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News for Tuesday, 4 March 2008

10 euro reduction in price of the iPod

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 04/03/2008 21:43:45 CET - Category: iPod
Apple has just lowered the price of iPod by 10 euros for all iPod classic and Nanos. The reduction is effective immediately for the Apple Stores and resellers.

FNAC wants the iPhone at all costs

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 04/03/2008 18:54:49 CET - Category: iPhone - Source: Le Figaro
Denis Olivennes, president of FNAC and incidentally of the mission aiming at setting up strict anti-hacking measurements on Internet, considers that the franchise agreement between Apple and Orange is unjust.
The company will have talks to obtain the right to sell the iPhone. In the event of failure, it could take Apple and Orange in front of the courts.
It is only one of many adventures in the relationship with Apple that are always turbulent.

FNAC wants to distribute iPhone

By andrew - 04/03/2008 16:28:02 CET - Category: iPhone - Source: Market Watch
Electronics retail chain FNAC is in discussions to distribute Apple Inc.'s iPhone handset in France, French daily Le Figaro reports Tuesday. The newspaper cites Denis Olivennes, head of the Fnac chain, as saying France Telecom SA's Orange brand's exclusive rights for the iPhone in France are "inadmissible." If the discussions are unsuccessful, FNAC plans to take legal action, the Figaro reports.
Newspaper Web site: www.lefigaro.fr

How Much Money Do You Make when Selling Music on iTunes Store?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 04/03/2008 10:28:10 CET - Category: iPod
Hereafter is an interesting report from Léon:
We probably have already heard all kind of information concerning the amount of money earned by artists when selling their music on the iTunes Store. My label just added my second album to the iTunes Store couple of weeks ago (http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=271184650&s=143442), and we just received the first report. Hereafter are the true figures:
Adding the album to the online store is carried out via a company entitled CDBaby (taking already its margin):
At the end what do we get?
- 0.947USD for a song sold on the French iTS at 0.99€/track
- 0.637USD for a song sold on the US iTS at 0.99USD/track
- 8.94USD for the album sold on the French iTS at 9.90€/album
I could not get the true sale figures for a complete album sold on the US iTS as not a single US customers purchased the entire album, but in summary, the label earns about two third of the revenues. CDBaby is only paying in USD, with a change rate much better than the one used by Apple on the Apple Store. The album is available on all iTS worldwide.
At the end the label is collecting a nice percentage on sales, considering that it does not have to spend any money on producing the CDs. For your information, in the standard distribution channel, Indies sell their CDs to distributors around 6€/CD, but they have to support costs associated with the production of such physical media. Distributors are then selling CDs to shops, both of them taking their margins. (Note: In France, the standard price for a music CD is around 12-15€.)
we will soon publish another report from a reader who has carried out all steps required to add his music to the iTS, and he is rather satisfied by the corresponding revenue too.

iPhone in Switzerland on April 4th?

By linathael. Original by Lionel - 04/03/2008 10:26:37 CET - Category: iPhone
Photo of an ads flyer is making our Swiss friends excited:

It simply announces what Swiss residents have been waiting for a long time already: the iPhone will be available in Switzerland from April 4th exclusively via Swisscom. To celebrate this announcement, the historical Swiss telecom company will also change its logo the same day.
We should not be surprise to see introduction of the iPhone in a larger number of countries, as it is probably the best way for Apple to avoid massive SIM unlocking or development of grey market around the iPhone. In addition, to reach its expected sale figures for this year, Apple has to make its branded mobile phone available in more countries than only four (USA, France, Germany and UK). So, in a near future, we should see the iPhone hitting shelves in Spain, Italy, Austria, and other prominent European countries, while in Asia, Apple will have to wait for a 3G/3G+ enable iPhone model (iPhone 2?).

Dell will also propose portable PC at rock bottom price

By crispin. Original by Lionel - 04/03/2008 09:34:05 CET - Category: Laptop - Source: Digitimes
Asus has provoked an electroshock in the world of the portable PC with its Eee PC, a portable computer fitted with a tiny 7" screen, having as principal advantage its price, less 300 euros. This computer has met enormous success and Asus has already foreseen a 8.9" version.
After this surprise, the competitors have reacted and many Asiatic constructors have announced an equivalent model.
Dell does not want to leave this market to others and so it must also release something as soon as possible.
It must be stated that it is due to Intel that this makes the release of the Eee PC possible. The chip maker did not want to leave this market to VIA and has launched the Silverthorn platform which is marvelous for these products, thanks to the ratio of price/performance/packaging size.
As this idea becomes more general, one can wonder whether Apple will launch out in this new market.
It will be certainly the case that the education market will be tempted by these very cheap PCs.

Update of Aperture 2.0.1

By crispin. Original by MacEnsteph - 04/03/2008 09:06:47 CET - Category: Apple
An Update of Aperture 2 is also available since this night (version 2.0.1, 43,9 MB). As usual this improves the performance and general stability plus some fixes of other minor problems (full description available on the web support page given below).
Aperture 2.0.1 addresses issues related to the performance and overall stability of Aperture 2.It also fixes a number of other minor issues; the Aperture 2.0.1 Update is recommended for all Aperture users.
More information at the following web address: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1083

Update of GarageBand 4.1.2

By crispin. Original by MacEnsteph - 04/03/2008 06:53:15 CET - Category: Apple
An Update of GarageBand is available to download since this night (version 4.1.2, 19,1 MB).
This update improves overall stability and addresses issues with the automation of software instrument parameters, FireWire and USB based audio devices and Magic GarageBand.

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