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May 30, 2007

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ashkan karbasfrooshan

That's awfully kind of you Don. Thanks for the kind words.

Technically, Apple can't get into the music biz anyway, by way of the 1991 agreement between the two firms, but since a new agreement cancelled that one in 1997, I don't see why - if Apple Inc. wanted to badly enough - try to get a new agreement giving them wiggle space in music content (they are after all indirectly/directly in music now by way of iPods/iTunes).

Like you say this is more about financial engineering. I don't for a second see Steve Jobs courting Britney Spears etc.

Bono? That's another question...

Marc Cohen

I think the notion of Apple - or another technology company (MS?)- buying a label is interesting. Companies like Apple are becoming to music like CBS or NBC are to television shows. CBS and NBC own the content.

Also, I think your financial analysis is a bit off. Buying WMG might bring $500 million in revenue to Apple, but not $500 million in profit. The new revenue brings cost with it.

Check out the Ad-Supported Music Central blog: http://ad-supported-music.blogspot.com/

kayvaan

still no way to export contacts AFAICT. if there is, someone let me know. to me, inability to export data is a hallmark of overly aggressive data policies. the product should be good enough to keep people using it without these types of "lock-in" tactics (not that it's not common).

the interface is nice and great to see the ability to work offline.

this is basically an updated Outlook Express, isn't it?

kayvaan

oops - last comment was meant for the Windows Live updates post

ashkan karbasfrooshan

Thanks Marc, just to clarify, as I did to your comment on my blog, re:

"Also, I think your financial analysis is a bit off. Buying WMG might bring $500 million in revenue to Apple, but not $500 million in profit. The new revenue brings cost with it."

We're talking about digital content, which like software is all profit once volume rises. So while $500M in revenue is not 100% profit, in terms of digital content, it is pretty darn close as volume picks up.

Asian School

Hey, you have a great blog here! definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a Stumbleupon site/blog. It pretty much covers StumbleUpon related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

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