Contract Length Was Barrier to iTMS Deal, Music Indie Group Says

5:00 PM, Jun. 15th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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The Association of Independent Music (AIM), representing Europe's independent labels, confirmed for late on Tuesday that a disagreement over the length of a contract to sell their artists music was the main reason Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store in Great Britain, France and Germany Tuesday without a majority of music from smaller groups and artists

MacUser UK Exploring Worldwide Digital Edition

5:00 PM, May. 27th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Dennis Publishing, the publishers of MacUser UK magazine, are exploring the possibility of launching a universal, electronic version of their magazine with a focus on overseas markets, sources close to the company have confirmed to The Mac Observer

Apple Execs Cash In Big Stock Profits; Cook $13M, Rubinstein $10.9M

5:00 PM, Apr. 25th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Taking full advantage of Apple Computer's high stock price that recently jumped above US$27 a share for the first time in more than three-and-a-half years, six company executives cashed in stock options and common stock purchasing plans in the last week. The transactions totaled in excess of $46 million, according to calculations by The Mac Observer from ownership statements filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission

Faster, Beefier Components Make New Mac Laptops Standout

5:00 PM, Apr. 18th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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While on the surface Monday's announcements of new, updated Mac laptops might look like just your normal, run-of-the-mill 'speed bumps', a number of hardware refinements together with prices drops are proving that consumers are getting more bang for their buck.

Symantec Confirms Norton Utilities & SystemWorks’ Demise [Updated]

5:00 PM, Apr. 13th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Symantec Corp. has confirmed it has stopped development of Norton Utilities for Macintosh and Norton SystemWorks for Macintosh. A Symantec spokesperson said the decision to stop selling the two products was simply a "strategic decision" and should not be misconstrued as a sign that Symantec isn't committed to the Mac market

Quark Returns To Expo For Boston & San Fran Shows

3:00 PM, Mar. 14th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Desktop publishing company Quark, Inc. will be an exhibitor at this July's Macworld Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass. and at next January's Expo in San Francisco, Calif., The Mac Observer has learned. Quark has been absent as a Mac Expo exhibitor for the last five years

Apple CFO Anderson: Retail Stores "Creating Significant Growth"

3:00 PM, Feb. 25th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple Chief Financial Officer Fred Anderson told a gathering of investment analysts on Monday that Apple Computer's retail stores are creating "significant growth" to the company's bottom line, and that there is optimism profitability will improve through more focused sales techniques

Apple Creates New Online Ordering For Reseller Customers

3:00 PM, Jan. 8th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Apple has announced a new online ordering system for its US resellers that will allow its customers to order products through a special Apple Store and receive commission credit. The new system will take much of the burden off Apple Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Apple Specialists by drop shipping products directly to customers instead of having to facilitate ordering, shipping and handling

New Real Player To Play iTunes Downloads; Set To Cause Controversy

3:00 PM, Jan. 5th, 2004 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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Real Networks will announce Wednesday a new RealPlayer for Windows that will play back music bought through the iTunes Music Store, despite the company not having licensed Apple's FairPlay digital rights management (DRM) technology. The move is expected to be a controversial one that could set the stage for a legal battle over whether Apple wants its users to play its files through another player

Apple Q1 Market Share Falls To 2.1% Worldwide

5:00 PM, Apr. 27th, 2003 · Brad Gibson · TMO Scoop

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As Apple readies to launch its reported new music service along with a new version of the iPod, the Macintosh-maker's worldwide market share continues to drop well below a goal of 10% it set for itself two years ago. Data obtained exclusively by The Mac Observer showed Apple's worldwide market share had fallen 0.3% in the first-quarter of this year to 2.1% from 2.4% in the first-quarter of 2002. As for sales in the US, the news is even worse as the company's market share has fallen below 3%