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News for Saturday, 25 June 2005

Harmony Central : New Ownership

By linathael. Original by Neekau - 25/06/2005 12:12:15 CEST - Category: Sound
The audio business is getting quite active recently. After the the recent take over of the 2 largest audio console and mixing technology manufacturers (SSL by Peter Gabriel and David Engelke, and AMS Neve by SAE), Harmony-Central, one of the most important and active audio/music information website, has announced that it has been acquired by Musician's Friend, the largest online and catalog music gear retailer.
Harmony central creators are ensuring that the website will remain independent and operate as a "publisher and forum, providing the news, reviews, tech tips, resources, and musician-to-musician sharing of information".
We hope that it will turn to be true otherwise one of the most popular music site on the web could simply become a large online catalog. That will be a shame.

Apple to unveil the iPhone next Tuesday?!

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 25/06/2005 11:39:07 CEST - Category: Apple
Le Figaro (one of the most respected French newspaper), announces, without any doubt, that Apple and Motorola will unveil next Tuesday the results of their collaboration, the iPhone.
It will be white, and its shape will be similar to the E398 model.

The E398 is already able to play MP3 files and is featuring 2 stereo speakers. It is also equipped to receive Transflash memory card. The iPhone will be shipped together with a 512MB Transflash card (one can find 256MB Transflash card for 50€)
In 2006, Motorola is planning to propose a iPhone model sporting a 1GB 1"HD.
The story is to be continued on Tuesday :)
[update] It is possible to buy (in Europe) a network-free Motorola E398 phone for around 200€ (but its Transflash card has only 64MB)
Knowing that this price is originating from "brokers", and that Apple/Motorola will propose the iPhone with a 512MB Transflash card and at least a headphone, the iPhone price should be around 350 to 450 €.

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