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

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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.

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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.”

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The Apple Core: It's all about the connectors

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

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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.

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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 ParkerDigital.net. 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.

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The Apple Core: Another week another Apple announcement

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 10:01
Category: Announcement

Macworld is reporting that Apple’s media event on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 will be to unveil “Apple

Why Your Next iMac may be an Xbox

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 10:34
Category: Consumer Electronics

Apple’s first steps into home media management don’t have to be yours too. There are a variety of methods out there to watch your videos, view your photos, and listen to your music.
Front Row. Center Stage. Elgato’s EyeHome. All are mac-centric ways to get media into your living room.
My leap into home theater integration with my iLife has led me to an unlikely place – the Microsoft XBox. Before you get too squeamish, keep in mind that Microsoft loses money on hardware sales, and if you’re buying an Xbox for a project like I’m recommending, and you aren’t especially interested in playing games, building an XBox Media Center is a great way to stick it to the man.
Apple’s Front Row isn’t a bad first try. The downsides are that it doesn’t support many formats for content you come into contact with every day, and you can’t buy it without getting an iMac included. While the iMac is a swell computer, and a lot of people are going to love Front Row, if you weren’t in the market for a new iMac, you’re probably not going to think of getting one just because it has Front Row.
Good for you.
Click the headline for the rest of Emory’s story…

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Apple and Video

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 09:56
Category: Opinion

The iTunes store, iPod and G5 iMac now provide an integrated video experience. This is an extremely low risk way for Apple to enter the video-for-sale business.
QuickTime sits at the center and all of the products are a plus for Apple. Selling videos at the store, watching videos on an iPod, controlling your iMac G5 with a remote control. The reason these things work is that they cost next to nothing for Apple and their customers and are generally revenue neutral. But, are these video deals, press announcements and DRM solutions just a bit of fluff or a stalking-horse for Apple to move seriously into video distribution?
I think it is the latter, but the pieces must fall into place before the next big thing happens. Apple ought to hit the high-end too. It is just a matter of time before all theatrical releases are distributed and projected digitally? Can you say Akamai? It is just a matter of time before all rental video is distributed digitally?
Video can be distributed throughout your house via WiFi without cables running through the walls and Intel is the partner to have. It is just a matter of time before phones supplant the iPod. Hello Moto! (ROKR not withstanding).
By the way, I think FireWire lost the war to USB 2.0. It may not be fair, it may not be elegant, it may not be the outcome we all wanted. Look at the newest iPods. If Apple is not providing FireWire and Apple is moving to Intel processors for their computers, then the handwriting is on the wall.

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Mac mini Needs a Front Row

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Date: Monday, October 17th, 2005, 08:02
Category: Mac mini

After watching Tuesday’s festivities one of the coolest things I took away from the Steve’s presentation was Apple’s innovative Front Row remote control which turns any Mac into a media center