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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.



iPhone as an iTunes Remote Control

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment reports that Apple has plans for a free add-on for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow users to control their iTunes application through Wi-Fi on any Mac or PC on a home network.

A Read Me file in the iPhone software developers’ package says, “use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home” and mentions that it will be a free download from the App Store.

Not that I needed another reason to get an iPhone 3G next Friday, but I’ll take it.

Apple Getting Ready to Rent Movies via iTunes

December 27, 2007 1 comment


This story in Business Week reports that Apple and Fox have entered an agreement which will allow Apple to rent movies to iTunes users. Steve Jobs may unveil these plans during the MacWorld Expo keynote address on January 15.

It will be interesting to see how they limit the viewing time on a movie rental. Most people won’t care anything about going through the hassle of ripping a rented DVD, so hopefully they won’t feel the need to apply restrictions that limit the ease-of-use that iTunes provides with music purchases.

For my part, if they gave me at least two weeks to watch it, I would probably go for it if the price point is around the $3.00 mark. Especially if I was able to enjoy it on an iPod or iPhone, which any reader is welcome to give me as a late Christmas gift.

iPod Touch: a Short Review

September 26, 2007 3 comments

iPod TouchI played around with an iPod Touch this past weekend, and I was impressed overall, but have some observations that took it out of the running for me as a purchase option.

First of all, this iPod is THIN, which is great. It’s about a third of an inch in depth, and that makes it feel very light and comfortable in your hand. The “multi-touch” interface, also a part of the iPhone, is quite nice. I found it to be easy to adjust to the typing. It wouldn’t take long to become quick.

A missing piece that I didn’t notice while I had it in hand was that you cannot make entries in the Calendar application. I am baffled by this since it has the onscreen keyboard available for other purposes. There is also no way to enter or view notes. It would be great to at least match the Classic iPod’s capability to upload notes from my Mac, but that’s not possible at this point. I had thoughts of using this as an iPod/quasi-PDA, but if I can’t enter short notes or a quick calendar entry then it can’t serve that purpose.

I was glad to be able to surf the internet in Safari, using a WiFi connection, though there is no Mail application. YouTube videos are also available through the included YouTube app, but this didn’t change the fact that the lack of a Mail app leaves it feeling a bit incomplete.

At this point I am calling the iPod Touch an iPhone “teaser,” designed to cause us to crave the full capabilities that are a part of the iPhone.

My 2G iPod just died so instead of the Touch, I’ve decided to go with the 80 GB Classic (though i must confess that I have had lustful thoughts toward the Nano, just because it is cute… forgive me father, for i have sinned).

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