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MacOrama für den 26. April 2004 [Update]

Im Guardian dreht es sich ebenfalls um Apple und iPod:
"The big question is how long Apple can maintain this remarkable growth in this sphere. Some analysts subscribe to the view that Sony should have cleaned up in the hard disk audio personal market, but instead gifted the market to Apple. The Japanese company was apparently prevented from launching a rival hard disk-based player by its music software division; it also didn't want to launch a product that would rival its own MiniDisc and MemoryStick storage formats."

USA Today schreibt zum (beinahe) einjährigen iTMS Bestehen:
"Apple dominates online music with an estimated 50% market share. Its iPod is the best-selling portable digital music player. But Internet analysts suggest the next year may not be as rosy as the first. The increased competition — Sony and Microsoft aren't exactly start-ups — may make serious inroads."

Bei CNET geht es mehr in Richtung iTunes bzw. iTMS Preise und Rechte:
"With that experimentation in pricing may come some fluctuation in usage rules. Currently iTunes customers can use their purchased music on up to three computers and burn the same songs in the same order up to 10 times. However, those rules may be tweaked as the record companies renegotiate their contracts with Apple."

Und wo wir gerade bei DRM sind, nach Playfair kommt DeDRMS. heise und die MacGuardians berichten.

ATI preist seine Radeon 9700 Mobility an, die in den neuen PowerBooks verbaut wird:
"Continuing ATI’s leadership in the mobile sector, the 15- and 17-inch PowerBook G4 notebooks will feature the new MOBILITY RADEON 9700, the world’s fastest mobile graphics processing unit. ATI’s MOBILITY RADEON 9700 uses Low-k process technology to reduce the strain on battery life and at the same time provide accelerated performance. The MOBILITY RADEON 9700 sets a new standard for processing power in a notebook, which enables users to perform a wide range of graphics functions, ranging from gaming, to digital video editing."

Bei ifoapplestore.com gibt es mal wieder neuere Details zu den Apple Retail Stores, leider ohne Direktlink:
"On other subjects, Johnson said the retail stores automatically report visitor traffic every 15 minutes, and revenues every 4 minutes via a Web-based interface, allowing Apple execs to constantly monitor the effect of new products and other sales announcements in the stores. He said Apple's stores were the fastest retailer ever to reach $1 billion in sales (3 years), beating out previous record-holder The Gap, who reached that revenue level in 4 years."

John Markoff schreibt unter der schönen Überschrift 'Oh, Yeah, He Also Sells Computers' in der NYT über Steve Jobs:
"To some people in the industry, Mr. Jobs, of late, has even outshone his old nemesis, Bill Gates of Microsoft - not in market share, of course, but in innovation. "Both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs arrived with the idea of digitizing the world, but Gates has lost his way," said George F. Colony, the chief executive of Forrester Research, a computer industry consulting firm. "Despite all of his warts, Jobs has kept the dream alive, whether it's movies, music or photos. I call him the digitizer."
Außerdem über die Entwicklung des iPod:
"By contrast, Apple says it developed the iPod in just six months, faster than any major product in the company's history. The hand-held device, which contains more computing power than an early Macintosh, was put together starting in 2001 by hardware designers led by Tony Fadell, a young engineer who had worked at the Apple spinoff General Magic, at Philips Electronics and briefly at RealNetworks, led by Rob Glaser, who has developed the Rhapsody music service."
Inklusive wüsten Spekulationen zum Ende hin:
"Last year, the company quietly added two new wireless standards, known as 3GPP and 3GPP2, to its QuickTime software for sending and receiving multimedia over digital cellular networks. Because Apple was an early leader in the Wi-Fi market with its airport wireless networking base station, the reasoning goes, the company may be hard at work on a line of digital mobile phones that would take the company into the fast-growing voice-over-Internet-protocol, or VoIP market."

Jeffrey Zeldman würde gerne der ganzen Welt einen Mac kaufen:
"Every time I design a website in Photoshop, I leave the body text non-antialiased, because ugly, pixellated text is what most computer users will see. I wish they could see what I see when I use OS X. Even Amazon looks pretty because of the Mac’s superior text handling. If I had Bill Gates’s money, I would buy a Mac for every person who needs a computer."

ContraCostaTimes über das 'i':
"Because of consistent marketing, they literally own the letter 'i,"' said Simon Sinek, president of his own marketing company in New York and a teacher of strategic communications at Columbia University. "'I' means Internet and interactive -- and it means Apple."
Said Bill Reihl, senior vice president and creative director for Edelman Public Relations in Atlanta, "If you really think about it, what is a pod? The 'i' is the strongest part of the name."

Ende letzter Woche sorgten in Japan falsch gepreiste eMacs (das Stück zu rund 20 EUR) für Furore:
"Catena said it received orders from around 20,000 people for 100 million eMacs, but said it will be unable to fulfill the orders."

Google will Gmail schnellstmöglich Safari-tauglich machen:
"We're going to make it work with Safari and that's one of the high priority things," Brin told MacCentral. "I’ve heard that you can sort of get it to work if you're desperate. I want to fix that, and I want to make it work really well."

Benchmarks zu den neuen PowerBooks bei BareFeats, wie immer ohne genaue Beschreibung der Testbedingung/-umgebung, mit sensationellem Ergebnis:
"If you plan to use "PRO" applications (Final Cut Pro, Photoshop CS, After Effects, etc.) and want serious speed, you should seriously consider a fast Power Mac... instead of a PowerBook."
Seriously gähn.

Drohende JPEG-Patent-Klage auch gegen Apple, Kommentar bei Ars.technica:
"Second, Forgent did not start pursuing defense of this patent until 5 years after acquisition. The Doctrine of Laches, a sort of "statute of limitations" for Intellectual Property, requires that the patent holder not be negligent in the defense of said patent. If any of these cases go to court, the court may very well throw out each case on these grounds. And if the court does not, maybe that's a good thing. Many people would argue that the PNG format gained backing due to the row over the GIF patent licensing issue. Perhaps this JPEG debacle will fuel support for an even better image format."

Dr.Bott überdacht den G5 für immerhin 75$:
(via Macsimum Perspective)

Ein kleiner Blick auf die Vorproduktionsmodell des Sony Ericsson S700 beim Inquirer:
"On the surface the phone comes across looking like a compact camera – something that it clearly sets out to do from the beginning and this is helped by the overall styling of the unit."

MobileBurn bietet Galerie und Blick auf das User Interface des SE K700.

iPodlounge.com nimmt Griffin's iTalk unter die Lupe:
"With the ability to use built-in or external input and output devices, and excellent automatic gain control performance, the iTalk combines and improves upon the functions of two competing alternatives. After six months with Belkin at the top of the hill, Griffin's product is now our top pick for all voice recording purposes save high gain recording at distances greater than 30 feet. Under such conditions, we'd recommend a quality exterior microphone for the iTalk, though the built-in one is no slouch."

Bei Forbes.com wird Belkin's Universal Microphone Adapter besprochen:
"Apple needs to improve in its next iPod software update--how the recording function works on the iPod in order to make the recording process a little clearer, as clear as the recording process is with a cassette recorder. It's off to a good start by having added the feature in the first place. Now it just needs a bit of polish."

Bei Kodawarisan (wo auch sonst?) zerlegte man Ende letzter Woche sofort eines der neuen 12" PowerBooks.

Wer noch nichts über die unspektakuläre Apple Hauptversammlung gelesen haben sollte, dem sei der MacCentral Artikel zu empfehlen:
"People don't avoid buying a BMW because they are worried about BMW's marketshare, suggested Jobs. "Ultimately what we have to do is be successful," said Jobs.
Jobs asked the shareholder, "What kind of car do you drive?"
"A BMW," she said to loud applause and laughter."
Oder alternativ die Zusammenfassung bei Macworld UK.

'Troubleshooting the iPod and iPod mini' bei macfixit.

Fröhliche Studien:
Jupiterresearch kommt zur Erkenntnis, dass 90% der digital Musik Sammelnden momentan nicht mehr als 1000 Songs haben und entsprechend ein iPod mini von der Kapazität her genau reicht (so instinktiv Steve Jobs auch meist handeln mag, es würde mich schwer wundern, wenn nicht Apple vor Planung/Entwicklung des iPod mini entsprechende Marktstudien durchgeführt hätte).
Erstaunlich bleibt, welche weite Kreise dieses Ergebnis gezogen hat und welch merkwürdige Kritik dabei aufkam, Michael Gartenberg reagiert:
"Most of the comments went along the lines of the reader who said "You guys are soooo wrong, I have 38gb of music files and most of my friends have at least that or more..." OK. That's fine. But please calm down, we're not wrong and you're clearly not average. In fact, only 5% of US online households even have an MP3 player, either flash or hard disk based. By the way, if you're a client and need a breakdown of the #s and demographics, give us a holler at inquiry@jupitermedia.com and we'll get them to you."

Im Telegraph:
"Nearly 90 per cent of 18- to 35-year-old British travellers will not leave home without their mobile phone, 42 per cent set up a new e-mail account before leaving, and 20 per cent of 18- to 25-year-old travellers will take an iPod, according to a survey by the internet company Yahoo!." Was natürlich sofort schreckliche Problem hervorrufen würde: "Another problem is that taking your iPod and laptop does not allow you to embrace the culture you are supposed to be visiting. We do advise all those who go abroad to keep in contact, but so much technology can defeat the whole point of the trip."

Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
04/26 William Shakespeare baptized in Stratford-on-Avon, England, 1564

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