Apple Pushing for iTunes Subscription Service

According to the New York Post, Apple is gearing up to start a subscription-based music service which would run users $10-15 per month – an alternative to the current $.99 per song option. With a subscription service, users would only get to keep the content for as long as they pay the monthly fee, so it’s definitely not for everyone.

One source said the service could have tiered pricing ranging from $10 to $15, although there are issues to be ironed out, including how much music would be included in each tier and how long consumers would be able to access that content.

There have also been rumors that Microsoft will integrate Spotify, a European-only (at the moment) streaming-music service that has been a huge success, into Windows Phone 7. Spotify has been trying to get US approval for months, but is being held up by record labels who don’t agree with the terms. Apparently, Apple has also been leveraging it’s weight with the music industry to block Spotify in the states. If Spotify is successfully barred from the US, it would give iTunes a leading edge in the streaming media space.

This would coincide with the reports of Apple building a datacenter in North Carolina, and considering that Apple has already moved from local to streaming video content, a cloud-based iTunes service is very likely.

[New York Post]

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Redsn0w 9.6b1 Released

The Dev-Team has updated redsn0w to 9.6b1, with both a Windows and OS X client.

We’ve released a beta version of redsn0w for the iPhone3G and iPod Touch 2G at FW 4.1 or 4.0.  It uses the same pwnage2 DFU-mode exploit that we’ve been using since the 2.x days.  It does not include the SHAtter exploit developed by pod2g.  Nothing new is revealed to Apple with this jailbreak.

If you use the ultrasn0w unlock, please wait for pwnagetool to support 4.1.  Do not use redsn0w. That’s because to use redsn0w at 4.1, you need to already have updated to official 4.1 from Apple.  If you do that, you lose the ultrasn0w unlock (possibly forever).

Note: if you have an “MC” model of the ipt2g, your 4.1 jailbreak will be tethered…sorry!  (Consider rolling back to a FW supported by or

If you have any questions or problems, check out MuscleNerd’s Twitter feed (but please, don’t spam him), or read through the thread comments.

[Dev-Team Blog]

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Microsoft and Adobe Tag-Teaming Against Apple?

The New York Times is reporting that the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, and the CEO of Adobe, Shantanu Narayen, met up for a secret meeting discussing tactics to take down Apple as the leader in the mobile phone market.

The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, covered a number of topics, but one of the main thrusts of the discussion was Apple and its control of the mobile phone market and how the two companies could team up in the battle against Apple. A possible acquisition of Adobe by Microsoft were among the options.

The source claims that Microsoft is looking to acquire Adobe, but considering how Apple just flat-out doesn’t want Flash on iOS (in its current buggy state, at least), I fail to see how this plan would significantly effect Apple. Even if the partnership would allow Windows Phone 7 to have baked-in Flash goodness, it would do little to entice users to switch to the platform – considering the rise in HTML5 webapps and video.

The fact that the two tech giants met up shows that they are very worried about Apple’s current power-position, and are willing to do something radical to stop them. What does this mean for end users? That both sides will be creating better, more advanced, and innovative products in attempt to best each other. A win-win situation.

[The New York Times]

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Greenpois0n Release Date Set: Sunday

Huzzah! The team behind greenpois0n has just set a pretty firm release date for the long awaited jailbreak.

@p0sixninja Things have progressed to the point where we don’t expect anymore roadblocks. ETA for greenpois0n is 10/10/10 at 10:10:10AM


Please note that an ETA is, by definition, an estimate. There may still be delays, although we will try for there not to be any.

Most excellent. Thats 10:10 AM GMT, 6:10 EST, 5:10 CDT, and 3:10 PDT. Wolfram Alpha can convert it easily if you’re wondering when it will be in your time zone.

The SHAtter exploit used in this jailbreak will most likely “pwn4life” all current 4th-gen iDevices (plus the iPad), meaning that no future software update will be able to patch the hole. It’s unknown whether it will be tethered/untethered (it’s a surprise, which is probably a good thing), but as soon as the details are made public, I’ll update this post.

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Update: WSJ on the Verizon iPhone

Just a quick update to quell the naysayers: The Wall Street Journal, who published the report of Verizon selling the iPhone in 2011 yesterday, has changed the wording on the opening paragraph of the article. Previously, it was a bit vauge, only saying that the CDMA phone would “allow” Verizon to sell the smartphone. The revised phrasing removes any doubt over what the report is implying, and makes it quite clear that the WSJ believes that Verizon will get the iPhone.

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

There you have it.

[Wall Street Journal]

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Apple to Start Blogging?

According to Gawker, Apple held a not-so-secretive meeting with TechCrunch writer Greg Kumparak, and handed him a coveted job offer packet. This could mean that Apple wants to start up a blog of their own to get in touch with users. Don’t get too excited though, an Apple blog would probably be centered around products, not Steve’s love life.

I’m at a restaurant/brewery called BJ’s in Cupertino, which is pretty much right outside Apple HQ’s front door. About one hour ago, three Apple employees came in. You can always tell because of the badges they wear on those extending cable things… What was weird was who joined them: Greg Kumparak, who writes for TechCrunch. Recognized him from his videos.

I could not hear what was going on, but about 10 minutes into the meal one of the Apple employees handed him a folder with an Apple logo on it. From what i’ve seen before, I’m almost certain this was an offer packet. They spent about 30 minutes talking about it. I could be wrong, but it really looked like Apple was trying to court him for a job.

Twitter, Facebook, and blogs are used by many companies to spread news about products, and seem more “likable” (though sometimes unsuccessfully), but Apple doesn’t really have a problem in the public relations department; they are one of the most-loved companies in the world. So what would they use it for? Well, I can’t imagine Apple posting about upcoming product releases, they are much too secretive for that. It would most likely be used to pump out information about featured applications on the App Store, enhancements to desktop software, or minor hardware updates to their product line. Commenting on speculation is also not Apple’s style, so there’s little chance that an official Apple blog would be used to squelch rumors on future product releases.

An official Apple blog could be a nice addition to the internet, and may be a great way for Apple to become more personal and get in contact with users through more than just 3-word emails.


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The Mobile Patent War

There are approximately one zillion lawsuits going on between cell phone manufacturers at the moment, mostly in attempt to cause the opposing party grief and exploit the system for a few million dollars. Today, Motorola filed a massive lawsuit against Apple, “alleging that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iTouch and certain Mac computers infringe Motorola patents“. They claim that Apple is infringing on their 3G, 802.11 and antenna design, (they might want to think about that one…) and key smartphone technologies – including wireless email, proximity sensing, software application management, location-based services and multi-device synchronization.

Motorola is asking the ITC to do the following:

Issue an Exclusion Order barring Apple’s importation of infringing products, prohibiting further sales of infringing products that have already been imported, and halting the marketing, advertising, demonstration and warehousing of inventory for distribution and use of such imported products in the United States”

This is unlikely to happen, and Apple will probably just countersue with a complaint of their own. These lawsuits will continue on for the next few years until they find something else to fight about.

The software patent system is completely botched, and lawsuits like this do absolutely nothing to advance technology. It’s just a cat-and-mouse game between the companies, each trying to cripple the other for personal gain.

Funnily enough, Nokia is suing just about everyone, probably as a hail mary attempt to save the Finnish economy.

[Ars Technica]

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Wall Street Journal: VZW iPhone in 2011

Okay. I know this is getting old, but we now have some fairly solid proof that the iPhone is, in fact, coming to Verizon. Soon.

Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.

The report says that the Verizon iPhone will be similar in design to the current iPhone 4 on AT&T, but Apple is also developing a fifth generation iPhone with a new form factor. It is unknown if this would be a replacement model, or if it would complement the current hardware. This could be Apple’s way to compete with the varying models of Android phones currently on the market.

There is no mention of whether or not the iPhone will support LTE, Verizon’s 4G network, but it would be a smart move by Apple to adopt this new technology before it’s too late.

[Wall Street Journal]

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Apple Launches New Ad Focusing on the Retina (Display)

Today, Apple released a new commercial highlighting what might just be the best feature of the iPhone 4: the Retina Display. The advertisement shows off various reasons why you don’t need to ever see a single pixel again. The catchphrase is definitely every, and the narrator details just what you need to see in 960×640 goodness.

This is the highest resolution phone screen ever. So, every freckle, every wrinkle, every letter, every word, every tweet, tune, battle, and memory looks more beautiful than ever before.

So, effective ad? I’d personally say yes, as the Retina Display is one of the iPhone 4′s biggest selling points to geeks, but the normal, everyday consumer may not know what a 960×640 display all crammed into 3.5 inches will do for their everyday tasks. This is also the first new commercial launch since the iPhone 4′s release date, meaning that Apple may be gearing up for a Holiday Season blitz to push the phone into as many people’s hands, especially in the face of rising competition from many sides, even on their traditionally-safe U.S. partner, AT&T.

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Google Goggles Now in App Store, But Only for Certain Devices

Google Goggles is now available for download in the iTunes App Store, but you have to have the right device. The only two devices with hardware good enough to be accepted by Google are the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Why not iPod touch 4, iPhone 3G, and below you ask? Simple; the app requires an auto-focus camera.

Google Goggles is one of those features Android, Google’s very own smartphone OS, (previously) could claim exclusivity to. The app takes a photo of an object, and scans a vast internet database to find images that are similar. It then figures out what those images are labeled as, and then gives you as much relevant information as it can. For example, a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France would be examined, searched, and then you would get background information, such as history, statistics and facts, and location.

All things considered, this is a very interesting move by Google, as the search juggernaut has advertised this app and its capabilities as being specific to Android in the past. If you are curious on how Google Goggles works, hit up this link to see a demonstration on various objects, landmarks, and products.

Google Goggles is available in the iTunes App Store for free, and is compatible with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4.

Edit: To clear up some confusion, Google Goggles is available as an update to the Google Mobile app (link below). If you already have it, update the app via the App Store. If you don’t, download it via the link below.

[App Store]

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