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What's Next At Apple

CmdrTaco posted more than 9 years ago | from the besides-raking-in-money-hand-over-fist dept.

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pinqkandi writes "Business 2.0 is running a fascinating article on what might be coming up in Apple's future. Besides speculation, some interesting statistics are included, such as how the iPod should create equal revenue to the Mac for Apple in 2006, if not surpassing it. A good read for the Apple lover or loather."

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Apple and Orange (4, Funny)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075232)

Orange Telecom's motto is "The future is bright, the future is Orange" so, who's right ?

Re:Apple and Orange (0, Offtopic)

jon855 (803537) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075238)

Orange is right, look at the sun [wait, don't look]
Ahh... damn it I looked.

Re:Apple and Orange (-1, Offtopic)

Dorothy 86 (677356) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075485)

That's ok, just DON'T LOOK INTO BEAM WITH REMAINING EYE!

(Lameness filter, Lameness filter, Lameness filter)

Re:Apple and Orange (-1, Offtopic)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075547)

Wow! The lameness filter now filters out that lame joke? Sweet!

Re:Apple and Orange (5, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075502)

Fool. Everyone knows you can't compare Orange and Apple.

Re:Apple and Orange (2)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075542)

If a bored NASA engineer can [improbable.com] , why can't I ?

EU? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075234)

Considering Microsoft's current problems with the EU, I would expect Apple to be fully focused on expansion into the massive European market.

Re:EU? (4, Insightful)

buckhead_buddy (186384) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075556)

Once Apple makes a significant marketshare in the European Union, Microsoft won't be a monopoly anymore. A half-hearted effort to expand in Europe will probably do more to help Microsoft than help themselves.

One thing is certain (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075240)

and I don't even have to look at my magic ipod photo to know it:

More lawsuits and everyone critizising Apple for such a lawsuit will be modded into oblivioun on /.

PVR is... (4, Insightful)

stecoop (759508) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075243)

Apple needs to produce a PVR and start an image of being "the" media center. I know I think of graphic artist when someone talks about using an apple. Now with iPod and that little Mini Mac the circle would be complete with a media center Mac. I would think of Mac as being the elite of home entertainment.

Re:PVR is... (2, Interesting)

tuxq (703148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075350)

Actually that's not too bad of an idea.
The Mac Mini would be perfect... They could throw in a beefy 400GB Seagate hard drive... 7200 RPM of course. Maybe 512~1024MB of RAM and it'd be set.

Re:PVR is... (2, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075363)

I'm not sure these hard disc exist in such a form factor... IIRC, the current limit for this model is 100GB. You'd better use an external FW unit.

Re:PVR is... (2, Interesting)

tuxq (703148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075417)

Or better yet over a gigabit network. Before people think I'm exaggarating, think about it. Have a server for storage with 2 or 3 400GB hdd's, all of your movies and music stored on this. Since the Mac Mini's are very cheap, it wouldn't be too hard get a couple. It will be able to record ... encoded on mac, transferred to file server, done. The mac mini (or any pvr) is too small to accomodate multiple large hard drives. Hmm... Anyone wanna start marketing these with me? heh :)

Re:PVR is... (2, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075427)

I am not sure the Mac mini has a Gb network interface either.

Re:PVR is... (2, Interesting)

tuxq (703148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075517)

Maybe, maybe not ... but it would be a special edition of the Mac Mini. Wireless keyboard/mouse/remote built in, special version of OSX, Gigabit, possibly put the OS on a flash drive since it won't be needed for storage? Ahh.. just wishful thinking.

Re:PVR is... (1)

skribble (98873) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075580)

Wireless keyboard/mouse/remote built in

Built-in wireless keyboard and mouse??? kinda defeats the purpose methinks.

Re:PVR is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075571)

No problem. The Via mini-ITX dual CPU Eden board has on-board gigabit ethernet although unforunately just one port. I sure wish it was two. I want one anyway, but if it had two gigabit ethernets it would be even better and 10GBE and PoE whooo that will be the day.
Imagine stacking those together like legos? With 40watts being the limits of PoE you could still stack four of those Eden CPUs and then have an array of power supplies at the base so you could do a matrix of like 8X8 wide by 4X high but each node is a dual CPU. Whoa, 512Ghz CPUs in a footprint barely larger than a beige box of today. Imagine that, we're so freakin' close. And you know with that kind of power you'll be able to emulate everything under the sun.
But back to the Mac idea. The relevant point being that all board level hardware including that of Apple is outsourced to companies in Taiwan and China. So, if minit-ITX has on board gigabit ethernet there's no reason MacMini can't order up a batch as well.

Re:PVR is... (1)

Beale (676138) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075372)

Then they could throw a new app into iLife, and sell something extra to go between TV and Mac... Probably not enough bandwidth to do AirView, alas.

Is piracy a barrier? (4, Insightful)

PornMaster (749461) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075404)

Apple certainly doesn't want to be seen as a bastion of piracy. A DVR which can feed into something like Final Cut Pro would be an amazingly great way to master your own show archives, but I think that Steve doesn't want to draw the ire of the TV networks or the movie studios... especially with the whole Pixar connection.

Re:Is piracy a barrier? (4, Insightful)

CaseyB (1105) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075432)

Apple certainly doesn't want to be seen as a bastion of piracy.

That must be why iPods are never used for playing pirated music.

Re:Is piracy a barrier? (5, Funny)

timster (32400) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075478)

Hey, it says "Don't steal music" right on the plastic wrap.

Re:Is piracy a barrier? (1)

tuxq (703148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075472)

That's true .. maybe they could make a new service ;) iHarrr

It didn't stop them with iTMS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075496)

All they have to do is stick a flimsy five-minute DRM hack on top.

Re:PVR is... (5, Informative)

emmetropia (527623) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075551)

Some folks are already on top of this, using the macmini *as* the pvr. http://www.centerstageproject.com/ [centerstageproject.com]

Duplicate! (5, Funny)

Matt Clare (692178) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075244)

I read this last week!

http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/03/2 4/ 1638226&tid=3

It's true, Slashdot has turned into another Apple rumour site.

Re:Duplicate! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075268)

"It's true, Slashdot has turned into another Apple rumour site."

Oh, oh, please don't tell the Apple lawyers, you know the consequences, don't you?

Re:Duplicate! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075383)

Fuck you, it wasn't about the rumor site. Someone was breaking the law and the site had information on that person. The artifice of "journalistic privilege" doesn't apply; not that there are special rules for journalists. I, as a private citizen, don't have to reveal my sources. Unless, of course, they are breaking the law.

Re:Duplicate! (4, Funny)

justforaday (560408) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075307)

They don't count as a real Apple rumor site until they either receive a C&D or have a lawsuit filed against them...

Re:Duplicate! (5, Insightful)

squiggleslash (241428) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075317)

In fairness, last week you couldn't actually read this (Business 2.0) article (except for the first page.) They've turned off the "subscribers only" thing. There were a number of complaints last time that you couldn't read the article [slashdot.org] .

Re:Duplicate! (2, Funny)

Walkiry (698192) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075378)

That's nothing, I just meta-moderated a couple of comments on a "what's next for apple?" story. For a second here I though slashdot had had broken the time barrier and allowed me to meta-moderate comments that had not been made yet!

Not sure if the "First Post!" guys would appretiate it though...

Re:Duplicate! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075490)

No, when we're an apple rumors site we'll change our name to ThinkSlashdot.

(Which is an amusing name all by itself, considering the powers of our editors.)

Re:Duplicate! (1)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075569)

Yes--and last week it was considered the site for news about google. And before that, it was all about SCO rumors.

Next week, I'm hoping to get slashdot to switch to a new format and start rumors about my ex-girlfriend.

Re:Duplicate! (5, Insightful)

NeedleSurfer (768029) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075587)

I came to realize in life that there aren't any real Apple zealot, there are mostly people constantly feeling the need to defend themselves against anti-mac zealots, people who will say the wrongest of all thing covered in insult and assumption at the very mention of Apple or Mac. The mac basher crowd is so active one can become paranoid and start defending his choice anytime something could be said against the platform because they fear the basher and they love other consummers. Seeing that those consummers might end up with an inferior platform because they believed the anti-mac zealot claim the mac defender roam online publication in search of people like the parent of this post who probably got himself a huge rash when he read the word Apple on Slashdot, another news about Apple?? Insult immediatly followed: "It's true, Slashdot has turned into another Apple rumour site" hopping that by his comment Slashdot editors will cut back on Apple news, in fear of being labeled as Mac lovers, the communist equivalent of the web, Slashdot wouldn't want that he thinks.

Actually my friend just got a Mac, his first, and he actually likes the mac bashers. Thanks to them he is forced to learn about his computer because they constantly want him to look like a sub-tech with his Mac by asking rethorical questions and passing comments like the one in the parent, because he wants to answer those questions, because he wants to know if what they told him is true and he actually has been had and bought the wrong machine. Each and every time he comes back and laugh at all the bullshit he is told and feels good about himself, he finally understands computers...

What's next on /. (5, Funny)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075246)

Lev13than writes "Slashdot [slashdot.org] recently ran a fascinating article [slashdot.org] on what might be coming up in Slashdot's future. Besides speculation, some interesting statistics are included, such as how long it takes a dup to get as many comments as the original post, if not surpassing it. A good read for the /. lover or loather."

Re:What's next on /. (-1, Offtopic)

Black Perl (12686) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075386)

heh... but there are always people who missed the first one. And moderators too, which makes it a good opportunity to copy-and-paste some +5 Funny posts from the previous article. Instant karma boost!

Next for Apple? (5, Funny)

DavidLeblond (267211) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075248)

I imagine they'll just keep doing the same thing over and over again...

Kinda like Slashdot [slashdot.org] .

Re:Next for Apple? (-1)

z-kungfu (255628) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075382)

I agree.. they will innovate and improve... over and over...

Re:Next for Apple? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075389)

What Slashdot editors need is negative feedback. There's no consequences for repeating themselves. If after every dupe, everyone immediately re-re-submitted the story, they'd have an incentive to look back over the last few days before posting.

Made up percentages? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075249)

I'd like to know where they came up with these percentages..

They seem completely overshot. For instance, they have iPhone down as 50%. Personally, I see this more as 5-10%.

Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1, Flamebait)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075252)

5. Increased prices on iTunes
4. Pastel colors to become more washed out
3. Continuing victory of Form Over Function
2. Slavering devotion from fanboys

And number one on "What's next at Apple"

1. Smugness, release 2.0

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1, Troll)

rokzy (687636) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075293)

>3. Continuing victory of Form Over Function

what the fuck are you talking about?

I use Apple because it actually works. the fact Apple has designers who actually have a clue about design is just the icing on the cake.

go back to your troll-hole you ignorant twat.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (2, Funny)

gowen (141411) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075346)

I use Apple because it actually works. the fact Apple has designers who actually have a clue about design is just the icing on the cake.

go back to your troll-hole you ignorant twat.

Oh, My bad.

Clearly "slavering fanboy devotion" should have been #1.

And mind your language, or you'll look like a juvenile little fanboy in the midst of throwing all his toys out of the pram.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075409)

You do realise , when you insult people they tend to swear .
I realise perhaps you were joking , but look at it from an apple Hardware users point of view .
I use apple hardware and im no fanboi(im a unix fan though) , i love the products quality and design . I myself felt a bit offended by what you had to say.
Do you know why , well i have invested a great deal of money into Apple hardware not to mention time in learnings the system , you just basicaly said i had wasted my money and also called me a slavering fanboi (this is perhaps not what was said , but its cleary how i and some others took it).
Perhaps this was not your intention , but you really did come off as a troll

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075468)

You do realise , when you insult people they tend to swear
You should spend more time around Grown-Ups.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075491)

? oh really , well excuse me for not seeing the difrence betweem "slavering fanboi" and "fucking prick" these are just words and used in a way as to hurt someone else or bring them down .Your a poor troll but require an awnser .
A word is just a word ,its the context in which you use it that is the offensive thing , Swearing is far less childish than insulting someone for no good reason as you just did .
Touche i belive
Catmandu

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075585)

What's next at Apple?

Why, the iPunch boxing gloves for fanboys, of course.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075355)

Yes, the Mac plays Half-Life 2 really well. I also like the way that it is a basic UNIX system with a the applications scattered liberally across the root partition in a total mess.

Seriously, the Mac looks quite pretty, but on top of that it's a very expensive broken UNIX system.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075365)

I also like the way that it is a basic UNIX system with a the applications scattered liberally across the root partition in a total mess.
Examples, please, along with examples of the "right" way to do it and your explanation of why the right way is right.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1)

tuxq (703148) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075360)

Whoa that's harsh. Relax--switch to decaf if necessary.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1)

GtKincaid (820642) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075460)

I admit the way he phrased this is a tad Flamebaitesk(new word). However if the parent is -1 flamebait then the grandparent should be -1 troll .

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (3, Funny)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075310)

1. Smugness, release 2.0

Oh, please. Smugness 2.0 was out ages ago. Followed by Smugness X, Smugness '04, and more recently Smugness HD. You really should try to keep up.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1)

DanTMan (837463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075371)

How do I upgrade from Smugness 2.0 to Smugness HD?

Is this the right forum for that?

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075410)

Smugness HD requires a widescreen Macintosh.

Some people...

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075570)

You forgot iSmug.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075421)

Rumor has it, iSmug will be replacing Smugness release 2.0

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (1, Funny)

geoff43230 (829540) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075482)

and, of course :

0. profit!

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1, Redundant)

darkpixel2k (623900) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075593)

Where are my mod points? Hilarious!

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (-1, Flamebait)

bob670 (645306) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075513)

Don't forget....

10. People finally start to admit the Mac mini is over-rated and slow.
9. Tiny blips in marketshare are heralded as a return of Apple dominance
8. Jobs to throw cheap shots at movie studios.
7. More excuses why our hardware is still slower than the cheapest eMachine.
6. Speed bumps and color changes counted as innovation

Mod troll down (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075518)

+5 funny ... Insulting a large number of slashdot readers is really funny now eh.

Re:Top 5 : What's Next At Apple (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075576)

Very droll.

However, your point 3 take issue with do I:

3. Continuing victory of Form Over Function

On the contrary, there is a tremendous depth of functionality that I think we're only scratching the surface of with macs, that isn't even available on PCs.

Example: Applescript and iTunes.

Most OS X apps are to some extent scriptable, with every new release of iTunes its become more and more scriptable. I really do miss not having that degree of control over my music that I have at home. Such as being able to skip the long rambling monologue the 'artist' decided to record at the end of my favourite music track, or being able to tell it to play at a lower volume if I kick the script off after 10pm but before 6am.

I'm on holiday and I've recently had the 'privilege' of using a 'low end' PC (1+ Ghz) with both Linux off a CD (two different flavours of Knoppix), and XP. The winner for speed of browsing was DarnSmallLinux with Firefox...

But neither of them holds a candle to my 1Ghz eMac at home. And the reason isn't how pretty they are, or how fast they are (though OS X beats the undead crap out of both of them on that count), but rather the reason is that OS X provides a system wide scripting language.

Now I don't know if one or two M$ apps have their own scripting languages, I do remember programming the different flavours of VB for Applications (of which VB for Excel was hands down the best until they tried to make VBA more consistent, and hobbled it with a whole bunch of horrible syntax from Access' VBA).

And Linux being Linux, I suspect that each app has not just one, but *ten* different scripting languages! (But wait, there's more! Send no money now and you'll receive a full set of Ubuntu steak knives at no extra cost!) The problem is that they will be a different ten for the next app, and the next app.

Whereas with OS X because its the same scripting language across the apps, you can do a lot of funky things.

Also, although it looks like a 'form' thing, the massive amount of keyboard shortcuts, with an unusually high degree of consistency across all apps... is *actually* a 'function' thing. Why? Because some of those things which are obviously to do with 'form' speed you up... and increases in speed means higher productivity, and productivity is definitely a functionality thing.

I guess there is a high degree of developer B&D required to make it like that across most of the apps. XCode and Interface Builder help a lot though, firstly by providing you with a lot of that up front anyway, and you can enable most of the common stuff simply by control dragging from the menu item to the first responder and viola! just pick the appropriate method from first responder and it does what you'd expect.

You may think I'm a rabid Mac fan, but quite the opposite, I'm a raving Java fan, and for years I've believed that the operating system is (or should be) irrelevant.

Ironically, Java suffers from the same problem that Linux does when it comes to scripting - everybody and their dog have their own different ideas about how this should be done, so you end up with 50 squillion different implementations, most of which are utterly incompatible with each other.

As an aside, DarnSmallLinux was a lot nicer to work with than my previous experiences with Linux, which had all been excruciatingly painful. The thing which I most appreciated was that it 'just worked' out of the box (well, cd in this case). Sure some things didn't work very well (egs apps crashing after coming back from the screen saver kicking in) - so I wouldn't use it as a main system, but over all I was impressed with it (compared to the horrible experiences with RH 7 et al).

As for the Safari vs Firefox debate - I think Safari clearly wins on one point, if no other... that it is scriptable, and that scripting language is the one I can also use to script iTunes.

Editors should be fired (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075253)

fucking dupe [slashdot.org] ... a team of highly untrained chimps could do a better job of identifying dupes.

Thankyou kind monkey (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075283)

Good job Slashdot have already got a team of them out there.

Have a banana.

gameplan (1)

bizmark22 (823743) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075255)

1. come up with product that does something really mundane (like play music!)

2. package in simple white box with smooth edges

3. throw in a couple of glowing buttons (let user pick color!)

4. ???

5. PROFIT!!

do we.. (-1, Flamebait)

myspys (204685) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075266)

.. even have to point out that this is a dupe?

in theory you'd think that the browsers the editors use would mark this url as visited (ie dark green or whatever it is), and they'd notice this

Re:do we.. (-1, Offtopic)

ceeam (39911) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075284)

I'm sure slashdot editors purge their histories and caches after the shift for.. uhm.. security reasons, yeah.

Re:do we.. (-1, Offtopic)

remove office (871398) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075349)

do we even have to point out that this is a dupe?

OH-HO, the irony of a post modded 0, Redundant while complaining about redundancy of stories!

Advertising (5, Insightful)

JackAtCepstral (870238) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075273)

I don't know about other markets, but here in Pittsburgh, I see no Apple TV spots other than for the iPod. I don't get it. They have the greatest consumer-level desktop environment in the world, but they're not pushing it at all. It's as if they're relying solely on word-of-mouth advertising. I really think there needs to be more "power of OS X" type TV commercials to push this kick-ass system.

same in UK (1)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075328)

ipod ads a go-go, i've never yet seen an OSX or apple mac advert at all on the TV, and very very few in print. why is this? are they not able to up production?

Re:same in UK (1)

JackAtCepstral (870238) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075397)

There were OS X commercials here a few years back. Remember the switch [apple.com] campaign? It was a mediocre campaign that recieved lots of parody. Since then... Nothing.

Re:same in UK (1)

sauvaget (791522) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075431)

there certainly were a couple a Mac ads on the TV in germany. and now you also get an ipod-shuffle ad thrown at you every ten minutes.

Re:Advertising (2, Insightful)

zestymonkey (78271) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075446)

I couldn't agree more. I don't know why they push the Mac Mini. They might see great sales if they converted 10% of their iPod advertising into Mac Mini advertising.

come on baby (-1, Offtopic)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075276)

i'm just trying to post before they pull the story back, so that i can score the elusive dissapearing post!

also, i was recently wondering if my chances to get a sucessful submission would be greater if i started submitting dupes.
anyone who managed to post a dupe have any stats of dupes/original stories accepted?

Personally... (4, Insightful)

Tuxedo Jack (648130) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075287)

I wouldn't be surprised at all if they introduced a low-end G5 (as in near Mac Mini) as a grey-box substitute.

A video iPod is completely plausible, especially if they bundle the xVid codec or some licensed variant of VLC with it - anime fanboys with money'll snap them right up to watch fansubs on the go (about 150MB an episode on average - take three or four series - at 26 episodes apiece - with you plus your tunes). The only concern might be battery life, and whether they would use a passive-matrix or active-matrix screen in addition to how the movies would get on there; presumably, iTunes would figure in, which would imply that it would eventually evolve into a video store in addition to a music venue.

This may not concern Apple directly, but especially in regards to yesterday's "World's Smallest Linux Box" story, with a few revisions to iPodLinux, it could be possible to use the iPod as a server (plug the Firewire cable into a Cisco switch; they have Firewire expansion cards). It would be interesting to see if Apple could develop software to turn the iPod into a NAS device as well, but an iPod server would just be a cool toy.

Re:Personally... (1)

RandoX (828285) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075384)

You should check out the Archos gmini 400. I'm listening to mine right now and absolutely love it.

Re:Personally... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075475)

A few things...

The iPod server will never happen because the drives in the iPod aren't meant to run all the time. Also, why would Apple of all people (companies, whatever) bundle the xvid codec or VLC when they already have their own mpeg4 codec and media player?

next up a new iApp (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075302)

Next up iKickass. The program that makes people actually think all the schlock they make with garageband and imovie is worth listening to/watching.

Re:next up a new iApp (1, Funny)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075504)

Nah, the people who have Britney Spears under contract have already patented that.

WiPod (5, Interesting)

bbzzdd (769894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075312)

The Wireless iPod is a certainty. I can't wait. Looks like Apple has filed patents for wireless podjacking support; sharing playlists over WiFi.

Re:WiPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075426)

They've patented sharing playlists over WiFi?! That isn't exactly an invention, and just stops other portable MP3 players implementing and expanding on it.

However, because it's Apple, they should be able to have as many patents as they want. No matter how stupid.

Re:WiPod (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075508)

You might be an Apple fanboi if:

You think patents are good.

You believe DRM is good for you.

You think vendor "lock in" is a good thing.

You devote more time describing the looks of a product then how it actually performs.

You actually Steve Jobs gives a crap about YOU.

Re:WiPod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075533)

Looks like Apple has filed patents for wireless podjacking support; sharing playlists over WiFi.

Oh, please. Suddenly something is novel because it goes over a wireless network instead of a wired network? Roll on wireless one-click shopping, Amazon!

--

No wireless. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

Re:WiPod (1)

bbzzdd (769894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075582)

Picture playing music directly from your WiPod to your receiver via Airport Express. Beats anything we can do currently. Remember home audio remote controls? The iPod becomes the remote.

What's Next At Apple (-1)

DelawareBoy (757170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075314)

Speculation already, huh?? Let the lawsuits begin.

What's Next At Apple (2, Funny)

Winckle (870180) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075316)

A two-button mouse, perhaps?

Would it be all that taxing (-1, Flamebait)

pseudosocrates (601092) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075334)

to alter the ./ code for posting an article, that could do a quick scan of the past 3 weeks' urls in the database, and flag dupes before they arrive?

Re:Would it be all that taxing (-1, Offtopic)

mattyrobinson69 (751521) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075388)

dunno, try [slashcode.com] it

Tightening the DRM noose (5, Interesting)

ajb2718 (842302) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075347)

They will continue to take away rights. iTunes version 4.7.1 only allows streaming to 5 unique users per day, it used to support any 5 simultaniuse users.

Re:Tightening the DRM noose (2, Insightful)

defy god (822637) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075503)

with people attacking their DRM constantly (psymusique, hymm, etc), they have no choice but to tighten it more and more. yes, they could "loosen" their control, but i honestly believe they were able to find harmony between DRM and users rights with what they have in iTunes.

the real way to stick it to them if you don't agree with DRM is not to use/buy their product. no one's forcing people to buy from iTunes or to even buy an iPod. yet, people bitch and moan about Apple's DRM. the mainstream music industry will never let go of their control. at the same time, many users will not buy DRM. what's the solution? honestly, i think it means the music industry loses out on sales and the users lose out on content.

Same as "Re-Imagining Apple" Posted by Zonk on 24/ (-1, Flamebait)

phooka.de (302970) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075351)

There was an article about this mentioned earlier on slashdot [slashdot.org] .

So this is worse than yesterday's news. What new insights should this discussion bring according to CmdrTaco [cmdrtaco.net] ?

Why vPod won't succeed (5, Insightful)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075368)

As appealing as a proposed video iPod might be, I doubt it would sell in large numbers. The difference between music and video is that music can be a background activity. One can work, read /., jog, talk with friends, drive a car, etc. whilst music is playing. In contrast, video requires too much visual engagement -- some super-multitaskers might disagree, but even that small group is unlikely to watch video as much as they might listen to music.

Whereas large numbers of people can imagine themselves using an iPod everyday and at many times of day, much fewer people can see themselves using a vPod and for much fewer hours per day.

Java 1.5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075376)

I wonder if they'll release Java 1.5 as Sun releases Java 1.6 to the rest of the world.

On the other hand, they might make a really cool movie ipod!

It's a dup but... (4, Informative)

digithead (132919) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075385)

...at least this time you can read the full article w/o being a subscriber. If you're into RTFA that is.

Games? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075405)

Knowing Apple suing left and right for speculations, I must post anonymously.

Hopefully and probably, I am not the only person contacted by Apple's HR for job "feeler" ("Do you want to work for Apple?").

Because I only post my resume's on Gamasutra, I'm speculating that Apple is beginning to search for programmers and developers specific to games.

Could Apple be jumping onto the bandwagon towards game softwares?

As paraphrased from my post in the last thread... (4, Funny)

Stick_Fig (740331) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075433)

To paraphrase a wise man, myself, who paraphrased a wise man, Steve Jobs [slashdot.org] , Why is it that the people who keep posting repeats at Slashdot just don't get it?

Why Apple users are so loyal... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12075447)

From the article:
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who remains a Jobs confidant and sounding board, believes that the only reason Apple hasn't done video is "they haven't found the right product yet -- and Jobs isn't willing to make a mediocre product."

apple and sony (1)

frankmu (68782) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075501)

i'd like to see iTune support for the PSP, maybe add video download to it.

What's Next at Slashdot! (-1, Offtopic)

palndron (37455) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075554)

Find out what will be on slashdot next week!
Just read today's articles.

What apple should do next... (4, Insightful)

jonwil (467024) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075561)

is to offer the iTunes Music Store in Australia (and other countries where its not offered).
Not having the ITMS in australia is almost certainly hurting iPod sales since people are more inclined to buy an MP3 player that works with the australian music services (which as far as I am aware all use Windows Media DRM) instead of an iPod which doesnt play any music you can legally buy from an online music store in australia.
If they can offer the ITMS to the US, the UK and all the other countries where it is offered, what is so !@#$#@!@# hard about offering it to us aussies?

Next... (2, Funny)

krunchyfrog (786414) | more than 9 years ago | (#12075578)

and iEye?
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