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May 17, 2008

Apple files patent fo wireless media device applications

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Charles Starrett mentioned about new patent filed by Apple

An Apple patent application published this week suggests the company is working on multiple wireless applications for its personal media devices. The patent describes a method for the wireless notification and downloading of new podcasts, and multiple instances of location or site-based wireless applications. Site-based applications would be handled by local short-range wireless protocols, such as Wi-Fi, and would provide location-specific information and capabilities. The filing covers both wireless applications and dock-based information transfers, and covers a broad swath of possible uses.

I checked patent application myself. Future is bright and our cult is alive and kicking.

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Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here (But Not from Apple)

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Multitouch Goodness: Full-Screen Multitouch Mac OS X Is Here (But Not from Apple)

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May 14, 2008

iTunes success is due to DRM and $0.99/song pricing

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May 13, 2008

Stanford iTunes U site now has over 650 tracks

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Stanford on iTunes U has expanded a lot.

The public Stanford on iTunes U site now contains over 650 tracks and has been tremendously successful, with over 15,000 pieces of content downloaded every week.

Brent Izutsu, the production manager for Stanford on iTunes U has recently moved to the Office of University Communications, which is now the primary owner of the public site. In addition to encoding and adding new content, Brent has been busy working on plans for a new version of the site to be launched in January 2007. The new version will include exciting new features such as keyword searching and a comprehensive table of contents by subject area. And, for the first time, recordings of entire Stanford courses will be made available to the public on the site. At least three complete courses will be available for download in January.

Check this powerpoint for more on project’s mission.

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It’s Official Now: HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store

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Apple and HBO in unique pricing contract:

Television shows purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store can be viewed on a Mac® or PC, iPod® nano with video, iPod classic, iPod touch, fifth generation iPod, iPhone? or on a widescreen TV with Apple TV®. “Sex and the City,” “The Wire” and “Flight of the Conchords” are $1.99 per episode, and “The Sopranos,” “Deadwood” and “Rome” are priced at $2.99 per episode. iTunes customers can also choose to purchase entire seasons of their favorite programs.

Diane Garrett on Variety has this to add:

It’s no coincidence that “Sex and the City” was one of the first HBO skeins to go on sale at iTunes Tuesday; a feature film followup is due in theaters later this month. Eventually, most of the channel's library is expected to go on sale through the iTunes Store.

Jobs has apparently decided that access to content that will drive hardware sales of iPods, iPhones and Apple TV devices is more important than maintaining rigid pricing. He previously resisted variable pricing on music and TV skeins for the sake of simplicity, although some of the global iTunes Stores do offer variable pricing.

NBC yanked its skeins, some of which were very popular on iTunes, over the issue in December. And last week, the Peacock cited Microsoft's openness to variable pricing when it signed an electronic sell-through deal with company's struggling Zune service.

NBC hasn't shut out Apple entirely, however: It has made some of its shows available for streaming on the iPhone, and its U.K. store continues to sell Peacock skeins.

HBO's Apple pact will not affect the feevee's On Demand service, by which subscribers can watch current episodes as seasons unfold. Broadcast networks typically make episodes available online the day after they air on a number of sites, including their own, but those tend to be ad-supported.

The HBO deal reflects the growing willingness of Time Warner companies to experiment with proven windows. Warner has been collapsing video on demand windows on many of its pics so that they are available on VOD in the traditional homevid window. Under this strategy most pics are available for rent or sale simultaneously at the Apple's iTunes Store. Conglom has added incentive of boosting VOD transaction through its Time Warner Cable systems.

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