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Apple Prices iPad from $499, Critics Label it Simply a Giant iPod

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239w ago - Apple has unveiled the new iPad today, and priced it from $499 for an entry level model while a 64GB version will set you back $699.

However, many critics are already labeling it as simply a 'giant iPod' in initial media reports.

Below are the included features and an outline from Yahoo (linked above) of anticipated features that failed to materialize for Apple's iPad:

iPad Included Features:

• Safari
• Mail
• Photos
• Video
• YouTube
• iPod
• iTunes
• App Store
• iBooks
• Maps
• Notes
• Calendar
• Contacts
• Home Screen
• Spotlight Search

iPad Failed Features:

•No 3G support for Verizon
•No jaw-droppingly new user interface
•No built-in camera
• No Flash support
• No user-replaceable battery
• No TV subscriptions
• No iPhone software 4.0 announcement
• No iPhone for Verizon

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Labels deny deals on file sharing

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344w ago - Three major record labels have denied signing deals allowing their music to feature on a new file-sharing service offering unlimited free downloads.

The service, Qtrax, boasted it would carry up to 30 million tracks from "all the major labels".

But Warner, EMI and Universal all say they have not licensed their music.

Qtrax said it expected an agreement to be reached with Warner and that terms had been agreed with the others even if deals had not been formally signed.

Discussions ongoing

Qtrax aims to allow users to download music from the major labels for free, with advertising revenue used to pay licensing fees.

But Warner says it "has not authorised the use of our content on Qtrax's recently-announced service".

And Universal and EMI said discussions with Qtrax were still ongoing but that licensing deals were not in place.

A spokesman for Sony BMG - the other "big four" record label - was not available for comment.

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Qtrax president Allan Klepfisz said that, while a deal with Warner had not been signed, he expected terms to be agreed "shortly".

"With everyone else, we have agreed on all terms," he said.

In some cases, deals had not been formally signed,...
 
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