Posts tagged with Apple

iPod killers for Christmas 2006?

Richard Menta at mp3newswire has been reviewing potential ‘iPod killers’ since 2004 and he rounds up the potential challengers for Apple’s crown in the run up to the Christmas shopping season.

Of the 149 portable MP3 players he has reported on in the past two years, not one has yet managed to dent the popularity of Apple’s device, which has become a generic name for the MP3 player.

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Jobs shrugs off Zune threat

Apple boss Steve Jobs has laughed off fears over Microsoft’s threat to the iPod through its upcoming digital music player, Zune.

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Users mystified by Web 2.0, says report

Nielsen//NetRatings has released a survey  that shows the latest internet trends and technologies are still a mystery to many UK consumers.

The report shows 52% of British web users believe online and digital technologies make their life easier, but a similar percentage say they find them difficult to follow.

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Napster considers sale options

Napster has hired investment bank UBS to review its options after receiving interest from potential buyers.

The once hugely popular music-downloading service said it was considering whether to sell up or form a joint venture, with potential suitors thought to include mobile operators or media companies such as Viacom.

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MSN exhibits great use of Ajax, good for the web

Over at Ajaxian yesterday, Michael Mahemoff gives a heads up on the latest Web 2.0 move by MSN, which sees them offer pretty much as yet unheard of Ajax driven user features for their image search. 

It’s great, but it’s also gimmicky – KISS.

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Digital music battle heats up

eMusic has announced plans to launch in all 25 EU countries in a bid to become Europe’s number two music downloading site behind iTunes.

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Amazon launches TV and film service

Amazon has launched its long-anticipated video downloading service, marking its entrance into the online TV and movie business.

Dubbed Amazon Unbox, the service will offer TV programmes from a wide range of broadcasters including MTV, the BBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and The History Channel.

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Apple elects Google CEO Schmidt to board

Apple has pulled off a coup by luring Google CEO Eric Schmidt to its board of directors, in a move that was announced late last night.

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Red Hat develops open source widget-based portal

Linux software maker Red Hat is quietly developing an open source portal that aggregates applications from mainstream sites such as Flickr and Rhapsody, reports Internet Financial News . 

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Apple shows transparency in China iPod factory audit

In a smart move by Apple, the company has released details of an audit done on an iPod factory in China. The audit came in response to accusations of "sweatshop" conditions by the Mail on Sunday.

According to the audit the supplier was “in compliance in the majority of the areas audited. However, we did find violations to our Code of Conduct, as well as other areas for improvement that we are working with the supplier to address.” What follows in the report is a breakdown of the audit methodology and selected results.

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Nokia snaps up Loudeye in mobile music expansion

Nokia has agreed to buy Loudeye for US$60 million (£31 million) in a bid to expand its presence in the music downloading market.

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Wippit hits back over Apple's Coke deal

Coke’s announcement of a partnership with Apple’s iTunes yesterday has received a show of support from one unlikely source: Wippit, the UK’s second largest music download site.

An email sent out by the firm said it welcomed the Coke and iTunes promotion, arguing that it will drive more people to its service.

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