The Apple Core: I don’t want an iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2006, 12:05
Category: The Apple Core

iphone-concept.jpgUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been inundated with speculation and rumor about Apple’s iPhone. Am I the only one that doesn’t want one?
AppleInsider reports that Foxconn Electronics (a.k.a. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd.) has received an order from Apple for 12M iPhone handsets, that it will ship unlocked, equipped with a 2MP camera and even that iPhone could add 22% to Apple’s earnings for 2007.
My problem is that I don’t really want an iPod/phone hybrid because I’m more of a smartphone guy myself.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Two Faced Monster Inside Zune

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 07:00
Category: iPod

To counter Apple’s FairPlay DRM used in the iTunes Store, Microsoft worked with media producers to design a comprehensive DRM technology framework it named after the Roman god Janus. Here is why it failed.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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Microsoft Zune on Sale Tuesday, NYT: Yawn

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2006, 00:10
Category: iPod



Microsoft is probably the greenest company in all of high tech. Not green in the environmental sense — green with envy.

Microsoft is so jealous of the iPod’s success that Tuesday it will unveil a new music system — pocket player, jukebox software and online music store — that’s an unabashed copy of Apple’s. It’s called Zune.

The amazing part is that it’s Microsoft’s second attempt to kill the iPod. The first was PlaysForSure — a gigantic multiyear operation involving dozens of manufacturers and online music stores. Microsoft went with its trusted Windows strategy: If you code it, the hardware makers will come (and pay licensing fees).

Trying Out the Zune: IPod It’s Not – New York Times

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The Danger of DRM

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Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2006, 23:46
Category: Opinion


The market for digital music was repressed for nearly a decade prior to the arrival of Apple’s iPod. Here’s why digital music languished for so long, how Apple was able to build a digital business, and why rivals are struggling to turn back the clock and return digital downloads into a legal black hole of onerous restrictions.
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Contributed by: Daniel Eran, RDM

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The Apple Core: Apple targets adult products named “Pod”

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2006, 08:14
Category: The Apple Core

It’s no secret that Apple is clamping down on the term “Pod.” Lawyers from everyone’s favorite fruit company have gone after Web sites, products and magazines using the term “Pod” in their name. Who does Apple council have in their cross hairs next? Adult toy manufacturers.
You’ve probably been forwarded an email about the OhMiBod – who’s slogan is “A whole new way to Plug ‘N Play” – and snickered a bit. The iPod accessory’s Web site teases:
Simply plug OhMiBod into your iPod or any music player and it automatically vibrates to the rhythm and intensity of the music. Let your body feel the vibrations as you get down with your favorite tunes.
Ahem, right.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: NVIDIA to acquire PortalPlayer for US$357M

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2006, 08:52
Category: The Apple Core

portalplayer-logo.jpgPortalPlayerIf you’ve ever scrolled deep into the Legal menu on an iPod you’ve probably seen the logo pictured at right. PortalPlayer is most popular for providing the audio chips for the Apple iPod.
Until April 2006 PortalPlayer sold 90 percent of their chips to Apple for use in iPods. Apple switch suppliers in April and dropped PortalPlayer, reportedly because of product delays, causing PortalPlayer stock to drop over nine dollars in one day.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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iPod shuffle (G2) Disassembled

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Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2006, 11:09
Category: iPod

ipod-shuffle-g2-disassembled.pngMitsunobu Tanake, PhD who runs the excellent Kodawarisan site, sent me a link to a Japanese site that has already disassembled the microscopic second-generation iPod shuffle.

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Fake iPods in Chinese Electronic Store

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2006, 08:02
Category: iPod

What looks like an iPod Mini nano… is nothing more then a bad copy. Upon taking a closer look the iPod letters look odd, the USB connector on the bottom is badly fitted, the User Interface (while in Color) still sucks compared to the real iPod. On the backside it says “Designs by Appls California.”

Click through for two more pictures.

» Fake iPods in chinese Electronic Stores

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REVIEW: XtremeMac MicroMemo iPod Microphone

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2006, 08:00
Category: Accessory

micromemo.pngMicroMemo is a new voice recorder for the iPod that captures 16-bit audio at 22 kHz and 44 kHz to the hard drive.
Recording audio has tons of uses but it’s most beneficial to anyone that attends meetings, lectures, and interviews or otherwise needs a recording of an event.
MicroMemo attaches to the dock connector of the full-size iPod and requires no software. Once attached a simple interface appears on the iPod screen that allows you to either “record” or “save” a recording.
MicroMemo includes a flexible, detachable mic and you can attach any microphone with a standard 3.5mm plug. A built-in speaker allows you to listen to your recordings immediately.
The sound quality was very good as you can hear in the following sample files:
High Quality – 44kHz, WAV, 00:23, 3.9MB, (~170kb/sec)
Low Quality – 22kHz, WAV, 00:38, 1.6MB (~42kb/sec)
MicroMemo is available now from XtremeMac for US$60 in black and white is available to pre-order.

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The Apple Core: Apple patent hints at satellite potential of iPod

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Date: Friday, October 20th, 2006, 10:16
Category: The Apple Core

satellite-ipod-patent1.gifI’m a big fan of satellite radio and was a subscriber to XM radio for three years before switching to Sirius about a year ago.
Back in December 2004, I wrote that Apple was in talks with Sirius to discuss an iPod with a built-in satellite radio receiver. The “SatPod” would be able to receive satellite radio broadcasts from either XM or Sirius (ideally both) and even record the content to the iPod hard drive. Sources told me back then that about such a device.
Almost two years later Apple has filed for a patent which hints that a satellite radio accessory for the iPod may become a reality.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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