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Mix: Clear shuffle, Jobs, Super Tangent, MSN Messenger

One adventurous iPod shuffle owner removed the outer casing of the device and put it an Apple Sport Case to create a “clear” iPod shuffle.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs says he is not tied to the 99 cent download structure for iTunes, but that there’s no reason right now to offer other services such as a subscription option. “We’re not religious on this, but there’s no evidence people want [other models],” he says.

LuxPro’s Super Tangent iPod clone is apparently now in stores in Asia, with the 512MB model selling for 8980 Yen, or about US$85. Unsurprisingly, it’s packaged in a similar way as the iPod shuffle.

Terrill Dent has created an iPod skin for the Windows version of MSN Messenger.

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Comments

1

No evidence???  I would pay money for a subscription service!  Would anyone else?  If so, there’s your evidence right there!  What about the popularity of Napster’s To-Go service?  Rhapsody’s new release?  People are using other services to fulfill needs not met by iTunes.  If that’s not evidence that people want “other models,” Steve’s not paying attention.

Posted by matt928347 in California on May 10, 2005 at 9:28 AM (PDT)

2

i would not pay for a subscription service, if you stop paying or they go out of business (remember napster???) you lose all your music!

has anyone noticed that the new microsoft music store bears a very strong resemblance to itunes???

Posted by khyberny on May 10, 2005 at 1:59 PM (PDT)

3

I prefer to OWN my music - DRM and all.  Not only could a subscription service go out of business, but they could change the pricing structure at any time leaving users to pay up or shut up.  Thanks, but no.

Posted by kwDMB in Michigan on May 11, 2005 at 5:47 AM (PDT)

4

I don’t know if a subscription service is necessarily such a bad thing; people HAVE been known to grow tired of listening to the same thing over and over again.  A music subscription service is just a glorified phrase for music rental.  People rent video all the time; why not their music?

For myself, I do prefer owning the actual CDs or vinyl LPs that I listen to on my iPods.  But of the thousands of titles I own, most discs haven’t seen the light of day (or laser) in YEARS.  I listen to them when new, grow tired of them, and the CDs then sit on a shelf in the library collecting dust.  After enough times of that, the logic behind a subscription service is bound to start making sense financially for SOMEONE, even a collector such as me can see that.

Posted by flatline response on May 11, 2005 at 11:40 PM (PDT)

5

Didn’t I post something here on the Super Tangent and its loss of vaporware status?  Could it be a loss of (my) memory cells that I’m not remembering correctly, or did someone take offense?

Gee, all the fuss over a cheap clone-that-really-isn’t…

Posted by flatline response on May 11, 2005 at 11:47 PM (PDT)

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