Steve Jobs publicly calls for the record companies to drop their requirement for DRM on online music sales: “Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music encoded in open licensable formats. […] This is clearly the best alternative for consumers, and Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat.”
It’s interesting that this news has been released today, when there were (inaccurate) rumblings a month ago that there would be a Beatles iPod commercial during last night’s Superbowl. Makes you wonder if it was planned but pulled.
Wow. What a great move by Apple. Further domination of the iPod-only connector, plus it solves the “iPod batteries only last 4 hours when watching video, that’s too short for a long-haul flight” problem in one foul swoop.
Steve Jobs: “I’ve seen the demonstrations on the Internet about how you can find another person using a Zune and give them a song they can play three times. It takes forever. By the time you’ve gone through all that, the girl’s got up and left! You’re much better off to take one of your earbuds out and put it in her ear. Then you’re connected with about two feet of headphone cable.”. Subtle subtext: “iPods get you laid”
Looks like a splendidly well designed and smartly integrated piece of kit. Uses a small shoe sensor to count your steps, an iPod nano to track them and store the data, iTunes to sync it, and a Nike-run website to visualize it over time. If I were ever planning to get off my arse, this would probably convince me to drop $80 on Nike trainers.
Wow, this is a nicely designed piece of kit. Given that Apple’s on “AV Connection Kit” costs the same, and is lacking a nice on-screen display for browsing your music collection, Griffin are going to sell a gajillion of these.
Some bullet points of interest about Apple’s announcements today. I’ll take this time to make my guess: A video-capable “Airport Express” with Remote Control, and an online movie store announced at MacWorld.
Number of button presses required to see/change the rating of a track on the iPod nano: Three, Four or Five, depending on whether you have Lyrics and Cover Art attached to the track. Hey Apple! Remember “consistency”?
This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.