Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2006, 08:00
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.
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.
Pixel from iPodBank posts this:
Ever heard a song on TV and wished you could buy the song but just didn’t know what the song title was? Well, Apple has debuted two new iTunes “features” that may help you out.
The first is “Commercial Success.” There are currently 26 songs available for download and they come from commercials for various companies including Apple, Old Navy, Budweiser, Jaguar, AT&T, Cingular, Motorola, Dockers, Diet Coke, Candies, Honda, Hilton, Citibank, Nike and more.
Apple’s other new “feature” is “As Heard On” which makes it easier for American Idol fans to download songs contestants performed on previous episodes. An interesting navigational feature here is the use of tabs which let you browse songs from “This Week,” “Last Week,” “Previous Weeks” and the “Complete Set.”
It appears that the 6.0.2 update to iTunes sends information to the Apple Music store about what’s currently playing, and will make recommendations. BoingBoing has the story, and some analysis about what’s happening at the bottom of the page.
In case you’re wondering the Apple recommend-ware is disguised as a “mini store” that appears in small window under your playlist. Long story short: you can hide it by clicking on the little up-arrow button in the lower right corner of the iTunes window (to the left of the EQ button) or by selecting Edit -> Hide MiniStore.
According to the updates at the bottom of the BoingBoing article hiding the MiniStore will disable the spyware behaviour.
Is it just me or is anyone else concerned about the direction Apple is taking here?
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????
Let’s face it. iTunes 4 is getting a little long in the tooth and is in desperate need of an update. The industry-standard application for syncing the iPod and for buying music online is beginning to show signs of old age. If Apple is going to continue its domination it needs to revise iTunes pretty soon. Don’t rest on your laurels Cupertino!
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