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iTunes 7 announced with movie downloads, new features

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, September 12, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

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Apple today released iTunes 7, which, as widely expected, brings full-length movie downloads to the iTunes Store. (As noted earlier today, Apple has apparently dropped the word “Music” from the store’s name.) Apple is currently offering over 75 movies from Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films.

Movies will become available on the iTunes Store the same day they are released on DVD, with new releases priced at $12.99 when pre-ordered and during their first week of availability, and $14.99 thereafter, and library titles available for $9.99 every day. After purchased, movies can be watched on an iPod or computer, or on a TV with the company’s forthcoming “iTV” device. With iTunes 7, all videos purchased from the iTunes Store now come in “near-DVD quality” resolution of 640x480 (up from 320x240).

iTunes 7 also includes gapless music playback, expanded parental controls, an iTunes video playback window with on-screen controls, and new sorting features, including new album and Cover Flow views of music, TV shows and movies, “enabling users to quickly find titles in their library as well as casually browse through and re-discover titles they already own.”

Movies currently offered include “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Incredibles,” “National Treasure,” “Toy Story,” “The Rock” and “The Rookie.” As previously noted, iTunes 7 also add video game downloads for fifth-generation iPods, including “Tetris,” “Mahjong” and “Mini Golf” from Electronic Arts; “Pac-Man” from Namco; “Cubis 2” from FreshGames; “Bejeweled” and “Zuma” from PopCap Games; and “Texas Hold’em” and “Vortex” developed by Apple, all available for $4.99 each.

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Tim and Brett, I had the same problem you were having. After a couple hours of searching, I was able to locate this thread on Apple Support: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=3095699� Apparently you have to have your hardware acceleration for sound set to higher than “none”, which can be accomplished by running dxdiag and going to the Sound tab. Hope this helps.

Posted by Adam on September 13, 2006 at 3:58 PM (PDT)

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Gapless playback must of got a huge collective sigh of relief from all the dance music fans out there in iPod land.  But if only it worked on the older models.  I have played around for ages on iTunes 7 to get my 4G iPod to play gapless but to no avail.  It just doesn’t work.  Disappointing to say the least and it’s back to ripping my mixed dance albums as one track!  Maybe it’s time to switch to using the Rockbox firmware that everyone is talking about?

Posted by Clinton Dixon on September 13, 2006 at 8:48 PM (PDT)

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no new search feature in the “older” 5G ipods after updating the software?? What is wrong with this picture? It is only software and should of been added to the update - I hate this! Please tell me I am wrong and how to activate it on my 2 week old video ipod.

Posted by Toni Fettig on September 14, 2006 at 8:09 AM (PDT)

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