The Apple Core: The importance of ID3 tags

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Date: Thursday, November 3rd, 2005, 07:30
Category: Software

Back when iPods were only black and white I cared less about album artwork, but now that all new iPods have color displays (excluding the shuffle) album art is becoming more valuable. It’s a blast from the past to see an album cover as I’m jamming out to a favorite tune. It puts the music into context and brings me back to the period.
Now with the advent of Apple’s Front Row media center application, album artwork is even more important because it’s prominently displayed on your iMac G5 while you’re listening to iTunes.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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Flock Updated to 0.4.9

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Date: Monday, October 31st, 2005, 07:52
Category: Software

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The new Flock Web browser I’ve been raving about integrates cool services like blogging, del.icio.us and Flickr has been upgraded to version 0.4.9. Read more about Flock’s features, but be sure to read the release notes before you dive in. Also worth a read is the Flock developers blog. Version 0.4.9 seems to add better support for Movable Type, which makes me very excited.

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Aperture Questions and Extending Apple's Halo Effect

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:11
Category: Software

If one can argue that the iPod has had a “halo effect” to benefit Macintosh sales, then maybe one could also argue that releasing Apple’s new Aperture software for Windows would also draw more Wintel users to the Mac platform.
Don’t laugh. Think about it.
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Update: iFill Updated for iTunes 6

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Date: Friday, October 28th, 2005, 10:50
Category: Software

UPDATE: Griffin Technology has release iFill version 1.0.9 that fixes a problem with iTunes 6′s database format.
On Tuesday I covered a killer app for the iPod called iFill from Griffin Technology in my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

It works like this: attach your iPod, enable “disk use” in iTunes and launch iFill. The software presents you with a nice graphical display of your iPod’s memory and allows you to reserve a certain amount for iFill. You then choose from thousands of Internet radio stations and click record (you can even fill your iPod quicker by selecting multiple stations to record at once.) As you sleep and re-charge your iPod you can also be topping it off with iFill.

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Flock: My New Web Browser

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Date: Monday, October 24th, 2005, 08:51
Category: Software

I’ve been a Firefox user for quite a while but have been getting more than a little tired of a few issues with it. For example, you can’t press the up arrow key to jump to the beginning of a text field and new windows can take eight to 10 seconds to open. Firefox issues notwithstanding, I’ve found my new Web browser: Flock.
Flock is a new browser that’s built on the Mozilla code base, but it’s more than that. The coolest new features in Flock are built around social networking, and I don’t mean that you can find an Internet date with it, either. My favorite features:
- Instead of favorites and bookmarks Flock works with del.icio.us and syncs your local favorites with your del.icio.us ones. “Each time you star a page as a Favorite, it is added to both your local and your del.icio.us list.” If you haven’t used del.icio.us’ network bookmarks yet, set up an account today and you’ll never look back.
- Flickr image support. “With Flock, blogging Flickr pictures is easy. You can drag and drop pictures from our integrated Flickr topbar right into your blog post.”
- Blogging. In case you haven’t heard, there’s this craze called blogging and everyone’s got one. If you’re a blogger, Flock features built-in tools that allow you to easily highlight some text on a Web page, right-click on it and select “blog this.” This feature has tons of potential but I could only get it to work with my Blogger account. For whatever reason, It wouldn’t work with my Movable Type or WordPress blogs.
Bear in mind that Flock is only a developer preview, they list the version number as 0.5-pre. So expect to find lots of bugs and prepare to stare at the spinning beach ball every now and again. If you’re into browsers and you use any of the social networking tools mentioned above, you owe it to yourself to check out Flock.

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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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Five Architectural Flaws in Windows Solved In Mac OS X

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2005, 03:28
Category: Software

What was intended to be a short aside about Mac OS X’s strengths turned into an entire series on Windows NT/2000/xp flaws! Here is the first of five examples of core Windows architectural problems that relate to process management, applications and security. Click through for the link…

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The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Part 2

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Date: Monday, October 10th, 2005, 02:45
Category: Software

It might seem early to be talking about new features for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, considering that we just got Tiger, but now’s the perfect time to look at ideas Apple could consider in the next major release. Roughly Drafted’s The Apple Wishlist: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Part 2 looks at process control and notification services. Click through for the link…

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GarageSale 1.9 Price Drop; Pro Features new Free

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 01:27
Category: Software

We’re big fans of eBay here at the PowerPage and our favorite listing application just got better. iwascoding today released GarageSale 1.9, a free update to its award-winning eBay client for the Mac. The best part is that GarageSale Pro, an add-on service for GarageSale that allows tracking of your auctions is now offered free. iwascoding has lowered the price to US$19.99 (US$5 off) to celebrate GarageSale’s first birthday.

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FireFox 1.0.7 Available

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 19:38
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxFireFox 1.0.7 is available. In their own words: “Firefox 1.0.7 is a security and stability release. We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version.”
In other Firefox news, Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is available for download. Beta 1 is the first Beta release of their next generation browser, to be released later this year.

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