Two weeks after a busy news week yielded not
two editions of the Macworld Podcast, the news just kept on coming. Record label EMI announced that it would
drop digital rights management restrictions from its online music offerings and that Apple would sell the DRM-free tracks (encoded at a higher bit rate) for $1.29 each at the iTunes Music Store. Google released
a Mac version of its Google Desktop search tool. And Apple announced that it sold its
100 millionth iPod.
Three interesting developments. So in this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we’ll cover them all.
We’ll start out with highlights from the April 2 press conference featuring Eric Nicoli, CEO of EMI Group, and Apple’s Steve Jobs. (The audio clips come to us courtesy of our colleagues at IDG News Service.) Then Macworld.com Executive Editor Philip Michaels talks to Greg Joswiak, Apple̵s vice president of worldwide iPod product marketing, about the iPod’s latest milestone. And we wrap things up with a discussion between
MacUser co-editor Dan Moren and
Daring Fireball’s John Gruber about Google Desktop for the Mac.
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There’s lots of news and analysis on EMI’s decision at Macworld.com and
Playlist, including what the decision means for
consumers as well as
other record labels. I shared my thoughts on the news in
this iPod Blog entry, while my colleague Dan Frakes looked at whether the EMI news coupled with iTunes’ new Complete My Album feature might lead to a
revival of the album. Dan Moren, who you’ll hear elsewhere in the podcast, has
some thoughts on DRM too.
To read more from Greg Joswiak on what lies ahead for the iPod, check out
this story from Jim Dalrymple. I recount
my own contribution to the iPod’s 100 million milestone.
We’ve got a
first look at Google Desktop. Dan and his MacUser cohorts
cover this software extensively; John Gruber looks at
what the Google Desktop Installer is installing.
Music Credits: The new Macworld Podcast theme is composed by yours truly.