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October 4, 2006

Apple Faces Trademark Issues, Wireless Podcasts, Microsoft Zune and Taxes

ZuneApple seems to be very much in the news this week. Wired declared that Microsoft's Zune media player, for all its good qualities, will not kill the iPod despite its specifications, simply because Apple’s hold on the cool factor is so strong and the Zune's product design is just not as attractive.

There is even a pretty good movement building that supports the idea that the new video iPod will kill the Zune.

Apple PodcastsWired also predicts the removal of the iPod and even the computer from the podcast equation.…and if that happens, can we even name these things “podcasts”? Seems that new cell phones are able to download podcasts direct and bypass the middle Apple’s efforts to protect the podcast name might be for nothing.

iPod and iTunesAnd to make things worse for the iPod brand name, New Jersey has added a tax on iTunes. Nevertheless, I think the iPod brand name will remain memorable and distinctive for a long time. Stay tuned.

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Posted by William Lozito at October 4, 2006 10:37 AM
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