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MacWorld Keynote Was Big Enough

January 8, 2009 2 comments

ilife2009Rumors of an iPhone Nano and a new Mac Mini abounded before the 2009 MacWorld Expo, but they were just as absent as Steve Jobs.  This led to disappointment from some onlookers, but there was plenty of interesting new stuff.

Here were the main announcements from the keynote:

A close second in the “Top Announcement” award goes to the iTunes announcement that all songs will be available DRM-free by March.  It’s about time.

My favorite announcement was the 17″ MacBook Pro.  With the thinness, the long battery life, and the screen real estate, this MacBook is miles beyond other laptops in its class.

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Rhapsody Finally Acknowledges the Existence of iPods

July 1, 2008 Leave a comment

RealNetworks’ digital music service, Rhapsody, has finally acknowledged that the iPod exists. They launched their new MP3 music download service yesterday, and the songs can now be used with iTunes and iPods. Downloads are .99 cents, and many albums are available for $9.99. All downloads are DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on copying the files to a different computer and playing them.

Rhapsody has been a subscription download service up to this point, charging $13 to $15 a month for unlimited song streaming. Under this plan there was no way for users to load music on their iPods.

Apparently, an executive at RealNetworks looked up “iPod” on Wikipedia and discovered that Apple has sold over 140 million of them since their launch in October 2001. The iPod makes up about 70% of the digital player market.

After pondering this data for about 5 minutes, Rhapsody Vice President Neil Smith said, “We’re no longer competing with the iPod; we’re embracing it.”

Uh, yeah. Good call, Neil. Here’s a tip: when you see the graphs curving upward, then you know that there is an increase trend. This iPod chart may have helped you a few years ago:

Neil's iPod Sales Chart

Better late than never, I suppose.

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

January 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Who would have thought that Apple would eventually have a lawsuit brought against them, misguided though it may be, accusing them of being a monopoly? I’m no lawyer, but I’m guessing that they won’t be able to win this one against Apple.

It sounds to me like they are saying that Apple is a monopoly simply because the iPod is so popular. If that’s the case, then why not sue Microsoft because over 90% of PCs won’t run the Mac OS?

To be more specific, the claim is that Apple is monopolizing the digital music business by not allowing certain types of digital music, like WMA files, to play in iTunes and on iPods (are there that many people demanding to play WMA files on a digital music player?).

It’s bad press for Apple because people are saying their name and the word “monopoly” in the same sentence, but that’s all there is to this one: just another bogus lawsuit.

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