It's all over but the shouting and it looks like Apple's hit another home run. No Beatles, but Apple did announce:Roll-your-own ringtones for 99 cents. The "fat" nano, a squarish nano with coverflow and video. 4 GB for $149, 8 GB for $199. Higher capacity "classic" iPods. 80 GB for $249 and 160 GB for $349. The new iPod Touch, which is basically an iPhone without the phone. $299 for 8 GB and $399 for 16 GB. Coming in a couple of weeks. A version of the iTunes Store for both the iPod … Read more
It strikes the Macalope as slightly wacky that even the Washington Post is in the Apple rumor business these days. And you know it's got to be good when the piece quotes AppleInsider's Kasper Jade and Rob Enderle, the Huggy Bear and Angel Martin of Apple news.
It's fun to get excited about a new gadget, but, alas, there is a potential downside for Apple, said Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.
"If it brings out a product that doesn't capture the excitement . . . I wonder if people will be disappointed because … Read more
The Macalope knows next to nothing about Vista DRM, so he's not really qualified to weigh in on George Ou's latest -- surprise! -- blog war.
But he does know a thing or two about dealings with George Ou and he can solidly confirm this particular point made by Peter Gutmann in his commentary noting he'll not be taking the time to respond to Ou further:
...the string of flames in private email have been particularly childish...
And it's not just the Macalope's personal experience, it's also that of other bloggers and journalists he … Read more
The Macalope read the headline Thursday that Universal would be offering DRM-free music but didn't realize until reading Daring Fireball's post on it this morning that it would only be offering its music DRM-free on stores other than iTunes. On iTunes, it will continue to offer only DRM-ed music.
John Gruber asks:
Um, Universal won't sell DRM-free music through iTunes because they don't like Apple's DRM? WTF? Am I even supposed to pretend this makes sense?
In typical, twisted recording industry logic it does make sense. What do customers want? They want the most convenient … Read more
MacUser's Dan Moren reveals the identity of the reporter who asked Steve Jobs why Apple doesn't put "Intel Inside" stickers on its Macs.
The Macalope wouldn't want to be this guy's inbox right about now.
InfoWorld's Tom Yager tries his prima ballerina slippers on:
Apart from habitually being at odds with conventional wisdom, I share one other trait with Jobs: Far more often than not, when everybody else writes me off as an idiot, I turn out to be right. It's just a matter of patience.
Hubris, thy name is Yager.
Despite its successful initial launch, Yager apparently thinks the iPhone will fail if you just give it long enough. Well, good luck with that one, Tom. Although, the horned one should point out that only one of you and Jobs is going … Read more
Who else could it be but Rob Enderle!
AT&T has been cited as the primary reason people return the iPhone. The combination of being unable to get people into service in a timely way and how they treated the customers who were left waiting was one of the worst execution practices I've ever seen.
Well, it was pretty bad, but the Macalope knows you'll give AT&T a run for its money, Rob!
The other problem -- and likely more problematic if the iPhone is going to continue to set an industry pace -- was … Read more
Criticism from Mac users and other security researchers was almost immediate, with the former focusing on crude insults and the latter concentrating on InfoSec's refusal to identify himself or herself, or prove that the worm existed.
Oh, no, you dih-unt!
The latter group questioned InfoSec's motives and the veracity of his or her claims.
And the former group said "Poopy ka-ka boobies monkey butt!"
"Let's see this worm deliver a … Read more
And, of course, Fake Steve Jobs.
Who's the Macalope missing?
He's thinking there has to be a Fake Walt Mossberg but he couldn't find one.
Got more? Post 'em in the comments.