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Skype's decision to release Intel-only features on its newest software refresh may have been a poor idea

Last month we wrote a small piece about the upcoming Skype 2.0 features that are only enabled for Intel processors.  AMD is hoping to add another spear to its ranks by demanding Skype documents that prove or disprove Intel provided incentives to Skype for this favor.  Intel denies the allegations

A Skype executive declined to comment earlier this month when asked whether the company had tested the performance of its software on both Intel's and AMD's dual-core chips. An Intel representative confirmed that there are no instructions that specifically enhance the performance of voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software like Skype's in Intel's dual-core chips.

This is not the first time this year for an AMD-Intel legal battle.  AMD has been building anti-trust cases against Intel in Japan, the US and Korea for over a year, claiming that Intel leverages its buyers and distributors to not carry AMD products.  Of course, AMD's 21.4% marketshare is looking pretty good to the company right now, monopoly or not. 

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By michael2k on 3/1/2006 6:59:13 PM , Rating: 2
Regarding the iPod:
If you have, say, 400 CDs that you bought, worth roughly $10 each, that's $4k of music.

You can think of an iPod as an archive and backup; you lose the iPod, or damage the iPod, and your collection is still safe. Unlike a folder of burned CDs, you also have the capability of carrying an iPod in your pocket.

So if you compare the value of a Walkman:Tape as 5:1, the value of your entire collection to an iPod is 1:8; in that light, it's actually worth much more than a Walkman, don't you think? That was the original value proposition of the 5 gb iPods in 2001; now you can get 4gb Nanos for $249, much cheaper and smaller and cooler, and instead of a 1:8 value, it is 1:16.

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