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Apple’s netbook plans revealed – by analyst

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s rumours claiming Apple may release a touchscreen iMac and that it is developing video eyeglasses for its media players, this morning’s speculation claims the company will introduce a $599 ‘netbook’ in early 2009.

Naturally, this particular claim – an enduring notion that’s been up and down all year – comes from the analysts at Technology Business Research, where Ezra Gottheil has put their name to the idea.

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Insound profits on vinyl/digital double play

Insound is a US music retailer with a fresh twist, it sells vinyl but also makes MP3s of what it sells available to buyers – a business proposition music lovers seem interested in, Billboard reports.

The retailer has only secured permission to sell 500 albums in this new combined format, including releases from the likes of Sub Pop and Matador, but the scheme has seen Insound’s vinyl sales double in the last 18 months, the report claims.

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Sony makes nice with iTunes on film, music follows?

The reviews called it the “must-see comedy of the summer” and as winter closes in Sony has revealed an iTunes plan for the DVD release of ‘Pineapple Express’.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has signed-up to offer an iTunes Digital Copy of the film on the DVD or Blu-ray versions of the movie sold in the US from January 6.

UK and US customers who purchase a DVD also get an additional Digital Copy of the movie which can be popped inside iTunes, and then played back on the computer or Appleā€™s range of digital devices.

This means iTunes, iPod, iPhone and Apple TV owners will be able to extract a legitimate copy of the film for playback on their computers and digital devices when they buy the disc. Sony will also offer versions for playback on Windows PCs and the PlayStation Portable.

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World’s oldest computer music revealed

The Ferranti MK11 You may think computer-generated music was a new thing, but you’d be wrong – this has been around for 60-years.
The University of Manchester this week released scratchy recordings of Baa Baa Black Sheep and a partial version of In The Mood – both thought to be the oldest known recordings of computer-generated tunes.
These recordings were made available to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ‘Baby’, an early computer and the forerunner of today’s machines. The tunes were created on a Ferranti Mk 1 computer, which was a commercial version of the first Baby.
The previous oldest known recordings were made on an IBM mainframe computer at Bell Labs in the US in 1957. But the first ever computer music came from a machine CSIRAC, Australia’s first digital computer, which offered a rendition of Colonel Bogey.
Baby’s music application was written by a friend of computing legend Alan Turing called Christopher Strachey, a maths master at Harrow. The music was recorded by a BBC broadcast unit in 1951.
“It was the start of the computer age,” one of the Baby builders, Geoff Tootill, told the BBC this week. “Although we didn’t know it was going to be epoch-making or earth-shattering other than for weather forecasting and other scientific disciplines.”
As part of the celebration, the University of Manchester’s School of Computer Science recently ran a competition for more experienced programmers, to program The Baby. Contestants were invited to write a program which will run on a Java simulator of the Baby, using its original low-level machine instruction code.