Opinion: Elton, how much digital music will you sell before you try to "shut down the whole Internet"?

andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

Despite his rants and raves, I’ve got a fair amount of time for Elton John, but his latest idea is just plain crazy.

According to an interview in The Sun, he’d “shut down the entire Internet for five years” in order to “see what sort of art is produced over that span”. He’s concerned that too many people are sitting at home using the Internet to blog rather than getting stuck in to good old-fashioned face-to-face communication.

That, apparently, has led to the death of long-term artistic vision.

Yours, perhaps, Elton, but c’mon – are you serious?

Opinion: Should Apple extend their new family with touchscreen, Intel-based, OS X laden iPods?

andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

With all the furore surrounding the iPhone, rumours about the next (sixth) generation of iPod have been a little quiet.

Now that the iPhone is safely launched, in the US at least, we can once again discuss what Apple might do to keep on top of the portable music player market.

ipod_touchscreen.jpgPMPToday is just one site circulating the rumour of a touchscreen iPod – coming as early as August.

DigiTimes says that the next-generation 6G iPod video will feature touch-screen panels similar to the iPhone. The reported supplier of the capacitive touch-screen panels is Taiwan-based manufacturer WinTek. WinTek has yet to make an official statement due to customer confidentiality, but sources from upstairs have confirmed the news. The estimated shipping date of the panels is late 2007.

Yes, it seems that the touchscreen device is the new, erm, non-touchscreen device. Now that Apple have pushed large touchscreens into the public gaze with their shiny iPhone, it’s not surprising that some think they should roll that out to future iPods, too.

The hardware is just one aspect of Apple’s future success. It’s rumoured that future iPods could run OS X, which might also imply they’d use Intel chips.

As far as I’m concerned, Apple’s “killer app” is becoming even clearer.

Burning with Upgrade Rage

gary%20and%20sonic%20200.JPGGary Cutlack writes…

It happens once every 18 months, regular as clockwork. A terrible feeling of inferiority washes over me. I feel ashamed in public, unable to look strangers in the eye. I’d rather stay home. In bed.

It is because my mobile phone is considered “old” even though I’ve only had it for 18 months. The screen is a bit scratched. It works perfectly, but the screen is a bit scratched.

How likely is a Monday announcement of a European iPhone 3G?

andy-merrett.jpgAndy Merrett writes…

Now that the deal with the first US version of the iPhone is virtually tied up, the rumourmongers have turned their attentions squarely to Europe.

Yes, I’ll come out straight away and call it a rumour, because I’m not convinced that Monday will see an announcement from Apple about the European iPhone.

If I’m proved wrong next week, so be it.

Guy Kewney at Newswireless.net has published a story claiming that Apple has struck a rather complicated deal between Vodafone, T-Mobile, and the Carphone Warehouse.

Microsoft needs to be the bigger man over Xbox 360 reliability

gary%20and%20sonic%20200.JPGGary Cutlack writes…

Listen up, Microsoft. The whole internet’s full of people moaning about their Xbox 360s breaking.

You can’t just sit there with your Zunes turned up to full blast ignoring the screams of your loyal users, while they suffer, lose their downloaded stuff and have to either buy a new console or pay a ludicrous 80 quid to have it fixed.