Apple [AAPL] today is expected to introduce its super-fast, voice-savvy,revolutionary fifth-generation iPhone. The company is also expected to unleash the file-sharing amnesty-like services of iCloud and iTunes Match – on a day which ironically also marks the tenth anniversary of the founding world’s first legal P2P music-sharing service, Wippit.
Since its introduction in 2001, Apple’s [AAPL] iTunes Store has led the business, eventually becoming the world’s biggest music store. For a decade, the service has seen no great threat, but if the rumors from Facebook’s f8 conference have weight, the social network may give the iTunes hegemony its biggest scare yet.
Apple is now selling more than one iPad every second, every minute, of every day. (An estimated 1.22 iPads per second, in fact). No one else in the space comes close, nor, in the current comptitive component supply chain fandango, is it possible to.
There’s a market segment that’s desperately needing a little slice of Apple [AAPL] product marketing magic, and it’s 3DTV. Introduced with much brouhaha as a ‘must-have’ killer new feature, the technology has rapidly been relegated to just another spec, consumers like it, don’t love it. Does Apple have an iPad plan to make the technology interesting?
Glastonbury Festival is an international institution, and if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket then get on down — there’s no event next year as the fields get a well-earned rest….making the best of such a large-scale event can be a challenge, so perhaps Orange’s newly-available Glastonbury app will help you through.
Apple’s music cloud looks a lot finer than Amazon or Google’s attempts, and comes with two added extras: track bit rates will be improved, and there’s a chance the labels may get a little cash back from file-sharers — but who owns your data in the cloud?