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Steve Jobs glaubt nicht an Sony's Minidisc

Ein NYT-Artikel widmet sich Sony's bald startendem Connect Music Store, der offenbar im Gespann aus iTMS und iPod seinen Angstgegner bereits gefunden hat, während Steve Jobs nicht an einen Erfolg der MD-Player außerhalb Japans glaubt:
"We're not about one-size-fits-all," said Mr. Samit, sitting in his Manhattan office with Louis Armstrong playing in the background. "You can't believe it's about just one brick that people will carry," he said, referring to the iPod.
Steven P. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, said the minidisc player, which uses discs that can be recorded on, much like a cassette player, would not catch on in the United States the way it had overseas. "We have a very healthy respect for Sony," Mr. Jobs said in a telephone interview. "But Sony believes very strongly in the minidisc, and we don't. It might work in Japan but not here." Apple's most expensive iPod, by contrast, uses a hard drive that can store up to 10,000 songs.

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MacOrama für den 19. April 2004

Der iTMS lässt sich selbst ohne iTunes durchsuchen plus probehören, wie bei Slashdot gepostet:
"One may now listen and search for Apple iTunes music via this front end or any webserver running the perl script called iTMS-4-ALL, which was written by Jason Rohrer, programmer of the secure filesharing system MUTE who hopes the script 'helps revive everyone's ITMS interfaces.'

MacBidouille berichtet über einen Elle-Artikel, in dem Karl Lagerfeld von seinen 40 iPod berichtet:
"These sweats are for someone that never jogs [talking about the clothes on the picture] even if the metal grey color is very chic, it is not for me. However, I love iPod, I have fourty of them. I recorded all the music I love on them."
Weshalb gleich spekuliert wurde, dass genau er der 30.000$ Verprasser im iTMS gewesen sei...

Rob Pegoraro ärgert sich in der Washington Post über DRM-Einschränkungen und Album-Preise im iTMS, komischerweise wird nicht einmal im Ansatz erwähnt, dass es bei der weit abgeschlagenen Konkurrenz damit teilweise erheblich schlechter aussieht:
"It may very well have other devices up its sleeve, but the company, as usual, refuses to talk about them. That's the problem right there -- Apple wants customers to advance into this digital-music future without a map. In so doing, it's showing itself at its least attractive: resolutely proprietary and secretive to a fault. The market, however, has a way of solving these problems. Earlier this month, an open-source program called PlayFair appeared online. It allows an iTunes customer who owns either an iPod or a Windows machine authorized to play his or her purchases to remove the copy controls from those AAC files. (PlayFair does nothing to songs you don't own; it's useless to thieves.)"

iCalViewer (mehr dazu hier im fscklog) liegt nun in Version 1.1 vor und bietet einen nett erweiterten Funktionsumfang, der allerdings nur gegen eine Shareware Gebühr in Höhe von 11$ zu bekommen ist (konnte es leider noch nicht testen, dürfte aber jeden Dollar wert sein):
• Added to do viewing
• Moved the icon from The Dock to the menu bar
• Added interactivity (you can double-click on items to go to the item in iCal)
• Added many colour preferences
• Added an 'expose' hotkey
• Changed the lookahead to allow specification of units (hours, weeks etc)
• Fixed some bugs...

Houston Chronicle über 'Tarnation' (bereits Ende Januar im fscklog verlinkt), den ersten Film, der es per iMovie nach Cannes schaffen wird:
"Sifting through 70 hours of home movies, as well as tape recordings, snapshots and even phone messages, Caouette has pieced together a wrenching look at his life, called Tarnation. The cost of making this starkly stylized and riveting documentary, edited with Apple's iMovie software on a Macintosh PC, was $218.32.
That investment became a gold mine of buzz when Tarnation screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January, soon after acclaimed directors Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell signed on as executive producers. Now it's set to compete at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Superdrive Firmware Hack für die (gerade noch) aktuellen PowerBooks:
"Why did I wait till now? Like I said, I can't get into it, but today being a special day to me, makes it an appropriate occasion at least :) And while my friends and loved ones wish me all the best, on this, the day of my birth, I have this to offer all the fellow powerbook users out there: The long-anticipated UJ-816 firmware w/ optional region-free capabilities. This is my way of giving back."
(via MacNN)

NYT Artikel '600 Macs, 4,000 Lines, One Giant Leap for DVD's':
" Walk into the suites of Lowry Digital, the company that Mr. Lowry started six years ago, and the first sight that strikes you is the computer bank — rack after rack of Macintosh G5 computers, 600 of them, holding a combined memory of 2,400 gigabytes."

Außerdem Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
04/19 Landing of the "33" in Uruguay

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Heute: Apple Store selbst gemacht

Mit ruhiger Hand und ausreichend Farbe sollte es durchaus machbar sein:
(via ifoapplestore.com)

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Die neusten Rumor-Specs für die zukünftigen iBooks und PowerBooks

pbooksAlles bisherigen Gerüchte, Specs und Preis zu den (noch) nur in der Gerüchteküche existenten i/PowerBooks gibt es hier im fscklog.
AppleInsider, ganz vorne dabei im diesmaligen Rumor-Tumult, schiebt jetzt noch letzte Specs für die angeblich schon heute erscheinenden Laptops hinterher:

M9426LL/A iBook (12.1"TFT/1.0GHz G4/512K L2 Cache/256MB/30GB/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive/VGA-out/Enet/56K)

M9418LL/A iBook (14.1"TFT/1.0GHz G4/512K L2 Cache/256MB/40GB/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive/VGA-out/Enet/56K)

M9419LL/A iBook (14.1"TFT/1.2GHz G4/512K L2 Cache/256MB/60GB/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive/VGA-out/Enet/56K/APX)

M9183LL/A PowerBook G4 (12.1"TFT/1.33GHz/512K L2/256MB/60GB/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive/Enet/56K/AirPort/Bluetooth)

M9184LL/A PowerBook G4 (12.1"TFT/1.33GHz/512K L2/256MB/60GB/DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive/Enet/56K/AirPort/Bluetooth)

M9421LL/A PowerBook G4 (15.2"TFT/1.33GHz/256MB/60GB/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive/Gig Enet/56K/Bluetooth/AirPort)

M9422LL/A PowerBook G4 (15.2"TFT/1.5GHz/512MB/80GB/DVD-R/CD-RW SuperDrive/Gig Enet/56K/Bluetooth/AirPort/Backlit Keyboard)

M9462LL/A PowerBook G4 (17" TFT/1.5GHz/512MB/80GB/DVD-R/CDRW SuperDrive/Gig Enet/56K/Bluetooth/AirPort/Backlit Keyboard)

Nach diesen Informationen soll sich preislich nicht viel ändern (zumindest was die Dollars) angeht, nur das 15" Superdrive werde 100$ billiger (das schreibt ebenfalls Think Secret, laut deren Quellen auch das 17" PowerBook um 200$ günstiger werden soll). Nach MacRumors Angaben besteht außerdem die Möglichkeit beim 1,5GHz PowerBook per BTO auf eine 128MB Grafikkarte umzusatteln.

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Was man als Store Manager eines Apple Retail Store so verdient

Im gestrigen MacOrama waren Apples Jobausschreibungen für den Store in London bereits verlinkt, diese umfassen zwar ein hochgradig euphorisches Anforderungsprofil, allerdings keinerlei Gehaltshinweise. Auf der englischen Seite des Personalbeschaffers Hudson erschien nun ein Jobangebot für einen Store Manager in London, dessen Stellenbeschreibung mit ziemlicher Sicherheit Apple als Arbeitgeber 'entlarvt': "You will be the sort of manager who drives friends crazy with your passion for product, thinks differently and loves the latest technology. Above all, you will make your store a fun, exciting and fresh place to be for your customer." (gefunden bei ifoAppleStore.com)
Das Gehalt ist dort mit angegeben, ca. 50.000 EUR verdient man als Store Manager demnach jährlich, was zum ein oder anderen Mac durchaus reichen sollte.

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Apples NAB Special Event: Motion, Xsan, Pro Software Updates [Update]

Und das gab es an Neuigkeiten:
Final Cut Pro HD (Pressemeldung):
"...now with the real-time performance of high-quality native DVCPRO HD in addition to real-time support for DV and SD. Final Cut Pro HD delivers the ability to capture, edit and output broadcast-quality high definition (HD) video over a single FireWire® cable, without requiring any additional hardware—an industry first. Final Cut Pro HD supports native DVCPRO HD editing with no recompression or image degradation and enables HD preview monitoring on an Apple Cinema HD Display."
Panasonic and Apple Collaborate to Bring HD Over FireWire to the Desktop and Mobile Editing.
DVD Studio Pro 3 (Pressemeldung).
Shake 3.5 (Pressemeldung).

Ganz frisch: Motion (After Effects Konkurrent, Adobe wird sich sicher freuen; Pressemeldung)
"Apple today introduced Motion, a revolutionary new application that redefines motion graphics by giving artists the creative freedom and power to deliver stunning professional quality results faster and more intuitively than ever before at a breakthrough price of $299. Motion features interactive animation of text, graphics and video, with instant previewing of multiple filters and particle effects, and introduces “Behaviors” that allow artists to add natural looking movement to type and graphics, such as gravity and wind, without the use of complex keyframes."
Bei Reuters: "That's the one I think is just out of this world," said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, a multimedia industry research firm based in Tiburon, California. "I think Apple has got an incredible tool there that will find applications beyond just enhancing and editing motion capture data."

Xsan Storage Area Network File System (Pressemeldung):
"Expand your network horizons with Xsan, an enterprise-class storage networking solution that’s surprisingly affordable. Xsan lets multiple computers concurrently access terabytes of storage on Xserve RAID over high-speed Fibre Channel. Now under development, Apple will ship Xsan later this fall for $999."

Nichts allzu überraschendes also, mal sehen ob der Wochenanfang dann noch die weithin gerüchteten Power/iBooks bescheren wird...

Ebenfalls aktualisiert wurden LiveType, Cinema Tools und Compressor.
Adobe hat schnell After Effects 6.5 angekündigt:
"Version 6.5 offers Animation Presets; an advanced clone tool; new scripting support; Power Mac G5 optimization; three new grain management tools; new one-click tools like Auto Color, Auto Levels, Auto Contrast and Shadow/Highlight; and a professional 32-bit floating point color correction system."

Die Publikumsreaktionen auf die Vorstellungen waren mal wieder erheblich ('Apple wows the crowd'), so ist in einem MacCentral Bericht zu lesen:
"Apple product managers did enthusiastic demos of the new products, showing off features that had some in the crowd cheering and whistling. During the demo of Motion, a beaming Dion Scoppettuolo, Motion product manager turned to the cheering crowd and said, "No, wait, there is so much more," which only got them cheering louder.
During the event, Apple made their goal for Final Cut Pro very clear. "What we are committed to do today is nail HD to the wall," said Schoeben. Apple called on several of its partners, including the BBC, Panasonic and Grass Valley to talk to the audience about their choice of Final Cut Pro for their business.
"Final cut pro has struck a cord in this industry," said Schoeben. There are over a quarter of a million people editing with Final Cut Pro today."

IT&W bietet die deutsche 'leicht redigierte und illustrierte Apple-Pressemitteilung' zu Xsan und Motion.

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