BIAS, Inc. has announced pricing and availability for the first professional audio tools to hit OS X: Peak and Deck. The OS X versions, when they ship, will be free to anyone who purchased currently shipping versions after October 1.
iTunes 2 is now available for download. In addition to iPod support, the new version features a 10-band equalizer with EQ presets, faster CD burning (though still no multisession support), MP3 CD burning, cross-fading, and “Sound Enhancer” for improved playback. And, in a big boon for us fans of imported music, Unicode support now allows iTunes to display Chinese, Korean, and Japanese characters alongside English characters. No more garbled characters for J-pop!
An iTunes for OS X installer that could potentially cause data loss (blame OS X’s .pkg installers!) has been replaced on Apple’s site. OS X users are now provided with iTunes 2.01, which may be safely installed. Here is Apple’s note to that effect:
I am running Altec Lansing ASC56’s 5 piece system and I just download iTunes for OS 9. The cross-fade from song to song feature may seem like a little thing, but it is so neat and I really enjoy it. It makes it even more interesting when listening to songs that don’t fade themselves and that are from different genres. The EQ works wonders for sound.