Apple is on trial this month, having to defend against allegations that it broke antitrust laws and stifled competition in the music players and downloads businesses with its iPod and iTunes practices. The Wall Street Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs on Wednesday told jurors that between 2007 and 2009 Apple regularly deleted music from iPods that stored downloads from other services, without telling users what was going on. More →
Apple in December will have to defend against decade-old iPod antitrust allegations in the third major antitrust case since Steve Jobs died, The New York Times reports, with Apple’s co-founder and iconic leader expected to play a major role in the lawsuit. Interestingly, however, he will be used as a witness against Apple. More →
When you think of Apple in 2014, the first device that comes to mind is probably the iPhone. Few products have had as much of a cultural impact as Apple’s smartphone, but the iPhone is just one branch of Apple’s prolific history. Pop Chart Lab recently released the third edition of its “Insanely Great History of Apple” poster, featuring over 500 Apple releases, from the Dot Matrix Printer to the iPad Air 2. More →
Before actor John “And I’m a PC” Hodgman turned the PC into a laughable dope, before dancing silhouettes convinced you to buy an iPod and before George Orwell’s novel came to life in a 60-second spot during the 1984 Super Bowl, Apple made posters.
The history of Apple’s advertising campaigns is almost as interesting as the history of the products it advertises. On Sunday, The Loop’s Dave Mark stumbled upon an article from 2009 on Web Designer Depot which contains an extensive collection of Apple’s ads, from Apple II posters to commercials for the iPhone 3G.
Some Apple fans were upset by the launch of the Apple Watch last week, as the device’s design wasn’t as stylish as they had hoped it would be. However, it turns out this sort of reaction on the part of the Apple fan base isn’t new because many of them had similar reactions to the first-generation iPod when it was launched all the way back in 2001. More →
Long before the iPhone came along and shifted consumer interest away from dedicated digital music players, there existed a small, chunky Apple device called an “iPod.” The device was best known for its nifty click wheel and the shocking amount of music it could store on its hard disk drive — that’s right, old iPods actually used HDD storage — but the iPod also shipped with a fun little game called “Music Quiz.” Now, fellow dinosaurs can relive the iPod era with a new iPhone app that was just released this past week. More →
iPod sales have been on the decline for a while now and Apple’s long-rumored iWatch might be the gadget that finally kills it. MacRumors directs our attention to a new research note written by Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Christopher Caso, who thinks that Apple is angling to have the iWatch eventually be a complete replacement for the iPod as the go-to gadget for music fans.
PonoMusic’s PonoPlayer is a Neil Young-backed music player that has smashed through its $800,000 Kickstarter funding goal in less than a day – it’s currently at over $1 million in pledges from over 3,300 backers, with 34 days to go until the campaign ends – and seems to be the next iPod killer. According to the team behind it, PonoMusic aims to deliver a better listening experience than regular MP3 players, but the device will also be quite expensive. More →
Apple is about to achieve a huge milestone that is once again indicative of how far the company has come in recent years. As noted by Enders Analysis’ Benedict Evans, cumulative iPhone sales totaled 356 million units as of Apple’s fiscal second quarter, which ended this past March. Meanwhile, lifetime iPod sales totaled 375 million units at the time. Wall Street currently estimates that Apple sold between 26.7 million and 27.9 million iPhones in the June quarter, while iPod sales have been sinking consistently. This will bring lifetime iPhone sales to approximately 383 million units, which should be just good enough to top cumulative iPod sales through the end of the fiscal third quarter. If not, however, the milestone will absolutely be reached in the current quarter. Apple’s first iPod launched in 2001, six years before the original iPhone debuted on AT&T.
Believe it or not, Steve Jobs and Apple (AAPL) weren’t always the schoolyard bullies of patents. In fact, the Cupertino-based company rarely patented any of its technologies prior to the iPhone. But following a $100 million lawsuit from Creative Technology in 2006 targeting its iPod MP3 player, however, Steve Jobs vowed to “patent it all,” according to a report from The New York Times. Jobs and Apple engineers would reportedly hold monthly “invention disclosure sessions,” where the team would describe what projects were being worked on and a lawyer would decide whether or not the projects could be patented. More →
So, new iPods are probably coming soon, and they could be announced at Apple’s (AAPL) September 12th iPhone 5 event next week. What will the new iPod touch and iPod nano look like? MacRumors published images of leaked cases that are purported to be for the new iPod nano and iPod touch. As the images show, the new iPod nano looks to ditch the small clip-on design for a look that more closely resembles the second-generation aluminum iPod nano. Observant readers will notice that the case shows cut-outs for what are presumed to be volume controls and two smaller holes on the bottom for an unknown feature. More →
Although Apple’s (AAPL) September 12th invite graphic suggests the event will be all about the iPhone 5, 9to5Mac reports that new iPods could debut as well. According to the site, Apple might give two of its iPod lineups a refresh — specifically the iPod nano and iPod shuffle. 9to5Mac also speculates that it’s possible a refreshed iPod touch might make an appearance next Wednesday, too. More →
NPD Group on Thursday released the results of its Apple Ecosystem Study, which suggests that almost 25% of U.S. iPad owners are first-time Apple buyers. The firm’s data, as reported by AppleInsider, indicated that 33% of U.S. households own Apple products, with a majority owning an iPod. That number is growing beyond the 37 million American households the Cupertino-based company’s products are already found in, thanks to Apple’s flagship tablet. “iPad sales are growing much faster than any other Apple product has this soon after launch,” said Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD. “In fact, one-in-five Apple owner households has one — nearly equivalent to the number that own an Apple computer. This demonstrates the appeal of both the new form factor and Apple’s app ecosystem.” The study found that six out of ten homes with a Mac also own a Windows PC, and nearly 30% of so-called “Apple enthusiasts” own a smartphone other than the iPhone. The data comes from a survey NPD conducted in February of more than 3,000 consumers. More →