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iTunes 6 announced; 2,000 music videos, TV shows offered

In addition to the new iPod, Apple also today announced iTunes 6. Available just five weeks after the last major update, iTunes 5, the new version of Apple’s popular jukebox application and online music store features the ability to purchase and download video content for the new iPod.

iTunes 6 offers more than 2,000 music videos, a handful of television shows from Disney/ABC, and six short films from Pixar Animation Studios all priced at $1.99 each. As part of a deal with Disney, current and past episodes from “Desperate Housewives” and “Lost,” as well as the new drama series “Night Stalker” and the two most popular shows from Disney Channel, “That’s So Raven” and “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” are being offered.

Other new features in iTunes 6 include expanded online gift options that allow you to give specific songs, albums, music videos or iTunes playlists to anyone with an email address, a public beta of the new “Just for You” personalized music recommendations, and the debut of online customer reviews.

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1

Itunes 6 is great… the music videos import just as fast as a song… no laginess or decrease quality or nothing… apple has done it again BRIALLIANT!!!

Posted by Jonathan on October 12, 2005 at 3:08 PM (CDT)

2

AWESOME!!!

Posted by Max on October 12, 2005 at 3:53 PM (CDT)

3

AWESOME INDEED!!!  I only wish video playback was compatible with my 4G iPod photo.

Posted by epie on October 12, 2005 at 4:01 PM (CDT)

4

As much as this is very exciting, it seems that once again buyers in the UK are being ripped off. $1.99 does not equate to £1.89!

In fact, at current rates $1.99 = £1.03 meaning that we in the UK are paying just short of double what US buyers are paying.

Posted by dave_rein on October 12, 2005 at 4:13 PM (CDT)

5

I had heard somewhere that the iPod with Color display had the ability to play videos.  Does anybody know if this is true?

Posted by Steve on October 12, 2005 at 4:22 PM (CDT)

6

Does anyone know if you can still watch music videos for free in the music store on iTunes 6?

Posted by tom on October 12, 2005 at 4:47 PM (CDT)

7

I’ve been checking out iTunes 6 and noticed a very desireable new feature for video that I’ve been asking for on the audio side for a while now.  It allows you to browse using the normal system or BY LOOKING AT PICTURES attatched to the video content.  I’ve been dying to have the ability to browse music by album art since I started using iTunes.  It’s still not there, but maybe someday they’ll do it since they made it work for video now.

Posted by brett on October 12, 2005 at 4:53 PM (CDT)

8

So far, the just for you recommendations suck for me.  It’s based entirely off what I have bought, not what I have loaded from my cd’s.  Plus, because my wife has bought some stuff, its terribly jumbled in its selection.  Plus, the things it is referring make very little sense.

Since I bought the White Stripes, I would like Coldplay?  Huh?  Why?  They are not alike and I think Coldplay sucks.

Since you bought Motown, you would like James Taylor.  What?

Since you bought a lot of other neil Young stuff, you would probably like this pretty crappy album of his.  Come on.

Posted by Christopher Bemis on October 12, 2005 at 5:09 PM (CDT)

9

It may SEEM like a new feature, but it isn’t. What about the ability to back-up what you’ve bought? You can do it with music but spending $1.99 isn’t enough to allow you that “privilege,” when paying $.99 for a song DOES? LAME. I understand why they wouldn’t let you burn it on a DVD in DVD video format or on a CD in Video CD format, but what about in plain old compressed “data disc” format for archival purposes? It doesn’t you say? Once again: LAME.

(Oh, and to the moderators: I am going to KEEP posting this. You can TRY to stop me by continuing to delete it, but you won’t win. Best to just leave my post here.)

Posted by Jack on October 12, 2005 at 5:10 PM (CDT)

10

Yeah, does anyone think Apple will bring out a software update for the 4th Gen Colour display iPods, allowing videos? Cause as you all probably know, you can watch videos by installing Linux on your iPod…

So does anyone think it’s a plausible idea?

Posted by Ratty on October 12, 2005 at 5:12 PM (CDT)

11

Well, I am more excited by the fact that my next iPod will be black and shiny than anything else. I’m not going to download music videos at $1.99 each. Actually, I wonder how it will affect new videos when the producers have to make them visible on an iPod screen? Will we have the boobs and butts and rims even MORE in our faces so we can make them out on the screen? What I think is REALLY promising is the television content. Right now they are making older episodes of current shows available, but there’s a huge market for older TV content, I think, especially comedy animation like The Simpsons, or classic sports games.

Posted by Lee on October 12, 2005 at 5:58 PM (CDT)

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I agree with Jack. I back up photos, music and other items that I really want to keep on CD and then put it in a fireproof safe. But I just downloaded a NIN video, but can’t back it up to a CD.

Thumbs down.

Posted by Grubesteak on October 12, 2005 at 5:59 PM (CDT)

13

It seems like there is a problem with the way iTunes 6 handles podcasts. All podcasts in your library is updated to your ipod even if you have adjusted the settings to only update unplayed podcasts. I had to make a smart playslist to prevent this. Since i am short of space on my iPos Mini this is a big problem that I hope Apple will adress.

Posted by Johan on October 12, 2005 at 6:07 PM (CDT)

14

great - you can dl’d videos from itunes.

too bad the quality SUCKS. $2 is a rip off for poor quality video.

great idea. not so great in execution.

Posted by Travis on October 12, 2005 at 6:55 PM (CDT)

15

Concerning the photos ability to play video.
This is somewhat true.
Import your video into a video editing software porgram, and export them as a bunch of pictures. Use the scrol wheel to quickly move through the picts. This gives the alusion of video. Divide the number of pictures the ipod can hold by 30 and you will have the number of seconds the pod can hold. Or install Linux.

With as much hype as apple has presented us today it still falls gracefully short of how to present media. I was so looking forward to a new wireless delivery system for video. If you are going to control video from thirty feet away, you should be able to view video thirty feet away. A new airport express would have really been a better encore than a trumpet player; thou he played extremely well.

And the fact that itunes 6 will not let you burn your video content to a disk is extremely apalling. I know the screen size is small and wont take up two much room; but it still would be nice. I gues that is why the new Imac has more storage room; you’l need it. I expect a few hacks for this one.

I can forsee some trying to export the new media into the PSP. More Hacks for the PSP to come. Not that I promote that idea. In fact Hacks can brick your PSP.

Vice versa, exporting your UMD movies to the memory stick, and sucking them into the mac to play on your video Ipod.

For now you can still watch 1/4 of the music videos for free. There is a 20 second preview for the paid videos.

Posted by Ryan on October 12, 2005 at 7:03 PM (CDT)

16

I just spent $399 on a 60GB one, and so I can’t afford to get a new generation iPod.  Not to mention, this thing is limited, and the video is nearly an afterthought.

I’ll wait.  Plus the screen is way too small.  The thing would eventually make me go blind trying to watch something.

Posted by Lee on October 12, 2005 at 7:04 PM (CDT)

17

Fat lot of good any of this is to Australians whos still have no itunes store!

Posted by grant.burton on October 12, 2005 at 7:07 PM (CDT)

18

Thank you, Grubesteak. It’s always good to back-up. I’m like you, I try to back-up just about everything I make or buy on iTunes. When I thought iTunes 5.0 had totally screwed up my computer, I was afraid my entire iTunes library was gone. It wasn’t and everything got fixed. Eventually I did back-up my Library. It took 8 darn DVDs. Easier to reinsert those than to go back through all my CDs and wear out my drive’s door motor in the process.

Posted by Jack on October 12, 2005 at 7:57 PM (CDT)

19

I was pretty excited about the TV shows being available, but when I logged into iTunes Canada, they didn’t appear.  I suppose this is the result of some licensing restriction.  A bit of a bummer for now; I hope a solution is coming soon!

Posted by William Watson on October 12, 2005 at 8:29 PM (CDT)

20

I think charging $1.99 is very high for a music video.  But I think it is very reasonable for full length tv shows such as if you missed the last episode of Lost or something and that was your best opportunity to see it.

Posted by bluecow on October 12, 2005 at 9:29 PM (CDT)

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