Monthly Archives: January 2009

Snow Patrol for Feb 13 Apple store gig

Snow PatrolSnow Patrol will perform live at Apple’s Regent Street store on February 13, the band has confirmed.

The intimate show before a small audience will be recorded, with track highlights made available to purchase through iTunes one week after the event. The show takes place just before Snow Patrol’s 20-date UK and Ireland tour which begins at the end of February.

Snow Patrol is favouring fans with the gig offering fan club members exclusive access to 50 pairs of tickets for the intimate show.

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Wolfson Microelectronics fined by regulator |

Scottish chip developer Wolfson Microelectronics – a long-time Apple partner for iPod components – has been fined £140,000 for a delay in disclosing insider trading information.

“The FSA said there was a false market in Wolfson shares for 16 days after it failed to reveal the price sensitive information last March,” reports The Guardian.

The claims describe a situation in which the chip maker had been told by a major client (potentially Apple, but that’s speculation on our part) that its components wouldn’t be required in future products, slicing 8 per cent of the firm’s revenue forecasts.

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Sundance goes iPhone- friendly

The Sundance Film Festival is this year offering a Web-based application for the iPhone, providing essential information pertaining to this year’s show.

The site – offers a complete film guide with movie descriptions and screening times. It also offers video clips of filmmaker profiles as well as festival news.

iTunes goes DRM-free, 7digital responds


itunesIn the final Macworld Expo keynote Apple today introduced new computing and software products, and also confirmed long-standing claims that songs sold through iTunes from all four major labels are now to be made available DRM-free.

The company also announced that iTunes users can now download songs directly onto their iPhone 3G using their carrier’s 3G network.

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Danny Wallace on Regent Street


wallaceDanny Wallace will appear at this week’s iTunes Meet the Author event this Thursday evening at the Regent Street Apple Store.

Wallace will talk about his work and do readings from his latest book ‘Friends Like These’, which charts Danny’s attempts to track down his twelve best mates from childhood to find out what has become of them as grown ups.  

The talk will also be recorded and made available to download as a podcast from the iTunes Store alongside the audiobooks of ‘Friends Like These’ and ‘Yes Man’. 

Previous iTunes Meet the Author events at the Apple Store have included Nick Hornby and Charlie Higson. The event takes place at 7pm. admission is free.

Majors go DRM-free with iTunes Plus


itunes_plusGiven the extent of repeated rumours in the run-up to Christmas, it’s no great surprise that fresh reports this morning claim Apple could announce a fully DRM-free iTunes Store as soon as today.

The report claims Apple has also given agreement to flexible pricing on music, so labels will be able to charge slightly more for in vogue hits, though the cost of older tracks will fall to 79-cents in the US.

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Apple’s Jobs admits poor health

green_apple_logo“Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is being treated for a “hormone imbalance” but is staying on as the firms CEO.

“I have been losing weight throughout 2008…doctors think they have found the cause: a hormone imbalance that has been robbing me of the proteins my body needs to be healthy,” said Jobs.

Complete statements from Jobs and the board follow:

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