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Apple adds private iTunes Store pages, displaying odd new touch device icon [updated]


In addition to unveiling the App Store, a section of the iTunes Store devoted to selling software for iPhones and iPod touches, Apple today announced that it would enable selected developers to create their own private pages on the App Store to distribute content to a limited audience, rather than the entirety of the Apple customer base. Developers interested in creating their own App Store pages must register for the iPhone’s $299 Enterprise Program, rather than its standard $99 program.


iLounge Editor Jesse Hollington notes that private pages have already started to appear on the iTunes Store for limited distribution of standard media, such as unprotected audio and video, as shown in the screenshot above. These pages can be university- or company-specific, providing educational or other types of materials, and are not visible to the general iTunes user population. In the Education First Educational Tours example here, a user registered with an international travel tour is provided access to TourCast audio and video tracks through the iTunes U section of the iTunes Store. Unusually, the private page features an image of a touchscreen iPod/iPhone-style device with curves and a Home button-pressing dock never seen before; it is unclear whether this is meant to generically suggest iPod and iPhone compatibility, or represents a yet-to-be-announced Apple product.

Update: An Education First designer has responded in the comments to say that the mysterious device shown above was actually the result of image editing, and does not depict any current or future Apple product.

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Maybe it’s a touchscreen nano.

Posted by Michael on March 6, 2008 at 7:07 PM (CST)


It’s obviously a photoshopped ipod, nothing new. Apple would never make something that looks like that anyway, it looks like a zune.

Posted by Colin on March 6, 2008 at 9:23 PM (CST)



Posted by Matt D. on March 6, 2008 at 10:47 PM (CST)


next iPod or some kind of wifi device?

Posted by iMichael on March 7, 2008 at 2:26 AM (CST)


It is too sharp for apple, they like rounded edges, look at the current products and you can tell what is real and what some 14 year old came up with in his high school art class.  it looks to me like some one over at Educational Tours had a deadline and stayed up too late playing Xbox.

Posted by Allan Rutter on March 7, 2008 at 2:40 PM (CST)


Looks like a docked eBook device. Remember folks, years ago, just before the iPhone rumors were abound, there was a fairly reliable report that Apple had begun to purchase the rights to a considerable number of books. With multi-touch, a more book shaped iPhone with a larger (7”?) screen and Amazon Kindle like content distribution system, they would have a killer device. Form factor and content is everything folks.

Posted by Wonderkid on March 7, 2008 at 3:56 PM (CST)


I bought the 8gb iPhone the day they first lowered the price and i have been waiting doe the 3g phone ever since (the sony p990 i had before the iphone was 3g). I can’t wait for the 3g but i really hope it doesn’t look like this.

Posted by Frank on March 7, 2008 at 6:31 PM (CST)


Its a docked Mac Tablet! The white is the dock… not part of the device.

Posted by Michael Kontaxis on March 7, 2008 at 8:41 PM (CST)


looks like a Flux-capacitor….. Better call Marty McFly on this one

Posted by Rene on March 7, 2008 at 10:32 PM (CST)


Everyone doubted the “fat” Nano as well. Everyone called “Photoshop” and stated “flaws” in the image. I’m not saying this isn’t real or that it is, but don’t be so quick to shoot it down. You might be eating your 6-month old words in about, well, six months. Apple refreshes devices every year or two on average. The iPod still has yet to have a real make-over. THe iPod Touch doesn’t count since it’s really just a stripped down iPhone. Let’s just wait and see. If it is real, it seems like a big folly on Apple’s part.

Posted by ddsd on March 8, 2008 at 11:43 AM (CST)


And by folly, I mean how early it’s being shown in comparison to an official debut.

Posted by dsd on March 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM (CST)


Did anyone notice a different iTunes logo at the SDK event on the iphone? Rather than an arrow pointing down it is the musical note.  Could it be full access to iTunes store?

Posted by Neal Jandreau on March 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM (CST)


An apple ebook reader?

Posted by Peter Wolf on March 8, 2008 at 3:11 PM (CST)


I did a bit of research…A lot of people are saying that the corners are too sharp for a Nano or regular iPod…
If the corner radius if based off other current Apple products, The screen size is roughly around 8-10 inches.

It’s tablet size.

Posted by RedBullFlash on March 9, 2008 at 1:34 AM (CST)


New e-book reader?

Posted by scott on March 9, 2008 at 10:36 AM (CDT)


Everyone seems to think its an “iPhone nano,” but if you look at the dock and guess that it is the same height as all of apple’s other docks, it looks exactly the size and shape of a new Newton. Also, in reference to the new iTunes icon, it is now a musical note do differentiate from the App Store. A downward arrow is for downloads, but now there are 2 download stores, so they changed the icon.

Posted by salamander sam on March 9, 2008 at 9:59 PM (CDT)


It’s a touchscreen detachable watch face.  Like the iphone and iTouch, except this device detaches from its watch band to sync with computer. The screen is close to 2 x 1.5. The dock is more like the size of a shuffle.It may very well work with running shoe device.  That I am not sure.  My roommate claims to have worked on part of the advertising for it. According to him, it is approx 1/2 the size of the iPhone screen, and it’s practically all screen.  Everything you love on the iTouch, now on your wrist.  He tells a lot of stories though.  Just adding to all the speculation.

Posted by Drew on March 10, 2008 at 11:46 PM (CDT)


Rene is right it is definitely a Flux-capacitor!

Posted by Rene's friend on March 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM (CDT)


Allan at post #5 had it most right…except I’m not 14.

The original picture I grabbed the image from is currently result 199 from a google images search for “ipod touch.”

Had to spruce up an outdated masthead on EF’s TourCast page (mostly to incorporate EF’s newly updated logo) and decided to replace the original image of a first-gen iPod while I was at it.

I did have a quick turn-around, so just punched out the device, but it appears the corners did lose some roundedness in the process.

Anyway, sorry to set anyone off. We’ve since updated our header image so it now displays no device, imaginary or otherwise. ;)

Posted by Brian on March 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM (CDT)

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