Five Ways Apple Will Change Your TV #1

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Date: Wednesday, October 4th, 2006, 00:17
Category: Opinion

Why Apple Will Change TV presented similarities between the iPod and iTV, and introduced how Apple is poised to add value to existing content using the iTV in much the same way that the iPod added value to CD and MP3 music collections. Here’s the first of Five Ways Apple Will Change Your TV.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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10 iPod vs. Zune Myths

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Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006, 10:00
Category: Opinion

Poor Microsoft! Its abandonment of PlaysForSure partners and other strategies related to its solo iPod killer efforts have been mercilessly attacked before the company can even get the new device into the hands of users.
On top of that, it’s also facing stiff competition in pricing. However, according to proponents of Ten iPod vs Zune Myths, the Zune is technically superior, with brilliant wireless sharing features, and will be able to compete with Apple’s iPod as a cheap loss leader. Ahem. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why Apple Will Change TV

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Date: Monday, October 2nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTV

Steve Jobs described the iTV as Apple’s entry into the living room, as if it were a strategic move in a larger game plan. But with several wireless TV extenders already on the market, why will Apple’s be any different?
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple’s iTV: Clues in USB

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Date: Thursday, September 28th, 2006, 00:37
Category: iTV

The Case of the Missing DVR looked at why Apple isn’t positioning the iTV as another Tivo. Here’s a second look at the more entertaining bits of rampant iTV speculation, this time looking at USB and what lurks inside.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Learn Final Cut Pro, Motion, Shake, Logic and Lighting!

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 11:59
Category: Announcement

B&H proudly joins Apple and Lowel Lighting to present an HDV-focused seminar that will teach you the tools and techniques you need to create live performance footage, music videos, and behind-the-scenes content. This seminar focuses on workflow, hands-on experience, and camera set-ups. Shooting will be demonstrated.
In today’s music industry it is as important be seen as it is to be heard. Podcasting, YouTube, and a world of new portable video devices have opened powerful avenues for reaching your fans. The amazing quality of High Definition Video (HDV) is the hottest trend in video. Apple’s Final Cut Studio combined with affordable HDV camera technology enables you to reach through the screen and pull your audience onstage.
Date: Thursday, September 28th
Location: The New Yorker Hotel
481 8th Ave., (between 34th & 35th Streets)
New York, NY 10001
Times: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Register here
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Register here
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Apple’s iTV & The Case of the Missing DVR

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Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTV

A wave of analysts were confused by Apple’s iTV announcement: “Where’s the DVR?” Here’s a look at why the iTV isn’t trying to be a Tivo or a Windows Media Center PC knockoff.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Why iTunes Works

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Date: Monday, September 25th, 2006, 09:00
Category: iTunes

The iTunes Monoploy/Failure Myth debunked the idea that Apple has a stranglehold on the digital media market by demonstrating how Apple contends in a competitive market for both music players and digital downloads. The other half of the myth–that the iTunes Store is being “shunned” by users–is taken apart by showing that not only is Apple’s online strategy a success, but that there are clear reasons why Apple has maintained its lead while rivals have failed miserably: Why iTunes Works
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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USB Batteries

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Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2006, 03:50
Category: Gadget

aacell.jpgFresh from the ‘What-A-Good-Idea’ department comes the USBCELL. This 1300mAH rechargeable battery has a hinged cap that folds back to reveal a USB connector. This can then be plugged-in to any full-size, powered USB port, avoiding the need for separate recharging devices, cradles or cables.
At 1300mAH, the USBCELL is half the capacity of many conventional rechargeable batteries. However the conveniencce of being able to recharge or top-up by simply plugging into a USB port is a definite plus.
AAA and 9 volt batteries are being planned, along with power-supplies for a wide range of portable devices including mobile phones and game consoles.
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The iTunes Monopoly/Failure Myth

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Date: Friday, September 22nd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

According to proponents of
The iTunes Monopoly/Failure Myth, Apple’s iTunes Store has a monopolistic lock on digital music, and at the same time is also a marginal failure that nobody is using. Judging from headlines that appear next to each other, it’s hard to keep the FUD straight. In both cases, they’re wrong, here’s why.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Apple’s Artwork Olive Branch is a Treasure Trove of Data

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

This just hit me. Allowing customers to download album artwork for their whole library, regardless of where the music came from, is brilliant, instant market research by Apple.
Apple’s been careful this time to tell the user that iTunes will have to send data to get the album art back, and to say that no personal data is sent, and that’s good. But nobody ever said they’re not keeping the statistical info, and it’s an insanely smart move.
How should the iTMS team know what they’re missing in their catalog, what their customers want but aren’t getting from iTMS? That’s hard to know, because customers are reluctant to take the time to share that sort of thing. But when iTunes goes to iTMS to get album art, it has to send info (artist, album, track…) and I’ll bet that they know whether or not the track was purchased from iTMS.
Apple, in turn, gets a massive database of missed hits. And good hits, too. They can instantly find what tracks and artists people want and aren’t able to get via iTMS. They can learn what percentage of tracks they do have didn’t come from iTMS. If they’re smart they’re analyzing much more from what they are getting, and all of it for free, instantly, without causing any customer to do anything (actually while giving them a gift), and all without running afoul of anyone’s privacy concerns.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens. If I’m right, those holes that iTMS left in your album art because it didn’t have the art will miraculously start filling in across the coming months.
And frankly, everyone wins. Insanely brilliant.
(Contributed by: Steve Abrahamson)

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