Stories by Peter Cohen

  • Study: MP3 player market reaches $4.5 billion

    Market research firm In-Stat said the market for hard drive and flash-based digital music players reached US$4.5 billion in 2005, a 200 percent increase over 2003. The company also said that Apple is the leader in worldwide portable audio players, with an estimated 30.2 percent of the combined market.

  • FastMac iPod batt. offers 70 percent more capacity

    FastMac on Monday announced the availability of a battery replacement for Apple's first, second and third-generation iPods that features 70 percent more capacity than the original and up to 7.5 times more charge cycles. The battery comes with a two-year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.

  • DLO adds black, silver TransPod Directs for iPod

    Digital Lifestyle Outfitters (DLO) on Thursday announced they're now shipping black and silver versions of their TransPod Direct, a device that lets you charge your Apple iPod or iPod mini while driving and listen to the device's music using a line-out signal instead of FM transmission or a headphone jack connector. The TransPod Direct costs US$69.95 and is available through Everything iPod.

  • It's a beautiful play

    At a special music event featuring Bono and The Edge from rock group, U2, Apple has taken the wraps off the iPod Photo, a colour model available in 40GB or 60GB storage capacities. The company also introduced the iPod U2 Special Edition, Apple's 20GB player clad in black, equipped with a red Click Wheel and featuring engraved U2 band member signatures. The iPod Photo is available immediately, and Apple expects the iPod U2 Special Edition to ship in mid-November.

  • APC recalls some Back-UPS CS systems

    Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) maker, Alliance Power Conversion (APC), has recalled some of its Back-UPS CS systems after half a dozen melted. The recall potentially affects 2.1 million units sold worldwide.

  • Microsoft announces Mac 'trifecta'

    The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft Tuesday announced three new initiatives that it's hoping will continue to draw Macintosh users to its OS X product offerings.

  • Apple advises on ejecting copy-protected audio CDs

    By now many consumers are aware that the music industry is beginning to press audio discs that have been copy protected to prevent them from being ripped to MP3 on a PC or Macintosh. But did you know that in some cases, if you insert such a disc, you might not be able to get it out again?

  • Poll shows PC users considering Mac

    A recent poll conducted by US-based BusinessWeek Online suggests that almost half of those surveyed may be considering a switch from Windows-based PCs to Macintoshes. The results of the poll were recently posted in an article entitled "PC to Apple?"

  • New Internet suffix for individuals, .name, goes live

    Adobe Systems has announced a new pricing and distribution scheme for Content Server 2.1, the company's digital rights management software. The latest version allows up to four downloads per purchase and no per-transaction fees.

  • Adobe offers new pricing for Content Server 2.1

    Adobe Systems has announced a new pricing and distribution scheme for Content Server 2.1, the company's digital rights management software. The latest version allows up to four downloads per purchase and no per-transaction fees.

  • Aspyr to publish Harry Potter game for Mac

    On the same day that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is released in theatres across the US, Mac game publisher Aspyr Media has announced plans to publish a Mac version of the computer game based on the enormously popular book series and the new motion picture.