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What a Difference a Few Years Can Make: The Steve Jobs Edition

Steve Jobs @ the D1 Conference 2003

All Things Digital has posted interviews with Steve Jobs dating back to 2003, including this years D8 interview.

Interesting in hindsight to hear Steve talk about what was going on for Apple at the time and future interests they have.

The computer industry moves so fast that Steve Jobs 7 years ago talking about the PC sounds like common knowledge today.

I picked out some of my favorite parts:

  • Steve says you couldn’t do a music store on an iPod and sees it as a satellite device. He goes on to say that a PC has a big hard drive, a big screen, a big keyboard, a fat pipe to the internet and able to run applications and unless there are breakthroughs in fold-able screens in the coming years a music store would need a bigger screen.
  • Even back then people were wondering when Apple was going to make a tablet. At the time they had no plans and Steve says that it’s great that Microsoft is trying. “We look at the tablet and think it will fail”.
  • When Steve said If you do any volume of email you need a keyboard. I guess he was referring to a virtual one. Of course if you keep the word count down you can respond to a lot more people.
  • Classic Steve Jobs telling us what we want when we want it “Watching video on a small screen is clearly not fun”.

You Win This Round Steve… He’s My 20 Bucks

I was totally checking out the live blogging when Steve gave his key note Tuesday at MacWorld Expo. I'm not going to go into great detail since there are those who actually attended the event and I can simply link to their coverage, like Engadget or MacBreak Weekly for example.

So yes I did spend the $20 to upgrade my Touch to get mail, maps, weather, stocks and notes. Yes I know they were included free on the iPhone from the start and moving forward now on the Touch. Yes I know that I could do two of the five simply by looking out a window or going outside. But this was my first Stevenote where I actually had an Apple product ever. I love the maps feature and how magically you can get an approximate location by a wifi-connection. Thanks Skyhook now I'm war driving trying to find open hot spots.

But you nickel and dime me again Steve and look out, I just might just have bring the full weight of my blog to Apple's doorstep.

Here's the next item I got excited about. No, not the MacBook Air , I mean something I could actually afford without selling one on my children's souls for a down payment. It was the announcement of the Family Guy DVD Star Wars spoof Blue Harvest. Even thought I've seen it (thanks to bittorent) I'm going to purchase it (because of bittorent) and for a first time, brand new feature that has never been done before (at least to my knowledge) on a DVD. Digital Copy! They actually give you a digital copy that you can move to your computer, personal video player or whatever. I never thought I would see the day. So get out there right now (unless it's the middle of the night for you, then wait till tomorrow) and support this feature and maybe just maybe we will see it on every DVD release.

Of course this is one of those things I'll be telling my kids about in 20 years how you used to buy movies and television on DVD and even thought you bought it and it was yours and you only wanted a personal copy, you had become a criminal to break the copy protection and then take the equivalence of an university degree on video bit rates and format conversions and programs that were originally written in Japanese get it to play on your GBA SP. And then they'll ask me what's a DVD. I feel so old already.

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Two months after the  iPhone is released to overwhelming hype success Steven Jobs dropped the price by $200. Yikes. That's right $200 dollars.

So Steve has posted an open letter to all iPhone users about how basically this is great for Apple and the coming Christmas buying season. Also how there will always be people who buy a product before a certain price drop and those who are eternally waiting for the next one. But they are going to give iPhone early adopters $100 Apple store credit to make up for it.

CNet's Molly Wood goes off pretty hard on the price drop on last Thursday's epside of Buzz Out Loud.

Thank god that there are people like Leo Laporte that drive down prices for the rest of us. Usually right after he buys a product, you know there's going to be a price drop. Thanks Leo.

And finally, does anyone else think it strange that you can order the new Nano's on Apple's Canadian site when all the Canadian outlets are only allowing you to pre-order for the end of the month?

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The New iWant

Well they're here. The much rumored iPods were unveiled today during an Apple event by our good friend Steve.

I followed the live feeds from ARS Technica and Engadget and it was nice they were both sitting on opposite sides of the hall so that their photos were from different angles. It was appreciated. Thanks guys.

I really like the Nano price point at $169 (that's Canadian) for the 4GB model. If the Nano was out a year ago I would have totally bought the Nano. But now with the release of the Touch I don't know what to think. Of course the $329 price tag for the 8GB and $449 for the 16GB one put the breaks on me pre-ordering it.

Sure it's innovative to buy tracks over wi-fi and surf the net, it's just too bad you can't squirt songs.

So you can get songs at Starbucks and surf for free and that's really cool too. Except I don't drink coffee and there are only two Starbucks that I know of in my town. On the other hand maybe this could be proof that my three year old son has psychic powers and had predicted this union by telling me he wants us to stop everyday at Starbucks for the past month when we past it on the way home from his daycare.

And the recent addition of iTunes Plus and the lack of the dreaded DRM, the iPod is starting to look very attractive.

There's a pretty thorough walk through on the Apple site of what the new iTouch… I mean iPod Touch can do. Oh come on, you know everyone is going to be calling it that.

Very nice Steve.

Now where the hell is my full Beatles catalog?

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