As usual, Cringely lays out a completely plausible and clear theory on Steve Jobs moves with Apple, RE: Intel and Clickstar.
See, we’re back to Apple. As I have written in previous columns, Apple is working on its own movie download service (HD movies at that!), and I believe that service and ClickStar are one in the same.
Good pricing is not enough reward for Steve Jobs kicking IBM in the corporate groin at the behest of Intel. Let’s guess, then, that not only will ClickStar morph into ITMS, but that Intel’s “digital home entertainment devices” will be ITMS-compliant. No Microsoft, no Real, just H.264, FairPlay, and something behind Door Number Three, where we’ll find yet another shoe.
This third shoe is Apple’s closeout sale on the iPod Photo, which is suddenly and inexplicably $150-off all over town. Get ready for the Video iPod, which will presumably be available from more than just Apple. HP is already on board and these clues suggest Intel is likely there, too.
I am not a MAC fanatic, but Cringely makes it sound so realistic that I almost want it to happen.