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Apple, the Digital Music Platform Company

As usual, spot-on analysis from daringfireball:

Tim O’Reilly had a great line in his 2002 WWDC keynote address:

Microsoft gets a lot of heat for not leaving enough on the table for others. My mother, who’s English, and quite a character, once said of Bill Gates, “He sounds like someone who would come to your house for dinner and say, ‘Thank you. I think I’ll have all the mashed potatoes.’”

Microsoft has taken nearly all the mashed potatoes on the PC desktop platform. HP is a company with a proud history and thousands of very smart employees. But it’s nearly impossible for them to stand out in the Windows PC market; the commodity nature of Windows has made a no-name Brand X PC nearly equivalent to a PC from HP.

The HP-Apple deal is not exclusive — Apple reserves the right to license the iPod to others. But HP can rest assured that Apple is not going to license the iPod willy-nilly. The iPod will remain a premium brand; ergo HP’s iPod will be clearly superior to no-name music players.

Also, there's already a user site for GarageBand. Now all I need a computer fast enough to run it !


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Jan. 14th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC)
A gripe: iTunes says it self-configures its internet access based on the settings you specify in IE, thus allowing it to operate from behind a firewall. Nice, right? Plug'n'play?

I am here (behind a firewall) to tell you that it doesn't work.
Jan. 14th, 2004 08:20 am (UTC)
Gee, you must be behind a firewall that's blocking port 80 outbound so you have to through a proxy, and perhaps an authenticating one. See this for the sad story. :( Just another reason to leave the Death Star, I guess. (By some miracle I have not worked for a company where I've needed a proxy of any kind since I left Lotus.)

However, I did leave feedback here:

It would be really nice if iTunes (Music Store and CDDB lookup) could work with authenticated http proxies. I know that this is documented in various notes but it would be a boon for Windows users especially, who are more likely (compared to Mac users) to work with such proxies. Thank you.

Who knows, they might even listen.
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:43 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link — I joined AppleGarage as, of course, "sneJ".

I got a copy of GB yesterday and played with it a bit last night. It's pretty nice, but slow, and has some annoying limitations, and is overall a Version 1.0 with promise.

The annoying thing is that I have SoundTrack too, and each app does a number of things the other doesn't, and they won't interoperate. So if I want to do MIDI stuff I have to use GB, and if I want more control over loops or keys I have to use ST. Hopefully this'll be rectified in future versions of both apps.
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'd be concerned about the slowness. Our current plan is to not get a new machine until next year, so I guess anything we buy then should be robust enough. (G5 iMac, anyone ?)

I guess the problem with GB/ST file interchange will get fixed eventually.
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