Shut Up and Play Your iPhone, Volume 1

The iPhone has already changed the way people think these devices should work, and how developers should provide third-party applications. Showing real, unadulterated, unfiltered Web sites and running Web apps — that’s the full Internet experience Apple will promote with this product to differentiate it from the smartphone set.

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OnHollywood: The Weird Turn Pro

At the OnHollywood conference, Arianna Huffington and Carson Daly were the most visible representatives of the professional media that has taken the plunge into blogging and video channeling; but the true stars are the geeks and weirdos that have turned professional.

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You Know My Label, Look Up My Songs

So you want to upgrade EMI-labeled music you purchased from iTunes to the higher-sonic-quality versions without copy protection (when they become available in iTunes next month)? If you’re a Mac user, you can use this tip. Otherwise, watch this space for future enhancements to iTunes.

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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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Splendid Time is Guaranteed For All

Beatles music was a turning point in the history of pop music, and its power will once again prove to be a turning point in the history of online music. Baby boomers are excited by the Beatles coming out online, and that’s why record labels should also be excited — baby boomers are the folks more likely to buy music, compared to the younger generations that are used to downloading free music.

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