Apple TV or Mac Mini

January 22, 2007

(Brady Forrest, O’Reilly radar) “Last week Apple didn’t just release the iPhone. They also released Apple TV, a single use appliance that allows you to play music, watch movies and view your pictures from your home PCs or Macs. When I saw it my first thought was how this would stack up compared to the Mac Mini as a multimedia device. Both are small, both have iTunes — what are the exact trade-offs? Luckily, the Apple Blog has written up a great side-by-side comparison of the Mac Mini and the Apple TV…”

O’Reilly Radar > Apple Tv or Mac Mini


Flash Based Zune for Xmas This Year

January 22, 2007

(Ryan Block, engadget) “It looks like the same discussion with Chris Stephenson that yielded that 2007 European Zune launch figure also gave up a few more details about the Zune line: apparently we can expect a flash-based Zune for the holiday season later this year (damn they’re taking their dear sweet time on that) and apparently Stephenson also hinted at “a truly WiFi-enabled device” at some point in the future, according to Digital Music News…”

Flash-based Zune due in Q407, better WiFi soon – Engadget

NBC Choking? Are you sure?

January 18, 2007

(Michael Arrington, TechCrunch) “I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the signals NBC is giving to the market around their IPTV and social networking plans. Most of the other players have fallen into place – Fox with MySpace, CBS is in bed with YouTube, Viacom looks to be partnering with Tagworld, etc. Everyone except NBC is at least experimenting with online TV in other ways, too.

NBC seems to be choking, frozen like a deer in headlights. They were close to acquiring Tribe but backed out. A VP wrote a blog post about their strategy, admitting they were late to the game, and then deleted it. I imagine execs at NBC meeting regularly and screaming a lot for someone to just figure this out and do something…”

The Entrenched Player Dilemma/Opportunity

What Will Jobs be Bringing to MacWorld?

January 5, 2007

(Scott Ferguson, “…Industry watchers say the annual event may bring word of an improved, full-screen iPod and an Apple cell phone compatible with iTunes.

Each year, in the weeks leading to Apple Computer’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco, the rumors and speculation begin circulating about what CEO Steve Jobs and his team will unveil during the major keynote address.This year is no exception…”

Analysts: Expect iTV, Leopard News at Macworld

XM Now Providing Infotainment…

January 5, 2007

(Darren Murph, engadget) “Although XM’s supererogatory features that compliment the actual music transmissions have been available for awhile, the company is apparently going all out to demonstrate its latest inclusions at CES…”

XM vehicle to showcase real-time “infotainment” – Engadget

No Apple iTV at MacWorld?

January 3, 2007

(Ryan Block, engadget) “Take it for what you will, but the latest AppleInsider rumor to chew on is that at MacWorld next week Stevie J will not be officially introducing the iTV…”

Apple iTV rumored to be passed over at MacWorld – Engadget

All the Mobile Video You Can Handle

January 3, 2007

(Josh Goldman, CrunchGear) “In case you’re really, really hungry for video content on your mobile device, maybe you should check out I say maybe because while the site claims 10,000 channels in its lineup, much of the content is of questionable quality. But you can judge for yourself and view the content online without even signing up for an account…”

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