Review Roundup: iPod Nano 3G (Squarish Nano)

Submitted by lalit on September 8, 2007 - 11:53am.

The first thing you will notice about the new iPod Nano is its gorgeous screen and the second thing that you will notice is how thin and beautiful the device is. The new 2” screen has 320 X 240 resolution and is 65% brighter. The other features new to the Nano are video, iPod games, Cover Flow and enhanced UI (based on OS X). iPod Nano has 24 hours of battery life for audio playback and 5 hour for video. The Nano is available in two capacity 4GB and 8GB. The 4Gb Nano is priced at $149 and comes in silver. The 8GB Nano is priced at $199 and comes in five colors silver, black, blue, green and red. According to PC Mag iPod Nano is the best-designed flash video player on the market in this price range.

PC MAG: Editor’s choice

PC World

Apple To Launch 16GB iPhone With 3G in Europe?

Submitted by lalit on September 8, 2007 - 10:55am.

According to leaked ad from T-mobile Germany, European version of iPhone that will be launched in November will have 3G Support and 16GB memory. Other configurations are same as American version, which was launched in June. The European version will be priced at 499EUR according to the leaked ad. The only thing that creates suspicion about this leaked ad is that in one place iPhone is mentioned as Apple iPod 16GB. Apple has already said that they will release iPhone in selected European countries in fourth quarter this year. But like always Apple hasn’t given any more details about the launch.

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NBC’s Retort to Apple

Submitted by lalit on September 1, 2007 - 9:23am.

NBC has released a statement saying, “we never asked to double the wholesale price for our TV shows. In fact, our negotiations were centered on our request for flexibility in wholesale pricing, including the ability to package shows together in ways that could make our content even more attractive for consumers. In addition we asked Apple to take concrete steps to protect content from piracy, since it is estimated that the typical iPod contains significant amount of illegally downloaded material.”
Apple and NBC have decided to settle the iTunes agreement in pressroom rather than boardroom.

Uniea Announces Case For Unannounced iPod Nano (video), iPod Nano will have 2.3" Screen

Submitted by lalit on September 1, 2007 - 1:58am.

iLounge posted details about Uniea’s U-Suit, a new iPod case for rumored iPod Nano (video) that will be announced by Apple on September 5th. The case is a hard protective leather case for the new unannounced iPod. If you consider the case design the new iPod Nano will have a 2.3” screen, click wheel and measure about 2.5” X 2” (almost a square). The case has hard plastic interior with scratch resistant inner lining. The case will cost $30. Apple has almost confirmed the new iPod design when their legal team asked many website to remove the leaked iPod photos.

Shure Releases SE110 Sound Isolating Earphones

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 3:35pm.

Shure has added new earphone to its SE series. The SE110 features Balanced MicroSpeakers for rich and optimized audio experience. The sound isolating design blocks over 90% of ambient noise. To ensure perfect fit, Shure bundles three different sizes of foam and flexible rubber tips. The SE110 works with the company’s recent Music Phone Adapter for iPhone and Push-to-hear external microphone. The earphones will be available in September for $119 (you will be able to get it online for $99).

Amazon To Launch MP3 Store Around September 17th

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 2:38pm.

Amazon will finally launch their Online MP3 Music Store next month. To compete with iTunes, Amazon will sell DRM free music from Universal for $0.99 where as iTunes sells DRM free music for $1.29. Amazon will also offer variable rate pricing for songs (bad for consumer and good for record companies). Certain back catalog tracks would be offered at 89 cents and the new releases will cost more. Larger labels are said to object to the low price for current music and are reportedly still in negotiations that may push back the opening of the store.

Sharp Shows Multi-Touch Touch screen with Scanning Capabilities

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 2:13pm.

Sharp today showed prototype of 3.5” touchscreen display with Multi-touch functionality (like the iPhone). The big news about this display is that it can also perform scanning functions; a future device could include a business card reader or automatically scan data codes found on packaging. Mass production of this 1mm thick display will start in spring 2008. Initially the display will be aimed at smartphone and digital camera market but in future screen up to 12” would be available for use in Notebook computer or UMPC.

New York Post Reports Apple To Sell Ringtones on iTunes

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 1:54pm.

New York Post Reports that Apple will offer ringtone service, which would allow users to turn almost any song sold or previously purchased through iTunes into a ringtone for a additional fee. The best part of this offer is that user will be able to select any part of the song they want as their ringtones. Wireless carriers normally sell ringtones for about $1.99, if Apple is able to sell both the ringtone and the song for $1.99 it would be a deal. Lets wait and see what Apple announces on Wednesday. And Yes Universal Music won’t participate in the offering (what do you expect from Universal).

Via New York Post

No More NBC TV Shows on iTunes

Submitted by lalit on August 31, 2007 - 1:08pm.

Yesterday NBC said that it wouldn’t extend its contract with iTunes, as Apple is not ready to change their pricing policies. NBC’s agreement with Apple will end in December. The question then was would Apple keep selling NBC TV shows like they are doing with Universal Music. NBC is a Universal groups company so it looked like they will keep doing the same thing they did with music. But Apple has had it with Universal Group and it is pulling the plug on NBC in September rather than waiting till December. According to the statement released by Apple it will not be selling NBC television shows for the upcoming television season on its online iTunes Store. The move follows NBC's decision to not renew its agreement with iTunes after Apple declined to pay more than double the wholesale price for each NBC TV episode, which would have resulted in the retail price to consumers increasing to $4.99 per episode from the current $1.99. Apple's agreement with NBC ends in December. Since NBC would withdraw their shows in the middle of the television season, Apple has decided to not offer NBC TV shows for the upcoming television season beginning in September.
"We are disappointed to see NBC leave iTunes because we would not agree to their dramatic price increase," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of iTunes. "We hope they will change their minds and offer their TV shows to the tens of millions of iTunes customers."
In May when Apple and Universal Music were in talks for extending their agreement, it failed because Apple was not ready to increase the price of newly released songs from $0.99 and Universal wanted to charge more for newly released songs. But since iTunes has more than 80% market share in online music business and are the 3rd biggest reseller after Wal-Mart and Best Buy, Universal wasn’t able to do much. Though Universal Music didn’t sign the agreement with Apple, they kept selling their music through iTunes. Now with this NBC agreement problem it looks like Universal is getting too greedy because no way am I going to pay $5 for one episode of a TV show.