Apple Needs to License its DRM – Soon

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Date: Friday, July 28th, 2006, 08:10
Category: Opinion

There is a fundamental difference between the record business, the movie industry and book publishing.
When the iTunes Music Store opened, the recording industry was decimated by piracy. Not just file sharing of MP3′s but simple duplication of CDs being passed around between friends. The recording industry was hemorrhaging money when Steve Jobs got his agreement for 99 cent downloads. The distribution of recorded music worked fine when it was just the phonograph and radio.
The 8-track tape was developed for the car, but was short lived. The cassette was used to wholesale copy vinyl music collections by many industrious types and was first and foremost a recording format. The digital CD provided a boost to the industry, but there is no copy protection built in. It is unlikely that manufacturers of CD players will support some sort of revised format and DRM and the industry has tried hacking the CD format to stop copying, by installing spyware on Windows computers and introducing errors that keep CDs from mounting, all to no avail.
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The Xserve mini

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

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Two and a half years ago, I wrote an article presenting how Apple should move their Flat Panel iMac into the future: plop three inches of Mac on the back of a Cinema Display and call it the new iMac. I also presented why the alternatives made no sense. As it turned out, I was spot on.
Apple did exactly what I predicted: they dumped the igloo iMac and released a computer integrated into a slightly thicker version of their display as its successor. Since Ive, Jobs and company are all no doubt anxiously awaiting my next new idea for a new Mac product category, I’ll get right into presenting what it is, and why the world needs (drumroll please)… the Xserve mini.
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Market Share Myth: Nailed!

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Date: Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

In The Apple Market Share Myth, I demonstrated how overall market share numbers can be used to suggest ideas that have no basis in reality. Here, I’ll look at the slippery aspect of numbers, prove that a quality share of the market can be better than a larger market share, and then compare how the definition of a market is critically important in determining how useful market share numbers are. In particular, I’ll look at the iPod’s market share.
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New Media and Free Market Choice

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Here in part two, I’ll consider five examples that prove that intellectual property, while offering some new challenges, still obeys the same market laws of supply and demand. Along the way, I’ll also prove why the market has rejected digital media rentals.
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The Apple Market Share Myth

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Date: Monday, July 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: Opinion

Market share is often used in spreading FUD. It has been used against Apple’s Macintosh since its introduction over twenty years ago. Professional nay-sayers have long insisted that the Mac’s limited market share would prevent it from benefiting from the hardware economies of scale that were driving PCs cheaper, as well as the widespread software development forces that were introducing a wide range of diverse PC applications.
Ironically, those making the biggest stink about Apple’s historically low share of the overall PC market have started attacking the iPod’s majority share of the music player market. They gleefully preach the imminent demise of the iPod because its reported market share fell to 75% of all music devices. If market share is so critically important, why aren’t the same analysts advising people to march out and buy the market leading iPod?
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The Online Music and Movie Rental Myth

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Date: Wednesday, July 19th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

Think Secret reported yesterday they had “learned exclusively” of a surprise announcement at Apple’s WWDC: iTunes would begin renting movies.
Of course, they didn’t exclusively learn anything; if such an effort was really underway, a lot of involved people would also have to know about it! Perhaps they meant to say they were “exclusively reporting” the idea. Then again, by reporting it, it prevents it from being a WWDC surprise, so there are multiple problems with their story.
Despite that, there is a general perception among industry analysts that Apple, by showing up late to the subscription rental party, faces the threat of losing their majority ownership of online media sales. We’ll have to wait a few weeks to find out if Think Secret invented their rumor, or if it is based on any real information, but the underlying myth of the holy grail of media subscription rentals can be taken apart right now.
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Cinema Displays with iSights and Glossy Screens?

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:53
Category: Opinion

Now that the MacBook Pro, MacBook and iMacs all have built-in iSights, it makes sense for Apple to revamp its display line and include the same feature. If I buy a pro desktop I’m going to want a display that will let me use Front Row and PhotoBooth, two fun features of the consumer systems and the pro laptop. If Apple doesn’t plan to tweak the Cinema Display line (and I think it will), hopefully Jobs & Company will release a new standalone iSight with enhanced functionality.

Macsimum News – Will Apple update its Cinema Display line with iSights, glossy screen options?

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the Microsoft Invincibility Myth

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Date: Friday, July 14th, 2006, 00:16
Category: Opinion

According to proponents of this myth, Microsoft’s expertise in building software platforms ensures that everything that Microsoft does will turn to gold. This supposed invincibility is used to prove how Microsoft will eventually dominate all new markets, from online music stores to the iPod, and how advances by Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X will never make any significant impact on PC desktops. They’re wrong, here’s why.
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Using iSight as a Hand Gesture Input Device

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Date: Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 12:00
Category: Opinion

Apple has included simple hardware features on their laptops that have found new and different applications in the minds of users. Here are two enabling technologies that made news recently, along with an idea I’d like to see inspired by the movie Minority Report and the Sony EyeToy.
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Imaging MacBooks: Understanding MBR, APM, & GPT

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Date: Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 09:00
Category: Opinion

The following information applies to all of Apple’s Intel based Macs, and is important in understanding the issues involved with using BootCamp, or in moving drives between PCs and Intel Macs. It also helps to explain why Apple beat all the other PC makers in widely releasing EFI based computers.
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