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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 8. 2001-7A

* MP3 players
DETROIT (AP)- The race is on to market
in-car audio systems that will end the behind-
the-wheel fumbling for cassette tapes or CDs,
by storing and playing files in the MP3 format.
Among pioneering systems now being
offered is a SI,999 in-dash player capable of
storing as much as 1,000 hours of music -
enough to drive round-trip from Los Angeles
to New York City more than 10 times without
listening to the same song twice.
"MP3 as a format is not going to go away,"
said analyst Tim Bajarin, president of Creative
Strategies Inc., a California-based research
firm. "The whole idea of bringing digital
music to the automobile is inevitable."
Many, in fact, see MP3 technology as help-
ing to make CDs and cassettes archaic for
commuting Americans who spend so much
time on the road, trolling radio stations or their

headed for dashboards

music collections for the right tune.
By offering in-car MP3 capabilities, compa-
nies large and small hope to profit from the
format made famous by Napster, the wildly
popular online music-swapping service now
legally crippled.
Thanks largely to Napster, the MP3 format
for digitally compressed audio has become the
de facto standard. Though record labels are
bent on making Napster Inc. go the way of the
eight-track tape, MP3 music is here to stay.
Now, companies who see cars as an over-
looked market are pushing the MP3 players
that already are widely popular in Walkman-
style form. International Data Corp. predicts
that portable segment alone will grow from the
estimated 1.3 million units shipped nationwide
last year to 6.7 million in 2003.
"A year ago, you could count the number of

portable MP3 player vendors on your hand.
Now I've counted well over 60," said IDC ana-
lyst Bryan Ma.
In-vehicle digital audio isn't expected to
catch fire immediately but many see the tech-
nology as a vogue item for "early adopters,"
tech-savvy consumers willing to pay extra to
be on the cutting edge, even before prices
make affordable to the masses.
"When the competition heats up, the prices
will come down," Bajarin said, predicting
MP3-ready vehicle products are three to five
years from true mass appeal. "But if customers
start demanding this, vendors will move.
"People are continuing to tell the industry
that buying a CD with 13 cuts, of which they
only want two or three, is the issue. You can
customize MP3s with the music you really

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most important by voters, followed by leadership
and good judgment.
"Honesty clearly denoted Bush voters and
made a big difference on Election Day," she said.
Ninety percent of respondents felt the United
States had a favorable state of economy, yet most
were divided over who should receive the credit for
this - former President Bill Clinton or Congress.
Frankovic also said the 2000 presidential elec-
tion was close because, in the end, voters had
problems differentiating between Al Gore and
-George W. Bush. "There were similar images for
the candidates who tried to distance themselves
along the way," she said. Yet on Election Day,
most voters felt Gore was more prepared for the
role of president.
Responding to the chaos caused by network
news groups falsely calling the election twice,
Frankovic said most of the problems lay with
absentee ballots, which represented 12 percent of

all votes cast in Florida and even larger percent-
ages in western states.
Though many people have recently debated
future use of exit polls, Frankovic stated that CBS
News will still use them. "There is no other way of
understanding what voters are thinking!" she said.
But she added that the use of telephone polls among
absentee voters will augment in future elections.
Students had positive reactions to Frank(*~9's
speech. "It was very informative and helped cu-
cidate a lot of the political issues involved iO'ihe
election," said LSA senior Omer Chaudhri. '
LSA freshman Jon Monger shared the Ile
sentiment. "It was nice to hear a professrI'l
opinion on the 2000 election."
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Election Night. "I don't know if I have words 1o
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the weekdays and weekends," he
Cunningham said this service
. would be one component of fur-
thering a partnership with AATA
but would be p.ut through careful
consideration before implementa-
"I don't think it will be possible
to implement by September," Cun-
ningham said. "I don't want to
implement anything without input
from the students."
But many University bus drivers
have already voiced concern about
how negotiations with the AATA
would affect their jobs..
"Unlimited Access would not
adversely affect our staff members.
Some of our own drivers would feel
this is a very good program," Cun-
ningham said.
After consideration of the recom-
mendations made in a 1999 Student
Access Study and a transit study
conducted by University consul-
tants in Minneapolis, University
transit officials have decided the
pursuit of Unlimited Access may be
the next step.
"We've been looking at the stud-
ies for awhile. The study got us
talking about how we can better
partnership," Cunningham said.
Donald Schoup, a former Univer-
sity economics prof. and Director
of Transportation Studies at the
University of California at Los
Angeles, conducted research for
one of the documents studied by
the University.
"In Ann Arbor the University is
at the center of the transit system,"
Schoup said. "It's much easier for
the University to use transit than
build parking structures."
Schoup said until students have
experienced it, it is difficult to pre-
sume their acceptance of the pro-
gram, but overall, students at
universities nationwide tend to
respond positively to the program.
Most students would never have
considered using the transit system
but are amazed once they try it,
Schoup said.
If the University decides to try

"Unlimited Access
would no adversely
affect our staff
- Patrick Cunningham
Director of the Department of Park-
ing and transportation Services
Unlimited Access, it will join the
University of Illinois, University of
Wisconsin, Indiana University and
the University of Colorado, several
of the more than 50 universities
that have already implemented the
Jared Seidenberg, coordinator of
the University of Colorado at Boul-
der's Alternative Transportation
Committee, said Unlimited Access
was instituted in 1995.
Similar to the University of
Michigan's campus, Boulder has
limited parking to meter and park-
ing lots. The service lots on campus
are congested with faculty traffic.
As a result of constant traffic, stu-
dents and faculty have been encour-
aged to utilize the transit system.
"Most days it's quicker to get
around Boulder by bus than by bike
or car," Seidenberg said.
At Boulder, Unlimited Access is
provided at a small fee each term,
costing students close to $21 per
"We have the entire city mapped
out with a grid," Seidenberg said.
"It works great and is continually
Cunningham said if the depart-
ment reaches a decision about the
program by the end of the semester
students, faculty and staff will
become more knowledgeable about
the specific benefits to the commu-
nity before the system is put in
The director plans to meet with
staff members in the next couple of
weeks to address job safety con-
cerns. The department will also be
holding two public forums at the
end of the month for students to air
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upcoming search will take money
from other programs.
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was hoping to see resolved," Higgins
said. "Now we're looking at possibly
another eight months and I don't
feel that is acceptable."
Higgins added, "I'm not pleased
at having to allocate more money on
a search I felt would have been done
by now."
One of the issues spoke about at
last month's "State on the City"
address by Hieftje was the budget
cuts. Yet Hieftje said it would be

less a cost to the city to reopen the
search than to have chosen the
wrong individual. ,
Jean Robinson (D-Ward 1) said
she is looking forward to assisting
being part of the new process and
the selection of an applicant will
assure stability in the department.
"When you have any position
open for a period of time, it's prob-
lematic," Robinson said. "Employ-
ees always look forward to a new
person who represents stability.
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Lunsford will remain interim police
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The former assistant attorney gen-
eral said Microsoft exhibited exam-
ples of both types of behavior, first in
requiring computer companies that
wanted to purchase its operating sys-
tem to also purchase other software
from the company, and second in giv-
ing away its Web browser, Internet

"the politics of personal destruction."
Kurt Cobb, a communications con-
sultant to nonprofit agencies from
Kalamazoo, said he found Klein's lec-
ture remarkably easy to understand.
"I recall those days when he was on
television at night and he was surpris-
ingly much more effective than the
Microsoft representatives who were
then making their case," Cobb said.
]"It's pretty unusual to find some-

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