The Two Faced Monster Inside Zune

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 07:00
Category: iPod

To counter Apple’s FairPlay DRM used in the iTunes Store, Microsoft worked with media producers to design a comprehensive DRM technology framework it named after the Roman god Janus. Here is why it failed.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Microsoft Zune on Sale Tuesday, NYT: Yawn

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 00:10
Category: iPod



Microsoft is probably the greenest company in all of high tech. Not green in the environmental sense — green with envy.

Microsoft is so jealous of the iPod’s success that Tuesday it will unveil a new music system — pocket player, jukebox software and online music store — that’s an unabashed copy of Apple’s. It’s called Zune.

The amazing part is that it’s Microsoft’s second attempt to kill the iPod. The first was PlaysForSure — a gigantic multiyear operation involving dozens of manufacturers and online music stores. Microsoft went with its trusted Windows strategy: If you code it, the hardware makers will come (and pay licensing fees).

Trying Out the Zune: IPod It’s Not – New York Times

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The Danger of DRM

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 23:46
Category: Opinion


The market for digital music was repressed for nearly a decade prior to the arrival of Apple’s iPod. Here’s why digital music languished for so long, how Apple was able to build a digital business, and why rivals are struggling to turn back the clock and return digital downloads into a legal black hole of onerous restrictions.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Zune install screen raises eyebrows

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 21:27
Category: Uncategorized


Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune’s supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst.

Newsvine – Zune install screen raises eyebrows

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iTunes Considering Crediting Track Sales Toward Album

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 21:36
Category: Uncategorized

A source tells CNET News.com that Apple Computer and the record labels are onto this. Supposedly, iTunes customers may soon be able to buy the album and get credit for any single tracks they have bought.

Apple | News.blog | CNET News.com

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The Digg Fraud Campaign Behind Zune

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Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 23:35
Category: Opinion

The problem with the anonymous Internet is that services like Digg fail to exercise any of the accountability of traditional news sources, and are happy to be used to spread false information if it results in ad clicks. That’s something that Apple has the power to change, but who knows when?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple’s Adventures in Retail

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Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2006, 19:27
Category: Opinion

Along with producing its own unique software, Apple’s retail efforts are largely overlooked as a major component of the company’s recent success.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Strike 3: Why Zune will Bomb this Winter

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2006, 23:30
Category: Opinion

The Microsoft iPod-Killer Myth already outlined why Microsoft’s overall online media strategy has tanked so far, but the Zune faces three additional strikes this winter that will prevent it from making any headway in its goal to unseat the iPod.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: Apple targets adult products named “Pod”

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2006, 08:14
Category: The Apple Core

It’s no secret that Apple is clamping down on the term “Pod.” Lawyers from everyone’s favorite fruit company have gone after Web sites, products and magazines using the term “Pod” in their name. Who does Apple council have in their cross hairs next? Adult toy manufacturers.
You’ve probably been forwarded an email about the OhMiBod – who’s slogan is “A whole new way to Plug ‘N Play” – and snickered a bit. The iPod accessory’s Web site teases:
Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes.
Ahem, right.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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smcFanControl 1.22 adds support for

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2006, 21:16
Category: Uncategorized

blocks_imagesmcFanControl version 1.2.2 adds support for the new 13.3″ MacBook with Core 2 Duo and a Dutch and Korean localization.”

FanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your macbook run cooler. However in order not to damage your machine FanControl let’s you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple’s defaults. To change fan-speeds you need to authenticate with valid credentials of an user-account with admin privileges.

smcFanControl 1.2.2

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