EMI Removes DRM

If this story had been released yesterday I would have thought it was an April Fools joke.

Today, Apple and EMI announced higher quality, DRM FREE music available for download from iTunes. (DRM music will still be available from EMI, but only in lower quality formats)

This has got to be the biggest step towards a better managed digital music era than any other to date, I can picture Tom, Molly and Veronica jumping for joy, mores the pity South Africa still can’t use the iTunes store.

Conspiracy Theory

I recently upgraded my blog, and started using WordPress for the new one. So to keep some sort of continuity between the old and new I reposted my initial views on the iPhone.

Here is where the conspiracy comes in: In the post I included a copy of the actual iPhone, but in Internet Explorer 7, the image never really fully loads. Now is it Microsoft not wanting the iPhone defiling it’s browser, or is it Apple preventing the iPhone from being displayed in an inferior browser?

What The? 

Firefox displays the image fine

New Apple iPhone

Introducing the iPhone (this one from Apple), After the release of Linksys iPhone I was sure that Apple was either; not going to release a phone for sometime to come or not going to name it the iPhone.

Turns out I was wrong on both accounts. Yesterday at Macworld Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced to the world the Apple iPhone.

iphoneac5.jpgNow I must be a little jaded, but I was expecting something better, well maybe not better, but definitely something more. This wonder of technology has touch screen, Internet and email, WiFi, Bluetooth, Quad band, 2 mega pixel camera, and either 4 or 8 GB of storage. So why am I not impressed?

The phone is not 3G enabled, so all my email and Internet is routed through EDGE, Apple touts it’s built in Safari browser as a “the most advanced web browser ever on a portable device” But Opera and IE are available (and have been available for a few years already) on mobile devices, both offering similar features. I’m glad it has quad band, but for a phone only being released in July of 2007 I would expect a little more than just 2 mega pixels in a camera.

I would have also thought that with increases in flash memory space, that offering fixed memory would be a limiting factor. Looking at this phone, except for the touch screen and WiFi my Nokia matches (I have a MMC slot, so I can set my memory size to the size I need), and if I get the Sony Ericsson P990i then I have the iPhone without an apple logo, actually both my phone and the Sony Ericsson are 3G capable.

These are valid points, I have passed over my pet peeves with the device, like the gloss look (a look that showed scratches so well with the black iPod Nano’s), and the size. I am sure that many people will disagree with me on this, but looking at the iPhone, I think there are better, smaller and sleeker mobile devices out there.

Apple wants to reinvent the phone, I think they missed that boat by a few years.

Your iPod could cause hearing loss! {RANT}

I have just finished reading an article on CNET’s website about a person who is suing Apple for making a “defective product”, the person says the Apple iPod is defective because it can cause hearing loss if you play songs too loudly with the headphones in your ears…

I think many things when I read news articles, but when I read articles that revolve around suing a company for some strange reason, I think three things:
Firstly I think, “Only in America”; this is a generalization, but I think it anyway.
Secondly I think, “This is damn stupid”; I think I should sue JVC for allowing me to install a sound system in my car that can literally blow eardrums, because they didn’t warn me properly before hand.
Finally I kick myself and wonder why I never thought of doing it first.

Well the last thought is just me being greedy, but the rest makes some sense. Why do the American courts allow these cases? Is the general public so lacking in common sense that a supplier needs to label each and every single thing that you could possibly do with the product (including, “Do not place up backside, it may cause injury”) just so that some average Joe does not sue them for not warning them in advance.

This is something I will never understand, but I guess more and more people are finding it easier to blame someone else, especially big companies, for their [people, not companies] own errors in judgement. – No that is a little to lenient, blaming some else for their own STUPIDITY!

I wonder if how far this iPod case will go, and I especially wonder if Apple is going to pay this off out of court to save them some hassles.

Future iPod warning: “May cause hearing loss…” – what I would like to add – “…if used by idiots!”

{END RANT}