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9.01.2004

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Nicht zu vergessen: HP und Apples beeindruckende iAllianz, Post-Keynote Gerüchteküche, Preisdiskussionen und Theorien zur verzögerten weltweiten Auslieferung des iPod mini.
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ipodlounge.com klärt einige Details zu Software und Transfer Speed der Mini iPods:

"The iPod mini does not use the same software as the iPod itself. iPod mini uses iPod mini Software 1.0.[...]
The transfer speed of the hard drive on iPod mini is slower than that of the iPod (with Dock Connect) model's hard drive." Apple says the following about this issue, "iPod mini uses a new, very small hard drive. This new hard drive does not have the same transfer rate as the hard drive used in other iPod models. The slower speed is expected and normal."
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Steve Jobs über seine Vorstellung der iPod mini Hauptkundschaft bei Newsweek:
“I think that one of the biggest customers for the mini is going to be current owners buying a second iPod. They’re going to have both—when I go on a trip I take my whole library with my iPod and when I go to the gym I take the mini.”

Ebenso ein minimaler Einblick in die Farbwahl:
"Steve nodded approval, then nodded towards the gold. “I think the hip-hop crowd is going to like this one.” As for himself, “I’m probably going to buy a silver one just ’cause I’m a silver kind of person.” He motioned toward his hair. “I’m turning silver here, too,” he joked."
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Ein Computer/Video Händler aus Midtown Manhatten in der NYT (kostenlose Registrierung erforderlich):

"For every one of the other players we sold people bought 70 to 80 iPods," Mr. Griffin said one day recently as shoppers ogled a store display of more than 50 different models of players ranging in size from cigarette lighters to small jewelry boxes."
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Wired über Microsoft als Apples 'Guardian Angel':

"A lot of developers quit the Mac platform, but Microsoft wasn't among them," said a former Apple marketing manager who worked at the company through the mid- and late 1990s and asked to remain anonymous.
"During the dark days they kept developing Office, and that was way important," the source added. "That was the true test of loyalty. Others weren't so loyal."
The source said Office is so important to the Mac, without it the platform would have withered away. "To have a mainstream platform, you've got to have Office," he said.

Business Week über das aktuelle Kuschel-Verhältnis zwischen MS und Apple:

"And what about Jobs's own feelings for Gates? They've mellowed as well. He talked to the Microsoft honcho last summer, he says, but they're both too busy with kids to stay in touch more often. When Apple unveiled a version of its iTunes music player to work with Windows last fall, Jobs sent Gates a $200 gift certificate to try it out."
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Apples eigene Hardwareausstattung um iTMS usw. am Laufen zu halten, geschildert bei CNET:

"Apple also runs much of its own hardware to power its iTunes Music Store and other Internet services. About 75 percent of the gear that powers Apple's online efforts is made up of Apple's Xserve and Xserve RAID products, Rally said following his presentation. "We do have a few Sun boxes mixed in there as well," he said.
One of the big advantages of using so many Macs is you don't have to spend as much on security, Rally maintained, noting that there are no major viruses that affect Mac OS X.
He also made the case that less administration is needed for Macs, pointing out that the company has just 27 IT workers on its help desk. That's one help desk person for each 433 employees, about half to a quarter of what research firm Gartner estimates are needed by typical corporations."
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Die bebilderte MWSF geht auch bei den MacGuardians bestens weiter.
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Walt Mossberg, regelmäßig für das Wall Street Journal kolumnierend, freut sich über tabbed browsing und Safari:

"Like everything Apple makes, Safari combines a clean, simple interface with sophisticated functionality."
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Das bedenkenswerte Keynote Mem der MWSF, aufgegriffen von Steve Mallett:

"Aside from the minis one thing that struck me hard is the meme that formed out of the KeyNote: Apple computers are for people who produce.[...]
The implication here is that while folks have bemoaned Apple's market share, it is irrelevant to their business strategy. Niches are all about having a your own piece of a market, not the whole thing. So let's divide up the market in this new meme: Producers, Delivery, and Comsumption.
Reality certainly isn't as clean as i'm about to suggest, but isn't [Production -> Delivery -> Comsumption] a neat parallel to [Mac -> Linux -> Windows]?"

Wer sich die Keynote (nochmals) anschauen will, kann das natürlich bei Apple direkt vollziehen.
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Zahlen die freuen, veröffentlicht von Trendwatch:
"26% of U.S. broadcast stations and cable systems use Apple computers as their primary system for editing/production workstations.
This number is up 8% from a year ago which suggests more stations are using Mac workstations today for their production and editing needs. Macs are used in a larger number of mid size and bigger broadcast stations while PCs dominate in cable systems of all sizes."
Final Cut sei unter anderem gedankt...
Und:
"39% of U.S. FX/dynamic media studios use Apple computers as their primary system for pipeline/production workstations.
This number is up 11% from a year ago which suggests more studios are using Mac workstations today. Macs are used in a larger number of smaller studios while PCs dominate in larger studios and many studios use both platforms."
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Sehr sehenswerte iPod mini Bilderserie, inklusive beeindruckender Größenvergleich mit dem Sony Ericsson T68i.
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Außerdem (Halb-)Wissenswertes aus dem Terminal - heute:
01/09 James Patrick Page (Led Zeppelin) is born in Middlesex, England, 1945
(Anleitung).

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