Reporters' Roundtable Podcast: Jobs is back

Apple's CEO returned to the public eye in his first major launch announcement since his medical leave and subsequent liver transplant surgery. We discuss his performance, and the new Apple products.

On September 9, Steve Jobs returned to the public eye in his first major launch announcement since his medical leave and subsequent liver transplant surgery. At the event, he announced a new line of iPods, new digital formats for music and videos, and, sadly, nothing from the Beatles. Rafe Needleman hosts, with Donald Bell, Erica Ogg, and Greg Sandoval.

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In this first episode of the new Reporters' Roundtable, I talk with Apple experts at CNET about the 9/9/09 Steve Jobs keynote. Read on if you want the raw show notes, but click the audio or video stream to get the real content.

EPISODE 1 - Notes

Reporters Roundtable # 1: Apple Analysis

Host Rafe Needleman
Producer Lynn Fu
Guest Erica Ogg
Guest Greg Sandoval
Guest Donald Bell

INTRO

Hello and welcome to the Reporters Roundtable, CNET's weekly deep dive into the main story of the week. I'm Rafe Needleman from CNET News. In this, our first episode in the new live format, we'll be discussing Apple CEO Steve Jobs' announcements in San Francisco on Wednesday. Our guests today are

Reporter Erica Ogg from CNET News. Erica is the Apple reporter and was at the keynote
Senior writer Greg Sandoval from CNET News. Greg covers the music industry in depth.
Senior Editor Donald Bell from CNET reviews. Donald reviews music players.

Erica, Greg, Donald, welcome

Let's start with a recap. On September 9, Steve Jobs returned to the public eye in his first major launch announcement since his medical leave and subsequent liver transplant surgery. At the press event, he announced a new line of iPods some with video cameras, a new version of iTunes with social and sharing features, an update of the iPhone operating system, and new digital formats for music and videos.

TALKING POINTS

So let's get into it. How'd Steve do up there?

Was this an important event?

Hardware ---

Apple taking on the Flip with the Nano? Why?

Why no cam in the Touch - bad part?

How important is FM radio

Why Apple hasn't retired the iPod Classic

Do we think they've got the right lineup

Content and formats---

Apple's new extended formats (albums and video extras)

Ringtone business for Apple

The Beatles (or lack thereof)

iPhone update?---

iPhone App store - any word on the approval process for apps?

Wrapup---

What's next? Tablet? TV? Beatles?

Thanks all for your time.

Thanks for listening to Reporters Roundtable. We're on live each Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific time. Got questions? E-mail rafe@cnet.com. We'll see you next time!

 

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