Lala the new Soundjam MP play from Apple

8 12 2009

The company Casady & Greene isn’t who you think about when pondering the beginnings of iTunes. The names Jeff Robbin, Bill Kincaid and Dave Heller aren’t the names that come to mind when you think about the creation of iTunes. That is because Apple started talking to the technology company in early 2,000 and subsequently bought them (while AOL was negotiating and missing the ball) then signed a 2 year secracy clause….flash forward to January 9, 2001 and the digital music world would put the music industry business model shattering course for ever with the introduction of iTunes 1.0….Brilliant!

The beginning of a digital music store that changed everything

Enter LaLa. The scenario is starting to sound very familiar, albeit much more public this time. Apple swoops in to buy a company in a “fire sale” price. Another major media company, Warner this time, has lost their shirt in the investment…and didn’t know what to do with the technology they had. Another 8 years from now we will look back and see this is another segment of the music industry that Apple came in to standardized and scale the fragments, i.e. Napster, Rhapsody, etc. The real biggest looser in this whole chess match is Spotify. That will be the headlines to come in 2010.

Apple is a visionary company. They see the value in music portability. They see the value in music access vs. owenership. They will bring music subscription to the masses…much like they did with the all-in-one home computer called the iMac, the MP3 player called the iPod, the smartphone called the iPhone, and mobile applications called the app store….Brilliant!

Breathe In & Smile Out,

MacBook Tablet Cometh

27 10 2009


So the rumor mill just got turned up a notch with the recent NYT executive editor Bill Keller’s “off the record” interview Could the e-reader market get an Apple revolution? Will Steve and the Cupertino gang come in and put the slam dunk on the democratization of the book industry? Will iTunes U + the Apple Tablet empower the education industry overhaul?

All I have to say is if the MacBook Pro becomes a touch like this wishful comp illustrates…count me in! At $800 the price is right for a Christmas frenzy.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

iPhone App Store

21 08 2009

I just had the privilege of going to the “mother ship” in Cupertino for some iTunes meetings. We had lunch at Cafe Mac’s inside 1 Infinite Loop, check the tweet timeline for pics. We walked passed this display on the way in:


Yes, this is Mac power at it’s finest. 20 synchronized 30 inch Apple Cinema HD Displays. Quite the display with an interactive component that is a sign of how much this company has changed another technology game…called the smartphone. I knew iTunes is currently selling more apps than music, but had no idea they were downloading at 3,000 per/minute. What you are looking at is the most popular 20,000 apps with a real-time icon animation that illuminates and grows in size (like the mac dock when you do a roll-over of an icon) every time it’s downloaded.


Impressive, as you stand back it looks like water drops hitting this massive display. It’s the new OS…it’s the first computer screen for the masses…it’s the ultimate lifestyle device…and it’s the third time Apple has changed the game in a major way.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

The New Computer…The New OS

18 01 2009

Just in case you haven’t seen the news yet or heard your friends talking about it…there’s a new computer and new OS on the scene. Apple with their iPhone can give you 500 million people who agree.

With Google making in roads with the G1 phone and their android application platform…and Blackberry with the new Storm phone that is really pushing their RIM application platform…The new computer is your mobile phone. The new OS is your application platform.

Apple has become a game changer again as their spotlight on the mobile application world is bringing awareness and consumer base to the next level. They have Google and Blackberry scrambling to respond tot he surge of application demand. The apps that fit your lifestyle will become the new monitor display you spend hours in front of… I love it, this new computer is everywhere I go!

Breathe In & Smile Out,

This is who you’d work with at Apple

11 09 2008


Yes, the center for creativity meets technology…and this cool cat going to work!


Going to work

Going to work


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Apple Dock

29 07 2008

Here is a new tech that you won’t see anywhere else … The original Apple Dock, in Cupertino at One Infinite Loop


The Big HQ

29 07 2008


The Big Sign

The Big Sign

I’m here at Apple for some meetings, and yes…i’m the total nerd tourist who is in awe of being here at the big HQ.  See some shots below:



Log In At Apple

Log In At Apple



The Badge

The Badge



The Sign

The Sign

Everything Apple does is with a level of excellence and coolness that is above the competition.  I feel like I’ve made the pilgrimage, and I have fulfilled my calling 🙂


16 07 2008

I have the new 3G iPhone…and it’s my first iPhone experience (I know you’d think the digital guy would have been an early adopter…but i’m glad i waited 🙂

I love Apple products!  There is nothing else in the electronics/computing world that is better designed, packaged, or integrated.  The way this iPhone automatically syncs everything is amazing.  I thought it would be a drawn out process with IT to get my email synced up…just as I was on the call with them….assuming there would be a process…i fired up the email.

Within 3 seconds…all email was coming in!!!  Not setup required, God Bless Mac!!! Steve Jobs for President.

New Tech Tuesday — Google Phone

1 07 2008

Okay, so I’m starting a new weekly blog post dedicated to new digital technologies.  With the new version of iPhone coming next Friday, i thought the new Google Phone (yet to be officially announced) would be a good debut topic.

In fact, it’s getting enough buzz that Wired has dedicated an article to it this month.  The best concept shot I could find was at…if it comes close to being this cool I think iPhone will have some healthy competition.

Now, I truly don’t think Google is even concerned about the hardware.  That has never been their game, or we would’ve seen a Google browser by now.  No, they are interested in the software / OS opportunity.  The more installs and users, the more Google advertising that can be monetized.  One thing is for sure, they will revolutionize Mobile OS just like they did the search engine world.  Knowing the innovation and superior creativity that comes out of Google, it’s bound to lead the pack in the Mobile world.

We are watching a new OS develop through devices that are much more portable and involved in our day to day lives.  Taking the temperature of the climate, I would bet on Apple and Google to be lead pioneers in this new frontier.

The Digital World of Medicine

17 06 2008

You have heard by now from the iPhone keynote highlights….Apple has secured 8 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies for the iPhone.  They are deploying the phone across their company so everyone from field reps to lab doctors will be connected with information at the speed of digital…with real time updates.

Now here is a picture of how it’s hitting home with me right now…

I like the fact that the same computer who checked my wife in for outpatient surgery, is connected to the one that Docs used in the operation room…and the one that I took a picture of in the recovery room.  I see the day coming where a handheld device garners the power of every medical book written to help the Doctors practice the science of medicine.  I have a feeling Apple will be along side in a big way….