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iTUNES ECONOMICS

The Register’s article today helps us understand the online music services.

Apple’s iTunes store charges 99 cents per song. Apple claims it is the most popular of several competing services selling authorized downloadable music.

Apple is losing money on the iTunes Music Store.

Steve Jobs admitted to financial analysts that the service is a loss leader for Apple. […] continued

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APPLE iTUNES FOR WINDOWS

AppleInsider.com reported today that Apple will announce its iTunes software and music store for Windows on Thursday, October 16, ahead of schedule. It’s been possible to make an iPod work with Windows for a while, but this will boost iPod visibility and sales, in addition to the revenue generated by the music downloads. […] continued

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ADOBE DEFECTS FROM APPLE

Adobe Systems announced a new version of Premiere, its high-end video-editing platform, but with one important change that bodes ill for Apple – the new Premiere will be Windows-only, making this the first version of the product that doesn’t support Apple’s Mac OS. Here’s an article about Adobe’s announcement. […] continued

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APPLE’S CLAIM TO HAVE THE “WORLD’S FASTEST PERSONAL COMPUTER”

Perhaps you saw the mainstream press breathlessly reporting Apple’s announcement that its upcoming Power Mac G5 system would be the “world’s fastest personal computer,” based on independent benchmark testing.

It’s not the first time Apple has used phony benchmarks to make outlandish claims, and this one unraveled practically before Steve Jobs left the stage after making the announcement. […] continued

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AMAZON, APPLE, AND MUSIC

Amazon has been eyeing the market for downloadable music for years, wondering how to jump in. The issue isn’t technology, it’s the business model, availability of content and music industry support.

There was an unconfirmed report yesterday that Amazon is talking to Apple about licensing Apple’s online music store. Apple’s store has been a surprising success, but it’s unlikely that Amazon would be interested until the tunes could be offered to Windows users as well as Mac users. […] continued

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APPLE’S FUTURE IN MULTIMEDIA

Apple’s new music downloading service, iTunes, reported two million downloads in its first 16 days of operation, a startling success. I continue to hope that it falls flat, for the reasons I wrote up on May 1. If consumers sign up to digital rights management at a dollar a song chosen from an inadequate library, the industry will seize on it and carve it in stone – and our chances for a better deal will go down dramatically. […] continued

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APPLE MUSIC SERVICE: HYPE AND REALITY

The press is gushing about Apple’s new iTunes service, hailing it as the first appealing online service for downloading music. Articles hailed it as “revolutionary” (Wininformant), “unique” (The New York Times) and “we’re impressed” (Forbes). Today’s Press Democrat goes so far as to write an editorial to that effect, in addition to the glowing articles it published in the business section in the last couple of days. […] continued

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APPLE MYTHS, CONTINUED

An interesting comment today from Paul Thurrott in the Windows Magazine newsletter:

”Because Steve Jobs gave his Macworld address just days before Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates presented his 2003 International Computer Electronics Show (CES) keynote address, not comparing the two events is impossible. The most obvious difference is support: Apple appears to be interested in going it alone, even to the extent of creating applications that don’t break new ground or introduce new product categories but instead compete with existing third-party applications.

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MAC VS. PC: HYPE VERSUS REALITY

I hear it from people all the time: PCs might have some advantages, but boy, there’s nothing like a Mac for graphics and video work, especially if you’re a professional.

Well, nonsense. The Adobe programs are identical on either platform, and PCs have long outperformed more expensive Macs. And the gaps in price and performance are getter larger. […] continued

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APPLE CONTINUES TO LOSE GROUND

Reading the papers might have given you the impression that Apple is a strong contender, with a solid operating system, fabulous products, and booming sales.

Sadly, the business news is frequently reported with the same quest for sensationalism and lack of objectivity that has poisoned political reporting. Nothing has changed for Apple. […] continued

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MAC OS X – THE MANDATORY UPGRADE

Apple has a problem – its users aren’t flocking to the new operating system, OS X, as fast as Apple needs. So Apple came up with a plan to fix their problem. Guesses, anyone? Innovative new features? Lower prices? No, no. Apple is going to release a new line of Macs starting early next year that will refuse to boot Mac OS 9 or any OS other than Mac OS X. […] continued

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GATEWAY COMPETES WITH IMAC

Gateway is taking aim at Apple Computer and the flat-panel iMac. Gateway has had an all-in-one, flat-panel-based Profile PC series for far longer than Apple’s new iMac. The new Gateway Profile 4 outperforms the iMac for considerably less money ($999 versus $1299 for starter models). Gateway’s new ads use the tagline “Think Smarter,” a play on Apple’s “Think Different” ad campaign. […] continued

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MAC OS X UPGRADE

Apple announced an upgrade of OS X, its new operating system, from 10.1 to 10.2. The upgrade will be released in late August. It fixes a bunch of bugs in previous versions, and adds a handful of new features. Keep in mind, this is not a big change, like the change from Windows 98 to Windows XP. […] continued

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THE REAL MAC OS X STORY

I read press coverage about Apple computers all the time. One of the favorite themes recently has been the wonder of the new Mac operating system, OS X, all new and cool, a real Unix desktop system, and all the rest.

Time for a reality check. Mac OS X is slow and full of bugs. […] continued

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COPY PROTECTED CDS CAN CRASH COMPUTERS

More copy protected CDs are hitting the market – especially in Europe, but clearly the US is next. They corrupt the CD in ways that make many of them unplayable in a computer or in some car stereos. In fact, they no longer conform to the standards for “Compact Discs,” and the record labels have removed the “Compact Disc” logo from the case. […] continued

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