iTunes 6.0.1 Released

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 22:33
Category: iTunes, Software

Apple release iTunes 6.0.1 tonight via Software Update (although some people weren’t getting it). iTunes 6.0 was listed as build number 17, while 6.0.1 is listed as build number 3. According to Apple “iTunes 6.0.1 features several stability improvements over iTunes 6.” The 6.0.1 update appears to fix the broken TV show previews in iTunes 6.

My favorite comment about iTunes was about the application icon posted by Ronald Schoedel:

…we are waaaaay overdue for a change in the icon. Version 1 was pink notes, version two was blue notes, version 3 was a single purple note, and version 4 and ever since has been the single green note. THREE VERSIONS (4, 5, and 6) with the SAME ICON? What is happening!? Are Apple asleep on the job? Too busy worrying about adding new features to get around to updating the icon???? I swear, this is the last free software from Apple I will download if they don’t get on the ball. Steve, are you listening to your loyal fans????

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PhotoPlus Expo 2005 in Pictures

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 16:31
Category: Pictures

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Glen DaSilva sends us some pictures of the Apple booth at PhotoPlus Expo 2005 in New York.

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New PowerBooks Underwhelm

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 10:54
Category: The Apple Core

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Only Apple could announce PowerBooks at the same clock speed, and PowerMacs and a lower clock speed and call it an upgrade.
There are some really cool things about the new PowerBooks announced yesterday: larger displays, support for the 30-inch Apple Cinema display, faster DDR2 memory and the 8x double-layer SuperDrive. My issue is that the new PowerBook’s clock speed is the same as it was before

October 19 Announcements – Photos

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2005, 09:51
Category: photos

I’ve posted some photos from Apple’s announcements yesterday:
Oct 19 – Aperture Slides
Oct 19 – Aperture Demo
Oct 19 – PowerBook
Oct 19 – PowerMac

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New PowerBooks! New PowerBooks! Oh and PowerMacs too…

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 21:46
Category: Hardware

Apple used a press event in New York today to announce some new hardware and software. The event was held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo, a large photography trade show. The new announcements included new PowerBook G4s, PowerMac G5s and a new professional post production photo application called Aperture. Specifications are as follows:
powerbook-g4-17-oct05.pngPowerBook G4 (15-inch)
– 1.67MHz
– 1440 x 960 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution
– DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
– 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
– 80GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
– 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
– 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
– US$1,999 (down from US$2,299)
PowerBook G4 (17-inch)
– 1.67MHz
– 1680 x 1050 pixel display, providing 26 percent more resolution (The same resolution as Apple 20″ Cinema Display.)
– DVI output with dual link for Apple 30″ Cinema display support
– 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM @ 333MHz, expandable to 2GB
– 120GB Ultra ATA/100 (5400 RPM) hard drive w/Sudden Motion Sensor
– 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support
– 22% greater battery life (an extra hour of run time)
– US$2,499 (down from US$2,699)
The new 15 and 17-inch PowerBooks are available with 100 and 120GB (5400RPM) hard drives and up to 2GB of SDRAM as built-to-order options.
The PowerBook 12-inch (1.5GHz) remains the same but is available with a 100GB/5400RPM hard drive and up to 1.25GB of RAM as built-to-order options. US$1,499 (down from US$1,699). All three PowerBook models had their prices lowered by $200.
Apple also announced new PowerMacs G5s today with dual-core processors. Click through for all the specs…

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New PowerBooks; PowerMacs and Photo Editing Software

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 14:15
Category: Announcement

NEW YORK — I’ve posted live coverage of the Apple media event at the Jacob Javits center in Manhattan today announcing new PowerBooks, PowerMacs and a new all-in-one post-production application for photographers called Aperture on my ZDNet blog.
Come back to the PowerPage this afternoon for a photo gallery from today’s event and follow-up articles on the new hardware and software.

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Photo Software or new PowerBooks?

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 01:28
Category: Opinion

Your editor is in a lather about today’s announcements and hoping upon hope for an updated PowerBook (PowerMacs? Who needs ‘em!) – but after chatting with associate editor Rob Parker, a.k.a. the voice of reason, I’m getting more and more convinced that today’s announcement may not involve any hardware at all.
Rob thinks Apple will announce some sort of professional photo application since the event is on the eve of PhotoPlus Expo. “You’ve got Final Cut and iMovie, Soundtrack Pro and Garage Band, DVD Studio Pro and iDVD. We need Mac Photo Pro and iPhoto.” Also, the event is being held in New York and Apple traditionally makes their announcements in the San Jose/Cupertino area.
The odds on the PowerBook nano may have gotten longer, but I’m still pulling for a PowerBook refresh anyway.

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Sony PSP and Apple iPod Video Compared

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 01:50
Category: iPod

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First, let me explain how I use my PSP. I don’t play games on my PSP or any of my gadgets for that matter. (No offense to the gamers out there.) When I commute, I listen to music. When I travel, I watch movies. And when I hang out in a coffee shop I surf the web (when I don’t feel like busting out my PowerBook). Having the ability to show images is fun, too, but I typically just use the picture functionality to view maps or show off some of my photography.
To summarize my user habits, I use my portable device to listen, watch and surf. The new iPod falls short in one category and unfortunately, it’s a big one for me; surfing the web. Maybe this isn’t a big deal for others, but I’m trying to cover all aspects of these two devices.
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Why Apple's new Offerings may be Obsolete by 2006

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Opinion

I was just reading Murco MacLeod and William Lyons article “Why your iPod will be out of date in a year” and have to agree.
I’m tired of carrying so many gadgets. I’ve been tempted to buy the Nokia Engage or a Sidekick for some time (Siemens and LG have some tight products on the way). But the one area they are fatally flawed in is MP3 playback and storage… and this is why the iPod products continue to dominate.
The ability to store large amounts of music is horrid in competitors products and so is their GUI. These machines should ship with at least 1GB built-in flash memory, mini HD’s, or something. with the additional option to swap out more with SD cards. Music should be a top priority with these and newer hybrid use gadgets. Palm’s new TX and LifeDrive should market the listening pleasures of their devices. Business people listen to music, ebooks and news (podcasts) on their commute (either by train or car). So why aren’t these companies in tune to the basic needs of homosapiens via our integral habits of life?
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iTunes Video – Worth the Wait

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Date: Wednesday, October 19th, 2005, 00:00
Category: Opinion

Douglas Cootey contributes his thoughts on video on the iPod.
When iTunes Music Store launched, millions of Mac music fans proved that Apple wasn’t out of their mind. The iTunes advantage over P2P was obvious from the start. It came down to convenience vs. cost. 99