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Thursday, May 1, 2003


FairPlay Is Dead, Long Live FairPlay
by Vern Seward, The Mac Observer
"]Apple's FairPlay] appears to be DRM done the right way, achieving the right balance between anti-privacy and fair use issues."

iTunes Service 'sells 275K Tracks'
by Macworld UK
Apple's iTunes Music Service sold an estimated 275,000 tracks at 99¢ each in its first 18 hours, Billboard reports.

iPod Users Bitter Over Limited 1.3 Software Update
by Tony Smith, The Register
We can understand that hardware differences — a new processor, say — would rquire different code, but we can't come up with a plausible reason why the new features can't be coded for older iPods.

Dollar Songs: Bargain Or Rip-Off?
by Joanna Glasner, Wired News
According to academics who've studied the economics of digital music distribution, the cost still seems too high to attract users of peer-to-peer file-trading services.

How To Pay The Piper
by The Economist
As lawsuits fly, a new service offers a simple way to pay for music online.

Apple Wins Raves For E-Music Solution
by Guy Dixon, The Globe And Mail
Apple Computer Corp. has done it yet again, grabbing headlines with a new product set to revolutionize the industry. And in return, all the company got for its efforts was polite applause from Wall Street.

Now Up-To-Date & Contact Gets Address Book Compatibility
by MacMinute
Address Book integration is available as a free standalone sync application for users of Now Up-to-Date & Contact Version 4.1 and higher.

Apple's New Service Beats Illegal Free Sites
by Walter S. Mossberg, Wall Street Journal
With Apple's new music store, honest music consumers finally have a decent alternative to the bootleg services.

Yellow Dog Linux 3.0 Boxes Ships
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Terra Soft Solutions has announced that the boxed version of the PowerPC-optimized Linux operating system is now shipping.

iPods Popping Up In Educational Environments
by Dennis Sellers, MacCentral
University of Western Australia has been using the digital devices as viable classroom technologies to supplement existing efforts in computer-mediated learning.

Manufacturers Welcome Apple's iTunes Initiative
by Margaret Quan, EE Times
Digital audio device manufacturers and analysts welcomed Apple Computer Inc's iTunes Music Store online music service as a positive move for what's mostly been a stalled online music industry.

Steve Jobs: 'It's So Cool'
by Laura Locke, Time
"We've now built the first real complete ecosystem for digital music age... We're the only people in the world to do this, so we feel great about it."


Apple Isn't Changing The Music World; It's Working With It
by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Network
I think Apple has brought a degree of good Karma to the music scene. But I also think it could be the start of even better Karma.

How Apple Seals The Audio Deal
by David Morgenstern, StorageSupersite
The rise of remote storage in the audio industry, and the detection of some life left in CDs.

Why eMusic Gets It (And Apple Doesn't)
by Trammell Hudson

Apple's New Online Music Service
by David Pogue, New York Times
At this very moment, executives at Pressplay, MusicNet and their ilk are surely sprinting into hastily assembled meetings to discuss how they can mimic Apple's model. But that's all right; Apple will surely find other messy, dysfunctional institutions to reinvent. Do you suppose Mr. Jobs has seen the federal tax code lately?

Considering The Mac Web
by John Manzione, MacNETv2
The Mac Web, in my opinion, should play various roles, but none of these roles should include promoting the ?reality distortion field'.

Musical Fruit
by Dave Webb,
Apple's buck-a-song strategy: one-hit wonder or platinum smash?

iTunes Music Store, A Tryout
by Dan Gillmor, San Jose Mercury News
The main virtue: It doesn't assume from the start that customers are thieves.

The Day The Music Revolution Died
by Steve Consilvio, BeHappyandFree
Apple has put up the cash, lent its credibility, and created a wonderful technology, but the music industry has only allowed access primarily to the junk in the cut-out bins. And reportedly, the music company gets 65 cents per song. So who is the real winner here?

Please Don't Forget The Macintosh
by Gene Steinberg, Mac Night Owl
I don't want to be a harbinger of doom and gloom, but I have little doubt Apple's executives are sitting up nights hoping that music will be magic as far as Mac hardware is concerned.

Steve Jobs, Music Mogul
by Michael S. Malone, ABC News
Jobs can finally abandon that 3 percent-market-share-in-a-moribund-industry world of Apple Computer and become what he was always suited to be: a classic megalomaniacal music mogul.

New Apple Music Service Hits The Right Note
by David Zeiler, Baltimore Sun
You don't need to be under CEO Steve Jobs' spell to see that this service trumps everything else out there, and is almost sure to be a hit.

What Price Musical Glory?
by David Pogue, New York Times
Now that we can buy music by the individual track, should the price depend on the age or profitability of the recording? If so, why stop there?


Keynote 1.0: Create Professional-Quality Presentations
by Mierrily Miller and David Rosenlatt, Mac Design
For the first release of Keynote, it has a strong position at the starting gate. In the race for great presentation tools, Keynote might just be a Triple Crown winner.

WorksWell 2.0.4: Create Vector Illustrations With Data-Driven Features
by David Weiss, Mac Home

New iPod: More Music, Smaller Package
by Jon Fortt, San Jose Mercury News

A Slimmer, Lighter iPod, With Room For More Music
by David Pogue, New York Times
Apple has tinkered with the formula, but the new iPod holds more music for less money and takes up even less pocket space. And it's still the best, and best-looking, music player on the market.


Thursday, May 1, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

STILL WAITING? : Given that Apple has promised iPhoto prints and books for customers outside of U.S. a long long time ago, and we are still waiting, I'm definitely not holding my breath for the non-U.S. edition of iTunes Music Store.


Microsoft's Antitrust Problems Remain Unresolved In Europe
by Paul Meller, New York Times
A senior European antitrust official said today that Microsoft had yet to resolve concerns about the way it competes in the European software market.

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