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Mix: Song cuts, Microsoft, iPod applications, iPhone

Nielsen Entertainment Research says that music labels keep about 34 cents from each 99-cent music track sold through services such as iTunes. Approximately 31 cents goes to the seller, and about 34 cents is paid out for rights and royalties.

Microsoft is reorganizing its entertainment division in a bid to take on Apple’s iPod and the iTunes Music Store. The software giant did not rule out a Microsoft-branded portable media device.

According to a recent company job posting, Apple is currently looking for qualified software developers to help build “new complex” iPod applications for the Windows operating system.

Morgan Stanley’s Rebecca Runkle is the latest analyst to speculate that Apple will introduce an “iPhone” next year. She says Apple shares may surge 25 percent in the next year on new products and iPod sales growth.

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New iPod software. Wonder what that could bring…

Anyways, an iPhone wouldn’t be bad, as i might be getting a phone soon. Hopefully it will be a good compliment to the iPod.

Posted by Maxman on December 16, 2005 at 4:25 PM (CST)


In all honesty, I think that MS trying to wrest marketshare from Apple in MP3 players will be good for the iPod.  Increased competition from a formidable opponent should only serve to keep the brainiacs at Apple more focused than ever to keep improving the iPod and iTMS.  And lets face it, there are still a laundry list of features that most regulars around here would like to see added to the iPod (bluetooth, FM radio, recording, graphic equilizer, etc.)  Pressure from a worthy competitor (Creative? Please…) could ensure that Apple stays on the cutting edge and adds the features to the iPod that the users want.

Posted by UncleMiltie on December 16, 2005 at 4:31 PM (CST)


I thought M$ had officially conceeded the music service to iTunes.  Guess they changed their minds.
With Apple shipping ~6 million ipods per quarter, it’s going to be hard for M$ to challenge iTunes unless they offer songs playable on the iPod.

Posted by Lester on December 16, 2005 at 5:43 PM (CST)






Posted by just jack on December 16, 2005 at 6:37 PM (CST)


If I were Microsoft, I’d make myself a universal DAP OS that supports both WMA DRM and Fairplay and have that DAP OS run on iPods as well as everything else.

Posted by Code Monkey on December 16, 2005 at 7:25 PM (CST)


I doubt M$ would make a DAP that worked on OS X.

Posted by Macromedia on December 16, 2005 at 10:48 PM (CST)


I doubt M$ would make a DAP that worked on OS X

As if that’s relevant even if true. Less than 3% of the total computer market is not going to ever affect diddly when it comes to DAPs, music services, or, well, anything.

Posted by Code Monkey on December 16, 2005 at 11:06 PM (CST)


“Pressure from a worthy competitor (Creative? Please…)”

Perhaps you should check this out…


Posted by Joshua on December 17, 2005 at 6:22 AM (CST)


Didn’t something like the iPhone already come out. HAS ANYBODY REMEMBERED THE MOTOROLA ROKR!!!!!?

Posted by J3Sh on December 17, 2005 at 8:58 AM (CST)


J3Sh, the rokr was just a phone that was compatible wth iTunes. The iPhone will actually be made by Apple .

Posted by tom on December 17, 2005 at 6:42 PM (CST)

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