Do you have an iPod? Have you used the iTunes Music Store? The songs from iTMS have a digital rights management system (DRM) that lets you own and play the music with restrictions. Most of us don’t worry about Apple’s DRM because it works well.
Others sit up nights trying to figure out ways to crack Apple’s DRM scheme. “DVD Jon” has done just that. MacDailyNews reports on an application Jon built that lets you bypass iTunes, connect to iTMS, download music without DRM. Click Here for the details.
This is not for the faint of heart. It’s probably illegal, too. I just wanted to show you what some people can do when they stay up too late at night and The Daily Show is all re-runs.
Did you buy any Apple stock? If you bought a few years ago when AAPL was struggling in the mid teens (assuming you bought and held on) you’re a happy camper.
Morgan Stanley is the fourth analyst this week to raise estimates for Apple’s stock. They set a $60 price target for AAPL based on the so-called iPod “halo” effect. They expect an increase in sales double what other project.
I’m always a little concerned when all the major “analysts” start saying good things; particularly after the stock has performed extroidinarily well over a few years.
Goldman Sachs says Apple will sell double the iPod shuffles of their original estimate this quarter. It’s scary.
Do you play games on your Mac or PC? Do violent video games teach America’s teenagers to kill? What about the Bible? Does that teach people to kill?
Charles Cooper at c|net news makes an interesting argument.
In the early 30s (not that I remember that far back; I study history) educators and religious groups pushed the government to regulate the film industry. Why? To protect teenagers from damage by being exposed to “harmful” content.
One man’s entertainment is another man’s harmful content is another man’s military training film. CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a piece about how “Grand Theft Auto” (the video game) is responsible for the murder of three police officers.
Mac users are more peaceful, right? Right?
Are you using the Internet less but enjoying it more? The latest Nielsen/NetRatings are out. Basically, US Internet usage is down about 2-percent, now less than 14 hours a week.
Hong Kong is up 25-percent at nearly 22 hours a month. I bought a book to learn Chinese. You never know when we’ll need to switch sides.
What do you think of the online music subscription services? What? You don’t know what they are? You’re in good company as most Mac users and most iTunes users and most iPod users don’t know about it either.
Can you say, “Napster?” The once illegal now irreverent Napster has a subscription service. Pay $15 a month and you can download all the music you want.
Stop paying, and all the songs disappear. Oh, Napster-To-Go, as the service is called, doesn’t play on iPods or Macs.
Click Here for Walt Mossberg’s take on the alternatives to iTunes.
Apple is rapidly approaching monopoly status on portable hard drive music players with the iPod. Same thing with iTunes Music Store. I’m betting Apple will have a subscription music feature before the end of the year.
Had your fill of Tera for the week? I’m off for awhile. Keep those cards and letters coming.