Mix: ARM, iPod classic, App Store hotline, Music pubs

Chip designer ARM has announced its latest mobile processors, two high-performance, low-power chips known as the Cortex-A9 MPCore. Able to run at speeds greater than 2GHz, the dual core chip designs are speed- and power-optimized for set-top boxes, DTVs, printers, and other larger devices, the iPhone 3GS runs a Samsung-built processor based on the Cortex-A8 design, making the new dual-core model a likely fit for future iPhone OS devices, although as Mac Rumors notes, the chips would most likely need to be underclocked due to the power and thermal constraints of the iPhone’s and iPod touch’s designs.

A number of iPod classic owners are reporting problems getting their devices to sync after installing iTunes 9, according to a handful of Apple Support Discussion threads. The problems seems to range from iTunes crashing as soon as the iPod is connected, to the device never being recognized, to restores failing, leaving the devices bricked. No single configuration or operating system combination seems to be the cause, as users of different versions of both Windows and Mac, and varying models of iPod classic, are reporting problems; users of other iPod models have also contributed to the threads, but appear to be more isolated than the problems facing iPod classic owners. [via AppleInsider]

Apple has given LogMeIn, the Internet-based computer remote control service, a direct number, or hotline, to call for App Store issues. “We now have a number we can call to ask questions,” LogMeIn CEO Mike Simon told The Register, without elaborating further, except to say he knew of one other app vendor with a personal App Store contact. A lack of personal communication between Apple and iPhone developers has been a point of contention for many since the store’s debut last year; more recently, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing Phil Schiller has been personally reaching out to developers in an effort to improve relations. It is unclear whether Apple plans to begin offering contact numbers to more developers, or if it is supplying select developers with liaisons on a case-by-case basis.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Songwriters’ Guild of America, and other performing rights groups are calling for increased compensation from digital download stores such as iTunes, even extending fees to 30-second previews and music contained in other media such as TV shows and movies, Cnet reports. “We make 9.1 cents off a song sale and that means a whole lot of pennies have to add up before it becomes a bunch of money,” said Rick Carnes, president of the Songwriters’ Guild of America. “Yesterday, I received a check for 2 cents. I’m not kidding. People think we’re making a fortune off the Web, but it’s a tiny amount. We need multiple revenue streams or this isn’t going to work.”

According to David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, the music industry has begun lobbying Congress to push for legislation that requires anyone selling a download to pay a performance fee. “If you watch a TV show on broadcast, cable or satellite TV there is a performance fee collected,” Israelite said. “But if that same TV show is downloaded over iTunes, there’s not. We’re arguing that the law needs to be clarified that regardless of the method by which a consumer watches the show there is a performance right.”

  1. The ASC is barking up the wrong tree. Looking at iTunes as the root of the problem is like yelling at your doctor for what the insurance companies are doing to you. The rights holder, the music label in most cases, is the one taking the vast percentage of the iTunes price and then they’re divvying it up as they believe is appropriate – that’s the source of their unfair compensation. Most money should go to the performer(s), the songwriters should get the next most, and the label should get the least of all. It’s that the compensation is inverted on its head due to unfair industry practices and archaic and outdated copyright practices that is the problem, not iTunes (their prices are already ridiculous when compared to reality: one song paid for for every forty or so free downloads in America and $5 used CDs where nobody makes a dime but the seller.

    The claim they should be compensated for song previews is laughable on the face of it. Almost nobody will pay for all their music as is, they want to force a scenario that even more people won’t be buying their songs? They should be screaming for full length streaming without cost to get more people to pay, not ask for something that will simply reduce their compensation further.

  2. … and then I read the whole linked article and realized these guys are really drinking from a poisoned well of wackiness.

    In addition to the above, they are demanding that private sales to private individuals for private viewing be treated as a public broadcast. Insane.

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