Posted by Geetesh Bajaj on February 09, 2007 07:18 PM
iPods could be damaged by Microsoft's new computer operating system, the company behind the popular digital music players has warned. Apple, the long-standing rival of Bill Gates's Microsoft, is urging users not to upgrade their PCs to the Vista system until it comes up with a compatible version of the software that runs iPods. More on the Telegraph UK site...
PC Advisor adds that none of Apple's Windows applications are yet compatible with Microsoft's Windows Vista OS (operating system), according to an Apple technical support document. News that iTunes for Windows isn't yet ready for Microsoft's new OS emerged earlier this week, with Apple warning PC users to hold off on a Vista upgrade pending the release of updates.
Posted by Geetesh Bajaj on February 08, 2007 08:57 PM
If you visited Apple's website in the last few months, you must have seen the prominently placed movies that show how the Mac fares against the PC -- of course, they want to say that the Mac is better. Microsoft hasn't provided a rejoinder by creating their own Mac vs. PC movie ads, but someone else did, and posted them on YouTube!
Apple is working on repeating its iTunes music store success story with movies this time, but movie studios are not bending backwards. It might be something before its time because the iPod's small screen is not the size that Hollywood movies are made for -- so does Apple have something larger than life looming ahead?
The Guardian reports that Apple, which already controls more than 75% of the music-download industry, hopes to introduce a service that would allow users to download films for $9.99 each by the autumn.
The International Herald Tribune adds that consumers have been willing to spend 99 cents to buy Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" or $1.99 for an episode of "Desperate Housewives" from iTunes. Now Steven Jobs is betting they will also pay $9.99 to download "The Godfather" to play on their iPods.
Not surprisingly, MSNBC doesn't agree. According to their Hollywood sources, Apple has hoped to get the store up and running within weeks. But the deal isn't yet done—and there's a chance it won't be any time soon. That's because Apple and the studios remain at loggerheads on a range of issues, from how much movie downloads should cost, to the degree of piracy protections they should carry. "This will take months and months to figure it out," says one source involved in the talks. "It may even be a 2007 kind of thing."