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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 02:54PM Reply Quote
"Digital hubs." iPod and its successors. (iPhone?) Convergence. How ridiculous will DRM get? Yep, put it all together and it just might make for a successful thread.

Cloudscout – January 04, 2008 11:26AM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
Agreed. That yours, rino?

ghidorah – January 04, 2008 11:44AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
awww--reminds me of the family dog when I was just a pup.

ddt – January 04, 2008 12:27PM Reply Quote
cute!

better than the horizontal rain here, probably for all week. oops, wrong thread.

ddt

bahamut – January 04, 2008 07:47PM Reply Quote
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tliet
About 10 years ago I fired off an angry e-mail to sjobs@apple.com expressing my frustration with Apple Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), I used my personal e-mail account. I got a response from the MD in the Netherlands expressing his frustration about the e-mail in my work mailbox along with a copy to my boss. Sadly, I didn't keep the e-mail, but it was forwarded quite a few times along the top brass.

wait, i don't get this... he commiserated with you or bitched to your boss about you?

rino – January 05, 2008 05:20AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Thanks all -- yep that's my little puppy. He's 1 yr on the 23rd, weighs in at about 52lbs!

We have so much snow this year. Did get a few days of rain as well but another foot or so dropped on top of the remaining 1ft. Coastal life...

El Jeffe – January 07, 2008 12:35AM Reply Quote
What a journey.

Madaracs – January 07, 2008 07:24AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!

rino – January 07, 2008 08:09AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I don't disagree with the curved monitor concept. I am using 2x22" x 1 15" laptop side by side and if I didn't have arms to curve slant them inward it'd be just too much to take in.


Yeah, Sony. But where is iTunes in this party? Everyone went with Amazon. And the stuff is CHEAPER than iTunes.

tliet – January 07, 2008 08:22AM Reply Quote
Would the music industry not let Apple have DRM free music, it would seem to work in Apple's disadvantage at the moment. Something the labels would like to see at the moment...

ghidorah – January 07, 2008 10:43AM Reply Quote
Raise taxes on cavemen. --jw
How long before Apple bring collusion charges against them?

Madaracs – January 07, 2008 11:07AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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rino
Everyone went with Amazon. And the stuff is CHEAPER than iTunes.

Not true, iTMS lowered their prices weeks ago on DRM-free stuff.



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Dr Phred (Moderator) – January 07, 2008 11:20AM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
I just bought by first album on Amazon. Slick. $1.00 cheaper than Apple, 256 kbps, mp3, drm free, automatically loaded into itunes.
I really don't see why I would buy from itunes again.

rino – January 07, 2008 11:28AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Maybe they lowered the prices but not really.

Andrew Bird - Weather Systems - iTunes 8.91 with DRM
Andrew Bird - Weather Systems - Amazon 8.91 NO DRM

Same price, lesser product.

Radiohead - In Rainbows -- iTunes 9.99 NO DRM

Amazon's price for same Radiohead - 7.99 no DRM!

We could compare all day -- Apple has lost the day.

stan adams – January 07, 2008 11:52AM Reply Quote
People -- who do you think gets the "cut" end of the price cut in those comparisons? Me thinks it is NOT the record companies, methinks it be Amazon. TSO has said MANY times "we don't make much by selling stuff on iTunes". Which would seem to me that Amazon MAKES EVEN LESS -- not something I really care about but it makes perfect sense given Jeff Bezos 'success' in all things related to Amazon. A dozen years out the remains barely profitable, especially given its size: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon.com#History_and_business_model

Apple WINS when other companies margins are WORSE than its -- SJ knows this, lives this, will ALWAYS capitalize on it. Being from "the world biggest hamburger chain" doesn't make a Big Mac healthy, delicious or desirable. Having served BILLIONS & BILLIONS gives McDonalds Corp the POWER it needs to be a world player in food sales and marketing. It would take DECADES of missteps by McDonalds AND a huge (impossible?) CONSUMER shift toward baked potatoes & chili for Wendy's to 'displace' the Golden Arches...

Apple/ iTunes is already deeply cemented into the leadership position in online music, nothing (yet) can change that.

Mokers (Moderator) – January 07, 2008 11:58AM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I am going to start buying from Amazon because they of the DRM free stuff. Can you re-download from Amazon like you can for their Unbox? That was always a big issue with Apple. However, I think that if Apple really started losing huge marketshare to Amazon, they would hurry up and try to cut a deal with non-DRM tracks. As long as Apple can point to iPods being at the top of the sales charts, they won't really care anyway.

tliet – January 07, 2008 12:16PM Reply Quote
For a very brief period Amazon bought my old NYC address tied to the Dutch credit card that I have and I could buy music from the MP3 store. When their application wouldn't work via the proxy server at work, I tried to continue the download later that day from home. Call me suprised when the download had expired and had to e-mail them for help. It was a gesture of them to let me 're-download' the same content they told me, so re-downloads are/(were?) not standard procedure...

El Jeffe – January 07, 2008 12:44PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
1st step is in admitting you have a problem! :)

What a journey.

Simon – January 07, 2008 03:59PM Reply Quote
Interesting look at how kids are using digital media: http://avc.blogs.com/a_vc/2008/01/what-my-kids-te.html

Madaracs – January 08, 2008 05:32AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
Paramount to leave HD-DVD
Warner's switch may allow Paramount to jump the HD-DVD ship and get on board with Blu-Ray. The Financial Times is declaring the war over already.


Ddt> I'm no author but that article and this editorial drive me batty. Maybe it's just me (and it probably is) Do you see anything obviously wrong with the writing?

CS> Correct me if I'm wrong on the second article entitled Betamax's Revenge, but didn't Minidisc come out well after compact disc? What world does this author live in? Where does he get the right to be published in the Financial Times of all places!?



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Madaracs – January 08, 2008 05:35AM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
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rino
We could compare all day -- Apple has lost the day.

I was thinking of the price drop from $1.29 a song to $.99 a song. Sorry, didn't do any direct comparisons by album. I did, however, switch to buying as much as I can from Amazon when I decide to buy digitally.

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