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Yesterday I was notified that my first ad had sold: the nice people from www.zuneconverter.com bought it.

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Universal wants money from each iPod sold

Isn’t it amazing what these idiots think they can do?

“Universal believes that much of the music on portable players is illegal, and the company argues that it deserves a share of the profits from such devices in order to make up for the money lost in album sales. Microsoft’s decision to cut a deal seems to have been driven by its need to launch with a large music store for the Zune—and Universal is one of the biggest players in the game. The Microsoft deal will clearly set a precedent for other music labels, who will no doubt try to squeeze cash from both Microsoft and Apple in the coming years.
It’s nice to dream about the possibilities, but the reality is that the music labels now want both things. They want a levy on each player sold, but still want the long arm of US law to reach out and pluck thousands of dollars from file-swappers’ pockets.”

I don’t know what to say. What if we just stop buying their stuff once and for all? Got to the podsafe music network, myspace or other sites and get some fresh stuff. Who wants to pay for all these american idol wannabes anyway?

Zune not compatible with Vista

You can’t make this up:

“In an embarrassing glitch for Microsoft’s (Nasdaq: MSFT) Latest News about Microsoft would-be iPod-killer, the Zune, it emerged Wednesday that the device is not compatible with the company’s new operating system Vista, which is due out in two weeks.

A Zune support site confirms that “Windows Vista is not supported at this time” and advises customers to “check back soon for updates.” The Zune is designed to be used with its online music store Marketplace, where songs are paid for and downloaded, but consumers will not be able do that from the new Vista operating system.”

Way to go, guys, way to go…

iPhone finally for real…?

I have written about Apple’s to be expected iPhone many times, and so have hundreds of other blogs. Now, November 2006, it seems it is for real after al”l. Blackfriars’ Inc. reports:

Bloomberg.com reports today that Apple has signed with contract manufacturer Hon Hai to make 12 million iPhones next year. Given that this is a product untested in the market, if this is true, it would certainly demonstrate how serious Apple is in attacking the phone market.”

Even better, it seems they’re not going the way of the Treo and are aiming for the worldwide market immediately by not going for a release with a US mobile operator, but offering the phone non-branded and SIM free. It seems Apple’s experience with global roll-outs is paying off.

Now the usual rumors may start:

  • Will it include iPod functionality, and if so, to what extent? Given the size of the 2G iPod nano, I’d say 8 gig flash should not be a problem
  • Will it include wireless connectivity, or 3G mobile data? It may be a smart move to address the Zune’s shortcomings and really expand on wireless music sharing. Apple’s got the technology to do that. Example: if you’re sharing a song you bought from the iTunes music store, you might have the option to send an iTunes store coupon with it, so that the receiver gets his own licensed copy, or the song is restricted to 30 seconds and send you to ITMS where you can buy the full version
  • Keyboard or not? While I’m a sucker for full keyboards, Apple’s history of simplicity basically makes this a no-no

What’s your take – any other good ideas, given the information we have now?