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17.03.2004

The Streets of Cupertino

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Steve&Steve.
(via Boing Boing)

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iPod der vierten Generation mit Farb-Display im April?

Während der Start des HP iPod langsam vorbereitet wird, verdichtet sich die Gerüchteküche zur 4. Generation des iPod selbst, der möglicherweise erscheint, bevor die HP Variante (basierend auf der dritten Generation) das Licht der Verkaufsregale erblickt. So berichtet AppleInsider, dass die Entwicklung weitgehend abgeschlossen sei, das Topmodell eine 50GB Platte besitzt und der iPod außerdem ein 2" Farb-Display bietet, auf dem sich Fotos betrachten lassen sollen (mehr zur Fototauglichkeit des dem iPod zugrunde liegenden Chips, der im iPod mini bereits zum Einsatz kommt). Zusätzlich verfüge dieser über Video Out. Der Formfaktor der aktuellen Baureihe soll weiter beibehalten werden, allerdings werden die Buttons wie beim iPod mini aufs Scroll-Rad verlegt.
Möglichkeiten zur Vorstellung gäbe es im April genug, so findet am 18. ein Apple Special Event im Rahmen der NAB statt und am 28. gilt es, das einjährige Bestehen des iTunes Music Store zu begehen.

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OS X 10.4 Vorschau auf der WWDC

Ein voraussichtliches Feature von 10.4 hat Apple mit dem 'Spoken Interface' bereits angekündigt, mehr werden wir vom Panther-Nachfolger dann auf der WWDC Ende Juni zu sehen bekommen.
Ron Okamoto, Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations bei Apple, im E-Commerce Times Interview:

ECT: What other things can we expect at this year's WWDC?
Okamoto: Last year we had the first worldwide introduction to the G5 processor. We featured a lot of content about Panther, our new operating system and our current operating system today. We have been very clear with everyone that the Conference is one of those times when Apple is very open about describing where we're going. It's our opportunity to get in front of the developer community and give them an idea of our technology direction for the future. So you should expect to hear some similar messages.

ECT: Will you be introducing a new version of the operating system this year?
Okamoto: In typical Apple fashion, we will not comment; however, as I said, it is our opportunity to talk about our technology direction, so you can bet we will be doing that.

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Der besessene iPod mini

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Die Geschichte dazu bei iPodlounge.com:
"My son just got an iPod mini last week. Had it in his pocket, sat down and cracked the display."
Zeit für die nächste Sammelklage...

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Alex Brodie im Interview

ipodadwiredDer Mann hinter den Silhouetten der iPod Ads im Interview bei vfxsoup.com:

FXSoup: Was the keying tricky on the iPod spots?
Alex: The silhouettes were basically mattes with colored backgrounds. So the key was everything! The nice thing about Henry's keyer is that it works in native YUV - you don't have any degradation due to YUV-RGB color space conversion. The rock spots were the toughest (but my favorite at the end of the job) because the hair was flying everywhere. A combination of 45 degree shutter and a lot of tweaking in the box paid off. The wires were a lost cause though - when keyed they looked too kinked and thick - I think it was the contrast of pure white against the silhouette. In the end we used an off white and I roto'd a much thinner line. I was able to smooth the movement, remove the tangles and create a more fluid effect. For the extra details (bracelets, shoes etc.) I used secondary keys over the top of the silhouettes, filling with the background color. Dave (Meyers) went with 24 FPS to save on roto - that definitely improved my quality of life.
(via iPodlounge.com)

Im Januar gab es bereits einen Blick hinter die Kulissen der iPod Ads Produktion, wie damals im fscklog verlinkt.

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PhonoLine, der Mac und die Schwächung von WMA (Update)

Phonoline soll den deutschen Musikmarkt bekanntlich ordentlich aufmischen und startet dazu am kommenden Donnerstag offiziell. Popfile.de, schon seit längerem erfolglos vorhanden und nun der erste Shop, der auf PhonoLine aufsetzt, unterstützt bemerkenswerter Weise -ganz im Gegensatz zur kompletten amerikanischen iTunes Music Store Konkurrenz- den Mac (genaugenommen Mac OS X ab 10.2), denn es handelt sich beim verwendeten Format nicht um WMA, sondern um eine DRM geschützte MP3 Variante. Da die Rechte allerdings ziemlich rigide gehalten wurden und die meisten Tracks im Preisbereich von 1,50-2,00 EUR liegen, dürfte man sich auch hierbei nicht allzu weit durchsetzen.
Dennoch: Eine weitere WMA Schwächung auf dem europäischen Markt ist natürlich gerne gesehen, da dieser bisher von WMA-Distributor OD2 dominiert wurde (3 Millionen verkauften Lieder in 2003, beliefert unter anderem Karstadt, MediaMarkt und mycokemusic). Zusätzlich wird Sony ab demnächst mit seinem Connect-Store und dem eigenem Atrac-Format für weitere Digitalmusik-Format-Verwirrung sorgen, die letztendlich hoffentlich Apple zugute kommt.

Update:
Laut Reuters will Sony mit seinem Connect Music Store bereits im Juni in Deutschland, Großbritannien und Frankreich starten und könnte damit durchaus Apple (und Napster) zuvorkommen:
"Sony also announced the European opening in June of its Connect music store on the Internet, where consumer can buy songs from 0.99 euros apiece and download them on their computer before exporting them to Sony minisdisc players and walkmans.
A version for the United States, competing with Apple's hugely successful iTunes Music Store, was announced in January.
Connect will start in France, Britain and Germany with 300,000 songs from the five major labels, including Sony Music, plus independent publishers and national and regional artists."

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Ab demnächst in OS X: 'Spoken Interface'

MacRumors lieferte den Hinweis auf die neue Spoken Interface Seite bei apple.com:
"Introducing the spoken interface for Mac OS X. The Universal Access capabilities of Mac OS X will soon be enhanced with a spoken interface that provides a new way, through speech, audible cues, and keyboard navigation, to access the Macintosh."
Dort findet sich bereits eine vage Zeitvorgabe:
"Apple's spoken interface technology is currently in development and scheduled for delivery in the next major release of Mac OS X."

Zugleich freut sich Alex Salkever in der Business Week:
"This week at the 19th annual Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in Los Angeles -- the biggest assistive-technology confab in the country -- Jobs & Co. introduced a nifty tool to help the blind use Macs again. Apple calls this new technology "Spoken Interface." The basic concept is to vocalize and make audible everything that visually happens on a desktop, just like screen-reading software.[...]
Apparently he meant it. And even better, unlike traditional screen readers, Apple's technology will be built right into the next version of the OS X operating system. That will be a big help. For starters, the price is sweet. Spoken Interface won't cost anything extra because it'll be part of the core OS. Screen readers for Windows can run up to $1,000, on top of the cost of the computer itself.[...]
Still, the decision to go to the assistive-technology community for feedback is tremendous. Apple has traditionally put secrecy among its top priorities. In this case, that would have hindered rather than helped the effort. The only way to figure out whether a piece of software works for visually impaired users is to ask them at every step of the development process."

Das erklärt nebenbei wohl hinlänglich die Gerüchte über Sprachsteuerung in OS X 10.4 .

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16.03.2004

'Tausche iPod gegen Fake-Freundin' (Update)

Im Rahmen seiner gnadenlosen Verbreitung findet der iPod sich natürlich in merkwürdigsten Kontexten wieder. So gab es nicht nur iPod Spam, den iPod-Mörder Hoax (der immer noch durchaus ernstgemeint zitiert wird), sondern auch folgendes, zu lesen bei craigslist.org:

"I'm having my parents come visit me sometime in the next two weeks and have lied and told them I am dating someone I am in love with. You will only have to come to one dinner. In exchange for this I will buy you an IPOD - yes new - we walk into the store together and buy a new IPOD. Let me know if this interests you, and if you want to be in a loving relationship with all the benefits it brings ;-) I want to pretend we are totally in love. I am 24, swm, a grad student, italian-american, (not a guido), athletic build. Send pics and i will send you mine, note I check email basically every 3 hours. You should be in your 20's and athletic (great butt and legs are my main interest when I say athletic)."

Vielleicht sollte bei knapper Kasse lieber auf die Papp-iPod (auch in mini) Variante zurückgegriffen werden.

Update 22.04.04:
Wired hat den entsprechenden Artikel:
"And then there was the guy who needed an imaginary girlfriend for an evening while his parents visited from out of town. He'd lied to them about having a girlfriend, and he needed a pretend girlfriend for a dinner date. In return for feigned love, he'd buy her an iPod.
However, the ad insisted the lucky girl have a great butt and legs, which raised suspicions that the poster's intentions may not be as honorable as he proclaimed, and the ad was pulled by the "craigslist community."
Nonetheless, the poster received 30 or 40 e-mails from willing imaginary girlfriends, he said in response to an e-mail inquiry.
"I got an amazing response," he said. "Everyone is overjoyed with my concept, although several of these girls asked if I could give them new shoes instead of an iPod."

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Steve Jobs erwartet 75 Millionen iTMS Downloads bis Ende April (Update)

Seit der gestrigen Bekanntgabe der bisherigen 50 Millionen verkauften Songs im iTunes Music Store, erschienen nach und nach Schlagzeilen über Apples Scheitern am selbstgesteckten Ziel der 100 Millionen Downloads zum 1jährigen Jubiläum am 28. April. In einem Interview mit dem Wall Street Journal, welches leider nur der zahlenden Kundschaft zugänglich ist, sagte Steve Jobs angeblich, man erwarte 70-75 Millionen verkaufte Titel im iTMS bis Ende April. Ob darin die bei der Pepsi iTunes Promotion verschenkten Lieder enthalten sind, wurde leider nicht klar, jedoch merkte Jobs an, dass die bisher eingelösten Gewinncodes nicht die erwartete Menge erreicht hätten, ohne dabei konkrete Zahlen zu nennen.
Bevor das selbstgesteckte Ziel der '100 Millionen Songs (die explizit die Pepsi iTunes Promo-Stückzahlen beinhalten) in einem Jahr' als gescheitert erklärt wird, sollte so doch mindestens der 28. April abgewartet werden...

In losem Zusammenhang noch ein kleines Zitat von SiliconValley.com:
"Apple has about 70 percent of the market in paid song downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rob Schoeben, Apple vice president of applications marketing, said he thinks Apple is doing even better at album downloads. "We actually think that we're around 90 percent market share on albums," he said."

Update:
Laut MacObserver plant Apple doch nicht, die Zahlen der Pepsi iTunes Promo mitzuzählen, womit das Erreichen der 100 Millionen bis Ende April unwahrscheinlich ist:
"The Mac Observer has also confirmed that Apple will not be including the sale of promotional downloads from the iTunes Music Store in any totals it releases in the future, contrary to other published reports.
"We will not be including them in future download counts," an Apple spokesperson told The Mac Observer Tuesday. "Nielsen SoundScan does not include them in tracking our single track downloads and share of that market."
"We're not going to make that number," Jobs said in an interview Monday with the Wall Street Journal.

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Neuer Newton, diesmal nicht von Apple?

Die unendliche Apple Newton/PDA Geschichte nimmt ihren weiteren Lauf. Ende letzter Woche erneuerte eine Umfrage zum Newton die alten Spekulationen, Think Secret liefert nun weitere Informationen hinterher:
"Since that time, more details have surfaced. One of the users who received the survey emailed the research company to ask if Apple had commissioned it. In an emailed response, a Stone Multimedia representative said that "Apple is not even close" to relaunching the Newton, and that at the moment, a US company "approached Apple willing to buy [the] Newton and relaunch it. They are in ... negotiations with Apple," the rep said."

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