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Mix: Pimp My Ride, Mophie, Subscription services, Woz/Jobs

The upcoming season of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” will incorporate iPods into more than a third of its transformations, including “a 1990 Toyota Celica outfitted with an iPod hookup that includes a ridiculously capacious two-terabyte hard drive—enough space to play music for more than a year without repeating a song,” according to The Washington Post.

Mophie has announced that the first 5,000 people to sign up for its newsletter will receive a free Relo Base Case for either the iPod nano or fifth-generation iPod. The first 200 people will get the case along with “limited edition Mophie gear.” The company says there are no shipping charges and no catches.

Analysts say that digital music subscription services won’t be turning a profit anytime soon. “It’s a long-haul business right now,” says Aram Sinnreich, managing partner of Radar Research, a Los Angeles-based consulting firm. “It will be at least three years before anyone can make a serious profit selling digital music,” largely because of the hold that Apple has on the market with iTunes.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that Apple CEO Steve Jobs backed out of writing the foreword to his upcoming autobiography. “I was a little disappointed — Steve Jobs had indicated he’d write a foreword. But he’d never written a foreword before and I said, ‘Just write what we were like back then’, Wozniak said in a recent interview. “We sent him the book and he said, ‘Oh, I saw some excerpts, and I’m going to decline writing the foreword.’ I don’t know why because I’m nice to him, so there must have been something he didn’t like.”

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Comments

1

Does anyone know what Wozniak did wrong?  Jobs ended up where he is and Woz ended up somewhere else entirely.

Seriously, does anyone know of a good reference that details how they got on two such divergent paths after starting out on the same one?

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on April 17, 2006 at 2:38 PM (CDT)

2

Apple Confidential 2.0 is a great reference, but even it doesn’t have an answer to that question.

Posted by The Raven on April 17, 2006 at 2:49 PM (CDT)

3

I heard it’s something like:
When they first sold their first batch of computers to the store called (I forgot), Jobs is the one who received the money from the order and told Wozniak the amound ten times less. Woz thought he got half of what they earned. But later he discovered that Jobs took 90% of what they got. After that they weren’t really close friends anymore…..

Something like that…..not so sure though

Posted by hoho on April 17, 2006 at 3:16 PM (CDT)

4

Thanks for the link to the free case thing.. maybe I got in the first 200? If not, hopefully the first 5,000 :)

Josh

Posted by Josh Powell in VA on April 17, 2006 at 3:47 PM (CDT)

5

Some of those Mophie cases look to be pretty innovative.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on April 17, 2006 at 5:41 PM (CDT)

6

Woz is by no means destitute.

Of course Jobs invested in Pixar, a few million, which is now worth half a billion or some crazy number like that.

Then he started NeXT, which got bought out by Apple.

Whatever they earned in the Apple II days is chicken feed compared to what they have now.

Posted by wco81 in West Coast on April 17, 2006 at 6:59 PM (CDT)

7

Time to unpimp ze auto

Posted by phennphawcks on April 18, 2006 at 4:06 AM (CDT)

8

I signed up for the mophie case thing, have not recieved a response from them - anyone hear back?

Posted by zack111 on April 18, 2006 at 9:20 AM (CDT)

9

zack,
i haven’t heard back yet either.

Posted by matt on April 18, 2006 at 12:06 PM (CDT)

10

Zack & Matt,
Your submissions have been received. Don’t worry.

Unfortuately we didn’t automated a confirmation script with the submission link, but rest assured that your entries are in our database and you’ll get your free cases as fast as we can process them.

Thanks for participating in the MophieMOB.

Dan

Posted by Mophie Wrangler on April 18, 2006 at 12:27 PM (CDT)

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