Read it to Me creates a playlist of MP3 files in iTunes from your unread RSS news headlines in Ranchero Software’s NetNewsWire using Apple’s Text-to-Speech that you can sync to your iPod.
“A shareholder asked him about plans for a video iPod at the company’s annual meeting in April. He responded by paraphrasing a campaign slogan of Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential election campaign, ‘It’s the economy, stupid.’
‘It’s the music, stupid,’ Jobs said after a slight pause. Also, last week, Apple’s head of hardware product marketing Greg Joswiak told Reuters that Apple has no plans yet for a video iPod. [...]
‘Apple has good equity built up around the iPod brand,’ McGuire said. ‘They have to be careful about turning it into this digital-media Swiss Army knife that does a lot of things but none of them very well.’”
MacMinute reports that their “friends at MacityNet/MacProf have posted an excellent collection of photos (with English comments) from Steve Jobs’ Euro iTunes media event held in London yesterday. Photos include shots of the presentation, Airport Express, Alicia Keys, and more.”
Hi, Ive written a new windows program called SharePod, which allows you to easily share your music with friends who may not have an iPod, and therefore no Ephpod or similar installed. It also allows you to do P2P type music sharing straight from the iPod over a network, we use it at work. Free VB source is also available to download.
“Top on our customers wish list was clear protection for the front of the iPod. We listened to our customers and have responded.” The teski roadie case now boasts a clear protective cover over the front of the iPod that allows for full unrestricted operation of the unit. Previous owners of the roadie can contact teski at teski.com for a free cover for a nominal shipping charge. The clear removable cover now ships with every roadie at no extra charge.
Speaking at today’s iTunes Music Store launch in London, England, Apple CEO Steve Jobs stated that Apple’s sale of 3,000,000 iPods as of March 2004 represents a fifty percent market share for the iPod and iPod mini formats. “We can’t make some of them fast enough,” Jobs added.
Jobs also touted the strength of the iPod’s accessory base, noting that “there’s a huge iPod economy, with 250 products out there.” Announcements regarding new iPod “in-car listening” accessories are coming “later this year,” said Jobs, and German site Macnews.de reported that a BMW was clearly visible in a projected slide.
In London, England this morning, Apple has announced the immediate availability of the iTunes Music Store for Europe, starting with three territories - the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. With the launch of these new European iTunes stores, Apple now claims to be serving sixty percent of the world’s market for music.
As in the United States, a single per-song rate will apply to downloads. Songs will be available for 79 pence (U.K.) or 99 cents (France and Germany), with most albums at 7.99 pounds (U.K.) or 9.99 euros (France and Germany). Local content will be available in each of the European territories, and a full European Union version of the iTunes Music Store will launch in October.
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“Apple, the US computer maker, is expected to launch its popular internet music store in Europe tomorrow, in an attempt to build on the company’s considerable success in the US online music market. [...]
One person in the industry said Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, was expected to be on hand to announce Apple’s music store would immediately be available to consumers in the UK, Germany and France. Mr Jobs was also expected to announce plans to eventually roll out the service to other European countries.”
Apple’s press event will take place at approximately 11:00AM local time in London, England (6:00AM Eastern Standard Time and 3:00AM Pacific Standard Time, United States). Additional announcements regarding new iTunes and iPod pricing, availability, and accessories may be included in the presentation. Join iLounge tomorrow morning for full coverage of the event.
“A source from within the UK’s Association of Independent Musicians (AIM) explained: “Talks have been ongoing over the weekend, but I’m hearing they broke down today.” It appears Apple has presented terms to Europe’s independents that are unacceptable to them, and the computer company is not prepared to shift its position.
If this report proves true this will mean Apple will launch its store
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.’”