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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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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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Apple offers Europe door-to-door fulfillment

Apple has introduced a new Europe-wide gift delivery service, enabling customers to buy products from the company store for delivery across Europe.

When customers buy from the Apple Online Stores using the new gifting service, they are guaranteed safe, secure payment using credit cards; courier delivery to family and friends across 15 European countries; with returns and refunds are covered by the return policy of the Apple Online Store where the recipient is based enabling easy local returns.

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Is this the best-sounding iPod speaker system?

It’s open to question whether this particular iPod speaker system is the key to unlock the device’s use in the audiophile market, but it looks the business.

Radio manufacturer/developer Revo. has introduced its iPod speaker system, The BLOK, a docking station that uses patented technology from Cambridge based NXT.
 
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Bono plans (RED) digital music service

Bono has a new plan for online music – philanthropic subscription services – planning to launch the scheme under the Product (RED) imprint in the autumn.
Essentially, users will pay $5 per month to receive three pieces of media every month, one track from a leading artist, (U2, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Emmylou Harris and Death Cab for Cutie have all signed-up to take part in this initiative), another track from an up and coming act and a surprise piece of content they’re calling a ‘crackerjack surprise’, which could be a song, video, short story or anything else that fits the description. Subscribers can also look forward to detailed stories of (RED) cash being spent in Africa.
Here’s how the (RED) team are explaining the service:
“This fall (RED) will unveil a simple, seamless way for people to receive music from artists they love and artists they will discover. By applying the (RED) idea to music this model will create a new revenue stream for artists and labels and buy life-saving medicine for those living with AIDS in Africa.”
Half of the money raised will go through (RED) to the Global Fund, and the other half to the artists who contribute songs.
“There’s so much music out there now, and people aren’t getting their information in the ways that they grew up with,” Paul McGuinness, U2’s manager, told the New York Times. “I think there’s quite an opportunity to help people keep current with music.”
(RED) partners have generated more than $60 million for the Global Fund, money is spent helping to finance comprehensive national HIV/AIDS programs led by the ministries of health, to provide antiretroviral treatment for children and adults, to assist in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, as well as essential counseling and testing activities to reduce the overall risk of HIV transmission.
Don MacKinnon, founder of HEAR Music and former Vice President of Music & Entertainment of Starbucks Coffee Company, designed and developed this concept. 
“(RED) is such a powerful model,” said Don MacKinnon, President of (RED) Content. “The world’s best brands created (RED) products that have generated over $110 million. What we are doing now is applying the (RED) model to music. Every week you will receive great music from amazing artists and people living with AIDS in Africa will receive lifesaving antiretroviral medicine.” 
“Don MacKinnon just might be the penicillin the ailing music business needs. He is an innovator by nature and I have no doubt that some of the music software we are working on at (RED) will help change the way music is received, as well as changing the lives of Africans who will die without the AIDS drug that (RED) can help purchase,” said Bono.
This new direct link to customers is very important to (RED).  Not only because it creates an annuity to buy lifesaving medicine for those living with AIDS in Africa, but also because it gives us a direct relationship with (RED) consumers, creating a new platform to communicate the impact (RED) purchases are having on people’s lives,” said Susan Smith Ellis, CEO, (RED).
The notion of philanthropic business isn’t new – you’d have to look to Robert Owen for the seeds of these concepts – but investment works. You can read Impact Stories about beneficiaries of (RED) money in Africa here.