Apple Store Japan (Mobile)

Image courtesy of IT Media

Apple launched a new Apple Store Japan for mobile phones users in Japan from their AU and NTT handsets. To be able to use this new Apple Store, you will need to be within service coverage of the NTT and AU handsets, since Apple had programatically blocked access to this new store from users other then the ones with the correct browser.

According to reports (IT Media), Apple had made the full line of iPod devices and the Mac Mini available for purchase on this new site. Whether there is a discount or special offer compares to the regular Apple Store Japan I do not know. May be some of the Japanese readers can comment on this article and share this with my readers.

So, if you are one of the lucky users of the following handsets you can go check it out:

  • AU:
    • Wシリーズ(W01K除く)
    • INFOBARシリーズ
    • A5000シリーズ
    • C5000シリーズ
    • A3000シリーズ
    • C3000シリーズ
    • A1400シリーズ
    • A1300シリーズ
    • A1100シリーズ
  • NTT:
    • 210i以降
    • 503is以降
    • FOMA

I realized that Japan has one of the largest, if not “the largest”, mobile content consumers in the world, but the rest of Asia also have a very big intake of mobile technology. For example:

  • Hong Kong citizens changes their mobile phone the most frequent in the world.
  • South Korean citizens is the most wired [to the Internet] in the world.
  • Philipine citizens sends the most SMS in the world.
  • China citizens now make up the largest population within a country of installed cellular phone.
  • India citizens has the highest density (based on spending power) of potential cellular phone user base.

Are we (the rest of Asia, Hong Kong in particular) always going to be playing “second fiddle” to the Japanese consumers? Are we really that phobic towards mobile content? I am sure Apple’s Marketing and Product Development teams had done their homework before launching the site in Japan, but please don’t leave the rest of Asia out.

SImilarly, the news of iTunes Music Store for Japan had been in the air for over a year now; ever since the rumors of a EU specific Store 2 years ago. Recent news place the launch date of the iTunes Music Store – Japan for end of 2005.

Throughout these rumors and announcements, no one seem to want to comment about the rest of Asia. Yes, during the recent rumors there is also news of a iTunes Music Store for Australia by end of April 2005, but what about the other large non-English speaking music consumers: Cantonese/Mandarin (Chinese), Hindu (Indian), Korean, Barhasa and Thai.

Apple’s iTunes Music Store for US already have some foreign languages music listed, but speaking to local [Hong Kong] record companies (Avex, EMI, etc.) individuals, it seems that over the past 2.5 years they have grown to accept the inevitable of music download and online distribution for Hong Kong and rest of Asia. Of course like many other things that Apple does they do not comment on unannounced products or service offerings, but I hope they are already well on its way discussing with these regional record companies (Apple, if you’re reading, please send me a personal note and I will forward some of these “record companies individuals” to you… :P).


Apple Brand New OS


Just 2 hours ago Apple announced that their latest version of the Macintosh OS X v1.4 (aka “Tiger”) will be available April 29, 18:00 PST at a retail price of USD129.00.

Apple is planing events at most of its Apple Stores around the world for the launch.

You can pre-order it from Apple’s Online Stores worldwide.

The most significant enhancement in this version of the Mac OS X is “Spotlight”, which I believe every Mac and non-Mac users will find it useful. Simply put it, Spotlight allows you to find anything on your Mac without worry about where or in what format the information are stored.

To get people started with using Spotlight, Apple had included the Spotlight functionalities into the new Mail, Address Book, System Preferences and Finder. The best part is that the “Spotlight” technology is built into the heart of the new Mac OS X and not a “bolted” on functionality. This means that whenever a file is created, saved, moved, copied or deleted Spotlight is there to update its index and catalog so that it is ready for the next user query.

There are many more features, you should really check out Apple’s web site for details.

Movie Review: Assault on Precinct 13


My Rating: 3Stars

Tonight I went to see the movie Assault on Precinct 13 at Broadway Cinema, Olympian Plaza. Another one of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

I did not have too much expectation with this movie. As you may tell it had been a while since I’ve been to a movie, so this evening it was a nice deserved break for me for the past months of running my online stores here and on eBay.

This movie is a bit different play on the traditionally topic of the down-and-out-good-guy who came up to the plate when going got though. Actually the reason I gave this movie only 3 Penguins is because I cannot tell you too much of the movie. If I do I will give away the movie.

So if you have time and looking for a break go and purchase the VCD for this movie.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere