“The five largest music companies and three of the USA’s largest music retailers agreed Monday to pay $67.4 million and distribute $75.7 million in CDs to public and non-profit groups to settle a lawsuit led by New York and Florida over alleged price-fixing in the late 1990s.
Attorneys general in the two states, who were joined in the lawsuit by 39 other states, said that the industry kept consumer CD prices artificially high between 1995 and 2000 with a practice known as “minimum-advertised pricing” (MAP).
The settlement will go to all 50 states, based on population. Consumers may be able to seek compensation.”
Reader Daniel W. F. notes that his local Best Buy store has already begun selling the iPod mini. “Just wanted to let you know that the Best Buy in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania already has the iPod mini on sale (I paid $249)... for those without an Apple Store within driving distance.” We’ve called a couple local Best Buy stores in Southern California and all have confirmed that they didn’t sell any iPod minis through its retail locations, but sold out of the iPod mini through its online store. Check with your local store for availability.
“Music, software, video-game and DVD packages shortly will carry the famous FBI stamp and warnings about piracy, in a move to hammer home the message that stealing copyright materials is a serious crime, industry officials said Thursday.
The new antipiracy seal, which was announced at a press conference at the FBI’s Los Angeles office, will look much like the warnings already seen at the beginning of movies on DVDs or video tapes. Individual companies will decide where to place the seal and if they want to use it at all. The seal might be printed on a CD itself, on the packaging, or might pop up on screens when a customer downloads and purchases a digital music file.”
Today, Speck Products announces it’s shipping the newly designed rubberized skin for the iPod mini. The SkinTight Mini Skins features a removable lanyard and a super-slim profile that emphasizes the mini’s core values; small & fashionable. They come in 5 translucent colors (Pink, Clear, Gold, Lime, Blue) and are sold individually for $19.95 and as a 3-Pack (Clear, Lime, Blue) for $29.95.
CNET editor Eliot Van Buskirk takes a closer look at the iPod mini in a video review.
“It was a breakthrough deal that would have put the Napster kitty on millions of Hewlett-Packard computers.
But in the days leading up to Napster’s re-launch in late October, HP suddenly—and without explanation—returned Napster’s $250,000 check and canceled the agreement to install a link to Napster’s online music service on its computers. Worse, in January HP announced a surprise partnership with Napster rival Apple Computer to feature the iTunes Music store on HP computers and sell Hewlett-Packard branded iPod music players.”
A Seattle production company is filming iPod owners as they talk about the product and their appreciation of music. We are looking for people to do an interview, or ‘testimonial’, as to their love for music, and how much they enjoy owning an iPod
The iTunes Music Store now features a “Tell a Friend” link for sharing with others. Simply click the link, fill out the form and tell a friend about your new discovery. “‘Tell a Friend’ links let you send email (that includes an album cover and a link back to the iTunes Music Store) to all your friends. You can even include a personal message. Try it today.”
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MacMerc has posted instructions, photos and a diagram on how to “spy” the inside of specially marked bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist to make sure it has a winning code. “The secret is the angle. I’ve found it to be 25 degrees, but that’s really no use when you’re out in the field. Just tilt it until it seems about that, and look up towards it (hold it above your head). With luck, you should be able to see under the cap.”
“Okay, I’ve unpacked the iPod mini, charged it (it takes an hour for an 80% charge), transferred over my iTunes music and I’m impressed.
Since they aren’t available yet in the stores - indeed my local Apple store only has a handmade cardboard cutout to simulate it’s size and heft - I figured a video demo is the best way to convey my initial impressions until you can see your own mini up close in person.”
‘[Danika] Cleary [Apple’s iPod worldwide product marketing manager] told Macworld: “The iPod mini is smaller and at a slightly lower price. It’s very fashionable, so it may appeal to women or younger people who may not have considered an iPod previously.’ [...]
Cleary clearly does. She said: ‘We really do think the price is right, and that’s because of a couple of reasons. The first is: when you really look at the flash-based players on the market, for around $200 you can get one - but for just $50 more you can get 16 times the amount of music in a package that’s not much bigger than any of the top-selling players in that category.’
Size matters, she stressed: ‘In terms of what people are buying, competing products are not really much smaller than the iPod mini
Editor’s note: The iPod mini package includes two cables; FireWire and USB 2.0.
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MacMinute reports that “Apple’s UK Hot News page notes that the company’s new iPod TV ad campaign kicks off in the United Kingdom this week and runs until mid-March. “Catch the new 30-second spot right here on the Apple site courtesy of our award-winning QuickTime multimedia software architecture,” notes the brief.”
“The analysts speculate that if half the 100 million tracks available through the Apple/iTunes promotion are redeemed, “it will increase iTunes downloads over 100 percent”. This will also increase Apple’s market share in comparison to rival vendors.
The report looks at the true strategy behind the store—increasing iPod sales. As most competing players utilize an incompatible file format, IDC says: “Apple stands to develop a built-in market for the iPod”. It agrees that if users use and choose iTunes then they will be more likely to buy Apple’s music player in preference to competing products.
The conclusion? “Apple stands to benefit greatly form this promotion and carry its momentum forward”.”