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Showing posts from September 28, 2008

Samsung Omnia

For the rest of Britain the arrival of the iPhone 3G has meant an endless barrage of Apple/O2 advertising. In London things seem a little different. I was there this week and it appears Samsung have bought every flat surface in a bid to promote the Omnia - advertising hoardings, underground trains, buses. In fact you name it, there's probably an Omnia advert on it at the moment.

It'll be interesting to contrast iPhone and Omnia sales inside and outside the capital over a three month period, to see if Samsung's huge marketing budget has done anything to derail the iPhone bandwagon.

iTunes Saved For The World

If you were holding your breath after yesterday's bombshell from Apple about the future of the iTunes Music Store, you can release it now - the Copyright Royalty Board ruled that digital copyright fees would remain at 9 cents per track, frustrating the recording artists' bid to increase their share of the take.

Whilst I can see Apple's side of the argument, it does make me wonder that of the 70 or so cents that Apple pays to the labels for the sale of a track less than 15% reaches the creator of the original work. I guess the answer is for musicians to break away from the yoke of the music labels and start self-publishing tracks. If they're brave enough of course...

Apple v The Music Industry (Round 132)

The National Music Publisher's Association in America has asked for a 66% increase in the royalty paid to recording artists for digital music sales - from 9 cents to 15 cents. The current split of the 99 cent price of a track in the States sees Apple retain 30 cents whilst the rest is paid to the labels, who then pass on 9 cents to the artists.

Apple argues that the success of its music store relies on the standard pricing of 99 cents per track and it neither intends to increase the price of its tracks nor sell them at a loss. If the Copyright Royalty Board, who will meet to rule on the change tomorrow, decide to agree the raise and the music labels pass the cost on to Apple then Apple has indicated that it will close the iTunes Music Store. Drastic threats indeed.

Can Apple follow through on this threat? Absolutely no question of that - the tight integration of iTunes and iPod wouldn't be affected if the tracks were bought elsewhere and imported to iTunes, however I suspect tha…

Apple Does Something That Doesn't Grate On Naysayers

In order to sanitize the reviewing process for applications in the App Store, Apple has now made it a requirement to have bought the application to me reviewed before publishing the review.

Common sense really and about the least contoversial thing Apple have done this week. Of course the prospect of having to pay a few quid before slamming a rival app won't deter many unscrupulous developers, but it should get rid of most of the pointless 'this seems like a silly idea' reviews which plague the app store.

iPhone Hardware Review: Griffin Wave Case

The Griffin Wave case is similar in concept to the IceBox Pro from Gear4, however the Wave has all the downsides of the IceBox Pro and then adds a few extra all of it's own.

The Wave comes on three pieces, a front and back shell which snap together to form the case itself and a polycarbonate screen protector which fits between the iPhone's screen and the case, giving a measure of protection. The first problem you will encounter is putting the thing together. It's fiendishly difficult and I recommend that you do it somewhere your iPhone will have a soft landing when if inevitably slips from your hands.

Once it's all assembled you'll then encounter the same interference patterns that effect the IceBox Pro, although made much worse by the ability of the screen protector to move about between phone ANC case. The openings do a poor job of sealing against dust, another black mark and it's clear that of the all-encompassing type of case this one is a poor example.

If y…