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Macworld awards \'04
Macworld has announced the winners of its 2004 Editors' Choice Awards. Photoshop Elements 3, GarageBand, the iMac G5, iPod mini, Xserve G5, BBEdit 8.0, FileMaker Pro 7, Halo: Combat Evolved, QuarkXPress 6.5, and OmniWeb 5.0.1 were among the products honored for excellence in their respective categories. Thirty-two products were selected, among thousands of Mac software and hardware offerings
iTunes run rate at 5.5 mil
Research firm Piper Jaffray on Friday said an update on iTunes downloads provided yesterday by Apple points to a moderate upside for the computer company. "Piper Jaffray said that based on Apple's iTunes update Thursday, the weekly iTunes run rate is about 5.5 million songs per week, up from 3.5 million to 4.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter ended September. The research firm raised its fiscal first-quarter iTunes download estimate to 68.5 million from 52.1 million and that downloads could reach 474 million in calendar 2005, compared with Piper Jaffray's current estimate for 256 million." Piper Jaffray maintained an "outperform" rating on Apple with a $100 price target.
DVD Database, Battery...
- DVD Database X 1.5 ($20) is a full-featured database program designed to help you keep track of any size DVD collection. The program features include, ease of use, an intuitive interface, online movie lookup, customizable DVD label and jacket printing, and more. Version 1.5 adds support for UPC Barcode Scanners, Amazon.com Integration, and iPod Export. [Download - 2.4MB]
Battery 2.1 is the ultimate drum sampler for creating and fine-tuning all of the percussive elements in any production. The latest version delivers Direct-From-Disk streaming, MIDI CC automation, In-Kit-Preview, and enhanced output configuration facilities. Additionally, Battery 2.1 offers a new import browser, extended Rex import, improved host automation, and various other improvements. [Download - 23.7]
Audiocorder 4.2.0 ($20)c is a program which allows your Mac to act as a sophisticated audio recorder. In one mode, it operates as a volume operated (VOX) audio recorder, but the software may also be programmed with a recording schedule, specifying when it should start and stop recording, much like a VCR. The latest version adds several improvements, including a buffered record feature and a "sound grab" feature to record sounds that have already occurred, as well as several bug fixes. [Mac OS X - 604KB] [Classic - 621KB]
EchoMac 1.14 allows any licensed amateur radio user using MacOS X to connect and talk to another amateur radio operator on a remote system whether it is a repeater, link, conference room or another computer user. The new version adds optional Growl notifications, the beginnings of a HELP doc, Airport fixes and more. [Download - 118KB]
Stock Investment Guide 1.5.6 ($40) is an application that allows stock investment club members to perform NAIC-style securities analysis. The latest version adds the current 52-week High & Low price bar to the Graph and printed Report, and modifies the the user interface to provide one-button retrieval of online stock data. Version 1.5.6 also alters the ssg data file import routine and packs several bug fixes. [Mac OS X - 1.3 MB] [Classic - 1.2 MB]
Canadian MP3 levy illegal
Canadian consumers may soon be paying less for MP3 players like Apple's iPod after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled that special copyright levies applied to digital music players in the country are not legal, reports The Globe and Mail. The biggest charges have been paid by iPod buyers, which have among the largest capacity to store music. In Canada, the $400 price tag for an iPod has included a $25 copyright levy. "A 71-page decision by Mr. Justice Marc NoŽl found that although the Copyright Board of Canada was seeking to protect music writers and performers from the "harm" caused by digital copying of music when it imposed the MP3 levies last December, the board did not have the legislative authority to do so." As a result of Thursday's decision, the levy can no longer be collected. Apple was unavailable to comment on whether a price decrease is in the works.
.Mac holiday gifts
This morning, subscribers to Apple's .Mac internet service will be greeted by a number of new 'holiday' membership perks, including a free game and downloadable chapters from a new Mac book. In the game, Holiday Express from HipSoft, gamers will travel across the country loading the train with beautiful pictures--including their own custom images. The holiday game normally retails for $20. To compliment this freebee, members are also being offered a 25% discount on any existing Mac game from HipSoft, including Digby's Donuts, Flip Words!, and Trivia Machine. Also, .Mac members are offered two free downloadable chapters from Robin Williams "Cool Mac Apps" book. The chapters cover .Mac's HomePage and Backup applications. Members may also purchase the book in its entirety at a 30% discount.
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