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How BuyMusic really makes their money

BuyMusic’s ads are served by the infamous DoubleClick network.  In the past, Buy.com’s profit philosophy was to underprice products and make up for the loss in profits by advertising, and it’s very likely BuyMusic.com is doing the same thing.  The site’s privacy policy says that BuyMusic.com itself will not collect IP addresses and other personal information.  But that doesn’t keep them from doing so in a roundabout way:

“We use a third party to provide digital music download samples for our customers.  That service collects your IP address, browser type, ISP, platform, and a date/time stamp.”

The excerpt means that “third party” will sell your info (like the songs you’ve listed to) to many other third parties.  In essence, you buy one James Taylor CD, you’ll see James Taylor merchandise everywhere you go on the internet.

iPod Armor case for $40

Big discounts on the iPod Armor Case at DirectCase.com. The Armor for the original iPods was $54.95. It is available now for $40.00.

New 50Cent video features new iPod

The new 50Cent video P.I.M.P. features the new 3G iPod. Looks like the iPod is the new pimp accessory. Bling Bling. Let’s start Pimpin’ now ...where is ma furry hat and ma Gin????

Creative CEO says Zen NX “better looking” than iPod

At a press briefing, Creative’s CEO, Sim Wong Hoo said the Nomad Zen NX is “better looking” than the iPod. Am I the only one here who thinks that they copied the iPod’s design?

“Unveiling the company’s new strategy yesterday at a briefing on its financial results, Mr Sim said it has successfully made inroads into the PDE market with its Nomad line of MP3 players.

Holding up one of its latest models - the Nomad Jukebox Zen - he proudly declared the slim, silver aluminium pocket-sized device was ‘better looking’ than rival Apple Computer’s pert but pricier iPod.”

15GB iPod: $364 Shipped TODAY Only

Deals on the Web: Dell is offering the 15GB iPod at $399. TODAY only, use coupon code “52C43EABD32F” to save $35 for a final price of $364. With Free ground shipping, it’s the best current price we’ve seen at $35 below the retail price. Coupon expires 8/6/03 at 11 PM CST. Update: you’ll need to add something valued at $1 or more to your shopping cart for the $35 off coupon to work. A good candidate is iMation CD-R media for $6.95, item “068352-4”.

Refurbished 20GB iPods: $299 Shipped

Deals on the Web: A reader points us to the Apple Store online for the factory refurbished (2nd generation) 20GB iPod at $299.00. This is the Windows version, but you can quickly convert it by following the information in the iLounge FAQs. To find the deal, click on the “Special Deals” link at the bottom of the page. A one year warranty is included.

Forbes.com: RealNetworks Cues Up New Song

“The latest entrant is RealNetworks, which closed on its acquisition of Listen.com on Monday, and will now take control of the Rhapsody digital music subscription service. RealNetworks’ Chief Executive Rob Glaser clearly has Apple in his sights. 

While Rhapsody is still mostly a subscription site, where users pay a monthly fee ranging from $4.95 to $9.95 a month plus 79 cents per song to burn songs to CD, Glaser says he expects it to try the so-called “

TechTV: BuyMusic.com vs. iTunes Music Store

“Digital music expert Kevin Arnold, founder of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance, says BuyMusic.com lacks Apple’s seamless, one-price-fits-all approach to downloading music. But that’s the nature of Windows, a multitude of platforms and very few licensing rules. Apple, he says, is the epitome of refinement.

‘I would compare Windows to the wild, wild, west,” says Arnold. “And Apple is like a gated community.’”

“iTunes Sales Continue to Fall”

“In the first day April 28th iTunes sales were at 200,000 per day. By May 5th CNet were reporting that sales had topped 1,000,000 meaning 140,000 songs were been sold per day. By May 14th this figure had fallen to 125,000. While figures published in the The NY Times on May 28th translate the figure into 100,000 per day.

The decline continued from there. 5 million tracks had been sold by June 23rd meaning the average daily sales had now hit 89,000. The figure hit 6.5 million on July 22nd translating into 52,000 sales per day.

The sales figure may reflect seasonal variance and other launch hype related factors. However there is a clear decline in place and with iTunes still failing to sign up some big bands the perceived success of iTunes is not quite what all are making it out to be.”

BusinessWeek: Where “Think Different” Is Taking Apple

“‘It’s a paradigm shift at the company,’ says Charles Wolf, an analyst at investment firm Needham & Co. and a longtime Apple watcher (who owns shares of Apple stock). ‘They are redefining what kind of company they are.’ Indeed, the release of iPod for Windows last August established the demarcation line in an extraordinary strategic change for Apple, a company that over the past two decades has steadfastly refused to loosen its control over the creation, manufacturing, or distribution of its products.”

BuyMusic.com not selling 300,000 songs

So, BuyMusic.com started out by saying they had 300,000 songs available for download the first day of business. IF that were true than their claim would also be true that they were “The Largest Online Music Store”. Well, Mr. Blum in the past has also stated that they were the first legal online music downloading service, which we all know to be false. So judging on BuyMusic’s track record I set out to find out how many songs BuyMusic really had ready for download. By clicking on every single category and then by clicking on “List all” I could get an accurate number. I added all the numbers together and came out with a nice figure of 200,069. Yup, that’s right, nowhere near the figure of 300,000.

You see, the problem is that Buy.com is privately owned by Scott Blum, that means that he can release no official word on how many downloads he has, how many songs available, or how many people have visited his store, etc.

So just a fair warning, every time you hear a figure come out of his mouth, take it with a very large grain of salt.

15GB & 30GB iPods on sale at Amazon.com

The 15GB and 30GB iPods are on sale at Amazon.com for $379.05 and $474.04 respectively. The discounted prices are not visible until you add the item to your shopping cart.

Booq Announces PodPaq Nappa iPod Case

pic Booq has announced the release of a new version of its PodPaq case in Nappa leather. PodPaq nappa features pockets for earbuds, Nappa leather, belt clip, removable flip-top lid, access for headphones/charging cable and fits new 3G iPods. The case sells for $49.50 and is now available for shipping.

Shortage of iPods in Australia

PC World Australia reports:

“Shoppers wanting to get their hands on the new iPod are turning to internet auction sites like ebay as Apple

Toronto Star: Muzak to our ears

“Activaire, a New York-based company that provides mostly underground electronic music to high-end boutiques and galleries is at the forefront of what could be a muzak renaissance.

Companies like Activaire are using muzak

National Post: That new white magic

“It’s white, it’s expensive and it’s instantly habit forming. Beck uses it. So do Moby and Madonna. And Ozzie’s boy Jack. (Question: Did he take it to rehab?) It’s a shiny, sleek objet de d

“How to make your iPod screen red!”

pic Max Feinstein has turned his 3G iPod’s LCD display into a red display. Max disassembled his iPod and placed a 40 cent piece of red transparency on top of the LCD unit - making his screen red. Note: Opening your iPod will void your warranty.

“Since my little operation, I have had no problems operating the iPod. The backlight is really sweet looking now (the blue and red colors don’t blend - it’s just red). My hold button is just fine.. the music plays correctly… I can still transfer songs to the iPod… it’s all good! Best of all, there aren’t ANY scratches on my iPod from opening it.”

iSkin eXo Now Shipping

Today I received my shipment confirmation for my new iSkin eXo for my 3G iPod. The iSkin was supposed to ship a couple weeks ago, but was delayed because of quality control issues with the screen protector at the factory.

Syllabus: iTunes and the Technology Beyond MP3

“What’s the difference between MP3-encoded sound and AAC-encoded sound? AAC became part of the MPEG-2 standard in 1997 to provide efficient encoding for surround sound audio. It supports up to 5.1 channels (Left, Center, Right, Left and Right Surround, plus a low frequency channel). Its quality at 64Kbps is comparable to MP3 at 128Kbps. MPEG-2 AAC is a continuation of the MP3 coding scheme. Like MP3, AAC exploits the psychoacoustic properties of human hearing, using sound-masking techniques to achieve efficient compression with very little noticeable degradation in audio quality. Finally, it provides a compression advantage of about 1.3 to 1.4 that of MP3 with better sound quality.”

First Science: Review of Etymotic ER-4P headphones

“Ear-Bud Headphones (the type you put directly in your ears) are generally fairly useless. This seemed to be one of those universal truths that was right up there with food that tastes the best being the worst for you and computers always crashing 3 seconds before you were about to save a vital document.”

Editor’s note: You can also read our review of the Etymotic ER-4S.

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