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Monday, December 15, 2003

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Marketer Of The Year: Apple
by Alice Z. Cuneo, Advertising Age
An innovative company changes consumers' lives.

Apple: iTunes Downloads Top 25 Million
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
Extrapolating based on this traffic, Jobs said that the numbers show that the iTunes Music Store is selling about 1.5 million songs per week, or 75 million songs per year.

iPod Is Favourite Stocking Thriller As Internet Shopping Finally Booms
by Robin McKie and Ben Wilson, The Observer
The iPod may be just a hard-disk storage device, but it has become a cult consumer gift that has achieved a unique festive status over the past few days: it is the fastest-selling item being snapped up by internet shoppers.


Apple Offers G5 Firmware Update
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
The update provides Power Mac G5 systems with performance improvements in some PCI-X configurations.

Shopping For Electronics, Peacefully
by BusinessWeek
Apple, Gateway, and Sony are luring customers with Zen-like stores aimed at providing service and building loyalty to their products

Apple Offers Details On WWDC 2004
by Peter Cohen, MacCentral
WWDC 2004 is billed as "the definitive event for programmers, IT managers, content creators, systems administrators or anyone who wants to make the most out of Apple's innovative technologies and the robust and flexible Mac OS X platform."

Downloaders Dance To Apple's iTunes
by Jefferson Graham, USA Today
While piracy continues to threaten the music business, Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store is the digital hit of the year with 20 million 99-cent-a-song downloads since April.

Even With A Fee, Legal Music Sites Are Attracting A Crowd
by Jennifer Inez Ward, San Mateo County Times
2003 will be marked as the year the market for legally downloading music began really taking off.

Sacred Heart Goes Worldwide — Web
by Kathie Dickerson, Coshocton Tribune
The iMovie program is a great way for the students to enjoy getting hands-on computer experience.


Can Apple Cement MPEG4 As The New Music Standard? Here's One Way To Help...
by John Papola
The key is making "iPod Compatible" a must-have feature for any music service and actively courting the other services to add the AAC format to their offering.

A Marketing Tale Of The Great And Desperate
by Scott Donaton, Ad Age
Apple's brillance vs. Abercrombie & Fitch's gaffs.

Mac OS X Misconceptions
by Prachi Gauriar
You can't say Apple took an idea from Windows if the things aren't functionally similar.

Tempter For A Christmas Gift
by Chris Oaten, The Advertiser
I usually shy away from suggesting the wait-and-see approach to buying a new Mac but in this case my instinct says hold off.


An App The Mac Can Brag About
by Arik Hesseldahl, Forbes
So what does Konfabulator do? Pretty much anything you want to dream up.

Losers, Weepers
by John Gruber
If Apple wants to provide a useful, standard, system-wide human interface for user-customizable keyboard shortcuts, they need to provide a system-wide mechanism for applications to register all of their menu key shortcuts.


Monday, December 15, 2003
by Heng-Cheong Leong

APPLE PEOPLE : Bill Clinton has a Jazzy iPod.

ADVICE FROM CLIPPER, THE PAPERCLIP : You're doing too much work. Save your document, switch off the machine, and go watch "Return of the King".

RUMOR DU JOUR : 2GB Mini-iPods.


Music Sites To Get More Competition
by Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle
Microsoft Corp. is teaming up with a digital media company to offer a new service that lets any firm quickly launch an online music store, a move that could create even more competition for music sites such as Apple's iTunes and Napster 2.0.

Intel To Push Centrino In 2004
by John G. Spooner, CNET
Intel is making a resolution to convince consumers that Centrino notebooks will be the thing to have in 2004.

New Microsoft Stratagem On The Way?
by Wayne Kovsky, LinuxWorld
Might a new corporate strategy at Microsoft be to sow seeds of uncertainty about the legal ramifications of using open source solutions in an enterprise context?

No More Microsoft Support For You
by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, eWeek
Why is Microsoft killing off so many of its programs? Redmond says Sun forced its hand, but its reach will extend into your wallet.

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