The Wall Street Journal’s Walter Mossberg interviewed Steve Jobs at the D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad, California. Mossberg talked with Jobs about the success of iTunes, Mac’s future, and movie piracy, during which Jobs casually mentioned he would like to the lower the price on iPods. “I mean, we’re not happy with iPods costing $300 and $400 and we want to keep driving the prices down on them so we’re working very hard on that.”
“Walt Mossberg: You’ve been the leader in legal music downloading. Where does it stand today?
Steve Jobs: We have about 70% market share of the legal downloads, which is great. But if you look at everybody together—100% of the legal download market—we’ve gone from pretty much zero a year ago to about 2% of the legally sold music in the U.S. That’s not a giant number, but if you look at it and say it’s been accomplished in a year and you look at the trajectory, it’s not inconceivable to see it breaking through 5% in the next 24 months as an example, maybe sooner.”
i-magine, the official on-line reseller of iSkin products, has launched a Summer Sale on many of their products until the end of June. There are reductions of over 30% on some items including iSkin eVo for
LoadPod, the service that rips your CD collection into your iPod so that you don’t have to, has added local service in several new areas, including: Los Angeles-Pasadena, California, Atlanta-Marietta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Pensacola-Panama City, Florida and Northern Virginia. The LoadPod network now includes twenty-five States, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and San Diego, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC.
PodShop is currently offering all Macintosh User Group (MUG) members a discounted price on the company’s clear acrylic stand/display product, PodHolder. MUG members can get PodHolder for $7.95 - a savings of 20% - by using the special MUG link at http://podshop.com/mug.htm and by providing the MUG group affiliation during the checkout process. There is no expiration on the discount.
iPod parody posters dubbed “iRaq” have gone bi-coastal since their recent debut in New York City. Several photos of the latest parody posters to hit the streets of Los Angeles include silhouetted figures holding various military weapons with the famous white cable attached; including a Russian AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenade and RPG grenade launcher. All posters are marked “10,000 Iraqis killed. 773 US soldiers dead.”
Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes has released iTunes Library Manager, an AppleScript application that makes backup copies of the iTunes Library and Preferences, allowing users to easily save multiple iTunes Library and Preferences configurations that can be retrieved and loaded at any time.
“The Magazine Publishers of America awarded TBWAChiatDay the $100,000 Grand Prize Kelly Award for its Apple iPod “Silhouette” campaign that shows people dancing with iPods against brightly colored backgrounds.
‘It demonstrated to people that you don’t have to spend a lot of time talking about features to get people to make a human connection with your product,’ said Mike Hughes, president of The Martin Agency in Richmond, Va., and a Kelly judge. ‘Also, one of the core values for Apple is design. To reinforce that without ever talking about it, just by art direction, is an incredibly smart and effective device.’”
“One word describes Apple’s sudden success with iPod and the iTunes Music Store: “Phenomenon.”
Apple’s early music success transcends technology features and is as much about basic human characteristics often overlooked by companies developing new products. The popularity of iPod and the iTunes Music Store offers interesting cultural lessons for Apple and its competitors. What is the measure of success? People.”
“Carrying a paper copy of the U.S. Constitution is so 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century. Now you can tote a hyperlinked copy everywhere on your iPod. The free download, dubbed iCon, comes courtesy of the American Constitution Society, a national organization made up of moderate and progressive law students, lawyers, judges, academics, policymakers and advocates.”
The MTV Movie Awards will be offering up the iPod mini and accessories by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) to presenters and performers attending the event. Stars like host Lindsay Lohan, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Snoop Dogg, the Beastie Boys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Christina Aguilera, Vin Diesel, Kirsten Dunst and more all receive a luxurious gift package arranged by LA based Branded Entertainment. The basket includes, in addition to the iPod mini and DLO iPod mini accessories, an XM Satellite Radio, Microsoft Xbox, Logitech Webcam, Electronic Arts games and more. DLO’s gift basket includes the TransPodFM All-in-one Car Solution for iPod and iPod mini, the Jam Jacket Pro mini workout case with armband and the Podfolio mini leather case. The show airs Thursday, June 10 at 9p.m. ET.
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player. If you are installing iTunes for use with an iPod, after installing iTunes, use the cable that came with your iPod to connect your iPod to your computer.
LoadPod, the service that rips your CD collection into your iPod so that you don’t have to, has added local service in several new areas, including the San Francisco, Sacramento, and Berekely areas of California; the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area; the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota; and the Detroit Metro area of Michigan. The LoadPod network now includes twenty-two States, including major metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, Miami, Phoenix, Nashville, St. Louis, Baltimore, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and San Diego.
MicrophoneSolutions.com is offering the Shure E2 earphones for $69.00 + shipping (around $6.00) using coupon code G88E88. This offer is for a limited time. You get the 30 day Money back guarantee. Beware of e-tailers that advertise the E2 for less than $99. That means they’re not authorized dealers. The E2 you buy from MicrophoneSolutions comes with a 2 YEAR replacement and/or repair by Shure.
Digitally Unique is offering the recently released BTI Battery Pack for $84.95, $15 off the $99.95 retail price. “Designed for all 3rd generation iPods and iPod mini users, the iPod Battery comes with interchangeable cradles for the 3rd generation iPod and iPod mini and will provide up to 40 hours of music play-time or download time, regardless of the age or status of the original (internal) battery. The battery does NOT charge the internal iPod battery. The power will by-pass the internal battery and go straight to the unit.”
Head and earphone maker, Sennheiser has launched an interactive Flash website called “TrueSound Lounge” for web-surfers to experience “an entertaining selection of fresh, innovative new music from Sennheiser-supported emerging artists like Sugarcult and Jody Whitesides, and fun, quick-witted web-video shorts from top commercial filmmakers and producers, fruits of the Sennheiser Invitational Film Project.” The lounge also offers information on “personal-listening products for home, portable, and wireless enjoyment of music, home-theater, and A-V entertainment”.
MacMinute reports that “this month’s Rolling Stone lists the iPod among “The 50 Moments that Changed Rock ‘n’ Roll.” It says the Apple device has ‘revolutionized the way we listen to music” and that by the end of 2003 “the iPod has become a cultural phenomenon.’”
Macworld’s Jason Snell spoke with Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Vice President of Hardware Product Marketing, on how the new AirTunes works. “Essentially, AirTunes is a method of creating remote speakers for a copy of iTunes, and sending data to those remote speakers via a wireless network. That network can be formed by connecting an AirPort Express to another AirPort Express, to an AirPort Extreme Base Station, or even to a non-apple 802.11b or 802.11g access point.”
MacMinute reports that “Apple today introduced AirPort Express, “the world’s first 802.11g mobile base station that can be plugged directly into the wall for wireless Internet connections and USB printing, or thrown into a laptop bag to bring wireless freedom to hotel rooms with broadband connections.” Airport Express also features analog and digital audio outputs that can be connected to a stereo and new AirTunes music networking software that wirelessly streams music to any room in the house. AirPort Express features a single piece ultra-compact design weighing 6.7 ounces, and will be available to Mac and PC users in July for US$129. AirTunes requires the next version of iTunes (iTunes 4.6), which is expected to be available later this week as a free download.”