miShare iPod sharing kit

OK, we all know how to hack into an iPod and download its contents off of it – you know in case you lose your computer or something?  It also isn’t to hard to just copy tracks off of your computer to give to your friends – just legal stuff obviously.  But what if you just want to mainline that music from on iPod to another?  miShare has your back with their new little gizmo.  Now how about video sharing?


Apple raised $378m from iPhone carriers…

 Apple raised $378 million through iPhone, iPhone accessory sales and payments from carriers, the company revealed during last night’s financial call.

CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed the scale of payments from carriers during his preamble last night. He admitted to 1.7 million iPhone sales in the March quarter, and also revealed total deferred revenue from iPhone and Apple TV was $1.93 billion at the end of the March quarter, compared to $1.44 billion at the end of the December quarter.

"Because we announced the specific new features to be included in the iPhone 2.0 release and plan to provide them to iPhone customers as a free upgrade in late June, we will delay the start of revenue recognition for all iPhones sold on or after our March 6th announcement date until the iPhone 2.0 software is delivered," Oppenheimer added.

The revenue and cost of sales associated with these iPhones will be recognized over the remaining terms of their respective 24-month estimated lives, he added.



Jim Cramer redeems himself…(Updated)

A moment of clarity perhaps?  Jim, though he still talks about ‘Conversation’ (is that his word?) seems to get at what differentiates Apple and it’s relationship with consumers.  As Apple users, it is nice to see someone from a financial  (he seems like he uses a cocaine IV) background that sees this relationship.

Update: Cramer simply can not get over this funky 5 year old technology called iChat.  Next thing you know, he’ll be on to this new browser called "Safari"



Rolling Stones: Paint it Mac

Mick Jagger may push his music through any digital music system going, but he’s an iPod user when it comes down to personal choice. And the Rolling Stones used Macs and GarageBand to help create their most recent album.

Variety has an interview with the band’s tech guru, Richard Kerris – yes, that Richard Kerris, the man who bought Maya to Macs, who led Apple’s video application teams and now works at Lucasarts. Kerris spills the beans on the Rolling Stones’ Mac and iPod usage. Each live performance during the band’s 40 Licks tour was filmed and pumped into a Mac, with stage crew then transferring the footage to the band’s personal iPods. When the band left the stage, the iPods containing their performance were popped into their pockets as they walked to their cars, and the band would then watch the footage back at their hotel. Soon after the iPod came out, "Mick was right on it. He was like, ‘I want to get every night’s show so I can listen to it that night and know what was good and what didn’t work, etc.’ So they established this whole thing working with the background crew, I showed them where you could daisy-chain the iPods and synchronize them at once. So it was really fun," Kerris explains. Kerris also reveals the ‘Stones used GarageBand for their last album as they did all their demos.

Killing the iClones – Apple acts

 Apple’s legal teams are closing down unauthorised manufacturers of iPhone clones, applying the full extent of the company’s legal protections to protect its market.

It appears firms are both supplying iClones to the Chinese market and distributing them into markets outside of China.

Under no choice but to protect its trademarks, Apple is forcing them to stop with heavy threats. Apple is hitting them with the abuse of patents, passing off and similarity between the iPhone and the products the cloners are putting out.

Apple’s serious about closing iCloners down. The company is reportedly demanding they cease manufacturing and distribution of these non-Apple products, requiring they hand over any stock in hand, supply supplier details and is demanding contributions toward legal expenses, as well as damages.

At least one unlicensed iCloner complains Apple’s actions have sent them into bankruptcy (though quite why they felt making iPhone clones was a valid business plan in the first place escapes us here).  

A report explains Apple’s legal action against one iCloner, Digital Playworld. In order to avoid an expensive court case, that company’s Simon Rimmer reached an out of court deal: "I had to take several undertakings, which included amongst other things: Remove all said items from my site (or any other sites) and stop selling them. Sign an oath that I would not offer to sell, market, import or stock any products which are strikingly similar in design to Apple’s registered designs. Deliver to Apple’s legal team all remaining products in my possession, suppliers details, prices paid for them, numbers imported, marketed and sold." Rimmer had to contribute to Apple’s legal expenses and damages.


UK iPhone selling out, no more revenue-sharing?

 Last week’s price cut on the 8GB iPhone has paid off with multiple reports of stock running dry as UK consumers run to purchase on of the Apple mobiles, and further suggestions Apple may be preparing to abandon its revenue-sharing model for iPhone sales.

Success has its cost: Mobile Today informs that both O2 and Carphone Warehouse sold out of the model within days of last week’s announcement. Apple continues to offer the model through its online store, but at the original £269 price, rather than the £169 its partners are offering the model for.

The report tells that stores in Newcastle, Birmingham and London claim to have already sold out of the 8GB model, with one Carphone Warehouse employee claiming sales had "doubled" since last week’s announcement. Stock in hand was expected to be refreshed over the weekend, though sales of the 16GB iPhone remain sluggish, suggesting Apple may be forced to permit its partners to implement a similar discount on that model, should the company not plan to maintain it as an option in its future iPhone range.

The move to discount the 8GB model has been seen as an attempt to boost sales of the device, which haven’t met expectations in Europe, and to clear stock for the anticipated debut of a 3G iPhone.

In related news, Italian newspaper La Repubblica today published a report claiming Apple plans to move away from revenue sharing model to adopt a subsidised open network approach. The first fruit of the new effort seems likely to be the non-exclusive release of the iPhone in Italy through Telecom Italia.


Grocery shopping? Don't forget your iPhone…

 Looking forward, five major firms are working with high street stalwart, the Kroger Co. on a new mobile shopping coupon scheme.

The firms, which include Procter & Gamble, The Clorox Co., Del Monte Corp. Kimberly-Clark, and General Mills Inc., plan a four month test later in the year to see if shoppers take to the idea of using their mobiles to hand over virtual discount coupons for their shopping.

Kroger Co. runs multiple US shops: convenience stores like Turkey Hill and Kwik Shop; department stores including Smith’s Marketplace, Fred Meyer and Fry’s; and locations such as Food 4 Less, City Market and PayLess.

Sure, we’re not saying iPhone’s going to be part of the trial – to be honest, we don’t know, but we do recall Forbes mention of Apple patents to let iPhone (or iPod touch) users order goods using their iTunes account (conceivably) at high street shops such as Starbucks. But speculation isn’t fact, just expression of what’s possible.


Apple signs new iPhone parts supplier, updated

 Apple has signed-up United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC, NYSE) to create chips for the next-generation iPhone.

The move means the end to the sole supplier status enjoyed by former supplier of these particular components, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, according to local reports.

Siliconware Precision Industries Co. will provide packaging and testing of the UMC chips contracted for use in the iPhone, the report adds.

Later reports confirm the company has been asked to produce Infineon Technologies’ 3G baseband chip, which will be used in the new Apple iPhone that supports 3G. UMC stock currently stands at $3.39 on the New York Stock Exchange.



iPhone for India on Vodafone, September

 Apple will release the iPhone in India in September, local reports claim.

The company is partnering with Vodafone India for the launch, which is expected to take place in September. Initial reports claim the 8GB iPhone will be the first model to ship, with a higher-capacity version set to reach the sub-continent in mid-2009. And Vodafone may also pick up the deal as network partner for Australia.

“The carrier deal for India is being worked out with Vodafone,” an Apple source, told the Business Standard, adding: “Vodafone could also become the carrier for the Australian market once iPhone is launched there, though more than one carrier is likely for Australia.”

Vodafone officially denies any such deal, though company insiders have confirmed it, the report claims. Apple is engaged in a slow expansion into the country, with plans to open a second store in Bangalore and a third in Chennai this year. India is a critical market: the Indian mobile subscriber base is set to almost double to 500 million by 2010, the report explains.