Too Real?
by Heng-Cheong Leong

Here's a story about a Microsoft employee sending an e-mail to Bill Gates, and getting a real reply back, where Bill says he is indeed happy. And everyone celebrates after receiving the e-mail from Bill, and the e-mail got framed on the wall, and the Microsoft employee ended up on cloud nine.

What is interesting is one of the comments below: "Have I mistakenly stumbled across the fabled 'lost chapter from Microserfs'?"

Rumor Today: Signs Point to Major Overhaul of the Apple iMac
by Heng-Cheong Leong

AppleInsider: The new iMac will reportedly sport single Power PC G5 processors at speeds below 2GHz and feature a completely redesigned enclosure.


Microsoft Appoints A New IE Evangelist
by Munir Kotadia, CNET
Microsoft has boosted the prospects for some enhancements to Internet Explorer by appointing a new member to its product management team.

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