iTunes' TV Show Sales Alienates ABC Affiliates

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:52
Category: iTunes Music Store

“By making an episode of ‘Lost’ available for download last week just half a day after it aired, for a $1.99 charge, ‘Apple may have helped open a Pandora’s box for the media business,’ the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d) reports.
The president of the association representing ABC’s affiliate stations sent a letter to the president of ABC, reading in part, ‘It is both disappointing and unsettling that ABC would embark on a new — and competitive — network program distribution partnership without the fundamental courtesy of consultation’ with its affiliates. More at Slashdot


WiFi iPod in the Works

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:03
Category: Uncategorized

According to Mac OS Rumors:

Apple is working on a wi-fi equipped iPod with networking capabilities and the ability to directly interface with Airport Express base stations for streaming of iPod audio — and even downloading of music from the iTunes Music Store, grabbing Podcasts, et cetera.
A version of Safari designed to run on the iPod could be forked off of Apple’s mobile phone port — in fact, the mobile Safari effort was probably targeted at the iPod as one of its primary supported platforms all along.


Why Apple hasn't used Intel processors before

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:56
Category: Intel

Roughly Drafted: When Steve Jobs announced the plan to move Macs to Intel processors, Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe, joked,

DVD Hacker and DeCSS Author Targets Apple

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:07
Category: Hacks

An article in the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d) has the story about a 21-year-old Norwegian Jon Lech Johansen (a.k.a. DVD Jon) who defied Hollywood by releasing a hack that allowed anyone to copy DVDs when he was 15. According to the article this hacker’s “next target” is Apple Computer because of their limitations on the number of times you can copy files in iTunes:

These days he is targeting Apple Computer Inc., repeatedly hacking the software that runs its popular, Internet-based iTunes music store to remove restrictions on how many times legally bought songs can be copied or on which devices they can be played.

In addition to hacking Apple’s FairPlay DRM system for music purchased from the iTunes Music Store Mr. Johansen says he “may take a look” at the new iTunes 6.0 which sells protected videos as well. Although he doesn’t seem as interested in video because “the shows’ video resolution is too low to look good on computers or TV sets.”


The Apple Core: It's all about the connectors

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 09:43
Category: The Apple Core

If you’re considering the purchase of one of the new generation of iPods (i.e. nano or 5G video iPod) it’s important to think about accessories. If you’re upgrading from a previous model, you should take a careful inventory of your iPod doodads and accessories and make sure that they’ll work with your new iron. Read More in my ZD Blog: The Apple Core.


PowerPage Podcast Episode 6 Available for Download

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2005, 00:17
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoPowerPage Podcast Episode 6 is now available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
On Episode 6 of the PowerPage Podcast my guest is Rob Parker from On today’s Podcast Rob and I discuss:
1: iPod nano – Stickers, Skins and Sleeves
2: iFill – Downloads Internet Radio to Your iPod
3: Sirius s50 – Portable Satellite Radio Receiver
4: PocketDish – Portable Video Player
5: Hankerin’ for a new Phone: Treo 700 v. a Smaller Phone
You can subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast via iTunes.