NEW YORK (Fortune) — Click on the iTunes music store and punch in “Beatles” under artist search. More than 50 albums will pop up, including Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Play the Beatles, but none are the real deal. Fans wishing to download the actual Fab Four in MP3 format have to search peer-to-peer sites like Limewire for unlicensed songs they can listen to free.
But that may be about to change. While details remain to be worked out, Fortune has learned that iTunes is close to a deal to bring the Beatles catalog online. Apple Computer is said to be angling to become the exclusive online music store for the Beatles for a limited window of time. Other music stores, such as Microsoft’s MSN and Rhapsody, have courted the Beatles over the years to no avail, but it appears Apple is close to getting first dibs on the band’s hits.
Shares of Apple Computer, Inc. closed at an all time high last Tuesday, rising $2.13 or two percent to close at $88.60 per share.
Investors seemed responsive to recent analyst predictions that 14 million iPods will be sold within the current fiscal quarter. Speculation has also risen about an upcoming Apple cell phone, nicknamed the “iPhone”, which could be on the horizon.
Shaw Wu of American Technology research commented that while the “iPhone” is a favorite topic of analysts, bloggers and Apple fans alike, it would still be in the development phase. A clear release, or even an announcement date, would be impossible to predict, according to analytical firm MarketWatch.
Apple’s current stock price stands at $92.75 in Monday pre-market trading according to Yahoo Finance and can be easily tracked via Stimpsoft’s free AAPL Stock Dock program.
In another recent article I said it would be nice if Apple would put a “supercharger” in the 13″ MacBook — sort of like the JCW Tuning Kit for a MINI Cooper that turns it into a “pocket rocket” — for those of us who like little things that go wicked fast. Then the Core 2 Duo version of the MacBook is announced.
So inquiring minds want to know if it provides enough “punch” over the Core Duo version to deem the MacBook as an “S” model. Or is that integrated GPU going to ruin all the fun?
I’ve always been into cool t-shirts and designed and printed them all through college to make some extra cash. Recently I stumbled across Insanely Great Tees. Their designs are geek chic without hitting you over the head and (most of all) they’re printed on super soft American Apparel t-shirts. I opted for the PowerPage orange bomb design, and of course, the Apple heart. US$17 each.
Your closet should be jam-packed with so many awesome t-shirts that you never have to worry about doing the laundry!
Truly amazing shirt facts!
• Printed on Space-Age Super Tees (They’re made by American Apparel, for ultra softness and the perfect fit every time)
• Designed by Geeks, for Geeks (Be proud of your geekish heritage! You’ll look so great, even your enemies will be impressed)
• Shipped to you from New York City! (All cool things come from NYC, including movies, pizza, tall buildings and King Kong)
Apple has just filed a new patent application for the adding of physical controls (like buttons or sliders etc) to the touch sensitive surfaces of electronic devices. Apple seems to propose that you take a ‘blank’ iPod and add a wheel for a standard iPod, add a keypad to make it a phone – add a joystick to make it a game machine. The overlays are identified by the computer/device and it reacts accordingly. Imagine adding a nice volume control to your iPod. The ‘blank’ iPod can be made into a PDA, cell phone, game machine, handtop or remote control. Add a joystick to your MacBook? How about a mixing desk?
Beware young and old — want to know exactly what stages your poor little laptop battery will go through when it ignites? We kind of didn’t either, but that didn’t stop us from fighting our compulsion to watch the above YouTube vid. Scary, sobering stuff. You did return your recalled battery, right?
Mac speed freaks are already aware that it’s possible to overclock the ATI X1600 GPU in the MacBook Pro using ATITool in Windows XP.
XLR8YourMac has posted clocked and overclocked 3DMark05 benchmark results/comparisons with a new Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. They’ve updated the previous page on ATI X1600 overclocking using ATI Tool in XP.
Best Buy put the Zune on sale earlier than it should have — the Zune’s supposed to be released in the U.S. next Tuesday — and some people took advantage of that to get their Zune early. Not everyone had as much fun with it, however, as one person reported a crashing installation sequence of the Zune software, and added various screenshots of the install routine. The crash screen itself is, well, questionable at best — in terrible taste at worst.
A source tells CNET News.com that Apple Computer and the record labels are onto this. Supposedly, iTunes customers may soon be able to buy the album and get credit for any single tracks they have bought.
smcFanControl version 1.2.2 adds support for the new 13.3″ MacBook with Core 2 Duo and a Dutch and Korean localization.”
FanControl lets the user set the minimum speed of the build in fans. So you can increase your minimum fan speed to make your macbook run cooler. However in order not to damage your machine FanControl let’s you not set minimum speed to a rate under Apple’s defaults. To change fan-speeds you need to authenticate with valid credentials of an user-account with admin privileges.