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FOXNews: The Beatles Sue Apple Computers Over IPod, ITunes

“The inevitable has happened: The Beatles have sued Steve Jobs over Apple iTunes and the Apple iPod—at least the band’s

Apple launches ‘iPod-a-Day Giveaway’

“We are giving away a 10GB iPod every day between August 20 and September 20, 2003. Create a new iTunes Music Store* account during this time, and you will automatically be entered into our daily drawing. Once you create an account, your name stays in the drawing until September 20, so the earlier you sign up, the more chances you have to win.”

Source: MacMinute

BusinessWeek: Steve Jobs: “I’m an Optimist”

BusinessWeek online has posted an interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Apple’s visionary-in-chief looks at tech’s condition today and says:  “I see a recovery in innovation coming out of this downturn”

Q: Will we see more groundbreakers like the iPod from Apple?

A: The iPod is not a new category. Music is not new. It’s not a speculative market. It’s a very, very large market. It’s been around for thousands of years and will be around as long as humans exist. So it’s not like saying we’re going to go build an information appliance or some technical curio and hope the market exists. We’re taking a giant market and bringing it into the Digital Age. That requires hardware, software, and the ease-of-use talent that Apple has.

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.”

Windows iTunes “on track to launch by the end of this year”

At the 2003 Jupiter Plug.IN Conference & Expo, Peter Lowe, Apple’s Director of Marketing for Applications and Services addressed attendees at the keynote address, and mentioned several items in regards to iTunes.

“We fundamentally believe subscriptions are the wrong path…that’s not what consumers are doing offline…they want to buy downloads.
If digital distribution is about one thing, it is about being simple…as simple as a CD player…and it needs to be consistent….take the “but” out of it.
We believe Web is not the best interface to enjoy music…
Apple for Windows is on track to launch by the end of this year…Usage rules for Windows version of iTunes: certainly it is our intention to have the broad music rights…
Out of all our iTunes sales, 46 percent has been sold as albums..the disintegration of the album has not happened, contrary to what people are saying…”

Apple: Profits rise from sales of music and 3G iPods

Apple today posted a net profit of $19 million and revenues for the third quarter were $1.545 billion in its financial results for fiscal 2003.

“‘This was a great new product quarter for Apple, starting with the iTunes Music Store and the new third-generation iPods, and ending with the announcement of the Power Mac G5 and the developer preview of Panther, the fourth major release of Mac OS X,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple

“What’s Missing From the iPod?”

Wireless Supersite Editor Ross Rubin writes about “the glory as well as some gotchas in Apple’s iPod and music strategy.”

“Will this week’s Macworld CreativePro Conference and Expo herald an update to Apple’s success with the iPod and the Apple Music Store? Along with iTunes, they compose the tune triumvirate that should represent an important new revenue source for the company. The combo also constitutes what for the moment is likely the world’s largest digital music marketplace

Plug an iSight into iPod and record video?

Jon Fortt writes about Apple’s recently announced Power Mac G5, iSight and upcoming Panther OS X. In the article, Fortt speculates using iSight with iPod for recording video.

“Slap the iSight onto a 15-gigabyte iPod and all of a sudden you’ve got a hard-drive-based camcorder that can hold hours of Quicktime video, plus play music.

Jobs didn’t have Apple build the iSight just to make a Web cam that mounts to the top of a monitor. If monitor mounting were his big stroke of creative genius, he could have simply asked a third-party developer to make monitor mounts. Jobs is thinking bigger than that, and Apple is staking out strategic territory. It’s focusing on audio, video and voice communication, which translates into MP3 players, camcorders and phones. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that an Apple-branded camcorder and an Apple-branded phone aren’t too far off.”

One million iPods, iTunes sells five million songs

Today at the WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) in San Francisco, Steve Jobs took the stage to address the attendees and mentioned that the one millionth iPod would be shipped later today. Also noted, iTunes has sold over five million songs since its debut. Jobs is expected to announce the new Apple G5 Macintosh and show a preview of OS X 10.3 Panther. You can check for live coverage from the WWDC conference at Macminute.com or MacCentral.com.

Update: Apple has posted a press release declaring the iTunes Music Store has sold over five million songs.

“‘The iTunes Music Store is changing the way people buy music,’ said Steve Jobs, Apple

iPod radio ads posted on Apple UK website

Apple UK has posted two iPod radio ads on its website. “The ads, ‘7500 songs… is that a typo?!’ and ‘Jazz, Classical, Opera, Funk, Soul…’, feature the voice of Hollywood actor Jeff Goldblum, star of ‘Jurassic Park’ and Apple’s own television ads. The radio campaign will run until mid-July.”
Source: MacMinute

Apple posts KBase Doc for independent labels

Macworld UK reports that Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document instructing musicians to contact Apple if they want their music to be added to iTunes Music Store. Musicians and independent lables should contact Apple via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Newsday: iPod, iTunes Put Apple At Core of Music Industry

Stephen Williams writes about iPod and iTunes in his latest column for Newsday.

“But Jobs, Apple’s silky- smooth chief executive, thinks he’s got the “complete solution” for the record industry’s woes, even as he insists that Apple is neither a media company nor a music company. (“We’re just Apple,” he recently told an interviewer from Esquire, apparently with a straight face). If Apple’s new iTunes Music Store, combined with the appeal of the iPod, isn’t the Great White-and-Chrome Hope of the labels, it’s the closest, best thing they’ve got.”

Windows iTunes Music Store confirmed for ‘end of year’

Macworld UK has a report about a recent interview with Peter Lowe, Head of Consumer Marketing at Apple by Media Analyst, Phil Leigh at ON24 Financial Network.

“Apple remains on track to deliver a Windows version of its iTunes Music Store by the end of the year, a senior executive confirmed last week.

Apple’s director of marketing consumer applications Peter Lowe confirmed the plans in an interview with a top digital-media analyst.

Lowe said: ‘There is a broad set of stuff that needs to be supported. We are working away at it and are on track to deliver it by the end of the year. Developing Windows software can be a challenge at the best of times, as there are so many configurations of Windows PCs and connectivity peripherals.’”

Open Letter to Apple Concerning the Mistreatment of Apple Customers

New open letter to Apple needs everyone to help spread the news. With a catchy Apple-Like “Think Differently” image, I spent hours in the hopes that classic iPod users will be heard!

If, somehow, everyone could unite and possibly contribute a dollar we might even be able to put this image on a billboard somewhere near Apple Headquarters in Cupertino, Ca. How we’d accomplish that I’m not sure, but sending this page to let everyone know about how we’ve been treated by Apple is a great start!

Ediotr’s note: The above ‘open letter’ regards the fact that Apple has not released iPod Software 2.0 and all its new features for Classic iPods.

BBC: Confidential Apple music details leaked

The BBC has posted a story about website CDBaby.com posting a transcript from a recent meeting between Apple and top independent record label executives.  The story includes information about the success of iTunes Music Store.  It also mentions that a Windows version of iTunes is planned for “later this year,” and that the iTunes Music Store will become available outside the U.S. in the future.

Editor’s note: In our earlier report, CD Baby had posted points made in the Apple meeting, but the report has since been removed due to Apple’s confidentiality agreement.

Apple woos independent labels

Yesterday Apple gathered independent record labels for a meeting to explain how they could participate in the iTunes Music Store. Derek Siver, President of CD Baby was at the meeting and has posted key points from the presentation by Steve Jobs. A few points from the meeting:

  • Everyone is going to get the exact same deal. It’s not negotiable. It’s take it or leave it.”
  • This is a reseller agreement: Apple buys at a wholesale price. Apple resells them to users. “No complicated or messy licenses.”
  • Apple only deals with the partner/label. It’s up to the label to pay the artists, writers, publishing, etc.
  • Rights are a 3 year term. For iTunes only, of course. This is totally non-exclusive.

KBase Documents updated for iPod

Apple has posted updates to the following KnowledgeBase Documents for iPod.

iPod: How to Find Software Version
iPod for Windows: Delay While MusicMatch Connects to iPod
iPod for Windows: How to Update MUSICMATCH Jukebox
iPod for Windows: How to Install MUSICMATCH Jukebox Software

Fox News: Will the Beatles Take

Roger Friedman for Fox News reports that Apple may soon be sued by the Beatles over the iTunes Music Store.

“Apple Computer’s Steve Jobs was such a Beatle fan that he named his company after the record label.

But the Beatles, who are notoriously protective of their rights and quite litigious, weren’t so happy with Jobs. In 1981 they made him sign something agreeing never to go into the music business in order to keep a name they had trademarked. ...

iPod Designer Awarded ‘Designer of the Year’

Jonathan Ive, Apple’s industrial designer for the iPod and iMac has been awarded ‘Designer of the Year’ as reported by Charles Arthur, Technology Editor for the Independent.

“The prestigious prize from the Design Museum in London is worth

Applemusic.com Commercials Debut

MacMinute reports that Apple has began airing its iTunes Music Store commercials.

“Apple began airing its commercials for the new iTunes Music Store and iPods last night during primetime on NBC. The ads, which we noted in April, feature real people singing songs from famous artists—such as Eminem and Pink—while listening to them on a new third generation iPod.”

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