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iTunes 8.2.1 released, destroys Palm Pre media syncing

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Music, Software

iTunes 8.2.1

Oh, c’mon now, you knew that wasn’t going to allow the to sync with iTunes forever, right? I think we all knew that Pre iTunes media syncing was on borrowed time, and that time has come. Apple has just released iTunes 8.2.1, and with it, comes this ominous feature:

“iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses and issue with verification of Apple devices.”

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The Apple App Store Turns 1 (on the 10th)

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Software

App Store Turns One

Wow, fans!

Today

July 10th marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the App Store. It’s because such a part of our digital lives, it’s hard to imagine what it was like without it. Kudos to all the iPhone and app developers out there, who aim to make the iPhone a little more fun, useful, and productive. You can check out our section that’s completely dedicated to the App Store and iPhone apps, over at App.Tapper.

The App Store is now home to over 56,000 apps. That’s in one year. Be impressed.

What are some of your favorite apps? Anyone remember the first app they downloaded?

[Thanks, Jason!]


Songbird 1.2 Release

Songbird Screen

Songbird has released its latest version 1.2. Available for Mac, Windows and Linux, the open source music player now includes 2-way synchronization with iTunes, although still not to an iPhone or iPod. Built on the Mozilla platform, Songbird can automatically organize and store your music files. With the use of Last.fm, improvements include new Radio Directory support for browsing and quick links for playing stations previously accessed. Check out their site if you would like to try the free download.

 

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Apple Remote App Updated to Support Gestures

Apple Remote AppFor those of you who use the Apple Remote app to control your iTunes and Apple TV experiences, hit up iTunes to grab the latest update to the app. Remote version 1.3 states that it can “control your Apple TV with simple finger gestures,” which is good enough for us. If you have an Apple TV and have yet to try the Remote app, we highly recommend it. It’s free, and it’s much faster to navigate to content with than using the actual Apple remote control.

Read More | Apple Remote App

iPhone OS 3.0 Available at 10:00 AM PT

That’s right peeps - you’ll be able to download the firmware in an hour, starting at 10:00 AM Pacific Time. Be ready to get your cut, copy, and paste on!


Zune gunning for iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and file sharers

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Microsoft, Music, Software

Zune Top Songs

is definitely looking to bring it with the in recent weeks. You just know that they have to have something, like the , up their sleeves. I mean, they must have something going on, because all of a sudden they are getting bold with their advertising and claims. First came Wes Moss, their smarmy financial planner who explains why the Zune Pass is the best deal in music (even though it truly is.) Now, they’ve set up a section within the Zune Player itself that let’s you grab all the top songs from the top 100 offerings on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, and even File Sharing (how would they know)?

What do you think? What would it take to get you to consider Zune as a music service, if not as a device?


iTunes Prices Raised

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Corporate News, Music

iTunes logoYou may have noticed by now the change of pricing on iTunes. As of Tuesday, Apple has begun to sell some of its most popular titles for $1.29 each. Others will be lowered to $.69 while some will remain at $.99. Recording companies decide the prices and Apple has also dropped DRM, so that others sans iPods can enjoy the downloads, as long as they support the company’s AAC encoding. It might pay to shop around though, as Amazon offers many of them for 79 and 89 cents.

Read More | USA Today

Apple: Use of iTunes to produce nuclear weapons not allowed

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Music, Software

iTunes License Agreement

Just a quick public service announcement to all our peeps out there, because we care. I know many people don’t read license agreements, but in case you are both:

  1. An user
  2. A terrorist

We need to make sure you know that you are not allowed to use iTunes, the digital music and video jukebox software, to aid in the “development, design, manufacture or production of missiles, or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

We clear on that?

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NPD Survey Places Amazon Second to iTunes

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Apple, Internet, Music

MP3The NPD Group has a new report that states that in 2008, 87% of all digital music buyers in the U.S. used iTunes while 16% were purchased through Amazon MP3. Analyst Russ Crupnick says that being in second place is encouraging considering that it has only been around for 18 months.

“It used to be that iTunes was first, and second was practically nobody,” Crupnick said. The survey also reported that many of the consumers are older and still purchase CDs.

Read More | cnet

iPhone 3.0 keynote now available in iTunes

iPhone 3.0 SDKYesterday, finally unveiled the OS. We are stilling digging deep into the update, and will be bringing you our thoughts in just a bit, but we felt that it might behoove us to let you know that you can now download the iPhone 3.0 keynote presentation directly from iTunes now, in it’s entirety

(minus the Q&A session.) Go ahead and get a first-hand look at cut, copy, and paste, MMS, global Spotlight search, and all the demos. If you aren’t a developer, then you can look forward to downloading the update in June, which will probably be alongside this years iPhone release.

Read More | iPhone 3.0 Keynote [iTunes Link]

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