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September 20, 2007

The Album: Obsolete To Whom?

by Philip Freeman, Los Angeles Times

The album remains vital because musicians make it so.

The Perils Of Taking The iPhone Mainstream

by Leander Kahney, Wired

The Elegant iPod Touch

by Stephen H. Wildstrom, BusinessWeek

It's a shame Apple has delivered such a beautiful and well-conceived piece of hardware with locked-down software that makes it far less useful than it could be.

Will iPhone Dail Up Europe Mac's Sales?

by Arik Hesseldahl, BusinessWeek

Apple Defends Itself Against Pricing Accusations In Europe

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

Apple would love to charge the same price for music across all of its European iTunes Stores, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He made the comments at a press conference in Berlin this morning.

The comments appear to fly in the face of Apple's current pricing practices on the continent, which have been the focus of a recent European Commission investigation.

I Touch No More

by RandyRants

I'm prepared to call the iPod touch the loser of the current iPod line up.

Apple's iPod Touch Is A Beauty Of A Player Short On Battery Life

by Walter S. Mossberg, AllThingsD

For all its beauty and functionality, the Touch has some quirks and downsides. It's the first iPod model I've ever tested that fell significantly short, in my tests, of Apple's battery-life claims. It's also the first iPod that lacks any physical buttons for controlling music playback.

Is Steve Jobs Really Smarter Than Anyone Else?

by Don Reisinger, CNET

With this new deal, Great Britain may become the best profit center Apple has ever seen.

Apple's Fight Against iPhone Unlocks May Result In Expensive Bricks

by Jacqui Cheng, Ars Technica

We have reason to believe that Apple may go much further than just "breaking" the SIM unlocks that have been released so far. One move that the cat (or is Apple the mouse?) could make in this game would be to permanetly and irreplarably brick unlocked iPhones when they run this month's pending software update.

iThinking About iPods

by John Maeda, BusinessWeek

Within a short time, the iPod has become the equivalent of a Swiss Army knife for managing music, contacts, calendars, photos, and more. Add to this the graphical processing power of a desktop, and you literally have a personal computer squeezed into your pocket. And if you think your desktop system is confusing to manage, shrinking it to the size of a bar of soap isn't going to make it any easier.

Time For Apple To Face The Music?

by Bill Thompson, BBC News

The recent launch of the new range of iPods, including the video Nano and the iPod touch, has just shown just how far Apple is willing to go to make life difficult for its users in order to shore up its dominant position in the market for music players and downloads.

[Apple's] business practices do not stand up to scrutiny, and when it comes to music downloads it is just as bad as Microsoft on servers, putting its time and energy into creating barriers to competition instead of letting its developers and designers concentrate on doing great stuff.

Always Wait For Something Better. Always.

by The Macalope, CNET

The idea that something in the future might be better should always kill any desire to own something now. If you time it just right, you can buy that one killer device five minutes before you die and achieve optimal purchasing!

iPhone Review: This Apple Is The Pick Of The Crop

by Claudine Beaumont, Telegraph

O2's tariff options are surprisingly good, starting at only £35. The inclusion of unlimited data use int he call plans, as well as a partnership with the Cloud network for free use of its wireless hotspots, goes a long way towards compensating for the lack of 3G capability.

iPhone & iPod: Contain Or Disengage?

by Wil Shipley, Call Me Fishmeal

The generous view would be that Apple's screwing up, and the non-generous view would be that they are just plain getting greedy.

Consumers suffer from this. We suffer from increased prices and decreased competition and innovation. We suffer so Apple can make a few more bucks, when Apple is clearly not hurting for money. The core of Apple users has supported Apple for years — we were there when Apple was hurting, we stuck with it, we nursed her back to health. It's our money she has now, and she's turning on us now that she's rich off it.

No, The Nano Is Fine

by Heng-Cheong Leong, MyAppleMenu

Yesterday I quoted a reader from MacInTouch that had a problem with the new nano, where "it works different, playing just one entry in the playlist [of podcasts] ten stopping."

I've tested it out with the third-generation nano with the firmware upgrade, and it worked just like before.

And, oh, by the way, I've upgraded my iPod mini to the new iPod nano. Happy today.

Apple, Danish Board Disagree Over iBook Flaw

by Peter Sayer, IDG News Service

Apple does not agree that a manufacturing defect caused power failures in an iBook G4 laptop sold in Denmark, but it refunded the customer's money, said the country's COnsumer Complaints Board.

Apple Makes New iPod Owners Repay For Games

by Dan Moren, MacUser

Boo, Apple. Boooooo. It's not our fault that you didn't plan ahead well enough.

By Heng-Cheong Leong