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From: Doren2/20/2006 9:17:01 PM
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My Java writing buddy has nixed the idea of a Mac laptop.

He's going UNIX on the home server box and XP laptop. The awkwardly named books are too big and expensive for him.

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To: Doren who wrote (51202)2/20/2006 9:31:30 PM
From: phbolton
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Doren: Apple has done a quite remarkable job of getting a lot (and I mean a lot) of free publicity about the MBP, this may be the most highly anticipated new Mac since the first iMacs (Apple sales reps are allegedly "leaking" the number of 1 million orders so far.....) some MBPs were delivered today, won't see mine till the end of next week or so......

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To: inaflash who wrote (51197)2/20/2006 11:56:50 PM
From: Original Mad Dog
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Apple also ran a contest at 500 million iTunes sold:

apple.com

The sidebar to that article posts the growth rate of iTunes (see stats below). It took from April 2003 to July 2004 to get to 100 million tunes sold. In five months (July-December 2004) that had doubled to 200 million. In five more months (Dec 2004-May 2005) it had doubled again, to 400 million. That is a rate of about 40 million songs per month in early 2005. In the next two months (May-July 2005) they sold 100 million, or about 50 million per month. Now they have gone from 500 million in mid July to 1 billion in mid February, a little over 7 months. The percentage rate of growth has actually decreased, ever so slightly, as the base has grown larger (doubling every 5 months at this time last year, now doubling every 7 months), but with 500 million songs sold in the past 7 months you have to figure they are currently at about 100 million songs a month and rising fairly fast. With the explosion in iPods sold in the fourth quarter, it is certainly possible that the percentage growth rate will actually increase a bit as the year goes on and those users feed their Pods with iTunes bought from the store.

Even if it doubles from 1 billion at the slightly declining rate we have just seen, that still means the 2 billion celebration would come about nine months from now, or right during the 2006 holiday season.

Watching that counter is addictive.... a couple of people at work had it on today.

SIDEBAR:
iTunes Milestones
July 17, 2005 500 million songs sold
May 10, 2005 400 million songs sold. Custom stores for music fans in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland
January 24, 2005 250 million songs sold.
December 16, 2004 200 million songs sold.
December 2, 2004 Available in Canada.
October 26, 2004 Available to music lovers in the European Union.
October 14, 2004 150 million songs sold.
July 12, 2004 100 million songs sold.
June 15, 2004 Available in UK France Germany.
April 28, 2004 70 million songs sold.
March 15, 2004 50 million songs sold.
December 15, 2003 25 million songs sold.
October 16, 2003 Available for windows. 13 million songs sold.
September 8, 2003 10 million songs sold.
June 23, 2003 5 million songs sold.
May 14, 2003 2 million songs sold.
May 5, 2003 One million songs sold.
April 28, 2003 Launched in United States

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From: Lizzie Tudor2/21/2006 12:08:05 AM
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awesome article for the new economy leaders, apple and goog

Online Video Goes Mainstream, Sparking an Industry Land Grab
us.rd.yahoo.com*http://online.wsj.com/article/SB114048979543678723.html?mod=yahoo_hs&ru=yahoo

(I got dinged the last time I posted clips from WSJ on SI so I will wait one day until it shows up in some other mainstream pubs)

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To: Doren who wrote (51202)2/21/2006 12:27:13 AM
From: Cogito
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>>I worried about the Mac Book Pro buyers here.

I have this image of you guys waiting just behind your front doors listening and watching through the window. intently, for ANY sign of the postman bringing your new Macintosh Book Thingee Professional Laptops with long awkward name computer things.

I'm worried that you might actually have heart attacks as you furiously TEAR apart the package so that you can get to your new computers and...

post to the forum!!!

You might consider having a physician available during delivery hours, just in case. Maybe some yoga?<<

Doren -

I really appreciate your concern, but I'm way ahead of you. I'm actually having the package delivered to me at the entrance of an emergency clinic. You can't be too careful.

- Allen

PS: That was one of the funniest posts here in a long time. Thanks for the chuckle.

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To: Doren who wrote (51202)2/21/2006 12:31:55 AM
From: Cogito
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>>Macintosh Book Thingee Professional Laptops with long awkward name computer things. <<

Doren -

I agree that MacBook Pro is an awkward name, but long? It's only one more character (not counting the space) and the same number of syllables as PowerBook.

There's no question that the word "PowerBook" flows better, though. Rolls right off the tongue.

- Allen

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To: Cogito who wrote (51207)2/21/2006 3:04:24 AM
From: Doren
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I think we will all be groovin' right along with you as you get your books.

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From: OrionX2/21/2006 9:55:58 AM
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Has anyone seen a MBP at an Apple Store, or any other retailer?
Wouldn't these shops be the first ones to get a unit for demo?

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To: OrionX who wrote (51210)2/21/2006 10:37:10 AM
From: phbolton
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"Has anyone seen a MBP at an Apple Store, or any other retailer?"

yes, they have been seen in stores, see
discussions.apple.com
for up to the minute updates (those folks are fanatics)

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To: Doren who wrote (51202)2/21/2006 11:56:48 AM
From: Done, gone.
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Envy is an extremely unsatisfactory feeling, isn't it, Doren?

I worried about you here.

I have this image of you refreshing the page, watching the screen. intently, for ANY sign of us posting, bringing our new Macintosh Book Thingee Professional Laptops with long awkward name computer things news to you.

I'm worried that you might actually have heart attacks as you furiously TEAR through the thread so that you can get to read about the new computers and...

post your sour grapes to the forums!!!

You might consider having a physician available during our delivery hours, just in case. Maybe some yoga?

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