Barrons on the iTunes Music Store

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:42
Category: iPod, Software

A recent Barron’s article (WSJ subscription required) by Eric J. Savitz chimes in on the iTunes Music Store.
Beyond iTunes
Investors applaud the new music venture, but Apple must must address core
weaknesses
STEVE JOBS HAS DONE IT AGAIN. In the face of shrinking market share and
mediocre financial performance, Jobs has found a way to get people excited
about Apple Computer one more time. Now the magic involves Apple’s new
iTunes Music Store, which offers more than 200,000 songs from all five major
record labels, downloadable from the ‘Net at 99 cents apiece, no
subscription required. All of the early reviews are raves — by most
accounts, the service is far easier to use than rival Web-based music
services, with software that shows Apple’s usual flair for design and ease
of use.

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iTunes Music Store vs. Napster vs. Vinyl vs. Windows: Fight!

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:38
Category: iPod

As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? (Click headline for the full editorial.)

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iPod NoteReader Notes

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:35
Category: Hardware, iPod

An Archive reader writes, “Apple has released a document on how to use the new iPod NoteReader .” The highlights: you can link to other notes, or to tracks on the iPod, or to dynamically generated playlists. It handles 1,000 notes, up to 4K each, and caches up to 64K of notes in memory so the hard drive doesn’t spin up. The notes are stored as text files in directories and can be organized by directory.
(Thanks Slashdot.)

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iMovie Video Store: The Next Logical Progression

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:28
Category: iPod, Software

The PowerPage is of the opinion that Apple’s new iTunes Music Store is only a precursor to a much larger project: the iMovie Video Store. While the name is entirely speculative it stands reason that the company that delivered the best Music On Demand (MOD) service is poised to deliver another complimentary service that will offer movies and Video On Demand (VOD) at some point in the future. Click the headline to read more.

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Apple Settles iPod Battery Lawsuit

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Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2005, 14:31
Category: Hardware, iPod

Apple, iPod Users Reach a Settlement Over Faulty Batteries – WSJ Online:

Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod portable-music player is a cultural icon beloved by music fans, save for one flaw: The rechargeable but nonreplaceable batteries in many early models didn’t last nearly as long as advertised, leaving some consumers fuming.
Now, Apple has effectively acknowledged the flaw, by agreeing to replace some iPods and give other consumers up to $50 in cash or credit on Apple purchases. The offer is part of a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit in San Mateo County, Calif.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case estimates that the settlement may apply to as many as two million iPods sold before May 31, 2004. That means the settlement, which still needs to be approved by a judge, could cost Apple as much as $100 million.

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SLAPPA ShockShell Case for the iPod mini

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 03:59
Category: Accessory, iPod

Slappa Little Wing iPod mini caseSLAPPA Distribution has just released a brand new storage case for the iPod mini – the SLAPPA ShockShell Case (US$34.95, Pre-order for US$24.74). SLAPPA guarantees the ShockShell case will protect your player under normal wear and tear. They even drop tested the iPod from three feet while in the ShockShell case. “SLAPPA has successfully tested the ShockShell cases in more extreme conditions, where we have thrown, tossed and flung iPods while in the ShockShell cases, and the player has come out unscathed and fully functional.” Naturally this type of abuse is not condoned or guaranteed :)

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What's on President Bush's iPod?

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Date: Monday, April 11th, 2005, 19:32
Category: Hardware, iPod

President Bush's iPodThe International Herald Tribune is reporting that President Bush has had an iPod since July 2004. Read More for W’s playlist…

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ToughSkin: Off-Road Protection for Your iPod

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Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2005, 08:53
Category: Accessory, iPod

Speck ToughSkin B lackIf you’re like me you tend to drop your gadget eventually, hard as you may to try not to, it’s inevitable. Wether you blame it on too much sun in Miami or the hurricanes in New Orleans, it’s bound to happen at some point. A good case is essentially cheap insurance for your expensive mobile gear. Read More…

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TechRestore Offers iPod HD Upgrade Program

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Date: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005, 20:40
Category: Hardware, iPod

TechRestore has announced a new iPod hard drive upgrade program that provides a fast and easy way for iPod owners to increase their music and storage capacity in full-sized iPod models. The flat-rate iPod hard drive upgrade service starts at US$119 and includes all overnight shipping charges, parts and installation. A TechRestore Certified Technician performs the upgrade in an anti-static and dust-free environment.

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Extreme iPod: Survives Washer AND Dryer

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2005, 10:53
Category: Hardware, iPod

One reader’s tale of running an iPod mini through the washing machine. Did it survive? Click through for the amazing results…

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