iTunes to close?

In a news story that threatens to eclipse panicky Wall Street speculation, rumours are spreading that the iTunes store might have to close if a ruling tomorrow by the Copyright Royalty Board increases royalties too much. Or maybe the CRB will get panicky if Steve threatens to throw the big iTunes Store switch…

Of course, Apple really makes its money from selling iPods and iPhones to play content from iTunes, so it might not be as big a problem as people expect 🙂

Muted leopard bug?

I’m trying to play some music from iTunes, but I can’t seem to get anything to play. Space bar doesn’t work, play button doesn’t work, nothing. Then I try volume up, down keys, and controls in iTunes and the menu bar, none of which works. Then I open up the Sound preference panel, and lo and behold the mute checkbox is checked, and it’s greyed out so I can’t change its state, even if the volume up and down keys indicate that the audio is not muted!I did have similar problems with muting under Tiger, but don’t think I ever noticed that the mute checkbox was permanently checked.