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Jobs: iPad offers 140 hours of music, iBooks pricing ‘same’ as Amazon

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Friday, January 29, 2010
News Categories: iPad

In a brief, impromptu video interview with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, captured and posted online by AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal had the chance to ask several questions about the iBookstore and the iPad in general. When asked why someone would purchase a book from the iBookstore for $14.99 instead of paying only $9.99 on the Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook, Jobs replied that “won’t be the case,” adding that “the prices will be the same.” When asked about battery life, Jobs replied with the already revealed 10 hour number, but when asked about music specifically, Jobs said, “140-something hours, I think.” Finally, when Mossberg made a comparison between the Kindle and the iPad in terms of reading battery life, Jobs said that “it’s not that big a deal… 10 hours is a long time. You’re not going to read for 10 hours.”

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1

>You’re not going to read for 10 hours.

Which just goes to prove how much Job’s flies the commercial airlines of Gulag USA

Posted by david on January 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM (PDT)

2

This more detailed statement about battery life is something I wish they had emphasized more. Due to their carefully worded ways of claiming performance in the keynote, I came away figuring it for a 10 hours if you’re lucky no matter what you’re doing, and probably more like a 4 or 5 hour device in most scenarios. The “up to 140 hours for audio only and 10 real hours for tasks with the display and processor chugging along” is actually very cool.

On the other hand, dismissing the performance of the Kindle compared to the iPad is ignorant. You can take a Kindle into the woods for a 3 week camping trip and read the entire time AND even buy a new book in many parts of the world while you’re there for no extra charge. You’re never going to run out of battery in any likely use of the Kindle, nor ever run into problems of diminishing battery life that you’d notice. Conversely, your iPad as an e-Reader is going to very much be tied to having ready access to a wall charger.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on January 29, 2010 at 10:07 AM (PDT)

3

Okay, I’m confused. No one is going to read for 10 hours, but we’re going to listen to music for 140 hours?

Posted by WeedMonkey on January 29, 2010 at 12:20 PM (PDT)

4

Jobs has his own jet!! and really who would read for 10 hours straight no one! You won’t get 10 hours watching videos and if you do then I’m happy as there’s worries about any other functions.

The Kindle is just a black and white ebook reader that’s it that all it does and the iPad is much much more so trying to compare the two is like comparing a scooter with a BMW 4x4. They both do the same thing get a person from a-b but do it differently!!

Posted by iGlad on January 29, 2010 at 1:21 PM (PDT)

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#3 - I can think of several instances where I was listening to music for well more than 10 hours. 140? No. I have rarely read for more than 4 or 5 hours. You have to expect to give up battery life to the Kindle. This is a much more functional device. How many movies are you going to watch on an eReader? How many emails are you going to send? How many websites are you going to visit? a 10 hour battery is good enough (not great) in my opinion.

Posted by Mitch on January 29, 2010 at 1:40 PM (PDT)

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