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iTMS for Windows: Will Apple be successful? Part 2

“Apple’s strategy at the moment seems sound. Adam Engst, publisher of Mac community newsletter TidBITS, told the E-Commerce Times that with more than 1 million iPods sold since the device was introduced, Apple likely is enjoying a significant profit margin. Moreover, the iPod marketing strategy shows the company is moving in the direction of consumer electronics while still leveraging its many millions of Mac users as an initial target market.

‘And just as with the iTunes Music Store, the iPod is simply better done than most of the competitors—better interface, better integration, better industrial design and so on,’ Engst added. ‘If Apple can repeat that win in other areas that bridge the gap between computers and consumer electronics, they could be highly successful, even without gaining much market share on the computer side.’”

Fast Company: The “Pods Unite” ad

  • October 1, 2003
  • iPod
“Here’s an ad with oomph. A television and print campaign from Volkswagen and Apple promised an Apple iPod with every purchase of a New Beetle sedan through September 30. The ads, which debuted on July 15 with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, are winningly stylish. But their appeal also depends on a shrewd mutual understanding of brand and audience: They’re the right pitch to the right market.”

The Poor Mans iPod

  • October 1, 2003
  • iPod

pic BoingBoing has posted a humorous poke at the expense (or lack thereof) of iPod. “Can’t afford an iPod? Cheap consumer-electronics chic: print, glue onto cardboard, cut out and assemble.”

Apple: Paying attention to the details

“Look here, at the packaging for the iPod. You ain’t about to find this type of artistic approach in any sort of mass-consumer package design. Yes, it is one of the most expensive MP3 players on the market. Yes, it is by all accounts the best and most elegantly designed MP3 player on the market. And, yes, it is selling by the truckload. There are reasons for this.”

Altec Lansing announces inMotion Portable iPod Speakers

pic Altec Lansing has announced the inMotion Portable iPod Speakers for iPod. The portable speaker system features a built-in docking bay for data transfer and syncronization, full-featured alarm clock that plays wake up music, headphone port, auxiliary input, MaxBass technology for deep bass response, and an on-board Class D amplifier. The portable system uses an included AC adapter or four AA batteries (not included). The inMotion Portable iPod Speakers are priced at $149.99, are available exclusively at Apple Store online, and will be in Apple retail stores beginning in November. Apple estimates shipping at 7-10 business days.                                                 
             
                                                                                                             

Washington Post: Music Industry Will Talk Before Suing

“The music industry, criticized for its recent wave of lawsuits aimed at stopping song swapping on the Internet, agreed yesterday to contact future defendants before they are sued and give them a chance to pay a cash settlement or argue that they have been mistakenly accused of copyright infringement.”

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iTMS for Windows: Will Apple be successful?

“‘In this case,’ he added, ‘opening the iTunes Music Store up to Windows users simply expands Apple’s market without in any way harming the company’s core business in selling Macs. In fact, it even enhances sales of the iPod, which, while not a core business, shows where Apple is heading.’

Engst said he thinks opening up iTMS to Windows users will significantly increase iTunes downloads. Although download percentages likely will not correspond to OS market share (in other words, Mac users still will make up far more than 3 to 5 percent of all iTMS downloads), he said he believes the number of overall downloads (after an initial burst of enthusiasm by Windows users) will increase between three- and five-fold.”

XtremeMac releases Premium iPod Car Charger

pic XtremeMac has released the new Premium iPod Car Charger for 3G iPods which uses Apple’s proprietary dock connector. The charger features a single LED to indicate a power connection, removable fuse for current protection, diode protection for backflow current, impact resistant shell, integrated cable strain relief on both ends and a limited lifetime warranty. It’s available now for $19.95 or bundled in the Get Connected Kit for $49.95.

Times Online UK: Apple’s man in black takes on the music pirates

  • September 29, 2003
  • Apple

“Many observers believe Apple is more focused on launching the Windows version of iTunes in the US than it is on Europe. The company has committed to launching the Windows version before the end of the year. Jobs says: ‘We said (iTunes for Windows) would be out in the US next quarter, before the end of the year. I think we are very much on track.’ 

One record industry executive says: ‘Everyone wants to see what success they will have on Windows. If they can sell ten million songs on Macs, which have only 5 per cent of the PC market, how much could they sell to 100 per cent of the market?’”

Reuters: MusicMatch launches digital download service

“MusicMatch, the software company best known for its popular music player, on Monday launched a pay-as-you-download music service, the latest entrant in the increasingly heated market for online music.

Offering a library of more than 200,000 songs at 99 cents each, the MusicMatch service will allow computer users to buy and download music with few restrictions, a model pioneered by Apple Computer Inc.‘s (AAPL)  iTunes Music Store in May.”

USA TODAY: Windows-based MusicMatch hopes to match Apple iTunes

“MusicMatch CEO Dennis Mudd calls his 99-cents-a-song service a ‘breakthrough,’ because he acquired liberal usage rules similar to those in Apple’s acclaimed iTunes Music Store: Buyers can burn songs and transfer them to portable devices as often as they want. [...]

MusicMatch is the first Windows-based service to obtain looser licensing terms. ‘We held off launching until we could get these rules,” Mudd says. “If you make it too hard on users, they’ll just go to Kazaa.’”

MacFormat suggests volume hack for EU iPods

In the letters page of the October issue of MacFormat magazine, a reader complained about the European Volume issue with his new iPod. He stated a friend brought a new iPod back from Japan, and the difference in volume between the European and Japanese versions was quite noticeable. Macformat replied - “Apple hasn’t said officially whether the European iPods come with a nobbled volume. However, this website says they do: and reckons it’s found the answer. Plug in your iPod and follow the instructions at www.bsodmike.com/ipodnocap.html.”

Cruising the high seas with iPod

  • September 28, 2003
  • iPod

“To keep such passengers content while on board, Celebrity ships have an attractive combination of amenities. For instance, the line’s four newest ships offer two-deck-tall libraries of both the printed word and more than 1,500 musical compositions, from rap to classical.

The music library, named Notes, also has nine listening stations. Visitors sit at a touch screen, scroll through the offerings by category, artist or title, and create their own playlist, which they can call up on each visit. Or they can take with them an iPod, at $10 a day; the music librarian loads it with their choices.”

Silicon Valley: Dell rebrands and industry responds

“They’ve used this announcement to lay down the gauntlet to HP, Apple and to some extent Sony,’ said Tim Bajarin, president of the Creative Strategies consulting firm. ‘Everything that Dell’s doing right now is extremely calculated.’ [...]

Apple fired off a dismissive statement about Dell’s entry into the digital music business.

‘It appears that Dell is re-branding one of the second-tier music services that will be announced soon, just like they are re-branding Creative’s MP3 player. There is little original here,’ Apple’s statement said.”

Stuff Magazine Personal Audio Supertest

  • September 27, 2003
  • iPod

In the October 2003 issue of Stuff Magazine the Apple iPod goes head to head with Panasonic’s SV-SD85, Philips Key 004, Sharp MT899H and the Sony D-NE1 in their Personal Digital Audio Supertest. They review the 15GB iPod and it wins the test. Also tested in the same category as the iPod is the Creative Jukebox Zen and the Archos Jukebox AV120. Stuff assemble their “winning team” consisting of the iPod, iMac2, Grado SR60 headphones for indoor use, Sennheiser MX500 for outdoors, and the Acoustic Energy Aego 2 speaker system for hooking up to the iMac/iPod.

Also featured in this issue is an accessories list for the iPod to turn your iPod into a bomb shelter (iPod Armor), a listening post (Boostaroo), a pirate radio station (iTrip), a mini system (NaviPOD remote), and a portable stereo (Creative Travelsound).

Stuff’s website has also posted a Web poll asking, “Gadget of 2003?.” The iPod is winning so far with over 50% of the votes.

CNET: MusicMatch, Dell to launch music stores

“MusicMatch plans to jump into the digital song-selling business next week, with Dell promoting the company’s new download service, sources familiar with the plan said. 

The Internet music software company’s service, which will provide a new online rival to Apple Computer’s iTunes and BuyMusic, will use the popular MusicMatch Jukebox software and will distribute music in Microsoft’s Windows Media format, sources said. The announcement is expected as soon as Monday.”

T3 magazine features iPod AV concept

  • September 26, 2003
  • iPod

The September issue of T3 magazine (UK) features an iPod AV mock-up created by DesignWorks Windsor.

“The video iPod will feature a massive 50GB hard disk and a gorgeous 4.6-inch widescreen colour display. You’ll be able to watch full-length movies that you’ve downloaded from the internet or copied from a DVD disc. That lovely screen will be touch-sensitive , keeping the number of buttons on the edge of the device down to a bare minimum. Plus, there’ll be integrated Bluetooth, giving you the ability to share files with other iPod owners .”

Dr. Mac: How The iPod & iTunes Changed My Life

  • September 26, 2003
  • iPod

“I got my wish. The iPod has brought music back into my life full time, with a vengeance. I listen to great music wherever I am. I have a little workshop out in the garage, where I’ve set up my old Monsoon speakers so I can plug my iPod into them and listen while I paint. [...]

And I have playlists for every occasion. When I visit my dentist, it’s “Music to inhale nitrous oxide by.” I make playlists for plane rides. I have playlists for my kids. I even have playlists to work by (usually heavy on the King Crimson and Dave Brubeck).”

CompactFlash reader for iPod?

  • September 25, 2003
  • iPod

O’Reilly has posted an interview with Bernard Leach, the first developer to successfully port Linux onto the iPod. In the interview Leach mentions his latest project - trying to get a CompactFlash reader to download digital photos to his iPod.

“Just recently, thanks to the guys at SiK.com, I got the hardware together to test connecting a CompactFlash reader to the iPod. So far, I’ve only had limited success, but it’s getting there. Once I get that working, I plan to write a small application that will let me copy digital images from CompactFlash cards to the iPod.”

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