Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs indicated on Wednesday he is unlikely to give in to calls from the music industry to add a subscription-based model to Apple's wildly popular iTunes online music store.
"Never say never, but customers don't seem to be interested in it," Jobs told Reuters in an interview after Apple reported blow-out quarterly results. "The subscription model has failed so far."
(Shawn's Comment: Yes - the *subscription only* model has failed. But if Apple *added* subscriptions to the iTunes Store...)
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Apple has reported a $770 million profit for the fiscal 2007 second quarter on $5.26 billion in revenue. The profit worked out to $.87 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.36 billion and net quarterly profit of $410 million, or $.47 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.
The company shipped 1,517,000 Macs and 10,549,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 36 percent growth in Macs and 24 percent growth in iPods over the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 43 percent of the quarter’s revenue, according to Apple.
Why are they wearing those jackets/pants? Why do they have a glove on only one hand? Why a glove at all? What's up with the long barrels?
If you’re a podcaster looking to move on from the comfort of GarageBand or Audacity without shelling out the cash for a pro-level solution like Apple’s Soundtrack or Digidesign’s Pro Tools, Pleasant Software’s Übercaster 1.0.1 (; $80) might hit the sweet spot between price and capability.
The 101st anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthqake was last Wednesday. There was a ceremony to mark the occasion, but only one earthqake survivor was healthy enough to attend: 104-year-old Herbert Hamrol. Hamrol said work is one of the secrets to his long life. He still holds down a job rearranging the merchandise at Andronico’s supermarket in the Sunset District two days a week.
“I like what I do and they like me,'’ he said. He said he’d worked for Andronico’s for 50 years, more or less, and he plans to be back on the job today as usual. “The retirement benefits are good there,'’ he said.
(Shawn's Comment: Only if you *actually* retire!)
Judging by the beating it's taken lately, both from Greenpeace and some of its investors, you'd think Apple was more toxic than the one that knocked out Snow White. Meanwhile, the company counters that its wares are quite Granny Smith green, thank you -- and from my perspective, the company does have a pretty green track record.
From The Street
With its iPhone scheduled for release toward the end of June and the Leopard operating system pushed out until October, Apple's fiscal second-quarter earnings report on Wednesday could be relatively quiet.
From IDG News Service
Legal and business experts will have a lot to learn from how the case against former Apple lawyer Nancy Heinen grinds its way through the courts.
Because most cases of stock options backdating by U.S. public companies have been settled out of court, and because Heinen is planning to fight her charges, the case could be one of few played out in open court, legal analysts say.
Heinen was charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Tuesday with violating federal securities law for her part in falsifying documents about the backdating of stock options grants to Apple executives in 2000 and 2001.
The new George Foreman iGrill is a floor-standing, iPod-ready indoor/outdoor electric grill. The iGrill sports a 10-watt speaker system that plays music from a connected iPod, MP3 player, or USB device.
(Shawn's Comment: Yet Another Useless iProduct)
While a few upmarket cameras use GPS to tag photos with the location of the spot where they were taken, most people have to add the tags later. Mac OS X users now have a choice of applications to ease the chore of editing location information.
Yet another Gates vs Jobs parody....but ok, ok this one made me chuckle.
Gates: "What's that?"
Jobs: "It's an iHouse"
Gates: "It has no windows"
Finder: "Yes, my Lord"
Riveting, huh? ;-) Oh go on, watch it, you know you want to!
Disclaimer: Some language or references contained in the video may not be suitable for all ages; viewer discretion is advised (I don't think it's that bad, but then again, I'm not well). :-) ~ Sly
Oklahoma just declared the watermelon their state *vegetable*.....
I typed that right...*vegetable*....
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it would not file an enforcement action against Apple Inc. in connection with the agency's stock-options dating investigation, citing the company's "extraordinary" cooperation.
Rogue Amoeba Software announced the release of Fission1.5, a major update to its audio editor for Mac OS X. Fission provides lossless editing of MP3, AAC, Apple Lossless, and AIFF audio files. With Fission, users can trim, split, and fade audio files, then save the result with no quality loss.
Acqualia has released Picturesque, a utility to help Web content creators get images ready to post on the Web. It costs $19.50, and a free demo is available for download.
Following a brief glimpse last week, Apple has now released the iQuiz game for fifth-generation iPods. According to the game’s description, iQuiz includes four built-in games, including entertainment trivia and a quiz game based on a user’s music library. Unlike other iPod games, which sell for $4.99 each, iQuiz is priced at only 99 cents.
Apple has long maintained that iTunes is a “break-even” operation, but according to research done by PacificCrest's Andy Hargreaves Apple has at least a 10% margin on every song sold on iTunes.
Securities regulators plan to file civil fraud charges this week against Apple Inc.'s former general counsel and have worked out a settlement with its former chief financial officer over their alleged roles in the company's stock options scandal, people familiar with the matter said Monday.
if you’re a Mac user, you have access to the best program available for getting DVDs to your hard drive, iPod, or Apple TV: Handbrake.
You can download Handbrake from http://handbrake.m0k.org. The program works with Mac OS 10.3.9 and later. Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, you’re ready to start ripping!
After Lesa presented at the Connecticut Macintosh Connection meeting on Friday, we went exploring Mystic, CT.
PageSender is 5 years old! That’s like 50 in shareware years!
Months into a federal investigation of stock options backdating at Apple, prospects for a criminal case against powerhouse CEO Steve Jobs appear dim.
A Mercury News examination of a massive 2001 stock-options grant to Jobs that was backdated through bogus documentation - the central focus of the federal probe - shows there is scant evidence, if any, to support criminal charges against the Silicon Valley icon.
From IDG News Service
A hacker managed to break into a Mac and win a $10,000 prize as part of a contest started at the CanSecWest security conference here.
Initially, contestants were invited to try to access one of two Macs through a wireless access point while the Macs had no programs running. No attackers managed to do so, and so conference organizers allowed participants to try to get in through the browser by sending URLs via e-mail.
(Shawn's Comment: So when nobody could do what was originally asked, they made the "contest" easier)
Apple released Security Update 2007-004 for Mac OS X 10.3.9 and Mac OS X 10.4.9. The update addresses some 25 different issues for 19 different Mac OS X components. All of them are issues that would have potentially allowed either arbitrary code execution or a bad guy to gain access to your Mac with "escalated privileges."
Apple released an update to its professional photography workflow application Aperture, bringing the most current version to 1.5.3. The update addresses issues related to overall reliability and performance, according to the company.
Apple hung on to 5 percent of the U.S. personal computer market the first quarter of this year, research firm Gartner said Thursday, fueled by another impressive jump in systems sold compared to a year ago.