I’m currently working on my MBA and was required to do an economic analysis of a product lifecycle. Being a new iPod/iTunes convert, I decided to talk about how Apple has taken on the old RIAA/CD retail distribution model. This website has been a great source of information for me and I would like to share my analysis with the group. This posting does not represent the view of my employer.
Not really news, more of a what if? Some iPod users have discovered the power of Smart Playlists (a peek at smartplaylists.com gives users some great ideas). What if Apple were to pay users to rate their songs, so that info could be uploaded to the iTunes store to make recommendations more accurate?
Savier have fitted the Studio backpack with an amp and ultra-thin Si-5 NXT technology speakers. The speakers have 360
“However, music-industry executives believe Apple will face fierce competition from established heavyweights in the digital-music download market.
MusicNet CEO Alan McGlade told CBS MarketWatch he thinks Apple’s service may be an early leader, but that others will dominate the new market in future.
He said: ‘The big companies are going to dominate. AOL is going to be a significant player. Companies like Yahoo, MTV, Microsoft, Sony. I don’t think it’s going to be iTunes.’”
The famous ‘For Dummies’ line of books is now offering iPod & iTunes For Dummies by Tony Bove and Cheryl Rhodes priced at $11.89 at Amazon.com. Also new is the iPod Companion book by Tony Bove priced at $17.49.
“The Dension Ice-Link for iPod sets out to link your ipod to your car head unit, providing control over the iPod either from the steering wheel buttons/stalk or the head unit itself, and, of course, the iPOD sound plays through the vehicles speakers.
The unit consists of a silver metallic box, slighlty larger than a box of matches, a cable to connect into your head units CD changer socket and an encapsulated PCB that connects the silver convertor box to the iPod and provides iPod charging. [click ‘Read more’]
“Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs this year becomes the first person to be named to Advertising Age
Lajo is offering a buy 2 for the price of 1 on iSkins for 1st and 2nd generation iPods.
Dealmac: CircuitCity.com slashed its price on the Belkin iPod Auto Kit, model no. F8V7058APL, to $19.99 with free shipping. That’s a 50% drop and the lowest price we’ve seen. This Belkin iPod auto kit charges an iPod from a car cigarette lighter and connects to a car’s sound system via a 3.5 mm audio output (if the car takes it). Offer ends November 22, 2003.
“Despite their legal blitzkrieg to stop online song-swapping, many music labels are benefiting from—and paying for—intelligence on the latest trends in Internet trading. [...]
One company, Beverly Hills-based BigChampagne, began mining such data from popular peer-to-peer networks in 2000 and has built a thriving business selling it to recording labels. [...]
BigChampagne has certainly done well by file-swapping. It formed in July 2000, just as the Internet boom was beginning to bust, and now counts Maverick, DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Disney and Atlantic Records among its clients. All the major labels have worked with BigChampagne ‘in one capacity or another,’ Garland said.”
The new Speck Products iStyle Leather iPod case features a flip-lid design with snap closure, clear plastic screen shield , access for headphone & FireWire/dock ports, fits all new 3G iPods and comes in black and powder blue. The case is available now for $34.95.
The Think Different Store is offering the Griffin iTrip FM Transmitter for 1G and 2G iPods for $29.00. Use coupon code “RESQ” to get the discount.
London-based radio station, Xfm is giving away fifty iPods next week on Christian O
Amazon is offering the 10GB iPod for $284.84, the 20GB iPod for $379.84 and the 40Gb for $474.84, all with free shipping. Place items in your cart to view the low price.
“Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California moved Thursday to protect increasingly beleaguered movie and music producers and artists by proposing a new federal crackdown on pirates, especially those who use the Internet to distribute their goods. [...]
The Feinstein-Cornyn proposal would make illegal recording a federal felony, with a maximum punishment of five years in prison, an unspecified fine, or both. The maximum prison time increases to 10 years for a second offense.”
“Microsoft’s chief technology officer this week eulogised over the Blackberry email device and Apple iPod in front of an audience of IT directors and developers. In addition to owning a Blackberry and loving the iPod, David Vaskevitch said he always carries a digital camera, but he
Apple is now offering a Battery Replacement program that includes iPods over a year old. “Battery Service: $99.00 USD: labor, parts, and a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship, plus $6.95 shipping. $105.95 USD total.” This service is not yet available for Europe. Check this FAQ for more information on cheaper battery replacement alternatives.
Apple has launched a special holiday shopping site for iPod featuring several animations of the iPod, and sections include What’s an iPod?, How does it work?, Convince your parents and Where to buy. The Convince your parents section is particulalry humorus as Apple lists several ways for you to ask your parents for an iPod; Ask nicely, Stake your grades on it, Do a good deed and Subliminal advertising.
A new iPod commercial featuring ‘Rock Star’ by N.E.R.D was aired tonight on primetime NBC, and is the third iPod commercial featuring silhouetted people dancing against colored backgrounds. This one also mentions ‘Now for Windows’ and ends with iTunes.com.