iPod Hi-Fi – no thanks

I’m going to pass on the ipod Hi-Fi (discontinued) and stick with my Sonos system. And $99 for a leather iPod case? Yeah, I think I’ll pass on that too. Here’s a sample reaction from the comments section of the Engadget livecast.

how can jobs say he’s an audiophile when iTunes sells crap lo-fi music and he drops a turd like the “ipod hifi” on the market?!??!? boo apple…was hoping it would be something like the soundbridge or something and maybe lossless music on itunes….. 🙁

The new Intel-based Mac Mini, on the other hand, looks promising. How much longer until HD content is available on iTunes?

iTunes Song Purchases plotted on a graph

Apple recently announced 1 billion songs purchased on iTunes. I dug around the Apple press releases and tracked down some of the major iTunes milestones over the last few years. It’s amazing that there have been 500 million songs purchased since July 2005. That’s 500 million songs purchased in 7 months for an average of 71 million songs purchased per month!

2/26/06 Update:

Additional data point: 850 million on Jan 10, 2006 (announced at Macworld)

Date

Songs Purchased (millions)

Source

05/15/2003 1 Apple
06/23/2003 5 Apple
09/8/2003 10 Apple
12/15/2003 25 Apple
03/15/2004 50 Apple
07/12/2004 100 CNN
12/16/2004 200 Apple
07/17/2005 500 Apple
02/24/2006 1000 Apple

graph created using NCES Create a Graph

Trying out the new Google Page Creator

I tested out the new Google Page Creator and, I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the WYSIWYG tool, but I’m not really sure where they are going with this. I was able to build this page in about 20 minutes. I just worry that this is going to be Google’s version of Geocities. This one-line review spotted on Flickr  pretty much sums it up: “No RSS? What is this for, cat photos?”.

Google Page Editor