In the realm of education, it's always a battle to keep technology up to date and working in perfect condition. In the case of the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) district in Lincoln, Nebraska, the IT team is managing to stay on the cutting edge of technology while maintaining a cross-platform environment. How did they accomplish this? LPS's Internet Services Manager Kirk Langer says that Apple's Xserve was the key.
The Sun's Dominic Mohan really loves his iPod. In a recent article in the UK paper, he gushes about the ease of use of the iPod. In fact, he even poses a question: "Has an iPod obsession ruined your relationship?"
Musician Ben Folds is moving away from the album format that has long been the staple of the recording industry. What will he be doing instead? According to an article in Billboard Magazine, he'll be releasing three five-song EPs this year that will be made available at his live shows, through his Web site, and via the iTunes Music Store. The decision to do this was driven by his contempt for traditional methods of distribution
From now on all purchases made on the iTunes Music Store and other similar services will be tracked on a new Billboard chart. According to a Reuters article, Nielsen Soundscan has added online sales of music to it's "nontraditional" category. This news comes as download services like the iTMS have been picking up steam and finally becoming a larger part of music distribution for the record companies.
The success of Apple's iTunes Music Store is inspiring more and more companies to give online music stores a try, according to an article in today's Mercury News. While prior to the iTMS, record labels and companies interested in online sales were hesitant to pursue a download music service, now things have changed. AOL, Microsoft, Amazon, RealNetworks, and Yahoo are all examining similar services.
Despite the surprising success of the iTunes Music Store for Macintosh, the service's Windows version has challenges to overcome before it is released later this year. One record executive, however, thinks labels would be crazy not to sign deals with Apple.
Roxio -- the company that purchased Napster last year -- yesterday announced that they agreed to acquire Pressplay, the online music service previously operated by Sony and Universal. The US$40 million deal will be combined with the old Napster brand to create a new Roxio-operated online music service that will no doubt compete with Apple's new iTunes Music Store in the Windows market
Yesterday, Apple released an update to it's iTunes music software which introduced a new feature: the sharing of your music library and playlists. While this usually is done via Rendezvous over a local network, it can also be done over IP from anywhere in the world. How can you do this? We've constructed a little tutorial to help you get your music shared easily over IP via iTunes 4
At a special media event today in San Francisco, Apple announced its new online music service, the iTunes Music Store. Backed by all of the major record labels, it brings full integration with the new iTunes 4. Songs cost $0.99 while full albums cost only $10.
Apple today announced its quarterly financial results for the second quarter of the fiscal year, posting a net profit of $14 million. The company recorded some US$1.475 billion, which is down 1% from this time last year. Gross margins were 28.3%, the highest in the industry, and Apple increased its cash on hand to US$4.5 billion, up US$64 million.