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Mix: Audiobooks, Party Shuffle, Godcasting, Mac OS X 10.5

Although iPods account for the vast majority of MP3 players, many U.S. libraries are now lending audiobooks available only in Windows Media Audio format.

OmniNerd has posted an interesting article on the iTunes Party Shuffle feature. “iTunes’ available song ratings of 1 to 5 stars allow users to quickly find their favorites and help the Party Shuffle feature play more of what they like most. This article explores the algorithm iTunes uses to pick what comes next in the playlist.”

The New York Times looks at how religious groups are embracing podcasting. “The number of people or groups offering spiritual and religious podcasts listed on Podcast Alley has grown to 474 from 177.”

PBS’ Robert X. Cringely says Microsoft’s biggest threat comes from Apple, and speculates that the company could release Mac OS X v10.5 and load it onto iPods for free to enable users to boot the operating system on Intel-based PCs.

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1

First porncasting and, now, Godcasting. Interesting.

Posted by Mark on August 29, 2005 at 12:11 PM (CDT)

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“PBS’ Robert X. Cringely says Microsoft’s biggest threat comes from Apple, and speculates that the company could release Mac OS X v10.5 and load it onto iPods for free to enable users to boot the operating system on Intel-based PCs.”

er.
ok. sounds…realistic.

Posted by Someguy on August 29, 2005 at 12:25 PM (CDT)

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maybe apple could load up demos of MAC OS X that would allow non macs to run MAC OS X, but not be full featured. THat would probably be wiser, and allow more ppl to notice the benefits of apple w/o apple losing profits. It just might fit in with their strategy…

Posted by j on August 29, 2005 at 12:34 PM (CDT)

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“PBS’ Robert X. Cringely says Microsoft’s biggest threat comes from Apple, and speculates that the company could release Mac OS X v10.5 and load it onto iPods for free to enable users to boot the operating system on Intel-based PCs.”

yeah right lol I don’t think this is something apple would do, besides they even tell people that the ipod shouldn’t be used to boot into a different OS from a computer because it wears the ipod’s hard drive out really fast from all the spinning.  Just seems too unrealistic to me.  Why would they give away their OS for free?? I mean I have to pay for it and I own a mac, so the whole intel thing and the OS being free seems unrealistic.

Posted by matrixsjd on August 29, 2005 at 12:52 PM (CDT)

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“PBS’ Robert X. Cringely says Microsoft’s biggest threat comes from Apple, and speculates that the company could release Mac OS X v10.5 and load it onto iPods for free to enable users to boot the operating system on Intel-based PCs.”

What the article actually says, is that they would release OS 10.5, and give away 10.4 for free on ipods

Posted by oagersnap on August 29, 2005 at 1:13 PM (CDT)

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