Mix: Pre-orders, Steve Jobs, Creative gear, Samsung

Apple has created a new page on the iTunes Music Store, called “Tomorrow’s Hits Today,” which collects all of the albums available for pre-order from iTunes. There are currently 10 albums available for pre-order, from Justin Timberlake to Bob Dylan. [via TUAW]

Richard Farmer of Merrill Lynch says that if Steve Jobs was involved in options backdating at Pixar, it could jeopardize his role at Apple. “We believe there are not yet enough facts to form a conclusion on whether key executives might have been involved in creating options irregularities at Apple or Pixar, and our default assumption is that Jobs is not likely to have been involved; however, our review of Pixar disclosures does not allow us to rule out the possibility, given Jobs was a member of the board that made options decisions, and our analysis suggests these may contain irregularities,” Farmer wrote.
Creative Technology will benefit greatly from joining the lucrative iPod accessory business, analysts say. “We think selling accessories for iPod is a cottage industry by itself,” said Carey Wong of OCBC Investment Research. “The company is always looking at new opportunities and I think this is a good opportunity that they can go into. It looks quite good because the market is huge.”

Samsung has nearly caught up with Apple’s iPod sales in Taiwan, according to DigiTimes. “Samsung held 7.8% of the MP3-player market in Taiwan last month, slightly behind Apple Computer with its iPod series that kept 8%, according to a market survey of GfK Marketing Services.”

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