April 28th Rumor Roundup: iPods, Music, Other?

As the weekend approaches, most readers are painfully aware that Monday, April 28th will bring us new announcements from Apple. The rumors surrounding Apple's upcoming event have actually been brewing since last year.

Apple Music Download Service

The first serious rumors of Apple's Music Service appeared on this site in late February, with reports from reliable sources indicating that Apple will be introducing a music download service at a cost of $0.99/song.

Looking back, however, a very similar (but unconfirmed) rumor appeared in December 11, 2002 as an anonymous Slashdot post... but in retrospect, was clearly based on real information.

The LA Times broke the story in the mainstream press - with additional details such as the planned use of AAC (MPEG4) and ongoing negotiations with the major music studios. While, AppleInsider brought first word of the date of April 28th -- which was confirmed by Apple themselves with a press invitation for the same date.

According the the invitation, the event will bring "announcements that will be music to your ears" -- leading many to believe that the Music service will be announced.

iPods

iPod rumors have plagued rumor-mongers since pre-MacWorld San Francisco... with the current line last updated 282 days ago. iPod rumors have run the gamut -- including color screens, FW800, video out, and countless other possibilties.

However, the most accurate specs appear to be from ThinkSecret with independent confirmation from our sources. The iPod's are expected to see a case revision, dock and 10gb, 15gb, and 30gb sizes.

Other

Despite readers' anticipation about IBM's 970 chips... there is no indication that Monday will have anything to do with the yet-to-be released processor. All rumors -- most of which have arisen from MacBidouille.com -- hint at WWDC (June) as the earliest possibility regarding the 970's.

The communication device rumor is still shrouded in mystery - without further details available. April 28th was mentioned as possible launching point for this non-descript device... however, it's unclear how it would be related to the other expected announcements.

The Apple-Universal buyout rumors seem to have died down after Apple's (non) statement.

The Event

The event appears that it will only be satellite broadcast -- without a webcast option at this time, however... one anonymous report indicates that capable Apple Stores will be hosting the event in house:


    All theater stores will host a satellite broadcast of an announcement by Steve Jobs on Monday, April 28 at 10 a.m. (PT). These stores should be inviting customers to come watch this exciting announcement in the store.

As always, stay tuned... as last minute leaks always seem to pop up...

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