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How Much Is That Song in the Window?

January 5, 2007

Everybody (including me) wonders why music downloads all cost 99 cents (or so).

(OK, Wal-mart is 88 cents per song).

Well, now we have an interesting article today about wholesale music download pricing -- a fancy term for how much music download sites, like iTunes, etc., pay record labels for songs. 

At the Core of the Apple: Jobs Up Close

January 4, 2007

Apple's Macworld 2007: What in the World?

January 2, 2007

January is always a fun month -- first with the superlarge, large, large CES shindig in Las Vegas for all things electronic (and more) and Macworld 2007 in San Francisco for all things Apple.

There's so much "new tech" and "updated tech" and "variations on a theme tech" coming to both shows that space won't allow any long crystal ball-gazing for either show.

But for those who want to get an idea of what might be there at Macworld (and the odds of it actually being at the show), there is only one place to go -- go here.

And one of the long shots is the iPhone ...

Hey Why Not? Amazon To Enter Music Download Biz

December 19, 2006

And why not indeed!

According to reports, shopping mogul Amazon is planning to launch its own music download store a la iTunes in the first quarter of next year.

And why not indeed!

Record labels aren't all too thrilled about iTunes cornering the music download market and consumers aren't all to thrilled about not having enough choices for where they can download music legally.

(Illegally is another matter ...)

iPod vs. iTunes: The Guessing Game

December 11, 2006

Altec Lansing's Got the Phones ...

December 6, 2006

You know, not everyone is going to get a new iPod this year. (Or other MP3 player for that matter).

In fact, maybe it's just that the earphones have worn out.

Well, if it's replacement time and you don't want to blow beaucoup bucks on high-end 'phones, Altec Lansing offers an incredibly wide selection.

Record Companies Waking Up

December 6, 2006

Will iPod Phone Make a MacWorld Debut?

December 1, 2006

OPPO Digital LT2007 20-inch LCD-TV DVD Combo Player Review

November 21, 2006

The OPPO Digital LT2007 20-inch LCD-TV DVD Combo Player is an interesting "combination" device, combining a 181-channel TV tuner, VGA input for PC/laptop video support, built-in DVD player, 5-in-1 USB Memory Card reader, component ports, built-in speakers, and a remote control -- all in a small, elegant, and stylish design that is perfectly suited for kitchens, dorms, dens, or other rooms with limited space. Oppo sent me a review unit to check out and put through the paces.

For my first test I inserted the DVD movie Cellular into the front-loading DVD slot. Similar to cars' in-dash DVD/CD players, the DVD player automatically "catches" the DVD disc as you insert it. Using the ultra-thin remote control, which actually uses a thin watch battery, I was able to easily navigate the DVD menus and start the movie.

Get Your iPod Shuffle: In Stores Now

November 3, 2006

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