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Following Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ remarks on iTunes pricing yesterday, an anonymous record label executive told MTV that there’s a simple explantion for Jobs wanting to keep the prices at 99 cents: “It helps him sell iPods. When he started iTunes, he broke through that psychological barrier that consumers had and made a lot of dough doing it, but it seems like he has a monopoly and he’s become the Wal-Mart of the Internet, and he wants to retain that monopoly.”

CNET has a report on the growing number of couples who are turning to iPods to handle the music at their wedding receptions. “What could be easier?” says Lori Leibovich, editor of IndieBride.com. “You bring it, you program it, it sounds great. It doesn’t surprise me at all that more people are doing it.”

Business 2.0 reports that Creative Technology plans to shift its marketing focus from its MP3 players to its PC sound card line. “Creative made lots of noise last November, when it unveiled two new MP3 players that it predicted would help it take 40 percent of the global market this year. But, analysts say, despite spending about $100 million to promote its MuVo and Zen models, the company’s market share is still around 10 percent (compared with Apple’s 70)... Tellingly, Creative has begun shifting its promotional efforts toward its new line of sound cards.” [via MDN]

In yet another bad review for the Motorola ROKR, Fortune’s Peter Lewis writes: “The most inexcusable failing of the ROKR is that for all the anticipation, many of its features do not work as advertised. Doesn’t anybody test these things before selling them to the public? The ROKR software is sluggish and clunky, and transferring songs into the ROKR’s memory is so slow—even on a dual-processor Apple Power Mac G5—that I was almost glad of the 100-song limit.”

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Demostthenes,
Since I wasn’t calling you the idiot here, I would advise you to stay out of it. If you want to keep butting your nose into an argument that does not concern you then you would be an idiot. One other thing, I don’t need advice on how to debate from you. If Talking Madness deserved respect (i.e., he/she EARNED it by actually making intelligent and unself-centered comments), then I would respect him/her. As it is, I don’t. Talking Madness is an idiot, and I’ll NEVER do myself a disservice to any argument I make by “calling a spade a spade,” so to speak. That’s honesty for you, and if you can’t handle the heat, stay out of the kitchen. Lastly, my support of AAC IS NOT just faith-based reasoning. Ogg Vorbis, while it may be all right and halfway decent is STILL the redheaded stepchild of the audio compression world, and it will ALWAYS be that. People who are either hard-of-hearing or just plain tone-deaf and don’t want to admit it, are the only ones who would vote ANYTHING higher than AAC; and according to the survey your holding like a baby’s security blanket (if it is indeed correct in so far as that many people did vote for Vorbis to be “the best”) then there must be a LOT of people out there who are tone-deaf and hard-of-hearing. AAC is not second best to anything. Period. There could be one last explanation for the results of this “survey,” which is clearly biased. If it isn’t the tone-deaf people and those that are hard-of-hearing, then it’s the constipated purists out there who like Open Source stuff. Yes, I know AAC is—in a way—available as an Open Source codec if you find the free compressors, but they sound like sh*t. Apple’s codec is the best, and iTunes is free. Gee, what am I going to go with, something that’s the best and free or free and average (Ogg Vorbis). Look, if you like Vorbis, but stop trying to convince me it is the best because it ISN’T. Apple AAC IS. End of story.

Posted by Jack on September 24, 2005 at 8:25 PM (PDT)

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Jack-

Thanks for your kind words, but I gotta say, you don’t know what you’re talking about on any level.  I guess Jack don’t know Jack.  Your reasoning lacks logic.  Your rants lack passion.  And, you lack intelligence.

Refer to me as an idiot if you want, but it’s definitely taken as a compliment coming from you as it appears to be the only word you know…must be because you’ve heard it so many times.  Is that what your teachers called you, or just your parents?

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 24, 2005 at 11:14 PM (PDT)

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If it isn’t the tone-deaf people and those that are hard-of-hearing, then it’s the constipated purists out there who like Open Source stuff.

So let me get this straight. Everyone except you is an idiot, and is tone deaf. Riiiiiiiiight.

As to your allegation of subject bias in a *blind* test, I urge you to try to understand what “blind” means in the context of a listening test.

Apple’s codec is the best

You keep saying this. I’m not trying to convince you. I’m trying to get you to convince me. You’re just not very convincing. Why is it the best? Where’s your evidence? Why am I supposed to trust your ears over those of a random sample of discriminating others?

And when you refer to “AAC”, are you referring to Apple’s implementation (and if so, to which version?), or are you referring to the AAC spec’d within MPEG-2 Part 7, or the AAC spec’d within MPEG-4 Part 3?

Posted by Demosthenes on September 25, 2005 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

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Demosthenes:
First off, NO not everyone except me is an idiot. There are plenty of people out there who AREN’T idiots. For example, those who don’t butt into a dispute NOT concerning them—well, those people, for example, are NOT idiots. Second, don’t try to get sarcastic with me. I’m the master of it, you’re a rank amateur. “Riiiiiiiight”? PLEASE. Get over yourself. There’s one person here who is arrogant, and I’ll admit it’s me, but that’s because I have the right to BE ARROGANT, because I’m right.

Grow up, no test is EVER really “blind.” The people behind it ALWAYS have biases and whether you realize it or not they come through. Whenever people get involved biases (however unintentional) come through. Man, I feel like I’m talking to a kid here. As far as whether or not to believe my ears, you don’t have to. But I guarantee you that you also can’t hear as well as I can. I don’t even know you personally and I can STILL afford to make that comment.

The codec in question is Apple’s implementation. MPEG-4 AAC, which should be obvious.

Talking Madness:
There are two kinds of people in this world: the first type would consist of MY equals, which are the few who earn MY respect; the second type would consist of those BENEATH ME in value, which is pretty much everyone else. You belong to the second group. Oh, and you can quit the pop-psych analysis. You’re not qualified to do it. A few of the people on here like me, who actually have common sense can see right through you. You’re not witty, you’re not intelligent—you’re just plain lacking in just about EVERY category there is. Do yourself a favor and keep your trap shut, you retard, that way you won’t embarrass yourself any further.

Posted by Jack on September 26, 2005 at 11:49 AM (PDT)

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Are u all stupid????
Why itms when you http://www.allofmp3.com... and you can buy a song for 10cents!!!!
Hello!!!!!!!
wake up Jobs, wake up record companies!!!!
You re doomed… and there s nothing you can do about it…

Posted by Gizmeister on June 16, 2006 at 2:49 PM (PDT)

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