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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
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A Dell executive said today that his company is far behind in digital music and that the iPod has reinvigorated Apple. “We’re obviously not competing very well [with the iPod],” Dell Chief Financial Officer Jim Schneider said. “Apple has come out with a nice product and I think it’s really turned their company around.”

CNET News.com reports that iPodder Lemon, a popular open source podcasting application, has been forced to change its name due to pressure from Apple.

Samsung and Apple are expected to sign a long-term contract worth “several hundred million US dollars” by the end of this month to supply NAND flash chips for iPods, according various media reports.

Newsweek’s Steven Levy criticizes Apple for refusing to license its FairPlay digital rights management technology: “Jobs’s explanation is that it’s not something users are asking for, and if a groundswell of users clamor for compatibility, he’ll consider it. Take my word for it, Steve—when people pay for music, they want it to be playable on any device they choose.”

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1

Is Apple trying to turn people off of the iPod? You look up a few stories on the news page at the “retailer mindshare” piece and see how much the existence of the accessory and software market plays a role in stores recommending the iPod over the competition. And then Apple goes on a campaign to destroy any semblance of immediate association with their product, the mind reels…

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 15, 2005 at 8:21 PM (PDT)

2

why hasn’t ilounge reported that sony has stopped making copy-protected cds? it was on bbc.com saturday and there has been no mention of it here.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4430608.stm

and microsoft turned against them too
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4434852.stm

Posted by jm on November 15, 2005 at 8:59 PM (PDT)

3

It’s nice to see a competitor coming out and praising Apple for their advances instead of attacking them.

Posted by Joshdude in Long Beach, CA on November 15, 2005 at 9:12 PM (PDT)

4

JM,

It took the Lounge several days before they even had a link to a story on the rootkit itself at the start of Sony’s massive debacle. Who knows, perhaps someday iLounge will decide it’s time to mention it again.

Besides SonyBMG’s been backpedaling so much, especially since Nov. 10 (the day of the first trojan), it’s hard to get a grip on where Sony’s CD marketing stance ultimately will be. Amazing how cocky SonyBMG was after the story initially broke to how they’re cowering as of today; perhaps someone back in Tokyo finally called the music guys and informed them about how BAD their exposure really is. I did notice today that XCP discs were still on BestBuy’s store shelves; apparently someone forgot to tell the retailers that these are supposed to be recalled, like Sony claims they’ll be.

As for Redmond: why am I NOT surprised that MSFT took a hard stance on Sony…November 22 is only a week away, after all, and anything they can do to rub it in Sony’s face certainly can’t hurt the 360.

Posted by flatline response on November 15, 2005 at 11:13 PM (PDT)

5

Jack,

Our FTC investigations probably won’t matter, since our flash mem industry…er, WHAT flash mem industry?

Samsung will likely survive this intact, even in their own fatherland; after all, bribes work just as well there as they do here.

Posted by flatline response on November 15, 2005 at 11:21 PM (PDT)

6

Apple are getting hassle from The Beatles for using the Apple name for music products, and they’re passing on the hassle to the iPodder folk… I believe this is what Freud called ‘Displacement’.

Posted by Magic Rabbits in Aberdeen, Scotland on November 16, 2005 at 2:16 AM (PDT)

7

Jack,

Why would any US FTC investigation matter? I am not Korean but your comments about S.Korea being a nothing country are very naive. They are the world’s 10th largest economy and the largest shipmaker in the world by miles. If they suddenly become non-existent, USA would run out of supertankers for all you hungry petrol/oil wasters.

Posted by psychedelic on November 16, 2005 at 2:39 AM (PDT)

8

i download some music for mu mp3 player here
http://bioengseat.com/

Posted by bio on November 16, 2005 at 5:09 AM (PDT)

9

And then Apple goes on a campaign to destroy any semblance of immediate association with their product, the mind reels…

Well Apple lawyers, however apologetic (lol), apparently have some profound need to keep themselves busy too. Must be some animalistic desire to feel that they’re also part of this iPod disease…er, I mean, revolution.

Either that, or Sir Steve wants them to justify that they’re worth their retainer fee.

Posted by flatline response on November 16, 2005 at 7:04 AM (PDT)

10

Um, “Take my word for it, Steve—when people pay for music, they want it to be playable on any device they choose” - if that were true, then people would never use the iTMS if the player was crappy.  It is a seamless, cohesive experience to use iTMS and an iPod and that is why most people, whether they love Apple the company or not, choose iPod 60% more than any other MP3 player.  Even if you bought the CD’s yourself and ripped it to your iTunes library, the experience is much more seamless than any other I’ve tried (and I have)

Posted by Armand on November 16, 2005 at 8:24 AM (PDT)

11

How about this: as soon as iTunes’ competitors open up their music stores to Apple’ Mac OS, then Apple will open up the iPod to them? Why should Apple be the only company criticized for a “closed” system when it is the only one that is cross platform?

Posted by J3 on November 16, 2005 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

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