Did Apple Get it Wrong with Ping and Apple TV?

Many bloggers and journalists seem to think Apple got it wrong. I’m not one of them. In the case of Apple TV, the strategy is to proceed cautiously with a neat, tidy package of technology for $99 and a first step to get the content pricing right for TV shows. In the case of Ping, Apple is embedding social features into iTunes, that’s all.

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iPhone 2 and MobileMe

The new iPhone 3G, iPhone 2 software for iPhone and iPod touch, and MobileMe service all add up to a burgeoning platform for developers to change the world of mobile computing, and it leaves all competitors in the dust.

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Five Easy Pieces

You want wheat toast, but you have to order a chicken-salad sandwich to get it. So it is with iTunes and the iPod: there many things you can’t do, as they break some rules. But here are five easy pieces for the Mac, five easy pieces for Windows, and a few for the road, that won’t leave you holding your iPod between your knees.

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Apple TV Smokes the Competition

Apple TV is a hardware node of the iTunes platform, but it is capable of much more than its current features — Apple can extend the feature set pretty easily through updates to
the onboard software. Apple TV works with PCs and Macs transparently, taking advantage of whatever broadband connection you have — and giving it an edge over traditional VOD services and the XBox 360.

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The Mothers of Invention at Apple

Rumors about Apple are swirling a week after Steve Jobs’ open letter to the music industry (for an excellent summary of reactions, see Engadget’s “DRM: the state of disrepair” by Thomas Ricker). But several developments warrant particular attention: 1. Apple … Continue reading

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