Free iTunes Giveaway at Austin City Limits

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Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2006, 09:07
Category: iTunes

acl-itunes-promo.jpgI mentioned in a post yesterday that I attended my first Austin City Limits over the past weekend (Matisyahu, Tragically Hip and The Flaming Lips were my favorites). Anyway, on the way into Zilker Park people were handing out lanyards with laminants that included a redemption code for “30 free iTunes” on the back.
I thought that this was really cool until I realized that the code wasn’t redeemable for any 30 iTunes, it was for “a special collection of songs from this year’s artists.” Ok, no such a a bad deal, I thought. Once I got home, I fired up iTunes 7, clicked on the Store, then Redeem (hint: it’s a text link on the right). Here is the list of free iTunes that the redemption code gave me…
(Click through for the list and a free redemption code to the first reader.)

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Apple’s Artwork Olive Branch is a Treasure Trove of Data

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

This just hit me. Allowing customers to download album artwork for their whole library, regardless of where the music came from, is brilliant, instant market research by Apple.
Apple’s been careful this time to tell the user that iTunes will have to send data to get the album art back, and to say that no personal data is sent, and that’s good. But nobody ever said they’re not keeping the statistical info, and it’s an insanely smart move.
How should the iTMS team know what they’re missing in their catalog, what their customers want but aren’t getting from iTMS? That’s hard to know, because customers are reluctant to take the time to share that sort of thing. But when iTunes goes to iTMS to get album art, it has to send info (artist, album, track…) and I’ll bet that they know whether or not the track was purchased from iTMS.
Apple, in turn, gets a massive database of missed hits. And good hits, too. They can instantly find what tracks and artists people want and aren’t able to get via iTMS. They can learn what percentage of tracks they do have didn’t come from iTMS. If they’re smart they’re analyzing much more from what they are getting, and all of it for free, instantly, without causing any customer to do anything (actually while giving them a gift), and all without running afoul of anyone’s privacy concerns.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens. If I’m right, those holes that iTMS left in your album art because it didn’t have the art will miraculously start filling in across the coming months.
And frankly, everyone wins. Insanely brilliant.
(Contributed by: Steve Abrahamson)

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Float that window…

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Date: Tuesday, September 19th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

I’ve seen several rants about iTunes 7 floating around the web, but no one ever seems to ever talk about what I consider to be an essential feature that’s continually been missing from the iTunes application. And one, I might add, that’s trivial to add.
What is it? Simple. There’s no way to make the movie/TV/video playback window “float” on top of all of the other windows.
This, in my mind, dramatically reduces the usefulness of those types of media, as it’s extremely difficult to watch a TV show or movie AND engage in other work at the same time. This is especially true if you’re on a smaller screen system like a MacBook, or when working with full-screen applications like Excel or Dreamweaver.
C’mon Apple it’s not that hard. Provide an option to float the window.
For an example of how to do it right, check out Trans Lucy, a DVD player that allows you to float the window, and that even gives you the ability to make it translucent so you can “see though” to your other applications.
Make it a right-click or preference option if you don’t want to clutter up the interface, but let us watch our movies and get something useful done at the same time.
Please?
Contributed by: Michael Long
(You can open iTunes videos in their own window, just double-click on the video window in the lower-left corner of the iTunes window. However, there’s no way to change the opacity of the player window – Ed.)

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iTunes Icon Timeline

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Date: Thursday, September 14th, 2006, 09:34
Category: iTunes


iTunes Icon Timeline.

macteens Gallery > iTunes Icon Timeline

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The Apple Core: Best iTunes 7 feature: gapless playback

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Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2006, 09:23
Category: iTunes

Being a DJ I’ve been complaining about one of my biggest grievances in iTunes for a while: the silent gap that iTunes (and the iPod) insert between songs. For a lot of people this “gap” isn’t a big deal because the music they listen to was intended to have a second or two of silence between tracks. The problem is with music that was intended to play from one song into another without gaps like DJ mixes, live performances, operatic rock ‘n roll, jam bands and classical.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Apple Acquires CoverFlow From Steel Skies

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 15:27
Category: iTunes

Cover Flow image.

Anyone who has used Steel Skies Cover Flow application for iTunes probably couldn’t help but notice that the feature is now built into iTunes 7. With the same name, no less. It is confirmed on the Steel Skies Web site that “all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to
Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes.”

With Cover Flow, you can flip through your digital music and video collection just as you would CDs.

Apple – iTunes – Jukebox – Cover Flow

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iTunes Video Store Confirmed

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 09:24
Category: iTunes

It appears that the QuickTime 7 page on Apple’s German Web site has let the cat out of the bag. A graphic in the lower left hypes “iTunes Videos” such as Transporter 2, Red Eye and World of Warcraft Burning Crusade. Clicking on the links jumps to a page that simply says:

It’s Showtime

The iTunes Store is being updated

Take a look at the bottom left of this page; Transporter 2 (20th Century Fox), Red Eye(Dreamworks S.K.G.), World of Warcraft Burning Crusade, Enigmo 2 This also confirms that the video store will not be limited to the U.S.A.

digg – iTunes Video Store Confirmed!

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“iTunes Store” Being Updated

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Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

As of approximately 8:30 AM Eastern in the US, the “iTunes Store” (note that the word “music” has been omitted) is unavailable. Like many ofyou, I got the message pictured at right when I went from the main pageto the TV Shows page and back again.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

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Think Secret: iMovie Video Store Coming Next Month

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Date: Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 01:19
Category: iTunes

With three weeks until Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Think Secret has learned exclusively that CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to announce the debut of movie rentals through the iTunes Music Store. While the announcement will undoubtedly be billed as a further extension of iTunes’ dominance in digital media downloads, it represents a coup for the movie industry, which will have succeeded in standing its ground against Apple’s pressures to offer consumers the option of owning movie downloads.

Think Secret – WWDC surprise: Apple to announce iTunes movie rentals

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Beatles Lose Apple Court Battle

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2006, 08:24
Category: iTunes, iTunes Music Store

The Beatles have lost their court challenge against Apple Computer over its iPod and iTunes download service.

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of George Harrison and John Lennon control the Apple Corps label. They claimed the US firm broke a deal aimed at ensuring there would not be two Apples in the music industry.

But Mr Justice Edward Mann ruled that the computer company used the Apple logo in association with its store, not the music, and so was not in breach.The ruling means iPods and iTunes will still be able to carry the Apple name and logo.

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Beatles lose Apple court battle

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