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Briefly: MWSF numbers, iTMS competition, iPod shuffle

updated 08:25 am EST, Mon January 17, 2005

MWSF numbers

In Brief: Over " service now offers support for Corel WordPerfect Suite, as well as Corel Envoy--now converting between most word processor, spreadsheet and graphics file formats, as well as some data base formats.

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  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mac mini name, HA HA HA

    The author criticizing the Mac mini's name suggests it be called the "Fruity" instead. Oh yeah, that ought to go over real well with the kids.

    All I can say is... wow.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If somebody had named the Mac mini, Fruity...

    ...they wouldn't be selling very many of them.

    Mini Mac has a much nicer ring to it though.


  1. theduffsronme

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I used to wonder why companies spent all that money researching product names. Now it makes sense.

  1. z10n

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's about friggin time

    radio got on board with the rest of the world. Right now, I find it much more entertaining to explore iTMS looking for new artists and songs, rather then listen to the c*** on Top 40 stations, where they pick one new song they think is good and play it 100 times a day.

    We don't think the business model associated with downloads is nearly as attractive as adding additional audio channels.

    No, no, a thousand times no. I'll take less stations that play music I don't like, thanks. What I want is music, MY WAY. I.E. if it's a good song, I'd like to buy it so I can listen to it any time I want to on any device I want to. There might be a service I'd pay for to let me preview new music, but most of the time, I'm going to be buying it.

    Sorry guys, but the age of monopoly over content distribution is over. TiVo kills regular time-structured TV programming. iTMS kills radio. Every day, newer and better technologies are being developed which let anyone broadcast and collect any sort of content over the internet (bittorrent cuts distribution costs to almost nothing). Advertizing is going to have to get more and more creative as people cut down the amount of time they spend watching or listening to things they don't want to.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    more shuffle criticism

    Saw a link on Macintouch where the whole blogging/podcasting community are raising a stiff eyebrow (or iBrow?) over the shuffle, saying it isn't good for podcasting and they don't understand what apple's thinking.

    So, I;m just wondering, did I completely miss the memo on podcasting being the end-all be-all of uses of an iPod? (And why is it an iPod thing moreso than just "Here's me going on about politics for an hour, listen to it on your MP3 player?)

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969



    1hr of speech compressed using aac (ie mpeg 4) is about 15MB. That's using a very low bit rate (24Kbps, 32KHz, Mono, Best in Quicktime) but why do you need more than that for speech? You don't, it sounds fine. It would sound pretty crappy if there was music in there but at 15MB an hour, how many hours of speech can you fit on a shuffle? Answer, one h*** of a lot.

    Perhaps these podcasters need to learn how to use the export feature of quicktime player.

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