Thursday, July 29, 2004
Apple Issues Official Statement On Real's Harmony
"We are stunned that RealNetworks has adopted the tactics and ethics of a hakcer to break into the iPod, and we are investigating the implications of their actions under the DMCA and other laws. We strongly caution Real and their customers that when we update our iPod software from time to time it is highly likely that Real's Harmony technology will cease to work with current and future iPods."
Apple's Online-Music Dominance Could Be Fleeting
Some analysts believe that media-content players are still in their early days of development, and new devices that store both music and video eventually could trump the iPod.
Far East Satellite TV 'QuickTime-Bound'
A major Japanese satellite broadcaster may adopt the Apple QuickTime-friendly H.264 format when it launches commercial broadcasts in mid-October.
Apple To Attend Photo Festival
Apple is to attend an international festival of photo-journalism in France. Digital photographers will be offered the chance to test drive the Power Mac G5, the PowerBook G4 range and Apple's new line of Cinema Displays.
Five Town CSD Says Yes To Laptops For Freshmen
The Five Town CSD board agreed to participate in a state-promoted program to provide laptops to the high school's 185 incoming freshmen.
The Elusive IPod Mini
The popularity of hte player meant there weren't enough units to meet the demand on either side of the Atlantic.
Operators Could Threaten iTunes/Motorola Tie-Up
Analysts think mobile operators will obstruct the partnership unless revenue streams are offered to them.
Apple Should Be Nothing Like Dell
Why Apple doesn't need to appeal to everyone.
Apple's Real Problem
My advice: Ignore Real and take your partnering efforts one step further, licensing your FairPlay technology so Apple, not Real, controls the relationshiop with the other stores.
Kick The Compression Habit
The iPod has the capacity of providng true hi-fi audio; it's just not being marketed that way.
Apple AIrPort Express
The biggest drawback is that you can't control the music plaback from the room where you're listening to the music; you have to go to the PC on which iTunes is running to do any of that. But if you view the AirPort Express as a no-hassle protable access point that also lets you play your iTunes music collection elsewhere in the house, you won't be disappointed.
AirPort Express Jack Of All Trades
If there's a category in need of convergence and fewer boxes, wireless hardware is it. Apple has taken a step in the right direction with its AirPort Express.
While listening to this week's edition of Your Mac Life radio's interview with Motorola, one thing that strikes me as interesting is that Motorola is not ruling out the possibility that the new Motorola-iTunes phone will have the same capacity as Apple's iPod or iPod mini.
One thing that was ruled out was using tunes as ring-tones, mainly because of business considerations. (i.e. let's not cut the existing revenue stream.)
Dave Winer: The Democrats should go to a Steve Jobs event and see how they do it at Apple. There's an art to making dull announcements seem exciting.
It all begins when"an obscure component manufacturer somewhere in the Pacific Rim announces a major order for some bleeding-edge piece of technologyt hat could conceivably become part of an expensive, digital-lifestyle-enhancing nerd toy."
Microsoft Feels Heat Over Outsourcing
Two years after Microsoft executives began urging managers to outsource software development work to India, a Washington state technology union says the company has sent increasingly high-level jobs overseas, including some related to Longhorn, the next version of Windows.