“But what’s needed next is the additional layer of information that typically goes with music sold in brick-and-mortar stores: the packaging.
The new iTunes feature that lets those who buy an album print out the cover art addresses this, to a point. But what’s missing are the other bits of information about the album that typically come with CD packaging—liner notes, jacket copy, lyric sheets and so on. Jazz and classical fans in particular often enjoy reading the jacket copy.”
How popular is the iPod mini? Point your browser to eBay and search the words ‘iPod mini’ and you’ll get over 10 pages of results. Most auctions are selling the mini for well over $300 and pink is the most expensive color with some auctions over $400. The most popular color with three pages of listings is the silver mini. You’ll find pink iPod minis selling for up to $485 ‘Buy It Now.’ eBay UK just sold an iPod mini Pink for [url=http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=41002&item=3093835719&rd=1]
Lajo’s exomini-fb the last of the series of 7 exomini cases has just been released in time for Lajo’s Mom’s Week 50% Off Special which will start on Monday. This is the fourth flat back case Lajo has released for the iPod mini and it can be converted to belt use with Lajo’s new TwistClip which rotates to 7 positions. It will be available mid May. Exomini-fb sells for $15 plus $5 shipping to anywhere in the world and for a limited time next week you will be able to buy it for $7.50.
Jim Heid, author of “The Macintosh iLife ‘04,” has published two AppleScripts that allow you to toggle the behavior of the link arrows in iTunes 4.5.
“Apple Computer said Thursday that it is investigating reports that some iPod owners have had trouble updating their devices to take advantage of the company’s latest version of its iTunes jukebox software.
The Mac maker on Wednesday released an iPod software update in conjunction with its enhancement of iTunes. The iPod software is required for iPods to take advantage of the new features of iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store. However, a number of iPod owners say that when they run the software that is supposed to upgrade their devices, the software cannot detect their iPod.”
The Mac Observer has posted a complete transcript of yesterday’s iTunes anniversary conference call with Steve Jobs. Here he describes the new WMA to AAC conversion feature in iTunes 4.5:
SlashDot reports that in less than 24 hours someone in Australia has cracked the new authentication algorithm in iTunes 4.5. “iTunes 4.5 uses a new authentication algorithm. However, not even 24 hours after I downloaded it, and that includes a little sleep and lots of uni time, I’ve broken it. Hah. Anyhow, libopendaap 0.2.0 and tunesbrowser 0.1.4 are now available.”
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“To celebrate the first anniversary
Jim Heid, author of “The Macintosh iLife” has published more tips for iTunes 4.5 on his website. Here’s one of his tips on iMix, the ability to share your own playlist in iTunes.
“Apple Computer said Wednesday that about 5 million free songs have been given away through a Pepsi promotion, far fewer than the 100 million tracks that could have been redeemed.
An Apple representative said the music giveaway was probably the biggest ever of its kind but admitted that the company gave away fewer songs than it had intended.
‘We had hoped the redemptions would have been higher,’ said Katie Cotton, Apple’s vice president of worldwide corporate communications. Customers with winning bottle caps have until Friday to redeem their free music tracks.”
“Among other additions Apple Computer made to its iTunes software, the Mac maker has plugged a hole that allowed some people to download music from another computer.
Apple’s iTunes allows Macintosh and PC users to play music stored on other PCs on a network. The music is streamed off the other computer. But file-swapping enthusiasts quickly created other programs, such as MyTunes, to capture the songs and allow them to be saved to the computer’s hard drive. With the latest iteration
“According to a handful of very preliminary reports, it appears that new Mac OS X code, which is included as part of the iTunes 4.5 installer, cripples the vast majority of DRM-removing applications that have surfaced in recent weeks.
“I just downloaded the freebie song from iTunes, by the Foo Fighters, and when I tried to pass it through iMovie or FairTunes, I received an error message stating that my computer was not authorized to play the song,” one iTunes user said.”
Altec Lansing has released the inMotion Adapter for iPod mini for inMotion speakers. “Allows the iPod mini to securely dock in the inMotion
“Apple Computer Inc.‘s online music store, iTunes, recorded a small profit in the current quarter, according to Chief Executive Steve Jobs (news - web sites).
ITunes is now selling 2.7 million songs a week, or a rate of 140 million songs a year. The company boasts a market share of more than 70 percent in legal online music.
The Cupertino, Calif., company will resist adding video capabilities to its iPod music player.
“It’s the music, stupid,” Jobs said, adding that listening to music can be done in combination with another activity else, while video is a “foreground” activity.”
Head to MacMinute.com for live coverage of the iTunes Music Store anniversary conference call. There is an extensive list of news briefs from the call.
Some highlights courtesy of MacMinute:
- Jobs: The iTMS had a small profit this past quarter—0-70 million in one year is a good figure.
- Jobs: Music is background activity—movies are foreground activity—music is the revolution here.
- Jobs: we have to stay focused on the fact that people are buying iPods for music.
- Jobs: (joking): next big step is we want iPod to make toast. Toying with refrigeration, too.
- Jobs: upward trend in iPod sales—Apple is the only company in world offers unbeatable combo of iPod, iTunes and iTunes Music Store.
- Jobs: subscription services not succeeding—$1 to listen to a song for the rest of your life. People want to own music, not rent it—you own it… subscriptions make you pay over and over.
- HP expects to ship 8 million copies of iTunes on their desktops this year.
- Labels never asked for iTMS downloads to play on any other device besides iPod, says Jobs.
- Price is remaining 99 cents per song
- “Gonna help us a lot in the Windows market,” says Jobs. (WMA to AAC converter)
- Jobs: “Largest online catalog in the world. “Number one online music service in the world,” so “exceeded our wildest expectations”
“Engineered Audio, LLC. announced its RemoteRemote 2, the newest in RF wireless remote control for Apple