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Apple will report its fourth quarter earnings later today, and will host a webcast discussing fourth quarter financial results at 2:00 p.m. PDT / 5:00 p.m. EDT.

The Copyright Board of Canada has approved a new tax on music downloads from iTunes and other online retailers. Retroactive to 1996, the tax means Apple will have to pay 3.1 cents for each music file they sell, or 1.5 cents per track for complete albums, to SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada).

Jacuzzi has introduced its new J-480 hot tub with the AquaSound Audio System option. The AquaSound equips the tub with an iPod dock, along with waterproof micro-speakers, CD player, AM/FM radio, powered subwoofer, and remote control.

According to a spokeswoman for Orange, the iPhone will be offered in France in both locked and unlocked versions. While the locked version will sell for €399 as previously reported, the unlocked version will cost more.

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Comments

1

Perhaps Steve will reveal Leopard’s
“super secret feature”.  I predict it is multi-touch on the latest generation of iMacs.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on October 22, 2007 at 2:42 PM (CDT)

2

thanks, CBoC for the subsequent ipod price jack-up that decision will cause. And for getting me to officially stop legal downloads. I love how these guys can’t get their heads out of their own asses with continually gouging one of the only products that was actually helping their cause.

terribe, terrible call.

Posted by dubble_jay on October 22, 2007 at 2:47 PM (CDT)

3

What happens to artists that aren’t SOCAN members? Why should the organisation get money from a tax on non-members music? That would be like BMI or ASCAP getting money every time I sell a song, since I’m not a member.

Posted by Eric on October 22, 2007 at 4:23 PM (CDT)

4

After seeing how creative Apple’s developers were in chaining up the US iPhones when they first rolled out, I’m eager to see how they’re going to lock the ‘unlocked’ iPhones within the borders of France.

Are they only going to be sold in the French language?  Will they only work on cell towers within that country?  Is there a sensor within the iPhone that senses your willingness to surrender, and if the levels are too low, it explodes?

Posted by Matt on October 22, 2007 at 5:19 PM (CDT)

5

Retroactive to 1996?! Why even stop there? While your at it why not go back as far as the first time a vinyl record was sold?

Posted by Jordan on October 22, 2007 at 9:02 PM (CDT)

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