Mix: More RED, iPod tutorials, Sony Walkman, Music sales

In addition to the special edition red iPod nano, Gap, Motorola, Converse, and Giorgio Armani also rolled out red products to help benefit the (PRODUCT) RED initiative.

Apple has posted a number of new iPod video tutorials on its support website. The company has also created a podcast so folks can subscribe and get future updates.
Sony has introduced new Flash-based Walkman digital music players featuring built-in noise-cancellation technology. The company also said that it is developing a video-capable Walkman to compete with Apple’s high-end iPod.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) reports: “Sales of digital music in the first half of 2006 rose 106% to US$945 million when compared with the first six months of last year. Globally, digital sales now account for 11 percent of the total recorded music market worldwide, up from 5.5 percent in December 2005.”

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