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Music ‘n’ iPhone drive Apple’s iXmas – reports

While legal beagles flood the ‘net with searches for the New York Bar Exam today, the rest of us are really, really passionate about music, new research explains – and it looks like good news for Apple and others in the sector this Holiday Season, read on…

A pair of reports emanating from Bauer Media and the Consumer Electronics Association show a growing appetite for music among consumers (that’s you and I), and increasing demand for music among US teens.

With such a fury of interest at music, it’s a surprise the label bosses can’t seem to sell the stuff.

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Apple cuts laptop production – report

Apple management appear to be setting the scene for a tough few months as global governments engage in plans to prevent economic melt-down, with recent claims of reduced iPhone production now joined by claims of laptop production decreases.

DigiTimes today is reporting that Apple and Asustek recently reduced their “notebook outsourcing for the fourth quarter this year by 20-30 per cent”, causing repercussions at Quanta and other manufacturers.

Asustek’s estimated Q4 notebook shipments will only reach 1.7 million units, the report says, noting that demand in the first half of the year is likely to decline.

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Dell shelves MP3 player plan – for now…

Dell has shelved previously-revealed plans to launch an own-brand MP3 player.

While the company never confirmed such plans, Dell had been expected to introduce its new device in time for the holidays this year, now those plans appear shelved “indefinitely”.

The product development team for the project is led by a former Apple product manager tasked with development of the new device, Tim Bucher.

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MP3 headphones may affect pacemakers

OK, here’s a tale that’s set to circulate this morning – heck, since the American Heart Association put out it’s press release Sunday afternoon, even the Mail’s picked it up.

Before the story went through the usual media circus of whispers and slight opinion, we thought you may want to take a look at the original research. Also to let you know there’s a video report on these new findings here. Release follows:

MP3 headphones interfere with implantable defibrillators, pacemakers

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US can seize your iPod, iPhone, laptop

US officials can now seize your digital gear, searching the computers, iPods and iPhones of foreign nationals visiting the US. Equipment can be seized – without charge, there’s no oversight, and it’s all in the name of ‘Homeland Security’ (like US officials really need to know which album I’ve been listening to this week. Here’s Current TV’s take…

Creative accounting looks bleak

Zen and MuVo music player manufacturer, Creative Technology, returned net losses of $31.7 million in its fourth quarter ended June 30, up from a loss of $19.3 million a year earlier.

Sales dropped 16 per cent to $139.5 million, the company said, warning of lower sales ahead on account of “adverse economic conditions” and increased future competition – prinicipally from Dell’s potential move back into the market.
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UK firm ships low-cost iPod touch clone

UK-based company Sonix7 has announced a range of touch-sensitive digital players that compete directly with the iPod touch.

The Sonix7 Extreme and the Sonix7 Lite are a lot cheaper than Apple’s product. The iPod touch costs £199 (8GB model) or £269 (16GB model). The SonicLite costs £39.99 while the Pro version costs just £59.99. The Sonix7 Extreme costs £79.99.

Sonix7 is marketing its new devices with the slogan, “everyone likes to be touched”. The Sonix7 Pro MP4 player has a 2.8-inch, 320-x-240 resolution TFT touchscreen display and carries 4GB internal flash memory, expandable using a Mini SD card.
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Creative’s 1st Wi-Fi player, iTunes rival leaked

Creative’s ZEN X-Fi player is still in progress and is being more directly targeted at Apple on both the hardware and software sides, says a slew of leaked information. Spotted in an official product shot, the X-Fi changes the look of the original ZEN to an aluminum-and-chrome look…

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