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We don't know about you, but we're getting tired of headlines with "(fill in the blank) Killer" in them. It's pointless anyway, if you're talking about Apple, for instance. It's useful to remember that Apple could sell poison popsicles at the North Pole with a 400% profit margin and there's be a line for them, so let's forget about killing the iPod for now. But SanDisk, the second largest seller of MP3 players in the world is out with their new, powerful, cheap and tiny player, and it's going to be a... be successful. Model   Expected Suggested Retail Price... Read more...
We recently uncovered a few rumors regarding the next generation iPods that Apple is gearing up to launch soon.  Now we’re able to report that the ‘when’ would seem to be on September the fifth.The event has been described by industry insiders as more than just a minor product launch or a product refresh.  These insiders are saying that Apple is treating this event as they typically do a major product launch, which might lend credence to the rumors that the new iPods will be featuring a scaled down version of OS X similar to that found in the iPhone. “Four different models will be introduced next month, says AI, most of which will be NAND-flash-based and major evolutions of both... Read more...
While the iPhone didn't quite hit the first week/first dale sales targets that many predicted, it was still a strong performer upon its introduction.  Despite the initial demand not being quite as high as many predictions, the demand in the weeks and months following the launch have actually exceeded earlier estimates.Current figures estimate that Apple stores (1800 nation-wide) have sold at least 3 a day, every day, since the launch.  That's about a half-million phones right there. "Factoring in hundreds of thousands of iPhones sold through Apple stores and online via Apple.com, we still believe that our unit estimate is conservative," he told clients. "While Apple has not provided any information... Read more...
Acting off a hunch, a patent, and some reliable inside information, Kevin Chang of JP Morgan believes that the iPhone Apple plans to release in Q4 of this year could be based on the iPod Nano. The iPhone has done well thus far, but the price tag of $500 to $600 depending on storage size is keeping Apple's first cell phone out of the hands of those who can't afford one. It is currently speculated that the Q4 iPhone will cost somewhere around $300, half of the price of its bigger brothers.  Apple filed a patent application document dated July 5 that refers to a multifunctional handheld device with a circular touch pad control, similar to the Nano's scroll wheel.Apple spokeswoman... Read more...
A new study shows the dangers of buying an iPod for people with pacemakers: "The portable music players caused pacemakers to malfunction in 50 percent of patients, according to the study by a Michigan high school senior that was expected to be presented Thursday at the Heart Rhythm Society's annual meeting, in Denver. The biggest concern is that pacemakers store the history of a heart's rhythms, said Jay Thaker, the Okemos High School student, who worked with several doctors on the research. "If a physician was to go back and look at that (history), the physician might think that the patient was having abnormal heart rhythms," he added." Holy unnecessary surgeries Batman!  That kind of device... Read more...
Your MP3 player is a marvelous thing. But the one thing it isn't, is high fidelity.  People are coming to the realization that pretty good sound reproduction is good enough, and that is spelling doom and gloom for the retailers that depend on high-end home stereo for their livelihood. Tweeter Home Entertainment Group Inc., a Canton, Mass.-based retailer of mid-to-high end audio equipment, is closing 49 of its 153 stores nationwide. Slumping sales at Sacramento, Calif.-based Tower Records led that former industry juggernaut to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August. And Circuit City, the nation's No. 2 electronics retailer, is laying off 3,400 of its most experienced... Read more...
Hot off the wire, Apple is reporting that they've sold their 100,000,000th iPod: "CUPERTINO, California - April 9, 2007 - Apple(R) today announced that the 100 millionth iPod has been sold, making the iPod the fastest selling music player in history. The first iPod was sold five and a half years ago, in November 2001, and since then Apple has introduced more than 10 new iPod models, including five generations of iPod, two generations of iPod mini, two generations of iPod nano and two generations of iPod shuffle. Along with iTunes(R) and the iTunes online music store, the iPod has transformed how tens of millions of music lovers acquire,... Read more...
Considering that students and businesspeople have been using MP3s to study a wide variety of subjects ranging from languages to law, is it any wonder that someone came up with the idea of teaching doctors with them? "iPods are good for your heart - at least they can help doctors make the right diagnosis of the sounds they can hear. Professor Michael Barrett MD at the American College of Cardiology last year launched a project in which the sound of hearts beating were made available to students in MP3 format for their iPods." If only somebody would clue talent agents into this teaching concept so we wouldn't have to listen to any more pop singers who can't carry a tune.... Read more...
Some folks spend a lot of time listening to market analysts for financial advice.  While this is generally a good idea for fund managers and the like, it's always best to backup that data with your own research before you go making any life altering decisions with your own hard-earned cashola. Even if you just like to dabble in the numbers for recreation and sport, you might (or might not) be surprised at some of the findings here... "Microsoft was attempting to eat into the high end of iPod sales, not roll out a cheaper version of the iPod to cube dwellers who had never heard of music before. However, as predicted in Myth #8 of 10 iPod vs Zune Myths, the only sales Microsoft could easily... Read more...
Not an iPod kind of person? Samsung is doing its best to give you an alternative which it seems to think can topple the Apple Nano from its MP3-playing throne. Meet the Samsung YP-T9 MP3 Player. The nano is dead; long live the nano. The Samsung YP-T9 is everything the iconic Apple MP3 player is, plus much, much more. In fact, we would go so far as to say that unless you are married to a library full of music from iTunes, there is no reason to consider a nano if the T9 is any indication of where Windows Media Player compatible devices are headed. If you think the Samsung YP-T9 MP3 player may be for you, you can check out the rest of the review over at Digital Trends.... Read more...
Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod has conquered the portable music market, is making inroads in video, and may turn out to be a video game player as well, game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is betting. Many potential gamers already carry iPods, easily the most popular portable music players sold. Now they can listen to music while also playing EA iPod titles that include "Tetris," "Mahjong" or "Sudoku." EA, the world's largest video game maker, has built a stable of 11 iPod games since September and sells them for $4.99 each on Apple's iTunes online store. Why not? Read more here...... Read more...
Mark Cuban's kind of an interesting jerk. Let's give him his props: the man can do real world arithmetic. And he did some to test the viability of a business model that Microsoft and/or Google could use to make the the iTunes business model as dead as disco: There has been speculation that Google is offering 100mm dollar or more licensing opportunities to TV Networks. Thats 100mm in cash for SEGMENTS of shows. Not full shows. Not full movies. Clips. There has also been speculation that GOogle offered stock in exchange for licenses at the time of the Youtube transaction. If true, and I believe they are, these actions in the user generated video space defines that I think will come to be... Read more...
Can Microsoft's Zune media player catch the iPod?  That's the question being asked in this article, which states that Microsoft hopes to sell 1 million Zune players by mid-2007.  That number doesn't even come close to the iPod, but the Zune is brand new and is only available in U.S. for now. MS plans to expand shipments overseas soon, which will change the dynamic altogether. "Microsoft Corp. says it expects to sell 1 million of its new Zune music players through the first half of 2007. That figure would pale in comparison to Apple Computer Inc.'s market-leading iPod, but Microsoft contends it would be a good start. "We think that's actually pretty awesome," said Bryan Lee,... Read more...
iPods are nifty. But you are immune to their charms if you don't want to stick in earbuds and listen to music. They don't do anything that isn't fun. The Wizpy does what the i-Pod does, and a whole lot more. Sporting a 256,000-colour OLED screen, the Wizpy looks like any of of number of would-be iPod killers, and all the media playback features - MP3, Ogg, AAC, DivX and JPEG formats supported - are all present and correct. There's a radio on board too and a text viewer. That's fantastic, of course. But the "killer app" here is plug it into any USB port, and boot up... Read more...
It's easy to load your music onto an iPod. It's that ease of use that made the little player the industry standard. But you're locked out if you want to transfer your music off your iPod. Wired News examines a half dozen software solutions that allow you to retrieve your goodies from your iPod. There are a number of legitimate reasons you might need to transfer songs from your iPod to your hard drive. For instance, suppose your hard drive crashes, taking all of your MP3s with it? Back up my music you say? But isn't that what my iPod is for? Why should I back up my music twice? What if the capacity of your iPod is larger than your... Read more...
Well, this kind of make it official. Here's a review of Microsoft's Zune player, and it's featured on a news outlet with Microsoft in its name: msnbc, and they no likey much. Lately I've been playing with the fruits of that insomnia: Zune, due for sale on Tuesday. I should say, Zune Version One of many to come. The division that created Zune is the same one that created the Xbox project, another very long-term assault on a dominant competitor. Like the Xbox, Microsoft sees Zune as a Long March, and is ready to spend five or even 10 years evolving the product so that somewhere in the mid-twenty-teens, it becomes your music device.... Read more...
It looks like NVIDIA has made a strategic move and purchased PortalPlayer, a company that has historically developed semiconductor, firmware and software platforms for portable multimedia products such like personal media players, like the iPod, and personal wireless entertainment devices. "NVIDIA Corporation said Monday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire iPod chipmaker PortalPlayer, Inc. in a cash for stock transaction. Under terms of the agreement, which have been approved by the Board of Directors of each company, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based graphics technologies developer will pay $13.50 in cash for each outstanding share of PortalPlayer common stock. The deal represents... Read more...
Does that little mp3 player that made Apple a player again really define a generation? Michael Agger in Slate doesn't think so, even after reading The Perfect Thing, Steve Levy's ode to the iPod: Levy, a senior editor at Newsweek, is a prime example of the boomers who think the iPod is revolutionary. But really, they're grateful, because it's made them feel cool again. As the first generation to embrace rock, Levy's cohort faced a musical conundrum as they aged: Do we graduate to classical music or keep listening to the Doors? Both choices have their downsides, but the iPod provided a third way out. Under the guise of converting CDs... Read more...
Maybe you saw it coming, maybe you didn't, but the music world has seen a drastic change since the birth of Apple's iPod. Five years old on monday, Apple has forever changed the way we listen to music, the way we buy music, and the way music is advertised. Apple has seen enormous growth in its company because of the iPod, and rivals have yet to release a contender that can effectively steal iPod's thunder. Of course, Microsoft is not one to stand by and watch, as they are expected to release their "Zune" music player next month. Here's hoping we see more creativity and competition in the next five years. "So far,... Read more...
No, the headline isn't a mistype. Apple as revealed that a small number of video iPods contain the Windows RavMonE.exe virus, which they say found it's way onto iPods shipped after Sept. 12th. This virus won't be any trouble for Mac customers, and can be removed by using free Anti-Virus software found on Apple's site, and also with some popular Windows Anti-Virus tools. "The iPods were infected with the virus at one of Apple's contract manufacturers. The virus does not affect Mac customers. "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not... Read more...
Is Sony's portable text display gadget called the "Reader" poised to become the iPod for books? Sooner or later, text displayed on some sort of handy portable screen is bound to make ink-on-paper books obsolete. The question always is, just like a long car ride: "Are we there yet?" Blake Wilson at Slate.com doesn't think so: The iPod has succeeded because people are willing to spend money and put up with diminished sound quality in order to carry their music collections with them. Sony is clearly hoping that the same key feature - portability - will sell readers on e-books. But the Reader's advantage over the competitive... Read more...
The iPod sold a gazillion and became an industry standard because it took existing formats and made them fundamentally easier to enjoy. We've all noticed that we never run out of remotes to throw at the television when politicians appear on the screen. That's  because we have so many hanging around, and so few do exactly what we want them to do, and they are always arguing among themselves. The remotes, not the politicians. OK, both do, but  Steve Jobs can maybe do something about the television, anyway: One of the ironies of the last decade of technological change is that things that used to be difficult for ordinary... Read more...
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