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Mix: 8GB mini, Five rules, Music biz, Conan clip, World Cup

iLounger Jason Parry says that he has successfully upgraded his 4GB iPod mini to 8GB with a Seagate CF+ II Photo Hard Drive.

The Age’s Harris Collingwood has posted what he considers Apple’s “five rules of cool” that make it a successful company.

BusinessWeek says that Apple may be holding back the music industry. “Critics say Apple’s proprietary technology and its refusal to offer more ways to buy or to stray from its rigid 99 cents a song model is dampening legal sales of digital tunes.”

MacTV has posted a clip from Late Night with Conan O’Brien featuring a humorous video iPod ad parody.

German iPod site iPodFun.de has posted a World Cup soccer schedule that can be downloaded and transferred to your iPod.

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1

Ahh, BusinessWeek.  Thanks for the speculation!  As if we weren’t getting enough anti-AAPL BS from the cuckolds at Real, now we get a snarky comment from the CEO of Napster.  Which is more plausible—that the most successful digital media sales service is holding back the industry, or that the Napster service is a marginalized idea that will never take off?

Apple claims they’ve had few real user-base requests to open their device and I believe it—I’ve certainly never had the impulse to use Wal*Mart or Rhapsody files on my iPod.  It’s not (necessarily) about price, it’s about selection, ease of use, presentation and integration…and nobody does it like Apple.

Posted by dasmegabyte on December 13, 2005 at 9:05 AM (PDT)

2

I think that the competition sees the downturn in sales for what they want it to be. I think there may be a different reason.

I decided to buy an iPod for one reason - its favorable review in audiophile magazines. So, here’s my problem with iTunes. 128k compressed music! I don’t WANT compressed music. These reviews have opened up a new customer base for the hardware, but Apple hasn’t responded by providing the appropriate software. Would there be situations where I would compress the music to fit it into a player like the nano? Sure. But I want the choice!

So, until I can buy my music uncompromised in quality I will continue to transfer from CDs I already own, or find other means of getting high quality music.

It’s too bad that we can’t get the music we want the way we want it. I’m willing to pay for quality, not compromise.

Posted by IBnotRich on December 13, 2005 at 9:17 AM (PDT)

3

“Apple claims they’ve had few real user-base requests to open their device and I believe it—I’ve certainly never had the impulse to use Wal*Mart or Rhapsody files on my iPod.  It’s not (necessarily) about price, it’s about selection, ease of use, presentation and integration…and nobody does it like Apple.”

I’d bet it has more to do with realising that Apple won’t listen. I used Napster with my iPod and am now using Yahoo Unlimited. I am more than happy to go the trouble to avoid Apple’s underwhelming quality and closed format.

$60/year for all I want with Yahoo or $60/year for, uh, 60 tracks. I’m not about to pay full prices for compressed music that is now arguably the worst quality from any service out there. It’s entertaining in its way to see that Apple learned nothing from 30 years of “competing” in the computer marketplace.

Some consumers want actual CD quality for CD prices. Some consumers want to be able to use subscription services since for many they’re a much better bargain stretched out even over a life time. Some consumers aren’t paying $1/single at 128 kbps unless it comes with a sandwich and fries.

I think Apple should realise that iTunes will succeed or fail on its merits in the long run and just open the iPod up to everything. I want to be able to play WMA, Ogg, and anything else under the sun on my DAP and can’t for the life of me figure out what ANY manufacturer gains by refusing to support varied Codecs.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on December 13, 2005 at 2:22 PM (PDT)

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