Just a short note, but in July last year Apple CEO, Tim Cook, reportedly signed-up for a Fancy account for some reason. We didn’t know why, but I will say that when I looked at the all-new Apple Store App for the iPad (like Amazon but good) it seemed pretty clear he fancied some of the ideas he saw. That’s not to say Apple stole any ideas, but he was obviously looking for a graphically-rich, shareable, social-friendly inspiration for ideas to support the Apple Retail Store, and I think he drew some inspiration from The Fancy. And why wouldn’t he? He was responsible for the Apple Store at that time, as the company couldn’t find a decent man for the job (and they picked a very smart woman instead). Just a thought.
The iPad invasion has devoured the netbook business and driven the PC industry into the ground, so expect a price war this Christmas as PC manufacturers, led by Acer [ACER INC] and Lenovo [LNVGY], struggle to woo new customers with a PC price war. But, with a reputation as a top-tier computer maker which does not compete on price, can Apple’s [AAPL] Mac sales survive the onslaught of the PC price cuts?
TalkTalk is dumping Windows to make the switch to Apple Mac, revealing it intends giving MacBooks to its 1,500 UK staff as it demerges from Computer Warehouse.
The company told The Times it is currently testing MacBooks with 150 staff members at its London head office. Once the trial succeeds, TalkTalk will introduce MacBooks across its entire UK workforce this year.
We think it’s incredibly inconvenient that the world’s most popular online music store, iTunes, files music in super-complex places on your computer in such a way that it’s really far too complicated to move libraries to other computers, so we’re hoping the newly-introduced SuperSync 3.0 iTunes music library synchronization software will help.
We all know computers and hard drives eventually fail, and most of us like to upgrade our computers now and then. When we do, it’s hard to transfer your music library while retaining all your playlists, play counts and other information.
Sky plans to offer its online video content to a much wider range of viewers, making shows available online through its Sky Player service to viewers who aren’t subscribed to its TV shows for the first time, the company said this week.
Sky will launch its subscription TV service via its online Sky Player platform meaning UK and Irish customers will be able subscribe to watch a package of channels from Sky on their PC or Mac without the need to install a TV-based service as well.
This week sees the launch of PureSolo.com, a unique website service for the musically-minded that lets you play along to a variety of music tracks.
PureSolo.com is a website and free downloadable software (for Mac and Windows) that enables musicians to play along to any of 10,000 well-known music tracks, and also lets musicians record and share the music.
The company plans offering a dual service in which content can be watched using a mobile phone or a computer, New Media Age reports.
T-Mobile is currently discussing its notion with a variety of content suppliers, including Ministry of Sound, EMI, ITV, Universal and Warner.
Nokia has agreed a deal with major label Warner Music Group under which content from the label will be made available as part of the mobile maker’s “Comes With Music” initiative.
Set to debut later in the year, Comes With Music is a scheme in which some Nokia handsets will be sold with a free subscription to an unlimited music service for the device. Content is tethered to one device and one PC, but at the end of the year users will be able to keep their downloaded songs. Warner also agreed to make its music catalogue available through Nokia’s music stores around the world.
“Warner Music Group has been a pioneer in developing new digital music business models and we are very pleased to have them supporting both the Nokia Music Store and Comes With Music,” said Tero Ojanperä, executive vice president and head of the Nokia Entertainment and Communities business.
“Nokia’s Comes With Music service will be a significant step forward in the evolution of digital music. It’s the first global initiative to fundamentally align the interests of music companies with telecommunications companies,” said Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner MusicGroup’s Chairman and CEO. “All parties are equally driven to create the best and most comprehensive music offering designed to meet the ever-expanding consumer appetite for music and music-enabled devices.”