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    Monday, July 21, 2008

    Reuters - New iPhone music to users' ears

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    New iPhone music to users' ears

    Monday, Jul 21, 2008 3:45PM UTC

    By Antony Bruno

    DENVER (Billboard) - When it was unveiled in June, Apple's new iPhone didn't appear to offer anything new for music fans. But thanks to the subsequent launch of the App Store on iTunes, iPhone users can download a host of applications to add new functions to the device. Many of them are music-oriented and all are made specifically for the iPhone.

    The weekend after the new iPhone's release, more than 10 million applications were downloaded through the App Store. Some are free, some carry a fee, and most also work on the Wi-Fi-compatible iPod Touch.

    Here are some of the more notable music apps available. All are free, unless otherwise noted.

    PANDORA

    The personalized Internet radio service created an app for the iPhone that allows Pandora users to access and stream all their stations, as well as create new ones. It quickly became the third-most-popular free download in the App Store's first week.

    AOL RADIO

    This app lets users stream any AOL or CBS Radio stations via the iPhone's Wi-Fi connection. CBS stations can also be streamed over the wireless network connection on new models, and the company plans to add wireless-network support for AOL Radio streams soon.

    LAST.FM

    The streaming music site offers an app that provides access to the same catalog of full-song streaming as the Web-based version of the service, as well as links to purchase tracks on iTunes via a Wi-Fi connection, the ability to share songs with other Last.fm users and access to artist info like bios, upcoming events, etc.

    SHAZAM

    A pioneer in the music ID market, Shazam allows users to learn the title and artist of virtually any song by simply holding up the iPhone's microphone to a music source. Users can tag songs they like to a saved list of favorites, buy them straight from iTunes, find related music videos on YouTube and send track details to friends.

    MIDOMI MOBILE

    This music discovery engine lets fans find songs by singing or humming a few bars, saying or typing the name of a song or artist, or playing a recording through the iPhone's microphone. Once a song is identified, the app allows users to buy it on iTunes, watch the song's video on YouTube or view an artist's bio, photos or other related info.

    MOOCOWMUSIC: BAND

    This $9.99 app generated a lot of excitement when demonstrated at a recent Apple conference. Users can create their own music using virtual instruments on the iPhone's touch screen, such as guitar strings and piano keys. Final tracks can be mixed and saved for later playback.

    INTUNA, GUITARTOOLKIT

    InTuna ($4.99) and GuitarToolkit ($9.99) turn the iPhone into a guitar tuner, using the device's built-in microphone to recognize chords and notes. GuitarToolkit includes a metronome function.

    TAP TAP REVENGE

    A sort of "Guitar Hero" for the iPhone. Players must tap keys or shake the device in one direction or another to the rhythm of the playing song.

    JAMD

    Getty Images has been making its catalog of celebrity photos available to the public through its Jamd.com Web site. Under the Jamd banner, Getty has created an app to enable iPhone users to browse and buy celebrity photos on the device.

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    Reuters - Investors eye health of Apple's Steve Jobs: report

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    Investors eye health of Apple's Steve Jobs: report

    Monday, Jul 21, 2008 3:28PM UTC

    BANGALORE (Reuters) - Industry and investor concerns about the health of Apple Inc's <AAPL.O> Chief Executive Steve Jobs have not dimmed more than a month after he appeared dramatically thinner at the firm's annual developers' conference, The New York Post said on Monday.

    While blogs and industry watchers had wondered whether 53-year-old Jobs was suffering complications from, or a reappearance of, the pancreatic cancer cured by surgery nearly four years ago, Apple had said he was fighting a "common bug" and was taking antibiotics.

    Part of the reason for the concern over Jobs' health is that Apple has no succession plan in place, the paper said.

    Hedge fund investors of Apple, which is scheduled to report results on Monday, are very worried, a Wall Street source who has spoken with some of the company's stakeholders told The Post.

    Multiple sources, who have met with Jobs in the weeks surrounding the introduction of the iPhone 3G on July 11, said they came away troubled by his thin appearance, the newspaper said on its website.

    Apple has a history of dragging its heels when it comes to admitting that Jobs is sick. His October 2003 cancer diagnosis wasn't disclosed until after the removal of a pancreatic tumor, the Post pointed out.

    Recent reports have suggested that the company had known about Jobs' condition for nine months prior to the public announcement, the paper said.

    Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.

    (Reporting by Dhanya Skariachan in Bangalore, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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