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Mix: President’s Medal, AAPL, CD-quality, Thunderbird

The Royal Academy of Engineering will award its coveted silver President’s Medal to Apple design guru Jonathan Ive for “his outstanding achievements in engineering design and in particular in the design of the iPod, which represents the very best of human interface engineering.”

Shares of Apple dropped nearly 5% early Friday after saying Thursday that it had settled an iPod class-action lawsuit that could cost the company as much as $100 million.

In an article looking at CD-quality downloads, BusinessWeek’s Peter Burrows reports: “If the digital music revolution is to reach its full potential—an all-digital future, perhaps, in which CDs racks are no longer needed—analysts say the industry will have to hit a far better-sounding note.”

Developers of the Mozilla Foundation’s Thunderbird have added podcasting features to the open-source e-mail client.

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1

well that company selling cd-quality downloads is definitely going out of business in the next year or so, but it makes me think about when 200gb+ iPods are around, and apple lossless will be the norm. I would like to use lossless, but it just doesn’t make any sense with a 40gb hard drive on my iBook and 20gb on my iPod.

Posted by jmaurand on June 3, 2005 at 8:23 PM (PDT)

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Lossless CD-quality downloads make a lot more sense when you look at the market penetration of broadband, bittorrent technology, and 1 terabyte NAS that costs less than $1,000.

Personally, I have never understood why anyone would be willing to pay CD-quality prices for sub-CD-quality downloads, but I guess it just proves that old PT Barnum was right all along.

Posted by IDSmoker on June 6, 2005 at 7:09 AM (PDT)

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