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OSNews: iTunes for Windows Speed Not Acceptable

“So far, so good. I found no glitches with the application or its stability. Except one thing: its UI speed. For the life of me, I am almost unable to resize the iTunes window (with visual effects OFF no less)! Its window UI is almost unresponsive. Menus and native-windows-looking alerts are responsive and fast, however the metal interface is just unusable here. I can’t easily resize the application, and with difficulty I can scroll the scrollbars in the store or the Library! After many attempts, I managed to get the window size down to about 640x480 and then the application did become more responsive and workable. But on a normal ~1024x1000 window, it is just unusable. There are times I can’t even move the whole window across the screen! Note: I am not talking about playback (which works fine with no performance issues), or when in mini-mode: I am talking about scrolling/resizing the app when the window is in normal mode and bigger than 800x600. Resizing the window when in “Music Store” is almost impossible here! Update: Upgrading to the latest graphics drivers didn’t help. “

QuickTime Video of Apple Music Event Now Available

  • October 17, 2003
  • Apple,

Fow your viewing pleasure, Apple has now released the QuickTime video of yesterday’s Introduction of iTunes for Windows, as presented by Steve Jobs.

Apple Posts iTunes Link Maker

“Welcome to iTunes Link Maker. This simple web interface will automatically generate html you can copy-and-paste into your own code to create deep links to any music on the iTunes Music Store. Simpy enter a song name, album name, artist name, or any combination of the three to get started:”

Also note that you can also “drag a web page from the iTunes Music Store to a document or email” as noted by this iTunes 4.1: What’s New Knowledge Base Document. We’re wondering how can iLounge use these tools to auto generate Reader’s Recommendations or similar from iTunes? We’d like your suggestions on possibly creating a new feature on iLounge to share your iTunes playlist (not the songs).

First Look at Belkin Media Reader

iPoding has posted a first look at Belkin’s new Media Reader for iPod.

“After finishing the importing and disconnecting the Media Reader we connected iPod to the PowerBook and launched iPhoto. iPhoto recognized iPod as a camera and the and brought up the import screen.  We clicked the import button.  We should note that we had imported two rolls into the iPod and iPhoto behaved as though it was importing both.  It turns out however that only the first roll made it into iPhoto.  (Please note: As noted above, we needed to reformat the card after the first time we imported and erased the card via iPod.  Something went very wrong along the way and subsequent imports from the card to iPod resulted in corrupted files.)”

Refurbished 30GB iPod $350 at CompUSA.com

  • October 16, 2003
  • Deals,

CompUSA is offering refurbished 30GB iPods for $349 as a special Internet price only. Quantities are limited, sold as is and cannot be returned, and includes a one year Apple warranty.

CNET: Will iTunes make Apple shine?

“Although Apple Computer launched its iTunes Music Store for Windows amid much fanfare, the company said it doesn’t have any illusions that it can make great profits from selling songs over the Internet.

Instead, Apple is counting on the store as a key part of an overall music business for the company that can produce substantial profits—mainly through sales of its iPod digital music player.

“The iPod makes money. The iTunes Music Store doesn’t,” Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller told CNET News.com in an interview Thursday after the launch of the Windows version of the store. “

Wired: ITunes, Now for the Rest of Us

“During a slick presentation in downtown San Francisco on Thursday morning, Mick Jagger, Bono and Dr. Dre joined Jobs to endorse a new version of Apple’s iTunes software and music store for the Mac and Windows. [...]

Like the Mac version, iTunes for Windows offers songs a la carte at 99 cents a pop, and albums for $10. Songs can be shared between three computers—any combination of Macs or Windows PCs—and copied ten times to CD or any number of iPods. On the Mac, the service has won praise for its ease of use and liberal usage rights.”

2.1 Doesn’t Fix Gap Between Songs

  • October 16, 2003

A reader at iPoding reports that “despite some other nice improvements in the 2.1 firmware (especially the dynamic playlist), Apple still hasn’t been able to eliminate the gap between songs.”

Apple Posts New TV Spot

  • October 16, 2003

Apple has posted a new version of its recent hip-hop style television commercial. The new version features black silhouettes on vibrant colored backgrounds ‘rocking out’ to “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by Jet.

iTunes Music Store No. 1 in the World

“Since its launch six months ago, music fans have purchased and downloaded more than 13 million songs from the iTunes Music Store, making it the number one download music service in the world. With music from all five major music companies and over 200 independent music labels, the iTunes Music Store catalog is growing every day and will offer more than 400,000 songs by the end of October.”

AOL and Apple Unite for Music

  • October 16, 2003

“Apple

Buy a Pepsi, Win a Song

Exclusive Audible Content Added to iTunes Music Store

In a partnership with Audible.com, Apple has added exclusive content such as spoken word, audio books and NPR (National Public Radio) programs to iTunes Music Store.

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Belkin Releases Media Reader for 3G iPods

picBelkin has released a media reader ($100) for 3G iPods (Mac or Windows) and requires iPod Software 2.1.

Belkin Releases Voice Recorder for 3G iPods

pic Belkin has released a new voice recorder ($50) for 3G iPods (Mac or Windows) and requires iPod Software 2.1.

“With the new voice recording features, iPod users can use a Belkin Voice Recorder to record and instantly review over 600 hours of lectures, interviews or notes on a 40GB iPod. Once the iPod is connected to a Mac or Windows PC, the voice notes are automatically synced with the computer just like songs and playlists are synced in the iTunes library. These audio recordings are stored in WAV file format and can be easily edited or even sent to others via email. The Belkin Voice Recorder for iPod is the first third-party voice recording accessory to take advantage of these new capabilities in iPod. Belkin

Windows: iPod Software 2.1 Released

The update command downloads new software to an iPod. The update command may be disabled if the iPod does not need to be updated because it already has up-to-date software. The restore command returns an iPod to ‘factory fresh’ condition. It erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software. WARNING: The restore command erases all of the music and other data currently on the iPod.

What’s new in this version:

  • Voice notes (requires 3rd party microphone, sold separately)
  • Digital photo storage (requires 3rd party photo card reader, sold separately)
  • Enhanced On-The-Go playlist
  • Improved playback performance
  • Added Music Quiz game
  • Improved backlight
  • Improved battery meter
  • New for Windows: support for AAC audio files, including songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store

Mac: iPod Software 2.1 Released

The update command downloads new software to an iPod. The update command may be disabled if the iPod does not need to be updated because it already has up-to-date software. The restore command returns an iPod to ‘factory fresh’ condition. It erases and reformats the iPod before downloading new software. WARNING: The restore command erases all of the music and other data currently on the iPod.

What’s new in this version:

  • Voice notes (requires 3rd party microphone, sold separately)
  • Digital photo storage (requires 3rd party photo card reader, sold separately)
  • Enhanced On-The-Go playlist
  • Improved playback performance
  • Added Music Quiz game
  • Improved backlight
  • Improved battery meter

Apple Store UK Confirms iPod Accessories

  • October 16, 2003

Apple UK has confirmed rumours that the Mac maker will introduce a set of iPod accessories, almost certainly later today when the company unveils the Windows version of iTunes and opens its iTunes Music Store to Wintel users.

“‘Rumours site’ Think Secret has been touting such peripherals for some time, and yesterday cited sources who claim a microphone and a memory card reader will be among the items Apple will offers as iPod options. Apple will also ship a firmware update - taking the device’s on-board software to version 2.1 - to allow the portable music player to use the new add-ons.

Alas, it appears only the latest generation of iPods can make use of the peripherals, but here’s hoping.

The story is confirmed by Apple’s UK online store which has a graphic on its front page advertising “Hot iPod Accessories”. The player “now records your voice and stores more than tunes,” it burbles.”

LATimes: Apple Is Expected to Unveil Pact With Pepsi

  • October 16, 2003
  • Apple,

“The Cupertino, Calif., company, which reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings Wednesday that beat analysts’ expectations, is expected to announce today a promotion deal that would give Pepsi buyers free songs from Apple’s fledgling online music service.

Sources said the unveiling of the pact with PepsiCo Inc. was timed to coincide with today’s release of a Windows-compatible version of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, which has been available only to Macintosh users.”

Updated: Apple ships 336,000 iPods, still no. 1 MP3 player

  • October 15, 2003
  • Apple,

MacMinute has posted highlights from today’s Apple Q4 financial conference call with industry analysts and the press. iPod highlights included: Apple made $121 million in profit from the 336,000 shipped iPods. The iPod is still the no. 1 MP3 player on the market. Apple is expanding its worldwide iPod sales with 8,000 resellers before Christmas.

Today Apple posted its 4th quarter results and it’s noted that 336 thousand iPod units were shipped, up 140 percent from the year-ago quarter. Apple posted a net profit of $44 million and revenues for the quarter were $1.715 billion, up 19 percent from the year-ago quarter.

“‘It was a great new product quarter for Apple,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We launched the Power Mac G5, the fastest personal computer in the world, new PowerBooks and new iPods. Plus, we’re delivering Panther, the next major release of Mac OS X, later this month and we’ll have some exciting news regarding our music efforts tomorrow.’”

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