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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Two New iTunes Features

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Date: Monday, April 24th, 2006, 08:00
Category: iTunes

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.”

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iTunes 6.02 not Spyware

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Date: Wednesday, January 11th, 2006, 21:23
Category: iTunes

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?

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