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    • Asylum Street Spankers
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    • Pink Floyd
    • Okay, someone had to say it, and though others on the iPO staff are more qualified to review this album, I decided the time was now. This is the quintessential concept album. Though others came before
  • Never Let Me Down [ECD]

    • 4 out of 10
    • David Bowie
    • It must be a lonely place to be considered David Bowie's worst album by just about everyone, including the artist himself. As the last album before Bowie "rebooted" and formed the band Tin Machine, "N
  • Mystics Anonymous

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    • Mystics Anonymous is the brainchild project of Jeff Steblea, a fantastic songwriter and good friend of mine, as well. In fact, I even played the drums on all but one of the tracks on this album. Jef
  • Supernature

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    • Goldfrapp
    • On their latest CD, Supernature, Goldfrapp has put together a successful mix of 1980-era New Romanticism, German cabaret, and T. Rex glam that leaves you riveted even through the album's lulls. It's a great amalgam that sounds current without sounding at all dated.

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Apple on Pace to 7.1 Million in Quarterly iPod Sales

American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu believes Apple will sell 7.1 million iPods in the current quarter and that the possibility of lower prices for consumers on certain models is highly possible.

Mr. Wu reported quarter-to-quarter sales are up some 15% but that the average selling price of iPods is coming under "greater than expected pressure".

In a note to clients obtained by The Mac Observer, Mr. Wu wrote, "We have noticed very aggressive pricing, particularly on 4GB iPod minis. We believe part of the reason is that iPod inventories remain relatively high on an absolute basis and this aggressive promotion is to ensure sales in an otherwise slower consumer period.

"We believe part of the reason is that iPod inventories remain relatively high on an absolute basis and this aggressive promotion is to ensure sales in an otherwise slower consumer period," he wrote.

He wrote that he is more certain than ever that flash memory will replace the microdrive presently being used in 4 gigabyte (GB) capacity iPod mini's.

"We had previously thought that only 2 GB of flash was economically feasible to replace a microdrive," he wrote. "But now (we) believe that 4 GBs of flash at Apple's special discount to about $100 (versus the $185 market price) is very competitive with 4 GB microdrives. Our sources tell us that Samsung was willing to drop its prices aggressively to lock in a marquee customer and win back some business from Toshiba, AAPL's other flash supplier. Interestingly, we believe AAPL will also likely source from Hynix, adding a third flash supplier and thus further driving down pricing to protect its gross margin."

Looking forward, Mr. Wu said he "is hearing" that Apple will likely source components for future portable devices (including iPods) from Intel, Broadcom and Sharp. If true, the expansion of iPod component suppliers could put pressure on PortalPlayer and Sigmatel.

Mr. Wu repeated his 'Hold' recommendation on Apple's stock with a US$42 target price.

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