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Transcript of iTunes conference call published

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:

“Another thing we’ve added is automatic WMA to AAC conversions, that is automatic conversion from WMA—which is the format that many people use on Windows—to AAC—which is the format that iTunes uses—so that Windows users can automatically create iTunes versions of the songs encoded in unprotected WMA, which means if you’re adding iTunes to your PC, you’ve got a music library in WMA, it will automatically create an iTunes version that is playable in iTunes, allow you to convert your library to iTunes and sink it to iPod just really in a snap. And this is going to help us a lot in the Windows market along with HP and some of the other things we’re doing and we’re excited about that.”

iTunes 4.5 cracked in less than 24 hours

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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Download a free song from iTunes

“To celebrate the first anniversary

More tips on iTunes 4.5

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.

Linking to an iMix. Want to email an iMix link to a friend or publish it on your Web site? Control-click on the icon for your iMix, then choose Copy iTunes Music Store URL from the shortcut menu. Paste that link into an email or the Web tool of your choice.”

Pepsi’s iTunes promo shows weak results

“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.”

Apple disables iTunes song-swapping tool

“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

iTunes 4.5 cripples DRM-stripping apps

“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.”

inMotion Adapter for iPod mini now available

picAltec Lansing has released the inMotion Adapter for iPod mini for inMotion speakers. “Allows the iPod mini to securely dock in the inMotion

iTunes turns small profit, video iPod denied

“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.”

Steve Jobs iTunes conference call coverage

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 announces RemoteRemote2

“Engineered Audio, LLC. announced its RemoteRemote 2, the newest in RF wireless remote control for Apple

Apple launches iTunes on Campus program

“Give your students easy access to iTunes

An in-depth look at iTunes 4.5

Jim Heid, author of the forthcoming “The Macintosh iLife ‘04” book and DVD, has published an in-depth look at iTunes 4.5 on his Macilife.com Web site.

iTunes celebrates one year anniversary; Over 70 million songs purchased

“Apple

Lajo 50% off Mother’s Day sale

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i-magine UK accepting pre-orders on Griffin iTalk

“i-magine is accepting pre-orders on Griffin’s latest release in the UK - The iTalk. Once again, the website is offering the product cheaper than anywhere else in the UK. This accessory transforms your iPod into a dictaphone as well as also supplying you with an built-in miniature speaker to either playback your recordings, or even your music. i-magine is also running a promotion offer, selling the iTrip and PowerPod together at a 10% discount - suprisingly, cheaper than anywhere else in the UK!”

Mac/Windows: iPod Update (v2.2) 2004-04-28 released

  • April 28, 2004
  • iPod,

piciPod Update 2004-04-28 supports all models of iPod and iPod mini introduced before April 28, 2004. This update is required to take advantage of new features in iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store.

Changes for iPod without a Dock connector

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

    Changes for iPod with a Dock connector and iPod mini

  • Compatibility with iTunes 4.5 and the iTunes Music Store

  • Improved playback performance

  • Support for the Apple Lossless Encoder, to enable compressed music encoding at high quality

  • Mac/Windows: iTunes 4.5 released

    piciTunes 4.5 has been announced by Apple within the iTunes Music Store.

    What’s new in iTunes:

  • Free Downloads/Single of the Week

  • iMix - Publish Your Playlists

  • Music Videos

  • Movie Trailers

  • Radio Charts

  • Party Shuffle

  • CD Insert Printing

  • Wish List

  • Import WMA Files (Windows)

  • Lossless Encoder

  • Links to Music Store (Requires iTunes 4.5)

  • Future Sonics announces SofterWear custom earphone sleeves

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    “Future Sonics is proud to announce the release of our new SofterWear

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