Tuesday, February 9, 2010

“We were smoked”

That’s Microsoft’s Jim Allchin back in 2003. Good story here on CNET about how El Jobso just took Redmond to the cleaners when he unveiled iTunes.  Money quote from Beastmaster Bill:

“We need some plan to prove that even though Jobs has us a bit flat-footed again, we move quick, and both match and do stuff better.”

Well, that “better” part is debatable.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Preview iPhone apps in your browser

Just like you can do with iTunes songs, you can now preview iPhone apps in your browser. You’ll now get a preview page as well as seeing the app in iTunes.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

iTunes sales generate $3 million for Haitian relief

The songs from the “Hope For Haiti Now” special have generated $3 million from the various digital formats. If you haven’t checked out the album on iTunes, here it is. (Link opens iTunes.)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Haiti benefit tracks up on iTunes

Click here, and buy a bunch of ’em. (Click image to enlarge.)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Who sells out

Oops, they sorta already used that title.  The Who, those geriatric rockers from the 60’s, will be performing at halftime of next month’s Super Bowl in Miami. The Who is really no more- that band consisted of Townshend, Daltry, Moon and Entwistle.  However, the last two are long since passed on, leaving Pete and Roger to carry on, flogging the hits while resisting any impulses to create something new.  Bloody right, as Sir Richard Branson would say.

So in taking a spin through iTunes last night, (new Taylor Swift OMG u guyz) I noticed not one but two new Who releases; Tuesday’s “Greatest Hits Live,” and “Greatest Hits” from last month.  I guess buy that one if you don’t like ’em live.  I can’t imagine any Who fan that doesn’t already have a zillion copies of these songs, either legitimately released or through <ahem> underground channels.

But, let’s face it, the geezers have every right to cash in on their upcoming ten or twelve minute mini-show in Miami. And once again, the credit goes to El Jobso for inventing iTunes in the first place, so we can give him the money for these songs. Again and again and again.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cloud storage may be behind Apple pickup of Lala

Apple may be looking to include a cloud-storage component into a future version of iTunes.  I know personally speaking, I would love to see cloud storage as a backup.  I have one of these little Seagate portable drives, it can hold like the state of Vermont in there, and every month I backup my entire iTunes library. I think it’d be cool that when you buy a song on iTunes, you get the download zapped down to you as always, but a copy goes to your own personal iCloud.  The “iCloud.” Maybe I should trademark that. Edit: too late.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

She’s baaaack

Sade puts out albums like once every decade or so, but whatever. Album due February 9th in the USA, and iTunes has the title song out now. I was saving a $25 iTunes card, but had to redeem that sucker.  Once again, Dear Leader’s brilliance has allowed me to download a song and hear it now, instead of having to schlep to the mall.  Namaste.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

And Bimbo is my name-o

I guess iTunes will let just about anyone get an album on there.  Case in point; look what who released an album this week.  The silicone-enhanced creature known as Heidi Montag. If you dare, click here to go to iTunes. Here’s the best review ever.  “This album made my cat explode. After 10 seconds of the first song.  My cat freaked out from the noise and started running around in circles and then exploded into a million pieces right before my eyes.  DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU. Heidi owes me a new cat.”  The name of this dreck CD is “Superficial.”  All you need to know.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wilcox’s rage against the machine

Intrepid reporter Joe Wilcox is mad. He’s upset that iTunes, one of Dear Leader’s Greatest Creations, is unfair. Something about unfair pricing, mwah, mwah, mwah. How do we know he’s mad? He leads off with this preposterous claim:

“Apple has a reputation for charging more for most everything, while often delivering less than competitors.”

Delivering…less? The iMac? The iPhone? The iPod? The new and dazzling iSlate? Have you heard of them? You’re right, Joe.  More:

“I regularly buy songs from iTunes store, but typically find better prices — and more aggressive daily deals — from AmazonMP3.”

You know, Joe- no one makes you visit iTunes.  Just a heads-up.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Not on my hard drive, Bob

I  realize that El Jobso worships Bob Dylan.  Or is it John Lennon?  But if you look on iTunes here, you’ll see that you can download a free Bob Dylan Christmas song. There’s a reason it’s free.  It’s dreadful.dj.ujofkbbo.170x170-75