Thursday, December 18, 2003

Catching up...

So here's a funny little story. I was sitting by a computer trying to put together a post covering three software updates in two days from Apple, but I couldn't really think of anything worthwhile.

Then Apple released about a half dozen more updates.

Yes, it's the...
Holiday Software Update Bonus Extravaganza!
It's still not that interesting, so can you blame me for trying to make it entertaining?

Anyway, updates are now out for Final Cut Pro, Live Type, DVD Studio Pro, XCode (though apparently that one's been pulled), iTunes, Quicktime, Java, Panther, and a nifty "Battery Update" for us Powerbook and iBook owners. And that's just in the past few days, before that Apple also released Remote Desktop, Powermac G5, and Pro Runtime updates.

In fact, I was bombarded with seven updates in my own software update this evening (and I don't use FPC, XCode, DVD Studio Pro, or Panther). Of course, I still had to install some old Bluetooth update thingy (not that I own any Bluetooth devices) along with two old Security Updates, so I'm not the best example there.

But, speaking of iTunes (I mentioned it up there somewhere), version 4.2 (both Mac and PC) makes another leap forward for the iTMS with new AOL integration. I don't like AOL, but that doesn't change the fact that a whole lot of people use it and that means a whole lot more people exposed to iTunes (can I be blamed for wanting eWorld X?). And now the Music Store can be opened in its own window (that's actually finally full-sized!). I guess that's a less impressive leap.

And, speaking of the latest MacWorld news (alright, I didn't mention that anywhere, but that doesn't matter), we've got official confirmation: Steve Jobs will be delivering the MWSF Keynote on Tuesday Jan. 6 at 9:00 PST. Sure, we just assumed he would, but confirmation is good, too. No news on any broadcasts, but I'm guessing we'll at least see satellite broadcasts to various Apple Stores (like at the WWDC). A webcast seems less likely, though still possible.


Finishing with some site news, I'm off on MacUnderground's Christmas Vegas Vacation tomorrow. I don't expect to be posting again until Tuesday (possibly late on Monday, depending on whether or not my flight makes it back on time). Hopefully nothing particularly interesting will happen while I'm gone ("This just in: Apple releases iNewton along with a suite of Office Applications, and a G5 Cube. In other news: Hell frozen over, Satan blames flying pigs").

Happy Holidays! I'll be back next week.

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

We write, you write, iWrite?

According to part of this Think Secret article, Apple has trademarked a new name: "iWrite"

Speculation suggests that this could be the name for the rumored "Document" word processor app, though Mac Rumors thinks the name could have other uses, too.

In other news, Mac Rumors is also reporting that new Apple PDA and/or Phone rumors are making the rounds and that Pepsi may be taking their iTunes giveaway a step further with an iPod giveaway. Also, AppleInsider is reporting that Apple has sold over 500,000 Powermac G5s.

Just more and more rumors leading up to MWSF...

Monday, December 15, 2003

Colors everywhere?

According to a Mac Rumors Page 2 post, rumors are circulating about a 2 GB Mini-iPod to be announced in January (MWSF). And it would come in colors (a return to funky colors has been quietly speculated since Apple launched the current colorful iPod/iTunes campaign).

While it may not be a particularly reliable rumor, it does fall in line with Steve Jobs's own comments about wanting to produce cheaper iPods (specifically a $99 model). And let's face it, even a $149 or $199 iPod would be a huge thing for Apple, let alone a $99 one.

I've got to admit, I'm perfectly happy with my 5 GB iPod. But a budget-model funky-colored iPod would get me to part with another hundred-or-two bucks.

That's a quarter of a tenth of a billion!

While there's all sorts of Apple-related news flying about today, it looks like the biggest news comes from the iTMS. On Friday the online store sold its 25 millionth song ("Let it Snow!" by Mr. Sinatra).

Think that's impressive? Well, Apple's also announced that they've sold over $1 million in gift certificates and allowances since those features were added back in October.

And think that's impressive? Well, AdAge has also named Apple "Marketer of the Year", not for great advertising (though they do admit Apple had some of the best ads of the year), but because "incredible levels of brand loyalty and... an army of evangelist users" fueled by the company's focus on the consumer.

And if you weren't impressed by the marketing stuff (which is actually really impressive) but really liked all that music-related awe, then read on with (sing along kiddies!) "Think that's impressive?!" Well, TechNewsWorld is reporting that iTunes is still the number one music download service. Not impressive enough? Well, consider the fact that BuyMusic.com boasted that they would overtake Apple by selling one million songs a day when they launched in July. Now BuyMusic's CEO is quoted as saying "We're not achieving that at all. I've spoken with my competitors, and we're nowhere near [Apple's] numbers."

Now admit it. You're pretty impressed.
Let's just say it's a good day to be a Mac user.