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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Many Sides To Apple

Everyday there is some news about Apple products or software that works with Apple, or some article from a writer with some crystal ball type of thoughts about what they think Apple is going to do next.

Now I do remember when Apple rumors(not the web site) on the net went wild about Apple possibly going to Intel for processors. Lots of people laughed, lots of others saying "BS", others wishing they would, while others giving us reasos why Apple will never do it.

Now CNet has a report out quoting Michel Mayer, chief executive of Freescale Semiconductor saying
"In my previous job, I ran IBM's semiconductor business. So I've seen both sides of the Apple story, because I sold the G5 to Steve (Jobs) the first time he wanted to move to Intel."
when asked about the discussions with IBM and Apple about using IBM's G5 chip. And yes, he said 5 years ago.

"I sold the G5. First I told IBM that we needed to do it, and then I sold it to Apple that the G5 was good and it was going to be the follow-on of the PowerPC road map for the desktop. It worked pretty well. And then IBM decided not to take the G5 into the laptop and decided to really focus its chip business on the game consoles."

Reading stuff like this makes me laugh at the fight some put up about why Apple is staying with IBM, and never going to Intel, one of those people included myself. Who would of thought? Well Steve did, and that just shows you how crazy some can sound when saying, Apple should do this or they they will "put quote here".

Tuesday UBS Investment Research raised its price target on shares of Apple Computer to $86, citing higher than expected video iPod sales and expectations of a rise in Mac sales due to an early release of Intel Macs. The last high was yesterday at $74.05 following the announcement that select NBC Universal video content had been added for sale at Apple's iTunes Music Store.

Which last nite NBC according to MacDailyNews,
"during "The Office" (which, by the way, heavily featured the Apple iPod as a "$20 Secret Santa" Christmas party gift exchange goes awry when Michael turns it into a "Yankee Swap" and everyone vies for the Apple iPod Michael bought for Ryan despite the $20 limit), NBC began running a lower-third graphic that announced to viewers that "The Office" is now available from Apple's iTunes Music Store. The graphic ran for about :05 seconds and ran at least twice during the half-hour program. It featured a rather large Apple logo as well."

Apple also sold it's 100 millionth song in Europe yesterday to Ken Reist of Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, making him the winner of Apple's promotion . Mr. Reist won a 17-inch iMac G5, a 30GB iPod, a 10,000-song gift card to the iTMS, and two tickets to see Robbie Williams in concert.

Making yesterday a great day for for Mr Reist, Apple and their share holders.

But when it comes to shares, the AppleInsider quotes UBS analyst Ben Reitzes
"We are excited about the prospects for further revenue contribution from iPods due to what we perceive as a positive mix shift to video iPods, which have a higher average selling price (ASP) than either the nano or Shuffle. "Second, we believe Intel Macs could come as early as Macworld and believe that the initial release could be a broad portfolio of products."

Pretty much saying their crystal ball says Steve Jobs will unvail new Intel based Macs in January. While seeing Apple shares go up is very appealing to me, this still seems like another group of guys saying what Apple will or should do.

Of coarse their thought behind this is partly based on news from Intel, which will be introducing its dual-core “Yonah” processor in January. But will Apple be using this processor is the question.

Well I'm not here to power up rumors or speculation, just bring you some Mac news with a little flava.

Talk about flava, it seems Warner, as in Warner/Chappell Music Limited have none. They have sent a cease and desist letter to pearLyrics, the freeware for finding lyrics to to songs that are playing in iTunes and automaticlly adding them to the lyrics section of iTunes.

A quote from the pearLyrics maker says
"As a freeware developer I can not afford to risk a law suit against such a big company, although personally I don't see where pearLyrics should infringe any copyrights handled by them. After all pearLyrics only searches and accesses publicly available websites, displays, and, at the users wish, caches its content. Something that can easily be done with any combination of search engine and webbrowser too. Well, but I'm just a developer and not a lawyer."

He also notes that "A quick check at Apple's widget download site also reveals that most of the lyrics widgets are gone now too."

I only found 2 there, Harmonic(version 1.0) and lgLyric(version 0.9). I just think it's insane that a company this large goes after a freeware maker, but leaves the websites that has the lyrics alone. The music industry is getting out of hand. Look at Sony's fiasco, now they say
"Sony BMG Music Entertainment and the Electronic Frontier Foundation digital rights group jointly announced Tuesday that they had found, and fixed, a new computer security risk associated with some of the record label's CDs." All for the sake they say to protect their music.

Shit is getting out of hand, some people are beginning worry about what the hell is Sony gonna put on their Blue ray movie DVD's. Is the security risk gonna be high if I load that DVD into my computer to see the online extra's? They may not be available to Mac users now, but what about when the Intel-based macs come out?

Will I have to worry about some new root kit I'm not told about that makes my computer vulnerable to hackers? Will I hav to worry about any other company making a DVD with some underlying code I don't know about?

just food for thought.

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