-- About 40% of the cost of an iPad’s components deal with touching and seeing the device, according to iSuppli. The 16 GB version contains $259 worth of components that constitute 52% of the $499 retail price. At the high end, the $699 64 GB version has components worth $348. Of course, Apple has many other costs in related to the manufacturing and shipping of the iPads, as well as considerable sales and marketing costs. (BusinessWeek.com)

-- The assets of Veoh have been acquired by Qlipso, saving Veoh from the bankruptcy it announced in February. Qlipso is a video site that allows groups of friends to virtually congregate around and share Flash-based media content. Veoh had raised $70 million in venture capital but announced in February it was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Even though the company prevailed in a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by Universal Music Group, Veoh’s founder blamed Universal’s “war of attrition” on the company’s demise. But Veoh was saved by Qlipso before Veoh filed bankruptcy papers. Qlipso’s social and sharing elements will be combined with Veoh’s site, says Qlipso CEO Jon Goldman. (TechCrunch)

-- Digital tracks may have dipped slightly in Q1 2010, but the growth in digital albums meant total digital tracks purchased actually increased. As Billboard reported Wednesday in its Q1 wrap-up, sales of individual digital tracks dropped nearly 1% to 315.4 million. But digital albums jumped 16% to 21.8 million in Q1. Assuming a conservative ten tracks per digital album, total tracks sold increased 5.4% in Q1. Even if you assume only nine tracks per digital album – to adjust for the number of mini-albums and EPs at the top of the chart – total tracks still increased 1%. Also worth considering is the revenue generated by those digital album sales. With retailers and labels becoming more aggressive in sale pricing, one factor behind digital albums’ relatively strong showing in Q1, the 16% increase in digital album sales all but certainly carried less than a 16% increase in revenue.

-- Sirius XM will launch a one-week Alan Jackson channel called Alan Jackson’s Freight Train Radio. The short-lived station will run from April 9 to 15 on Sirius channel 61 and XM channel 17. Jackson’s latest album, Freight Train, was released by Arista Nashville on March 30. The country star will perform music, introduce songs from his favorite artists and share stories about his career. (Music Row)

-- Chatimprove is a different take on Chatroulette. It strives to create better matches between chat participants. One key difference: Chatimprove is a Facebook app, not a standalone web page. (CNET)

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