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Mix: Softbank, DVDs, Apple Software Update, iTunes UI

Japan’s Softbank, which was once rumored to be working with Apple on an “iPhone,” has begun offering a 2GB second-generation iPod nano packaged with one of its own mobile phones. “The new promotion is designed to keep customers for at least two years as Softbank would require them to refund the cost for the handsets if they cancel their subscription within the period.”

Following yesterday’s special event, Apple CEO Steve Jobs told The Wall Street Journal that the transition from DVDs to online distribution “wouldn’t happen overnight.” “It takes years of investment,” he said.

The iTunes 7 and QuickTime updates released yesterday reportedly include an Apple Software Update utility similar to the one built into Mac OS X. The utility will automatically check for iTunes and QuickTime updates for Windows.

A number of iTunes users are having negative and mixed reactions to the new user interface elements of the newly released iTunes 7. “By and large, iTunes seems to have been beaten with the same ugly stick that did such a number on Mail.app,” writes one blogger. “What’s different this time is that the stick must have been dipped in some of the Pro apps, and maybe iWork, before swinging around to hit the iTunes piñata again.”

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Comments

1

I personally LOVE the new iTunes.

I think it’s much cleaner, much more professional looking, and some of the new views are awesome.  Alot of things seem better organized.  For instance the Album Artwork list view is nice, but most impressive on TV Shows. It shows the artwork for each show, and lists all the episodes together in one bar for each show.  The new iPod window is PERFECT!  Now more going to the preferences and a better visual of whats on there.

I love it.

Posted by LilAlienD in Maryland on September 13, 2006 at 9:24 AM (PDT)

2

I’m getting a weird audio problem whenever I do anything in the new iTunes, especially CoverFlow or scrolling, It sounds like a bad web stream or radio broadcast, Is anyone else getting this? Anyway, I switched over to Windows Media Player once it became unbearable, and I realized where the new UI is from- It’s just like the WMP10 songs view- same light blue background and album cover on the left/songs on the right arrangement. I love the fact that they’re giving away the cover art and a few other things, but if I didn’t own an iPod, I would be through with iTunes right now. The Apple people pride themselves on innovation, why are they stealing from Microsoft?

Posted by Michael P. on September 13, 2006 at 1:23 PM (PDT)

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I Really Love The New And Exciting iTunes! It Is Really Amazing And Thrilling!I thing It Is The Perffect Thing For My Favorite ipod!It Is Really Good! I Personally Thanks iTunes For Giving Me Such Great experience! visit my blog at:www.nvipod.blogspot.com

Posted by naveen kailasan on December 24, 2006 at 3:49 AM (PDT)

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