news of 2005-05-10

Apple, iTMS, video, iPods, slowly.

For quite a while, there's been the discussion whether Apple will ever create a video-capable iPod (or different name) player. Also, there's been the discussion whether Apple would ever sell video content similarly to how iTunes Music Store sells music.
Early on, whenever I said "Apple should sell video", critics came in saying how movies are too big in file size and how people don't want to watch videos on small devices etc. My comment always was that video didn't necessarily mean whole movies, but rather that things could start small. Music videos. Movie trailers. TV shows. Apple has put movie trailers (in high resolution) on iTMS for a while, now iTMS is also selling music videos. I guess an ITOLDUSO is needed here. And while we're at it: I'm pretty sure that the iPod Photo (and its successors, which will probably just be called the iPod color) will be able at some point to display these music videos. It makes sense. It's fun. And it's feasible.

I guess Apple, right now, is watching the industry getting its feet wet with video stores etc. - and I sure hope they'll be there when needed. And will bring us the full iTunes Video Store at some point in time. We'll talk again.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-05-10 at 22:54 CET ]
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Symantec threatens Macs

Ever wondered who's going to be the bad boy bringing the first real virus threat to Mac OS X? Symantec's at least trying hard, it seems. "In a statement, Symantec confirmed that there was a false alarm problem with recent anti-virus updates to its Apple Mac security software, adding that the problem has now been fixed." - Will enough false alarms weaken the Mac's position as the safe operating system? Well, whatever. Just make sure to a) deinstall any antivirus software you've installed on your Macs and b) not to install any in the future. Unless a real threat that cannot be solved _without_ antivirus software should ever pop up on the Mac, that is. And let's hope Symantec (and other "virus companies", as I call them) doesn't spend too much money to bring Mac OS X to its knees.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-05-10 at 15:58 CET ]
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2005-05-10: We have store. :)

Switzerland now has iTMS access. Better late than never, Apple. Thx.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-05-10 at 02:05 CET ]
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Apple seeds Mac OS X 10.4.1 8B13

Apple's just seeded build 8B13 of the first update to Tiger. The new build has _one_ known issue (printing to some Lexmark printers via USB). One of the next builds should become the final version. 10.4.1 is still expected to hit Software Update in mid-May.

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-05-10 at 00:21 CET ]
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iTunes 4.8 released

Apple has released iTunes 4.8. The update is required - according to sources - for the next wave of iTMS countries, which is expected tomorrow. The download page for iTunes 4.8 mentions (in the fine print at the bottom): "Purchases from the iTunes Music Store are available only in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States." Nice. Now if only it were tomorrow, and the list would be accurate, hopefully. ;)

[ written by fryke™ on 2005-05-10 at 00:11 CET ]
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