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CNN/Money: praises new iPod; questions compatibility

updated 01:05 am EST, Fri February 20, 2004

CNN/Money on new iPod

CNN/Money columnist Patrick Regnier says "Steve Jobs just . And that ticks me off." Regnier offers praise for the new iPod Mini, which he says "packs a lot of power into a simple, clean package." Regnier comments, however, that by already owning one iPod, and by using Apple's iTunes store, he was "locked" into Apple's product family, because of compatibility issues. When asked why a more open-platform approach could not be followed, Apple says it's a "quality issue" -- the company wishes to maintain control over the quality of the content from its store.




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    RIPE

    This guy is just RIPE to buy another 10-15Gb iPod.

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    My car

    just made me by another tank of unleaded gas too, and that ticks me off.

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    What exactly is open?

    "When asked why a more open-platform approach could not be followed"

    I guess my question is: Of the three audio formats in most common use (MP3, AAC and WMA), which is the most (and more to the point, least) open audio format? None of them are by definition "open." MP3 is Fraunhoffer (though since LAME hasn't been challenged I would say is the most open...) AAC is owned by the MPEG4 consortium which is comprised of, I'm not sure the exact number, but I believe over 20 companies, or WMA, which is Microsoft... Only...

    So, Apple supports the two most "open" of the commonly used formats, but is scorned for not using "open" standards such as WMA. If I'm going to scorn Apple it will be for not supporting a truly "open" standard like OGG.

    Basically of the three formats in common use, Apple supports the most commonly used (MP3), and one of the other 2, neither of which are particularly ubiquitous.

    -=(Lord Crosis)=-

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    c***

    "locked" into apple products because you're restricted to AAC and MP3? MP3 started the whole digital music revolution for christ's sake!

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    Huh?

    From the article:
    "That said, the gap between Apple and the competition is closing. The new Mini maintains the Apple advantage, but just barely. Memo to Mr. Jobs: Keep your techies working late to stay ahead of the curve. I've spent nearly a grand on your digital music revolution. If you make me regret it, you've lost a customer for life."

    For life? What if other companies "make you regret it?" Will you banish them for life, too? Keep that up and you'll have no where left to go.

    Don't be such a drama queen.

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    Big pile of bullsh!t

    OMFG.

    If people have to use Windows because software vendors only support Windows nobody says anything. Pople even try to feel good about it.

    If Apple doesn't support WMA, but MP3 and AAC (which are most widespread actually) they are accused of "locking" people.

    Stupid author. Stupid article. And shame on MacNN for calling this "news".

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    Is that what he means...

    When he talks about "open?" I thought he meant that the iPod only works with iTunes... so if someone wanted to use another popular windows jukebox application (name one, I don't know any of them, personally), they wouldn't be able to use their iPod with it. But, from what I hear (and have seen), iTunes is the best player out there. Maybe if the author could explain exactly what he was missing with the other apps that he isn't getting with iTunes (yeah, right. good luck), he might have more of an argument.

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    Wait til I get you home

    The point, which seems to escape the author of the article, is that buying music locks you into a format. Unless you can transcode your music without losing quality, you are locked into Mpeg4(AAC) or Microsoft's WMA format.

    Conclusion:
    If you want to avoid getting locked into formats, use MP3 and don't buy music online.

    If you want to get locked into the best products and and open standard, use iTunes Music Store and an iPod.

    If you want to buy something cheap so you don't have to share your iPod with your wife, get her the cheapest MP3 player on the market and imply that the reason she can't get it to work well is because she's just not smart enough.

    Patrick, please don't make this like last aniversary when you bought me the diamond necklace and then complained so much about how much it cost, and how there are man made diamonds that are the same quality but cost 95% less, and the exploitation of peasant miners...

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    Support our troops...

    Microsoft must have the same PR company as the Bush administration. "Locked into a non open platform" is a dummy comment about a very complicated issue. Get enough lazy reporters to repeat it often enough and it ends discussion and any real investigation into the facts.

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    "locked in"

    I'll bet this assh*le never once complained about being "locked into" buying Wintel stuff.

    You work for CNN, you ape!! Yes, they covered up Saddam's villainy so they could stay in Iraq, but I'm sure they pay you enough that you can afford to be (ahem) "locked in" to using Apple products. What a cheapskate idiot.

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