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Briefly: iTunes threatened, No. 1 in Germany

updated 04:00 pm EST, Tue January 31, 2006

Wicked Cool Perl, Thrupp

In brief: Verizon Wireless' new V Cast Music Service will present iTunes with a challenge. No Starch Press has released a new Wicked Cool series book, Wicked Cool Perl Scripts: Useful Perl Scripts that Solve Difficult Problems, which is geared towards the Perl programmer who doesn't need lessons, covering what "readers probably aren't aware" of... Utsire announced Thrupp 1.4, a tool for copying iTunes files into an MP3 player or phone that now features redesigned player synchronization engine... iTunes is now the number one music service in Germany, selling over 15.5 million songs in 2005.... Yet another warning over hearing damage from iPod use has been issued. US Representative Edward Mackey of Massachusetts has asked the National Insitutes of Health to decide on the health risks of listening to portable music players like the iPod.




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  1. Cec

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Cec

    Sheesh!!

    I have to agree with several of my fellow commentators. MACnn's coverage of news is aimed at inciting polemics from its readers. I can't help but think that they are hoping for iTunes competitors to prevail at some point. I mean, come on, don't "consumers" decide what will topple iTunes or not?!! MACnn, just report that there is a company that is aiming to take a bite out of Apple's iTunes downloading music pie, but don't headline an article with "iTunes threatened"!!

    Get a editorial iLife!!

    LOL

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    "Threatened"?

    LOL

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Same old story

    from the so called "analysts." How many times has iTunes been "threatened" by competitors because they offer both (wow!) pay per song and subscription services? If subscriptions are so great, why is Napster going out of business (or at least acting like it)?

    Apple's decision to not offer subscription service for music is a business decision (because it sees no compelling reason to do so at this time), not a limitation of Apple's technology. You can bet they will offer a subscription service for renting movies, because that's where the subscription model makes sense.

    As for the "Motorola partnership didn't work" angle... That may be true, but how does that relate to iTunes Music Store. The ROKR phone was not a device for buying music, if I recall correctly. It was a "handicapped" iPod merged with a wireless phone. And in any case I have seen no evidence that people are flocking to purchase music tracks over their mobile phones. To think that people would do so in droves makes no sense.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Rep. Edward Mackey bit

    That's typical. I hope the government has more important things to spend our tax money on than to issue a report about the "health risks" of listening to music on "portable music players." There are greater health risks that need to be addressed...

    And how about looking at your archives from the '80s. There were some "portable music players" back then too. It was called a Sony Walkman. I seem to recall they were quite popular (more so than iPods are today). I'm sure some Congressman asked for a study back then.

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