4-Minute Roundup: All Hail the iPad (Except Curmudgeons)

    by Mark Glaser
    April 2, 2010

    Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s special edition, I look at the impending launch of the Apple iPad tablet. So far, reviews have been mainly positive, though there are some caveats about the missing features (Flash support, camera, USB, etc.). Media companies are falling over themselves to create apps, including paid apps, but no one knows how many will be downloaded and paid for over the next few months. Plus, I ask Just One Question to PC Magazine reviewer Tim Gideon about his biggest surprise while using the iPad.

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    Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

    Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

    Apple iPad Review – Laptop Killer? Pretty Close at AllThingsD

    Apple iPad review in PC Magazine

    Apple iPad hands-on review at CNET

    Being the biggest beast on the planet of the apps is what will bring success at Times Online

    Why The iPad Is A Hit at MediaShift

    We Have Seen The Amazing Future Of Apple’s iPad And This Is It at Silicon Alley Insider

    Hold the iPad opinions ‘til you’ve used one, please at Computerworld

    The Best iPad Apps at Launch at TechCrunch

    Doing the iPad Math – Utility + Price + Desire at NY Times

    New York Times prominent among media iPad apps at CNET

    More new Apple iPad apps – BBC, Dragon Dictation, Pandora at USA Today

    Apple iPad’s iBooks vs Amazon’s Kindle at PC World

    Check out some of the write-in answers of our recent poll asking people to fill in the blank in this sentence: “The iPad will ___ the media industry.”

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    Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you would pay for iPad apps:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

    Tagged: apple apps ipad paid content wall street journal
    • I understand that the iPad is something ‘new’, for which I am quite grateful, and so we don’t really have good paradigms for how to think about it yet.

      That having been said, I have no interest in purchasing a camera-less, wifi-only reader that can’t print. Is it that it can play iPhone games? Are we really turning into a culture of constant gameplaying? I was never a fan of that prude Neil Postman, but I may need to reconsider….

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