Kanye West and Apple
I'm proud today to be a Mac user. Even though Jobs didn't announce new quad-processor PowerMacs, or G5 PowerBooks, I think it was class for them to not change their plans as far as having Kanye West perform at the Apple media event on Wednesday. It shows Apple's commitment to open access to Music and their belief in free speech. Granted, Apple could have pulled all of Kanye West's albums, and cancelled the keynote fearing criticism from the political right. They could have bowed to the pressure that has become endemic of big media today, but I think that Apple wanted to send a message that they are the people's music and podcast outlet. This is extremely important as I know it has renewed my belief in iTunes as a counter-cultural effort to get music back to where it should be, between the fans and the musicians. The corporations should not be involved in policy decisions regarding artists.
My wife bought herself one of the new svelte iPod nanos. For the first time since I bought my own 40 GB iPod about a year ago, I found myself wanting to buy a new one. I am jealous because of the color screen and the ability to save and view photos on the device, and because she will be able to play “breakout” where I can not. But I can't cave in and buy a new iPod, not until the new Macs come out. I want to show Apple where my priorities lie.