Is Apple Price Gouging Early iPod Touch Adopters

June 20, 2021

I am one of those happy early iPod Touch adopters.  I went and bought my unit the day it came in stock at Best Buy.  Ever since I have not stopped carrying my iPod Touch all around with me.

The unit, just like the iPhone, is small enough to be carried all day long in my pants front pocket.  I carry all my contacts on it, all my calandar events, pictures, music and TV shows.  I use it so much that I have left behind my Windows mobile smartphone to switch back to a smaller Nokia flip phone that does a better job of being a phone.

When Apple released the iPod Touch upgrade for $20.00 to bring the applications on par with the iPhone I updated mine the day it went live on iTunes.  I was not happy of paying $20.00 especially that new iPod Touch would come bundled with the update soon after…

None the less I have been happy until Apple announced at WWDC 2008 that current iPod Touch owners will be able to upgrade to the version 2 of the OS for $9.99.  OK, so how is this going to work exactly?  Will Apple allow 1st wave iPod Touch to be upgraded to the 2.0 version for $9.99 even if they have not paid the original $20.00… or will they charge $29.99 for it? Read more

Apple iPhone and iPod Touch SDK in February 2008

October 17, 2021

OK, so this might be the opening for a Joost client on the iPod Touch platform.  I know, Mike Volpi said that there is no plan right now for Joost on portable devices and that it might come later if there is a market… What I am saying is that this news will allow Joost to go forward with a client if they ever chose to do so:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers’ hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we’re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once—provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones—this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than “totally open,” we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone’s amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch. [Oct 17, 2021]

Source: Apple

Boring weekend in Joost IRC channel

September 23, 2021

Since the announcement of OnTheToob acquisition by Joost a cold wind has been blowing on the “not so secret” Joost IRC channel (do some Googling to track it down). Many Joost developers are hanging in it and are chatting about various subjects.

Recently things got really quiet. Some would say that development get this quiet before major releases. If the level of “quietness” is proportional to the level of “change” in the next client release then one might say that it will be huge.

At the same time you might have noticed the large quantity of new content showing in the Joost database. There has also been more activity going on it the Joost blog with multiple posts per week… Joost also did some minor adjustments to it’s content search result page. So work is going on behind the scene… it is just not echoing as it use to in IRC.

I do not have much to report as far as Joost news today… but keep an ear on possible chatter between the team at IOSpirit (Remote Buddy) and Joost. As you might have noticed I found this nice gem of AJAX based remote control interface in the Remote Buddy beta software. This does some of what I had described in previous post regarding using an iPhone/iPod Touch as a super remote control (search my previous post).

I sincerely hope that something nice come out of this. If Remote Buddy was Windows compatible I would say that Joost should acquire them to kickstart the development of the Joost iPhone/iPod Touch remote control interface.

So that is it. I have no idea when the next major release of Joost client will be… but I am sure looking for it.

Apple confirm issues with some iPod Touch screen

September 20, 2021

Apple has confirmed widespread reports complaining at the manner in which the iPod touch displays video with deep black areas, warning that some early units have “defective screens”.

At issue are reports claiming that video playback on the iPod touch is significantly darker than on the iPhone, suggesting inferior screens are deployed on the former unit, and reducing the value of the video playback experience.

For example, dark scenes in the classic Roman Polanski film, Chinatown, were really dark – lacking detail that the iPhone nicely detailed. Mossberg’s otherwise glowing review observes, “my two test units displayer beautiful images”.

Source: MacWorld

Control Joost with your iPhone/iPod Touch today!

September 18, 2021

You might have read one of my previous post regarding remotely controlling Joost from you iPhone or iTouch. Guess what! Someone is already making this a partial reality.

While reading various post about the iTouch this weekend I stumbled on a link to a nice iPhone/iTouch remote control application. OK, before you go saying that you can’t install applications on the iTouch because it has not been cracked yet I will state that this is an AJAX based application. Therefore no need to install anything on the iPhone/iTouch. The only thing you need is a WiFi connection back to the computer (Mac… sorry Windows users) running the server side software.

The software is called “Remote Buddy” and the beta release is adding iPhone/iTouch support. Remote Buddy allow you to control more than 70 applications, system parameters and Remote Buddy itself - just like with any other supported remote. One of those supported application happen to be Joost! Cool. But you won’t get the type of integration I described in my earlier post. For this Joost would have to make some more API available.

To make this possible Remote Buddy uses AJAX to create a virtual remote control on the iPhone/iTouch. The AJAX Remote is a virtual remote control, that is integrated into Remote Buddy and gives you access to Remote Buddy’s menu and functionality through a web browser.

The mini webinterface Remote Buddy dynamically generates is loaded into a browser - for example that of an iPhone™ - and offers direct access to the diverse functions in Remote Buddy. The webinterface is delivered to the browser by a webserver, developed from scratch by IOSPIRIT and which runs directly on your Mac®. The direct integration into Remote Buddy offers significant advantages such as a very high speed, efficiency and extremely low reaction times in a (W)LAN of often just a few milliseconds.

I have not been able to test the software myself just yet since I don’t have an iTouch yet… but when I get it I will certainly report on how well it work!

By the way, this is NOT a paid advertisement! But I am always open to advertise great IPTV related products on my blog!!

Joost on the iPhone / iPod Touch

September 11, 2021

Update:

OK, bad news, Apple corrected their statement about not breaking 3rd party applications on the iPhone/iPod. Apparently “software updates will most likely break” 3rd party app compatibility.

Original post:

No, don’t get excited, this is not an actual product! It is not even talked about by Joost staff. But it would certainly make sense.

Since the iPhone and the iPod Touch where announced I have been thinking about how Joost could use the potential of the new Apple OSX platform. With the recent news that Apple is blessing the development of native software for the platform it all became clear. It would make sense for Joost to find it’s way on it.

This could be done in two ways:

1. Wouldn’t it by cool to watch Joost on the portable device over WiFi? The iPhone/iPod Touch can certainly handle the video playback. After all, the platform already play native h.264 video with AAC audio… and Joost happen to also use the same codecs. So add the P2P content distribution chunk and the encryption bits and you have a little portable Joost application.

Joost could even build up an anthill cache on the device to allow you to watch buffered content while away from WiFi service!

With it you can watch Joost anywhere… OK, where you can get a WiFi connection:

  • On the train
  • on the bus
  • on your bed at home or in an hotel room
  • at the airport
  • etc.

2. Use the iPhone/iPod as a secondary display device. Essentially create a small application that run on the iPhone/iPod and interface over WiFi with Joost running on you PC, Mac or even STB (Set Top Box). Joost could easilly use the touch screen as a bi-directional communication/control device linking the user on the couch with Joost on the Big Screen.

Imagine using the touch screen as a super Joost remote. Use it to control the User Interface on the Living Room Big Screen. Use it as a virtual keyboard and mouse to do searches and control/move widgets around.

When Joost start playing on the Big Screen the touch interface could become a virtual remote control. Press the virtual pause button, Fast Forward, Rewind and control the action on the main screen.

Joost want to display some advertising back to you? Why not display it as a background on the iPhone/iPod interface? Maybe as motion advertisement that requires some user interaction! You could get creative here!

OK, so Joost just showed you and Advertisement Bug offering you to get more information about a product? Fine, hit the virtual AdBug button on the iPhone/iPod screen and fire up the portable Safari browser while Joost pause playback on the Big Screen. When you are done surfing the vendor web site close the browser, return to the Joost touch screen and resume playback.

Joost could also use the iPhone/iPod as a screen for Widgets. For example a program rating widget would fit perfectly on it. It would allow users to easilly rate the program they just viewed and share it with the Joost communite.

As you can imagine the possibilities are vast.

Vint Cert talk about the future of TV

August 28, 2021

Talking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Vint Cerf - one of the handful of researchers who helped build the internet in the 1970s - said that the television industry would change rapidly as it approached its “iPod moment”.

“85% of all video we watch is pre-recorded, so you can set your system to download it all the time,” he said. “You’re still going to need live television for certain things - like news, sporting events and emergencies - but increasingly it is going to be almost like the iPod, where you download content to look at later.”

The arrival of internet television has long been predicted, although it has succeeded in limited ways so far. Last month the BBC launched its free iPlayer download service, and digital video recorders such as Sky Plus and Freeview Playback allow viewers to instantly pause and record live television.

Some critics, including a number of leading internet service providers, have warned that the increase in video on the web could eventually bring down the internet. They are concerned that millions of people downloading at the same time using services such as iPlayer could overwhelm the network.

“It’s an understandable worry when they see huge amounts of information being moved around online,” he said. But some pundits had predicted 20 years ago that the net would collapse when people started using it en masse, he added. “In the intervening 30 years it’s increased a million times over … We’re far from exhausting the capacity.”

Read the full story at guardian.co.uk.

Apple future product… a Smart Media Commander?

August 27, 2021

This is pure speculation on my part, so let it be clear.

With Apple releasing the iPhone and now possibly the “iPod Touch” with 16:9 large screen touch display wouldn’t it make sense if Apple also turned those devices in “Smart Media Commanders”?

OK, what is a “Smart Media Commander” you might ask. Good question! What do you want it to be? Is my answer.

A “Smart Media Commander” is an evolved remote control based on a WiFi touch screen device. The WiFi nature of the iPhone (and possibly the new “iPod Touch”) could allow it, with the right software, to interact with any of your WiFi enabled Mac hardware.

This could allow you, from you couch, to select you Apple TV unit and then control it using your iPhone touch screen. The basic Play, Pause, Keyboard Typing, Up, Down, Left, Right, Menu, etc would be possible. The iPhone touch interface could also change based on the context of what is on our Apple TV screen.

For example, if you where on the YouTube section the iPhone Smart Media Commander screen could display a list of available video to play while the Apple TV is playing a video in Full Screen. Find a video you like on the iPhone Screen, select it and the iPhone User Interface gives you the choice of “Queuing” the video or “Play it right away”.

During a Photo slide show presentation the User Interface could allow you to Pause, Rotate, Zoom, Delete, etc, the picture on your big screen TV.

The Smart Media Commander could also allow you to “Buy/Rent” video from the iTunes store and get them to play right away on your Apple TV.

The Smart interface could also be used to deliver targeted “Advertisement” to the iPhone GUI while a freely available show playback on the big screen. It could give you the option of pausing the main video and jump to a web page, or ask if you would be interested to receive more information via a subsequent email, etc.

Really, your imagination is the limit on what such an interface could be. I sincerely hope to see it come to life in the months to come.

Don’t expect an iPhone UI for the iPod any time soon

May 29, 2021

Since the iPhone’s introduction in January, the requests and baiting rumors for a touch-screen iPod that looks and acts like an iPhone - sans the actual phone - have sounded from every corner of the web. The world is inarguably intrigued by this new UI Apple developed for their highly anticipated gadget, and many are waiting with bated breath and credit card in hand, believing the iPod will naturally gain these touchy-feely features any day now. Put yourself in Apple’s shoes: you’ve just smashed one out of the park with the iPod. Next: imagine that, after introducing the iPod and giving it that nudge it needed to skyrocket in popularity, you embark on another project, spending at least four and a half years developing a killer mobile phone + DMP + internet device the likes the world has never seen. A key factor here, oh reader who is momentarily in Apple’s shoes, is that the mobile phone market currently speaks in the mouth-watering language of ‘billions,’ while Apple’s iPod sales - impressive as they may be - are playing in the kiddie pool at ‘millions.’ Whether you want a mobile phone packed into your iPod or not, you can’t ignore the fact that the mobile phone market makes iPod sales look like the Zune’s on a good day.

After all that work, Apple is going to want - nay, need - to squeeze the iPhone for every penny they can, especially in the incredibly competitive market of mobile phones where look-alikes are already cropping up.

[Via tuaw]