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Mix: iMVNO, Detroit Pistons, Video sales, iPaperCraft

UBS analyst John Hodulik believes Apple is going to start its own MVNO service, buying wholesale capacity from Cingular, for its rumored iPhone. “If followed, this strategy would appear to indicate Apple’s increasing desire for customer control, and potentially, store traffic. We believe if volume had been the most important variable, Apple would work with all the major vendors in the U.S. to support its new iPod phone (iPhone), enabling it to target the heart of the 225 million domestic wireless users.”

The Detroit Pistons are selling an iPod shuffle clone with the team’s logo on it. The $25 player has 128MB of storage and comes pre-loaded with a message from Lindsey Hunter and National City Bank. Proceeds from the sales of the player will go to the Detroit Medical Center to benefit Breast Cancer Prevention.

According to research firm Strategy Analytics, online videos will become a billion-dollar business in 2007. While video download sales made through the iTunes Store and other sources will total just $298 million this year, the firm predicts that by the end of 2007 the market will grow to $1.5 billion.

iPaperCraft.com is an online service that generates free papercraft iPod covers for every model on the market. “Upload an image and the script prints fold/cut lines over the image. Print out the resulting PDF and you’ve got yourself a custom iPod cover.”

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Comments

1

I dont think the Detroit Piston shuffle is a clone. The San Antonio Spurs offered one just like that and it was a Apple Shuffle.

Posted by torres#3 on December 13, 2006 at 5:21 PM (CST)

2

i think it is a clone, because the buttons arent colored the same

Posted by hi on December 13, 2006 at 5:28 PM (CST)

3

Apple’s getting into the cell service provider business?

Well, I guess that takes care of any questions over any of the regular providers offering the iPhone in future 1ยข cell phone package deals. Apple’s going to make sure people pay that pound of flesh for their phone. Doesn’t do much for capturing market share, however. The service is as important if not more so as the hardware hase ever was.

Posted by flatline response on December 13, 2006 at 6:23 PM (CST)

4

It’s a clone. The site says it supports WMA files.

Posted by jandsroberts on December 13, 2006 at 6:38 PM (CST)

5

Yeah, the reports say it supports WMA but does it? Still, it sounds like a clone. I mean, 128MB?

Video market. Ah, there’s something that we don’t need: on-line video downloads. Why pay that premium over DVD videos? At least with the physical media you can easily lend/borrow them. And make copies (for yourself!). And the DVD usually includes bonus material which is often enough worth viewing.

I think Apple and/or consumers are making a bad choice here.

Posted by Pikemann_Urge on December 14, 2006 at 3:26 AM (CST)

6

Quote:
generates free papercraft ipod covers for every model on the market.

Wrong.  What about the G2 Shuffle?  Not that I think anyone would need a paper cover for a G2 but…...

Posted by b on December 14, 2006 at 10:18 AM (CST)

7

Apple Legal…start your engines.

I can’t believe they tried this domestically.

Posted by Gordy. in Atlanta, GA on December 14, 2006 at 10:26 AM (CST)

8

Did anybody notice how the Detroit Pistons cleverly avoided apple’s legal team by giving the proceeds to Cancer.  GENIUS!

Posted by ArtVandelay on December 14, 2006 at 4:22 PM (CST)

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