Friday, July 30, 2004
Real Shoots Back At Apple, Reaffirms Commitment To Harmony
"Consumers, and not Apple, should be the ones choosing what music goes on their iPod... There is ample and clear precedent for this activity, for instance the first IBM compatible PCs from Compaq."
Kansas City Apple Store Location Revealed
East side of the Broadway just south of 47th Street.
Apple Misses Dual 2.5GHz G5 Ship Date
"The deamdn for this item has been incredible. We are shipping them as quickly as possible, but cannot meet the ship date we previously estimated."
Why Harmony Causes Discord At Apple
Apple needs to keep all those iPod owners' eyes on iTMS, as that will be the publicity conduit as well as the delivery channel for Apple-published content.
Apple Threatens Real
Since when is reverse engineering unethical? Oh right — since the DMCA... Let me remind you that Real was one of the first companies to sue the creator of an interoperating product under the DMCA, so it's not as if they're the innocent defenders of innovation here.
Note To Apple: Proprietary Is Good
It's important to consider two multi-billion industries that have thrived despite their proprietary technologies: printer cartridges and videogames.
The Trouble With Tethering
If Apple is smart, it will welcome Rhapsody users. Tethering may be the hot corporate move of the moent, but it's ultimately bad business and — when backed up by law — bad public policy.
Apple Shows Some Mean Colors
What we customers want is cross-platform compatibility: standards. What the comapnies want is lock-in. They may win, but they're only locking me out — because I won't play by those rules.
Now that Apple has released the 4th-generation (Click Wheel) iPods, the most common question users are asking is "Which case can I use?"
So, you've tinkered with GarageBand long enough that you've actually performed and recorded cover versions of songs. The more you listen to your own recordings, the more confident that your cover version is actually better than the original version. The next logical step, of course then, is to publish and sell your songs to the world, and watch the money roll in.
But before you do that, remember to take care of the royalties first.
(Link via Boing Boing)
Dan Bricklin: When it comes to traditional press writing about blogging, I'm reminded of programmers reacting to developments like the spreadsheet when VisiCalc came out. Sure the "programs" people wrote with it, and the "databases" they kept as lists, were not up to the standards of "real" programmers. But "every-person programming and databasing" has proved a boon to society and has not really threatened the profession of "programmer". It has, though, changed the role of programmer by allowing many of the detailed, area-of-expertise-centric applications to be done quickly, effectively, and inexpensively.
Can someone try and see if this argument can be extended to the hot issue of outsourcing?