Yesterday brought a couple of new revelations about Apple’s iTunes Music Store. Aside from rumors Apple may join forces with Amazon.com to promote the new service, Apple now is planning to court the hundreds of independent labels it left out of the original release. The bad news is, continued success of the store may bring a battle with the Beatles. Read more . . .
Mark/Space is working on Missing Sync for PocketPC which will support data backup, shared Internet access, application installation, iSync Address Book/iCal support, iTunes/iPhoto support and desktop mounting for PocketPC devices. Entourage support is promised for a later date. An early adopter release is coming in time for Macworld July. Sign up on their mailing list to stay posted.
Well, with yesterday’s price cuts and rumors of a new Aluminum 15″ model still raging, the question is, which laptop do you buy and when? (Huh? You don’t plan to buy a new laptop now? What’s that in your pocket — is that a hole I see burning?) Read more . . .
P800 support has finally arrived with today’s release of iSync 1.1, along with Bluetooth-based support for the Sony Ericsson T610, T608 for Sprint PCS, Nokia?s Series 60 smart phone platform and Siemens S55 and S56 phones. A dozen USB-based Motorola phones are also supported now. View the updated supported device list from Apple. Safari bookmarks can now be synced from Mac to Mac (if only that worked on phones, too), and on supported phones your photo from Address Book will be synced to your phone. With the ability to view your info on your phone, your Palm PDA, your iPod, and even a Windows/Mac web browser, Apple’s reluctance to blow cash on an Apple-branded PDA starts to make sense. (Yeah, I know, it’s disappointing anyway.)
Apple has already proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Laptop, so as the PowerPage’s Music & Audio Chief, I’m proud to announce 2003 as the Summer of Music. There’s never been a summer better for music lovers on any computer platform, ever. (Click headline for more)
As numerous websites have been reporting, yes, the Rolling Stone has pointed out Apple’s iTunes Music Store, even if it keeps up its current sales pace, will still fall short of vinyl sales this year. Our colleagues have left out some very good news from the same Rolling Stone article, though — but what would mostly Windows sales mean for Apple’s future? (Click headline for the full editorial.)
Via Engadget, some details have leaked out about a prototype Numark DJ mixer that can mix two iPods. I know what you’re thinking: Wow, what a scoop! Where are the lawyers? Is it a fake?
In fact, in a gesture of spectacularly poor industrial secrecy, it seems Numark showed off an early prototype at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt. (see the discussion at scratchworx that was the source of the ‘rumor’) Later in the show, head honchos asked that visitors not take photos, but not earlier in the show; hence we have a couple of images from German hip hop site WebBeatz.
So, what’s the mixer itself? It’s not clear: it’s an early prototype. In one of the photos of the actual prototype, the iPods aren’t even plugged in. Conceptually, though, the idea is interesting, and aside from allowing basic DJ mixing and crossfading, a buffer could grab audio from the audio for brief scratching. Apparently pitch control is possible, too, though limited, and it’s not clear how they might fix iPod cueing; in other words, all the normal limitations of the iPod for DJing apply. Don’t expect this to ship any time soon.
In the meantime, people continue partying with their iPods, special mixer or no — more Playlist parties in London and Philly are slated for this month.
Comicblogging is here: Plasq‘s new Comic Life takes images from your iPhoto library (or other image files) and converts them into beautiful full-color comic books. Just drag the images into a variety of pre-set layouts, add captions, speech/thought bubbles, and sound effects (POW!), and you’re done. You can share the images via the Web, .Mac, email, print them via iPhoto Kodak printing, or even publish an RSS feed.
I got the scoop as a regular reader of createdigitalmusic is one of the developers, so I’ve been playing with this for a couple of days. The app is simply incredible. It’s elegant and utterly Mac-like, with an iLife-style interface. Even cool sound effects (creaking and whooshing) as you manipulate elements, which should be annoying, are strangely fun.
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