Apple would profit nicely from spinning out its digital music biz now—before the market gets"commoditized, which it will be for sure. [...]
All of this makes Apple a force to be reckoned with in the music business. In fact, its musical offerings have almost single-handedly driven Apple’s stock within striking distance of $30 (it was trading around $26 as of May 4). [...]
For Apple, the best move right now is to spin out iPod and pocket the cash, because Wall Street’s current euphoria marks the market’s peak. Although Apple would be loath to admit it, digital music players are on the verge of commoditization.”
“Apple has sold more than 3 million of its sleek iPods, taking nearly 50 percent of the market for digital music players, and its iTunes online music store claims 70 percent of all songs bought online. [...]
‘Apple’s pretty far ahead,” said Stephen Baker, an analyst at market research firm NPD Group. “Up until iTunes, the music industry had struggled with what the business model for online music would be.’ [...]
‘How many people need $400 music players?’ Baker said, predicting that Apple will need to look at iPod’s cost relative to competitors before much longer. Since Apple can still sell just about every iPod it makes, it would be ‘ridiculous to cut prices now,’ he said.
‘But I would argue that in the next 12 months, with increased competition, that would change,’ Bajarin said.”
Apple has begun airing a new iPod+iTunes commercial titled, “Wild Postings” on TV this evening. The ad features a young guy walking out of an apartment building listening to his iPod, then walking past a wall of animated posters featuring the now famous black silhouettes. The song in the new commercial is “Ride” by The Vines. Apple has posted the QuickTime version for online viewing.
Apple has posted a Knowledge Base document outlining a possible fix for when the iPod does not appear in the iPod Updater (v2.2 2004-04-28) or iTunes. “Under some circumstances, iPod appears in the Finder in Mac OS X, but does not appear in the iTunes Source list or does not appear in the iPod Updater.” Several iLounge forum members have reported having the same problem.
“Apple Computer said Thursday that it is investigating reports that some iPod owners have had trouble updating their devices to take advantage of the company’s latest version of its iTunes jukebox software.
The Mac maker on Wednesday released an iPod software update in conjunction with its enhancement of iTunes. The iPod software is required for iPods to take advantage of the new features of iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store. However, a number of iPod owners say that when they run the software that is supposed to upgrade their devices, the software cannot detect their iPod.”
iPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.
Changes for iPod without a Dock connector
Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store
Improved playback performance
Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini
Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store
Improved playback performance
Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality
“According to the Times, ‘(The iPod) was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.’
So, Fadell designed the iPod as an independent contractor and shopped it to Apple, which hired him to bring it to market. How he did it was spelled out in Electronics Design Chain Magazine, though the article makes no reference to Fadell.”
“STROLL the corridors and the atriums on Apple Computer’s corporate campus these days and you will notice that something is missing. Gone are the posters and graphics accenting the company’s sleek personal computers. In their place, in the main lobby, is a striking, three-story-high billboard celebrating Steven P. Jobs’s brand-new billion-dollar consumer electronics business - the iPod digital MP3 music player. [...]
Apple says it developed the iPod in just six months, faster than any major product in the company’s history. The hand-held device, which contains more computing power than an early Macintosh, was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service.”
“Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs publicly dismissed on Thursday an overture from RealNetworks to open up the iPod, saying such a move does not make business sense.
Speaking at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting here, Jobs said there would be both an initial and ongoing cost to allowing the iPod to work with other music services.
‘To be honest, it’s just not worth it,’ Jobs said, noting that RealNetworks has made a number of overtures to Apple and adding that Real’s music service has been ‘less than successful.’”
A new German iPod website, iPod-news.de, has been launched. Dirk Ellenbeck, Editor-in-cheif at iPod-news.de said, “Until now there was no German speaking news-service just for iPod users and potential iPod buyers. With the new internet-site iPod-news.de this has come to an end. Finally all German speaking users can inform themselves extensively and up to date about all topics around the popular digital music player from Apple. As a platform-independent news service iPod-news.de includes all systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux also in it
Fashion guru, Karl Lagerfeld admitted in the French magazine “Elle” that he owned 40 iPods. The English translation reads: “These sweats are for someone that never jogs [talking about the clothes in the picture] even if the metal grey color is very chic, it is not for me. However, I love iPod, I have fourty of them. I recorded all the music I love on them.” MacBidouille states, “40 iPods, that is a maximum of about 1.5 TB (terabytes) of music, or roughly US$400,000 at the iTunes Music Store. That is, of course if Apple can provide that much music.”
A reader notes that a a blog called GregHard.com has a tip on using your iPod to relieve anxiety, stress, and headaches.
“Smart, the iconic automotive brand, is the first car manufacturer worldwide to offer an integrated iPod play-back and charging station into its limited edition smart fortwo i
A reader notes that Chenonceau Castle in France has started to use iPods for its audio tours. Visitors may borrow an iPod featuring two tours in varying lengths in eleven languages narrated by one of France’s famous actors, Micha
“It’s the epitome of cool, a must-have item rated No 1 with teenagers, oldies and muggers alike.
Yet the iPod digital music player has confused so many thousands of new owners that the gadget has spawned its own service industry - to help technophobes download their own songs. [...]
Now companies are springing up to meet the need, including the London-based wePod, which does the hard work of converting disc tracks into electronic files for the iPod, using its own specially developed software. Even though it does not advertise, the new venture claims it has been inundated with inquiries.”
MacFixit reader, Bruce Nofrey is reporting “‘Like other users, I have also had problems updating my iPod with the iSight camera connected. The iPod would continue to have the ‘do not disconnect’ sign displayed - then the iPod would freeze ( clock not being updated) and finally my G4 tower would freeze. I have replaced one iPod and have talked to tech support when the second one did the same thing. We could not get the RESTORE function of the iPod Updater to recognize the iPod. Unplugging the iSight firewire cable from the computer will allow the iPod to be updated correctly.” Apple suggests installing iSight Updater 1.0.2 as noted in this Knowledge Base document.
iLounge recently spoke with Wall Street Journal reporter, Pui-Wing Tam who is researching the concept of using an iPod at parties. Have you ever attended a party where iPod(s) were used as main source of music? “We’re working on a fun story about how iPods are changing parties—do people duel over which music to play now, since so much more music is available on iPods, for example? How do people prevent others from walking away with their iPods at parties?”
Back in Febrary we we reported that the “This is London” website was reporting that iPod owners were being targeted by criminals. Today, “The Register UK” is reporting a person was mugged for their iPod.
“West Midlands police have issued a stark warning to iPod users: ditch the white headphones or pay the price.
Fashion-conscious music lovers are apparently being targeted by muggers. The Times tells the sorry tale of 22-year-old language student Roland Baskerville, who lost his 20GB model on the mean streets of Birmingham: “I was walking down the road near to my home when a man who was walking the other way pointed at my headphones.”
The thief then asked Baskerville if he was listening to an iPod and, receiving an affirmative answer, he “pulled a knife out and started waving it at me, saying:
“It’s been sometime since we gave you a sneak peek on the grey market scene; hence we decided to pay a little visit to the grey market and catch up on what’s hot and what’s not. With the official prices of gizmos and drool “maal” hitting the roof, the grey market is still the preferred choice for all fellow geeks to feast on the goodies and catch a steal or two. [...]
All the prices are negotiable and you can test your negotiation skills as long as you are serious about buying them.”