Archive for March 12th, 2006

French look to open iTunes to other music players

France is pushing through a law that would force Apple Computer to open its iTunes online music store and enable consumers to download songs onto devices other than the computer maker’s popular iPod player.

I liked these news. Now Apple will get a bit of the crazy European taste that Microsoft is getting from EU for its Media Player. They’re crazy, crazy I tell you! Run!

Box Office gains low, I hear?

For the past 1-2 years the major studios are bitching that the Box Office financial gains are very low, because people don’t go to the cinemas as much as they used to, they claim. They also claim that piracy has taken a toll on their business.

Honestly, that’s all bull. How do you expect me to go to the theater when their Top 10 movies this week (10 March 2006 results) has only a single “ok” movie among them?? Except the family movie “Eight Below”, the rest nine movies are CRAP (and that includes “Ultraviolet” for which I had better expectations from its director — readers of this blog have already read about my “Ultraviolet” expectations for months now).

If you sum up all the IMDb rating numbers of the top-10 movies currently on the Box Office, you will get the LOWEST overall rating number, EVER. While IMDb is not the most accurate way to evaluate a movie, its reader ratings are pretty damn close. The bulk of the current Top10 movies are not even worth the time and bandwidth to… pirate on. Let alone getting all dressed up, getting to the car, spending gas to drive 8+8km away in San Mateo, fighting for a parking spot, waiting in a long line for a ticket and finally sacrificing a goat to find a good seat.

If the studios want us, consumers, to visit theaters more, then they should stop releasing absolute crap.

Apple to complete Intel transition by August

“Citi expects Apple to complete its transition to Intel-based microprocessors in August with the introduction of a new, dual-core PowerMac, with Intel-based iBooks coming as early as April. The brokerage also expects Apple to release a new video iPod in April.”

This is correct. The x86 platform is a well-understood platform with many ready-made solutions so creating new PCs and testing them is a matter of a single month while it can be as long as 6 months when creating an equivelant PPC machine because Apple had to invent new things on their own each time.

On other news, I finally found the time to rip my favorite songs out of our 400 CDs we own (128kbps mp3 VBR). I still have 1.2 GB free space left on my 4 GB first-generation iPod Mini. I guess you can say that I am “difficult” with art… 😉

Update: Oh, my God, I got to blog about this! Good friend Thom (and I hope he stays so after this blog post 😉 has never heard of the The Scorpions! I am sure he has heard some of their songs though, he just doesn’t know it. Either that, or he is too young for me to hang out with. 😉