Pudge posted this excellent XM Radio article on Slashdot:
nsayer writes “I’m a fan of XM Radio. The least expensive XM radio you can get is the XM PCR, which is powered and controlled over a USB connection to a host PC (the audio does not, however, come back across the USB connection. It’s just got an analog line-out jack). Unfortunately, the only software they give you is for Windows. But fortunately, it’s been reverse engineered, so I was able to write MacXM. At this point, it is very stable and easy to use, and so far as I know it is the only XM radio software that integrates with the iTunes music store (click a button and iTunes pops up with a search for the current song title and artist).”
I have been an XM Radio customer since my girlfriend got it for me for Christmas two years ago. Easily the best $10 a month you can spend. In fact, my next car will definitely have an XM receiver built-in to the factory system (as opposed to going third-party). The real question: anyone know of a factory XM radio that also has an auxiliary input for my iPod?
With reports of further declines in CD sales and news of lawsuits against illegal downloading, it’s gotten so that music technology has become a kind of all-purpose, amorphous villain. If you believe the hype, the genie is now out of the bottle and on a campaign of mass destruction. … of wallet-sized engineering known as the Apple iPod and its equally elegant iTunes …
The article goes on discuss the author’s ideas that move in the same direction (“gadget dreaming”): MP3 remix software, iPod groovebox, Live satellite radio and MP3 kiosks.
I should be getting my 3G iPod any day now, so expect a lot of iPod content on these pages in the coming days.
An AP article (“Web site pays off for Phish“) discusses the band’s LivePhish.com Web site:
In the first four months after the site’s launch on New Year’s Eve, the service generated $1 million, said Brad Serling, whose company runs the site as a joint venture with the band. “It’s been profitable from day one,” Serling said.
…and their partnership with Apple to provide free MP3 and iTunes-equipped Macs as CD burning stations at last weekend’s Phestival in Limestone, Maine.
Maybe other artists (and labels) should wake up and smell the Kerosene?
Today, dancing legend Gregory Hines succumbed to cancer at the young age of 57.
Having met him at one Macworld event in SF in years past, it is worthy noting what a big fan he was of Apple and the things you guys do.
Likewise, Apple heralded him as a visionary exemplory for the type of people whose Apple’s products are designed. He is even noted to be an Apple Master.
I am saddened that a fitting tribute is not hosted here or at Apple.com, a press release voicing words of calm for his family or a simple announcment acknowledging his passing as a member of our community.
He will be missed by all, especially the Apple Community.
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