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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Apple Computer's 43 Million IPods In 2006


Well it seems according to Mr. Jobs "Apple is on track to ship Intel-based computers as targeted by June 2006." Also he said "it will not be so easy to pirate with the final version of Mac OS X for Intel. We will have technology in OS X for Intel so that it cannot be installed in other PCs."

But then again he has other things on his mind, like "Greedy" record companies. Which are pushing for an increase in the price of music downloads according to Steve. He's vowed to resist such pressure, "companies already made a bigger profit through iTunes than in CD sales."

"Customers think the price is really good where it is," said Mr Jobs.

"We're trying to compete with piracy, we're trying to pull people away from piracy and say 'you can buy these songs legally for a fair price'.

"But if the price goes up a lot, they'll go back to piracy. Then everybody loses."

But then according to article in Forbes.com Deutsche Bank says "Due its strong product portfolio, market-share leadership, and the stickiness of iTunes, we believe Apple will continue to dominate this product category," the firm said, forecasting 31 million iPod units in calendar 2005 and 43 million units in calendar 2006.

The firm also believes Apple will continue to drive share gains in the PC market due to the combination of a renewed enthusiasm for Apple's brand, cutting-edge computer designs, and the superior user experience of Apple's OS.

Well of coarse with continued design inovations like this, it also seems the latest iPod innovation from Apple has again inspired a stampede of online enthusiasm in the UK, with searches on ‘ipod nano’ surging by 200% since the launch 2 weeks ago.

Hitwise Search Intelligence reveals that searches for the ultra-small and ultra-lightweight version of the original iPod have overtaken searches for ‘ipod’ for the first time, and are set to overtake searches for ‘PSP’ – Sony’s PlayStation Portable which launched to a fanfare of enthusiasm earlier this month – in the run-up to Christmas. Since reaching a peak in the week ending 3rd September, searches for ‘PSP’ have since fallen by 34%.
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But Steve does not stop there, he seems to be taking on the likes of Yahoo with the addition of a groups offering and more storage space on its .Mac Internet service according to CNET.

It goes on to quote Rob Schoeben, Apple's vice president of applications marketing, the new features mean Mac users need not look outside of Apple for group communications. "Mac users shouldn't have to send an e-mail with an ad on the bottom, and they shouldn't have to set up their groups site on Yahoo."

Other News...
It seems at the Apple Expo they plan to build a distributed supercomputer cluster that could use some thousands of Apple Computer Inc.'s Xserve servers.

Apple and the European network powerhouse Interoute in October will stage a proof-of-concept cluster involving both Xserve servers and Xserve RAID arrays. If successful, the trial will be extended over the coming year to involve servers placed within Interoute's facilities, possibly involving as many as 150 data centers across 60 EU cities.

While Opera now offers it's browser for free Despite being in use since late 1995, (Opera has only has less than 1% of Web users in July while Firefox had 18%) Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner said “Removing the ad banner and licensing fee will encourage many new users to discover the Opera browser.”

Still others like Symantec look for the worse in browsers. Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report Volume VIII shows 25 vendor-confirmed vulnerabilities were disclosed for the Mozilla browsers during the first half of 2005, "the most of any browser studied," the report's authors stated. Eighteen of these flaws were classified as high severity.

Symantec admitted that "at the time of writing, no widespread exploitation of any browser except Microsoft Internet Explorer has occurred," but added that it "expects this to change as alternative browsers become increasingly widely deployed."

There is one stipulation: Symantec counts only those security flaws that have been confirmed by the vendor. According to security monitoring company Secunia, there are 19 security issues that Microsoft still has to deal with for Internet Explorer, while there are only three for Firefox.

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