Posts Tagged ‘itunes’

MacWorld Keynote Was Big Enough

January 8, 2009 2 comments

ilife2009Rumors of an iPhone Nano and a new Mac Mini abounded before the 2009 MacWorld Expo, but they were just as absent as Steve Jobs.  This led to disappointment from some onlookers, but there was plenty of interesting new stuff.

Here were the main announcements from the keynote:

A close second in the “Top Announcement” award goes to the iTunes announcement that all songs will be available DRM-free by March.  It’s about time.

My favorite announcement was the 17″ MacBook Pro.  With the thinness, the long battery life, and the screen real estate, this MacBook is miles beyond other laptops in its class.


iPhone’s Remote Control App

July 17, 2008 Leave a comment

If you have an iPhone and haven’t downloaded Remote, stop what you are in the middle of and do it now.

When I first read of the iPhone as a remote, I imagined a limited but functional remote control which would allow stopping/playing and skipping to previous or next song.

Remote goes a few steps further by allowing you to view playlists and control the volume. When a song is playing, it shows you the album art and the controls you need to go to any point in the song.

The only setup required involves having iTunes open and giving you a special code that you will need to type into iTunes to make the link to the iPhone. After that, you are ready to remotely control iTunes with your iPhone or iPod Touch.

The app requires Wi-Fi, and can control any iTunes-loaded computer on the network. It works great with a Mac, and I just confirmed that it also works on a Windows PC.  It’s available for free in the App Store.

Rhapsody Finally Acknowledges the Existence of iPods

July 1, 2008 Leave a comment

RealNetworks’ digital music service, Rhapsody, has finally acknowledged that the iPod exists. They launched their new MP3 music download service yesterday, and the songs can now be used with iTunes and iPods. Downloads are .99 cents, and many albums are available for $9.99. All downloads are DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on copying the files to a different computer and playing them.

Rhapsody has been a subscription download service up to this point, charging $13 to $15 a month for unlimited song streaming. Under this plan there was no way for users to load music on their iPods.

Apparently, an executive at RealNetworks looked up “iPod” on Wikipedia and discovered that Apple has sold over 140 million of them since their launch in October 2001. The iPod makes up about 70% of the digital player market.

After pondering this data for about 5 minutes, Rhapsody Vice President Neil Smith said, “We’re no longer competing with the iPod; we’re embracing it.”

Uh, yeah. Good call, Neil. Here’s a tip: when you see the graphs curving upward, then you know that there is an increase trend. This iPod chart may have helped you a few years ago:

Neil's iPod Sales Chart

Better late than never, I suppose.


iPhone as an iTunes Remote Control

June 29, 2008 Leave a comment reports that Apple has plans for a free add-on for the iPhone and iPod Touch that will allow users to control their iTunes application through Wi-Fi on any Mac or PC on a home network.

A Read Me file in the iPhone software developers’ package says, “use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home” and mentions that it will be a free download from the App Store.

Not that I needed another reason to get an iPhone 3G next Friday, but I’ll take it.

Geek Vacation Ends Abruptly

June 23, 2008 Leave a comment

Bora BoraI ran out of money, so I’m back from my 45 day vacation, and I’m glad to be back in the saddle for 98 Pound Geekling again.  There was a lot to miss in a month and a half…

* iTunes Store Tops Over Five Billion Songs Sold

* Apple Introduces the New iPhone 3G – Available July 11.

* iPhone 3G to be Available in More Than 70 Countries

* iPhone SDK Downloads Top 250,000

* Apple Introduces MobileMe Internet Service

* Apple Previews Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Developer

* HBO & Apple Bring Television Programming to the iTunes Store

Thanks for the emails while I was gone! It’s nice to know that 98PG is a vital part of your existence. 🙂

MacWorld Expo Predictions

January 13, 2008 Leave a comment

I’m not sure Steve Jobs will have enough time in the 90 minute keynote address on Tuesday morning at the Macworld Expo. If the rumors are half right, there will be a lot to talk about. Here are my predictions, just for kicks:

Sub-notebook – I’m expecting a new product that will fit somewhere between the iPhone and the MacBook. It will have a 10-12 inch screen, with a black finish. Apparently people want these. I’m quite happy with my 15 inch PowerBook. Then again, if I see one close up I may change my mind!

Cinema Displays – There is a lot of chatter about new displays having LED backlighting. I think that’s a good prediction, along with a design change which will sport a glossy screen (as an option?).

Apple TV 2.0– I expect to see DVR, along with the ability to manage movie rentals from iTunes, (another huge announcement).

Now, my least likely but most wanted announcement:

2nd Gen iPhone – I’m predicting this one because I want it to happen so badly. I have an envelope to save up enough money for the 2nd generation iPhone, so I’m hoping this is announced on Tuesday, with a release in February. Look for it to be 3G network-capable, having at least 16 GB of space, and various improvements to the OS. Fingers crossed…

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

January 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Who would have thought that Apple would eventually have a lawsuit brought against them, misguided though it may be, accusing them of being a monopoly? I’m no lawyer, but I’m guessing that they won’t be able to win this one against Apple.

It sounds to me like they are saying that Apple is a monopoly simply because the iPod is so popular. If that’s the case, then why not sue Microsoft because over 90% of PCs won’t run the Mac OS?

To be more specific, the claim is that Apple is monopolizing the digital music business by not allowing certain types of digital music, like WMA files, to play in iTunes and on iPods (are there that many people demanding to play WMA files on a digital music player?).

It’s bad press for Apple because people are saying their name and the word “monopoly” in the same sentence, but that’s all there is to this one: just another bogus lawsuit.

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