Best Buy to Expand Mac Pilot Program to 200 Stores

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 11:21
Category: News

On Wednesday, electronics retailer Best Buy announced that it would be expanding its Mac pilot program to 200 locations. The chain is also expected to introduce a store-within-a-store Apple section according to AppleInsider.
Gene Munster, a senior analyst for Piper Jaffray, mentioned to clients that the Best Buy pilot program’s Apple area will differ from the current chain’s Apple product layout, which is generally a table with Apple items on it. The new layout will probably feature a wall-off section in some of the 200 stores in nthe pilot program while others will feature improved layouts.
Munster also mentioned that a walled-off or specific area would make sure that customers “won’t wander around” the stores in order to locate Apple products. “A good way to think about Apple and Best Buy is the Coach or Chanel store within a store concept at Nordstrom,” he wrote in a research note Wednesday evening.
Best Buy’s expansion of the Mac pilot program from 57 to 200 locations would be complete by fall. The move would replace the 74 Mac distribution points being lost through the impending closure of no less than 126 CompUSA stores.
Last month, Best Buy agreed to carry the recently released Apple TV device as well as Macs and iPods.


TechRestore Offering Pre-Upgraded Apple TV Systems

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 09:05
Category: News

TechRestore announced today that the company is now offering pre-upgraded Apple TV systems for sale with capacities up to 160 gigabyes.
The standard Apple TV unit ships with a 40 gigabyte hard drive. While the drive is upgradable, this is both tricky and violates Apple’s warranty by opening the unit. TechRestore’s deal both offers a larger capacity hard drive as well as includes a one year warranty on the Apple TV systems sold.
The prices are as follows:
-Apple TV w/ 80 GB hard drive: US$399
-Apple TV w/ 100 GB hard drive: US$419
-Apple TV w/ 120 GB hard drive: US$439
-Apple TV w/ 160 GB hard drive: US$499
These systems are shipping as of today.
TechRestore is a PowerPage sponsor.


Rumor: Rogers Wireless May Not Support iPhone in Canada

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 09:31
Category: Rumor

Apple’s widely anticipated iPhone may see a dearth of network support up in Canada according to suggestions that have been made that provider Rogers Wireless may not support the iPhone. In a recent statement, corporate communications head Odette Coleman told journalists that no announcements had been made regarding support for the iPhone, despite Rogers currently being the only GSM carrier in Canada.
According to MacNN, Canada’s telecom industry is mostly composed of iPhone-incompatible CDMA networks used by providers Bell Canada and Telus. Rogers and its sub-brand Fido would be Apple’s only possible carrier to go with should the iPhone go on sale in Canada.
Additionally, Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia has stated that Rogers may not be inclined to carry the iPhne and have its own reasons to delay a Canadian iPhone launch. Rogers is currently in the middle of existing contracts with Motorola and Sony-Ericsson to sell a certain number of music phones from these companies and might not want to hurt these sales via introduction of the iPhone.
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Purple Ghost Releases iRepo X

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Date: Thursday, April 5th, 2007, 08:01
Category: Software

On Tuesday, Purple Ghost Software released iRepo X, a shareware utility that allows users to both transfer songs to and from an iPod as well as recover lost songs on the iPod back to your Mac.
Like similar programs, the software allows users to connect a friend’s iPod, then go through a list of songs and select which ones they want to copy over.
iRepo X is a 3.3 megabyte download (courtesy of MacUpdate) and retails for a US$12.00 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later to run. The application is a universal binary and can run at native speeds on both PowerPC and Intel-based hardware.
If you’ve tried the software and have comments or feedback about it, let us know.