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Mix: Sirius, Vending machines, Creative, iPod mugging

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By LC Angell

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Published: Saturday, April 23, 2005
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Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin said he’s still interested in getting his satellite radio technology into iPods. “One day maybe [Apple] will be interested in putting in a satellite radio,? said Karmazin. “The conversations are always ongoing about things we can do together, even if it’s not necessarily music but some of our other content.”

Many airports, such as the San Francisco International Airport, are now selling iPods in vending machines.

Creative Technology’s quarterly net profit plunged 72% because it had to lower prices in response to Apple’s low-cost iPod shuffle and price cuts to the iPod mini and iPod photo.

iPod thefts continue: Police said a man was mugged by 6 to 10 teenagers for his iPod Thursday night in Central Park.

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1

iPods in vending machines!!!!! That is really interesting.

Posted by dino in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 23, 2005 at 11:43 AM (PDT)

2

but they don’t come with any music..it’s not like you could buy it before your flight and use it immediately.  but whatever.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on April 23, 2005 at 2:01 PM (PDT)

3

The vending machines at SFO’s international terminal have been selling iPod minis for a while… since last summer, I believe.

The vending machines at SFO’s international terminal are in the arrivals area—there aren’t any vending machines in the departures area. I don’t think the other terminals have the vending machines.

Last time I was at SFO (April 2nd of this year), they were selling 1G minis for $199.99.

Posted by anonms on April 23, 2005 at 2:26 PM (PDT)

4

That’s AWESOME. Although I think more people would try to steal them, except the machine design would probably take care of that.

Posted by greencoffeebean on April 23, 2005 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

5

Wow, imagine if it ate your money…

Meanwhile, Creative are being completely demolished out there. You have to feel sorry for them…

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on April 23, 2005 at 4:21 PM (PDT)

6

Creative needs to slow down and put more effort into each one of their models. I count no less than 26 different products on their page for MP3 players, and that doesn’t count ones that come in different sizes. If they actually spent the time to truly work on a product instead of rushing it out the door they might be able to win over some more customers. It also confuses customers when they are constantly seeing new products and thus don’t know which model is the right one for them.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on April 23, 2005 at 4:47 PM (PDT)

7

The “iPod killers” which seem to come out all the time need to have better names. Not just a model number that is a load of garbage to most people. e.g. Sony NW-HD5 vs. an iPod.

Posted by Daveoc64 in UK on April 24, 2005 at 5:17 AM (PDT)

8

i thought the shuffle wouldn’t sell and that people wanted more from their mp3 players iguess creative was wrong hahaha go apple

Posted by BIGP in Texas on April 24, 2005 at 7:25 AM (PDT)

9

Serves him right. All Sim Wong Hoo could do is waste time talking #### about the iPod instead of working on their own products.

Posted by Edson346 on April 24, 2005 at 9:22 AM (PDT)

10

Sirius for Ipod’s would be great. I have Sirius in my truck and would love to have it on my ipod.

Posted by iamhannah.com on April 24, 2005 at 10:29 AM (PDT)

11

Instead of buy-an-iPod vending machines, Apple needs to make kiosks where you could purchase iTunes music and download it to your iPod right there.  That way, you could add a song you forgot, or put a new song on you just heard while you are away from home.  Ideally, you would be able to d/l these purchased songs to your computer once you got back, too.  I’d think they’d make a killing if they did this.

Posted by ChrisTSX on April 24, 2005 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

12

ChrisTSX,

I have to agree with you on the kiosk thing, but the RIAA won’t back down on those DRM laws.  Apple can’t make an ipod that copies tunes back to the computer.  That would allow you to copy music right to someone elses computer using the iPod as the vehicle.  Its a shame, I know.  But with the growing number of laptops and WiFi services, one can download anything via iTunes at almost any airport.  Then allowing the user to download to the iPod from just about anywhere.  Its a work-around, but until the RIAA loosens the noose on the digital music world- no such device is going to be coming out any time soon.  Too bad though, could be very cool.

Posted by apple juice in USA on April 24, 2005 at 3:16 PM (PDT)

13

You wouldn’t have to upload it from your iPod if Apple kept track of the tracks your account has downloaded and allowed you to re-download tracks you have bought.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on April 24, 2005 at 5:26 PM (PDT)

14

good point john

when you get back homejust tell ur at home and download

Posted by BIGP in Texas on April 24, 2005 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

15

Actually, a system COULD safely download to iPods without fear of piracy. The files have your account’s DRM on them, so copying them back to another computer later would simply require that that computer be authorized. Or… don’t even require that, since they wouldn’t play anyway smile

I think Apple could make direct-to-iPod kiosks work without changing the DRM—just adding a bit to the iPod and iTunes software.

Posted by Nagromme on April 24, 2005 at 10:10 PM (PDT)

16

Gee, remember Creative CEO Sim Wong Hoo’s words when the Shuffle came out?

“We’re expecting a good fight but they’re coming out with something that’s five generations older. It’s our first generation MuVo One product feature, without display, just have a (shuffle feature). We had that — that’s a four-year-old product. So I think the whole industry will just laugh at it, because the flash people — it’s worse than the cheapest Chinese player. Even the cheap, cheap Chinese brand today has display and has FM. They don’t have this kind of thing, and they expect to come out with a fight; I think it’s a non-starter to begin with.”

Hee hee hee

Posted by Casper223 on April 24, 2005 at 11:29 PM (PDT)

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