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iPhone iTunes Streaming Lands As 3G Issues Mount

Gordon Kelly


iTunes Tax, Streaming & iPhone 3G Issues Arise

Saving you from an onslaught of Apple centric posts (yeah, it's gets to me too) here's your round-up of the issues breaking from Cupertino...

First up is one which may have wider implications for the online music market in general and that is news a bill is waiting to be passed in the US which will enable digital media sales to be subject to tax. If successful the bronzed, plastic surgery loved citizens of California will be the only ones hit initially but the consequences are likely to be global with other countries looking to follow this precedent setting move.

As for the prices, while some of the cost is likely to be absorbed by the record companies and sites themselves customers will definitely see a price hike. Sadly however this move looks inevitable. Death and taxes people...

Next comes predictable news that iPhone 3G performance might not be up to snuff. Following the original handset's reception problems this is nothing new and will be a hard one to prove with so many variables in the mix. Still, Apple is said to be readying another software update which could help with some issues suspect in the Infineon chip. A psychological placebo it may be, but either way we'd be sated with cut and paste...

Lastly some good news with the arrival of the 'Simply Media' application in App store which brings the long overdue ability to stream your iTunes content over WiFi, 3G or even EDGE. The developers have limited the streaming to 30 iTunes PCs to circumnavigate copyright issues and Apple may well follow this up with an official app of its own. Go grab it...!


'iTunes Tax' via AppleMatters

iPhone 3G reception issues via BusinessWeek

Simply Media via AppleInsider


August 15, 2008, 6:58 pm

... yet record companies remain completely confounded as to why people still wish to illegally download music and films...

actually, i blame the so called "credit crunch" thing - it was going to get taxed inevitably

Luan Bach

August 15, 2008, 7:29 pm

Don't the EU iTunes already included VAT ? It the law in the EU. Shouldn't affect us.


August 15, 2008, 7:45 pm

'Simply Media' looks good, will try that when I get home, here is hoping apple release an offical app, I mean the remote app already gets everything about whats playing on iTunes but the song, so it shouldnt be that hard



August 15, 2008, 7:54 pm

likewise for the UK, sales tax should already be included in iTunes sales.

It's still cheaper to get the same album on CD from CDWow.com or Play.com though - plus you get the artwork and can rip to whatever bitrate you want without Digital Rape Methods

Bryan Kerr

August 16, 2008, 1:55 am

Yes, I've found the 3G coverage pretty poor even in central London.

I've also noticed that O2 appear to have started blocking the BBC iplayer. It was working up until about 2 weeks ago. Has anyone else noticed this?


August 16, 2008, 10:43 am

yes me too, this is probably due to all the iphone 3g's would bring the network to its knee's, we will have to wait until O2's system can handle it


August 16, 2008, 2:00 pm

Another sack-load of reasons to hold fire for a glimpse of Android before jumping on the iPhone band-wagon.

Only another month or so to wait to avoid being trapped in an 18 month contract with potentially the wrong handset for your needs.

Android could still turn out to be a turkey, but either way - I'm sitting still until the picture is clearer.

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