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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iSync 1.1 to Support P800

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:34
Category: Software

Think Secret is reporting on a pre-release version of the iSync 1.1 providing the first details of the specific phones it will support:

The update will reportedly support three Symbian phones over Bluetooth — the Sony Ericsson P800, Nokia 7650, and Nokia 3650 — using, as one source said, some sort of PPP bridging for synchronization. Via OBEX, iSync 1.1 will add Bluetooth support for the Sony Ericsson T610/608 and the Siemens S55 phones.
Over USB cables, iSync 1.1 will support a number of Motorola GSM, CDMA, and TDMA phones, including the 120C, C330, C331, T720, V60i, and V66i. Others may also be supported in the final release.

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PowerPage Must Have Mac OS X Apps

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:34
Category: Software

This is a semi-regular perusal of what is on O’Grady’s hard drive:
Konfabulator – We have talked about it here before and still love it. Think widgets on your desktop. Gooey aqua widgets. My current favorite and highly recommended plug-ins:

  • LyricScraper
  • Itunesy (cover art)
  • Itunes remote

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Roxio Napster to Challenge iTunes Music Store

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:33
Category: Software

According to Wired: “Software-maker Roxio has acquired pressplay, the online music service. The company plans to join the technology with a brand it has already acquired — Napster — to compete with Apple’s iTunes Music Store and MusicNet for online music customers.”

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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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TUAW: In Let's Build Another

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Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2005, 09:45
Category: Software

Apple Dashboard Widget Design ContestTUAW: In Let’s Build Another Dashboard Widget, Andrew Anderson delves a little deeper than he did last time into the intricacies of Widget development: “Even though no real development environment exists now, there are some tricks and techniques that can be used to make Dashboard widget development easier. Andrew Anderson explores some tricks and techniques and presents a widget that uses JavaScript’s XMLHttpRequest method to retrieve spelling suggestions from Google.”
With that I’d like to declare open the PowerPage Dashboard Widget contest. We’re looking for someone to create a Dashboard Widget that displays the PowerPage RSS feed in a clean design. Style points for incorporating the PowerPage’s style and color scheme. Send us with you submission before June 30, 2005 and we’ll announce a winner in early July. The winner gets a PowerPage prize pack (MacBible, Podium Coolpad, PowerPage T-Shirt, etc.), credit on the site and of course, bragging rights!
Show us what you’ve got!

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Getting Better WoW Wireless Performance

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Date: Friday, May 27th, 2005, 06:37
Category: Software

I’ve been playing World of Warcraft (WoW) on a PowerBook and on my new dual G5 2.7 both wirelessly and sometimes the network totally wigs but here are a few things i’ve found that help a lot…

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Apple Releases Keynote 2.0.2, Pages 1.0.2

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2005, 10:58
Category: Software

MacInTouch: Apple updated its iWork applications (Keynote 2.0.2, Pages 1.0.2) to address a security issue in Keynote and to tweak page navigation in Pages.

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Opera Web Browser Works with Blackberry Web Client

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2005, 10:33
Category: Software

I just discovered that Opera 7 for Mac OS X is the only Web browser that works properly with the Blackberry Web Client (BWC) on Mac. I have tried every browser in creation and none of them allow you to delete messages from the BWC – except OPERA! Kudos guys. (Source: Emory)

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BitTorrent: It's not all That

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Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2005, 10:42
Category: Software

CommonBits has posted a nice primer on BitTorrent for those of you not on the bandwagon yet. Make sure you grab the white hot Beta 4.1.1 featuring trackerless support and internationalization. Also, the creator of BitTorrent just launched the overly hyped BitTorrent search. BT is an excellent platform for finding all kinds of music and films released under the Creative Commons license but it’s sooo 2004. :)

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