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Mix: ABC shows, MP3 players, French law, iTalk video

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, May 1, 2006
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As expected, ABC has launched its free streaming video service offering full episodes of Desperate Housewives, Lost, Alias, and Commander-In-Chief. The shows contain ads and are in a Flash format that cannot be downloaded. [via Gizmodo]

The worldwide MP3 player market will jump from 140 million units in 2005 to 286 million by 2010, according to a new report by In-Stat. The firm says “drivers for this market include falling price points, the availability of legitimate subscription and pay-per-download online music sites, increasing Flash memory capacities and enhanced functionality.”

The New York Times’ Austan Goolsbee comments on the French law affecting iTunes and iPod. “More is at stake than just whether French teenagers can get Chimène Badi tracks at iTunes for 0.99 euro. The move may signify a willingness to question the patents, copyrights and trade secrets of other successful products as well, like electronics, pharmaceuticals, even fast food… In their fervor to free listeners from the shackles of their iPods, French politicians have abandoned one of the guiding principles of antitrust economics: penalize companies that harm consumers, not the ones that succeed by building better products.” [via Daring Fireball]

Award-winning filmmaker Christopher DeSantis and designer Gregory DeSantis have created an impressive video/commercial for a prototype Apple mobile phone called the “iTalk.” [via Cult of Mac]

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1

Great concept, but I like the idea with the flipping keypad more (It’s called iPhone in one of MacTV’s podcasts)

Posted by hoho on May 1, 2006 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

2

OMG!!!  I almost drowned my keyboard in drool over that phone concept.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 1, 2006 at 12:07 PM (PDT)

3

I second that, LilAlienD, i wasnt a big fan of the phone idea untill i saw this…if its going to be like that im so buying it!!!

but is it made independently or done with Apple’s help??

Posted by slayer on May 1, 2006 at 12:40 PM (PDT)

4

that may just be the most beautiful piece of electronics i have ever seen

Posted by Bradley on May 1, 2006 at 1:08 PM (PDT)

5

If the guy who designed this mock-up isn’t an Apple employee, Mr Jobs should run over to his house personally and sign him up. If this product hit the shelves tomorrow with nothing more than a gig or so of memory and basic PDA functionality, it would sell out in minutes. If you gave it real punch (like let’s say 4 gigs and the palm OS to go with iTunes)they could put it out at any price point they want and they’d still break every cell-sales record.

Posted by Victor on May 1, 2006 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

6

As someone said in another forum…

This video has suddenly set the bar REAL high for Apple.  JUST because of this video we might all be in for a huge dissapointment when Apple releases their phone.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on May 1, 2006 at 6:13 PM (PDT)

7

Or maybe Apple will step it up and give us something worth waiting for.

Posted by What? on May 1, 2006 at 8:58 PM (PDT)

8

If only this was real…

Posted by tomh on May 2, 2006 at 6:57 PM (PDT)

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