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Pre Macworld stuff

Posted on January 15, 2008

Haven’t done an Apple post in a while, just a couple of pregame things I want to get down…

  • I would not have projected that the remaining three music companies would go DRM free on all other services just to spite Apple. It’s probably their smartest business move in a while, at least for some definition of smart, but it’s not exactly consumer friendly. It does make the Amazon store pretty compelling though.

  • For what it’s worth, I find the Amazon store pretty good for downloading entire albums, but kind of a pain for just grabbing a bunch of unrelated tracks (the iTunes feature of being able to complete the set at the discounted album price is an advantage).

  • Tomorrow’s keynote: A new iTunes with rental movies seems to be a forgone conclusion. I would probably use this service, assuming the price and terms were convenient, which I’m kind of skeptical about.

  • iPhone SDK is a probable announcement, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if it was delayed a bit – I think the original claim was for February.

  • The other hot rumor is some kind of subnotebook or tablet or whatnot. Any of the proposed specs sound cool and I suspect they’ll sell a skillion of them.

More tomorrow, when there’s actual news.


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