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Posted on January 7, 2009 at 11:10 am

MacWorld 2009: a few new -yet cool- things introduced

Still have to sort out all stuff that’s been announced yesterday.
In a nutshell:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 17″ with unibody, 8-hour battery (even though non user-replaceable) and up to 8 GB RAM (!!!)
  • iLife ’09 which, along with all updates, introduces an interesting Garageband feature: music school lessons with the best artist around!
  • iWork ’09
    that introduces iWork.com, right now a public-beta online service for document sharing
  • iTunes pricing changes:

  • All Songs DRM-Free
  • Users Can Download Songs Directly Onto iPhone 3G Over Their 3G Network for the Same Price
  • In April 2009, Songs on iTunes Will be Available at Three Price Points
  • (check our partner site iPodPalace.com about this iTunes-related topic)

    Highly recommended: check these Garageband previews with music lessons from selected artists!


    Posted on February 6, 2008 at 11:54 am

    iPhone and iPod touch with double memory announced!

    Partner site tiphones.com reports:

    Apple yesterday rolled out new iPhone and iPod touch models with beefed-up memories and bumped-up prices.

    Apple has just upped the iPhone’s storage capacity to 16gb, and the iPod touch 16 GB to 32gb.

    The iPhone, formerly available only in an 8 GB model for $399 now has a 16 GB cousin that retails for $499. The iPod touch also added a big brother, launching a 32 GB model for $499 to accompany the 16 GB and 8 GB models that sell for $399 and $299 respectively.

    “For some users, there’s never enough memory,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide iPod and iPhone Product Marketing, in a statement. “Now people can enjoy even more of their music, photos and videos on the most revolutionary mobile phone and best Wi-Fi mobile device in the world.”

    The new iPods touch and iPhones will ship with the new software that CEO Steve Jobs unveiled at last month’s MacWorld Expo in San Francisco, including a maps application that allows users to use a combination of cell tower and Wi-Fi hot spot triangulation to mimic a GPS device and find their location on Google-powered maps.


    Posted on September 8, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    iPod nano & iPod classic test drive video

    iPod fever never ends!

    Partner site iPodPalace.com released two new videos on the new iPod nano and iPod Classic.

    This one shows the new iPod nano games: three are embedded and more are upcoming on iTunes!

    [you can see this video by clicking here too]

    Another video shows the Cover Flow feature on the new iPod Classic.


    Posted on September 7, 2007 at 12:15 am

    iPod touch test drive video

    Partner site iPodPalace.com just published a video with the first hands-on experience with the new iPod touch!


    Posted on September 6, 2007 at 1:22 am

    The Apple Touch: new iPod lineup!

    ipod touchAs expected Steve took everybody by surprise: the new iPod touch is much an iPhone-minus than a regular enhanced-iPod nano.

    The facts about iPod touch:
    – 3,5″ wide screen,
    – same touch-screen user interface as iPhone,
    – slightly smaller than iPhone, but same cool design,
    – WiFi-enabled,
    – Safari & Widgets,
    – 8 GB and 16 GB

    Some pretty update for all other iPods:
    – smaller iPod nano,
    – bigger-capacity iPod Classic (hard disk-based).

    Read more here, here and on partner site iPodPalace.com


    Posted on September 2, 2007 at 11:02 am

    The beat goes on for Apple on Sept. 5th

    After more than two years of minor tweaks to its most popular product, it looks like Apple is ready for new iPods as partner site iPodPalace.com reports here and here on likely iTunes 8 upcoming.

    Several weeks of rumors about a pending iPod announcement were apparently confirmed late Tuesday afternoon, when Apple sent out an invitation to the media for an event on Wednesday in San Francisco. True to form, the company didn’t explicitly say what was expected, but the white silhouette of a dancing iPod user didn’t leave much to the imagination.

    As the invite says, “the beat goes on” for Apple’s iPod division. Almost six years after the debut of the iPod, Apple dominates the handheld music player market with 72.4% of the market in the first half of this year, according to research by The NPD Group.


    Posted on May 30, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Apple announces iTunes Plus – DRM Free songs – and iTunes U – free academic content

    iPodPalace.com reports on Apple launching two new faces of iTunes:
    iTunes Plus – a DRM-free music store with tracks featuring high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from the original recordings—for just $1.29,
    iTunes U – a dedicated area within the iTunes Store featuring free content such as course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights and campus tours provided by top US colleges and universities including Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University and MIT.


    Posted on April 26, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    iGrill: the new frontier of… iPod barbeques?

    ipod barbecueThe George Foreman iGrill (!) is the ultimate barbeque cooking machine for the iPod generation... or something like that. We don't know what the launch campaign slogans will sound like, but we have just heard about this "gem" and couldn't pass up the occasion to relay it to our readers.

    The iGrill is an indoor/outdoor electric barbeque grill with an impressive 200 sq. inches of nonstick coated cooking surface, adjustable temperature control probe and... is iPod ready with an integrated 10 watts speaker.

    So invite your friends around... no barbeque party will ever be the same again!

    The The George Foreman iGrill is available now for a street price of $149.99.

    Thanks to SourceCrowd.com.


    Posted on February 16, 2007 at 1:45 pm

    Corripio 0.6: open source album artwork gathering application for Mac OS X and iTunes

    mac os x itunes coverA really useful freeware from nClass Software.

    Corripio is the premier tool for gathering album artwork. By searching four sources: the iTunes Store, Coveralia, Best Buy, and Walmart; Corripio enables the user to get the exact artwork they want.

    In continuing to improve usability, Corripio has a new contextual menu, thus making the user experience that much more enjoyable. In addition, the user has more control of lyrics because of the added Lyrics window.

    Go here for a snappy download!


    Posted on February 6, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    iTunes and Windows Vista: bad luck?

    Another good reason to switch to a Mac? iTunes seems to have authorization issues & problems with new Win Vista.

    Now-shipping PCs already come with some flavour of Vista, from the basic one to the Ultimate Premium – sort of XP Pro + Media Center, but early users are reporting critical problems with iTunes and fear losing their music library, as posted in some forums.

    Read more on News.com: Apple to Windows iTunes users: Don’t install Vista yet , on Afterdawn’s forum iTunes has problems with Vista and here, on partner web site www.ipodpalace.com coverage on Vista and Apple software compatibility list.


    Posted on January 8, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    MacWorld Expo SF 2007 wish list #2: the crystal ball

    From trusted Jason D. O’Grady’s Apple blog comes a cool round on MacWorld surprises.

    iLife & iWork ’07 – Apple’s iApps usually get updated at Macworld Expo and this year should be no exception. Look for updates to both of Apple’s software suites and maybe we’ll even see the addition of a spreadsheet (rumored to be called “Numbers” or “Sheets”).
    [odds: even money]

    iTV – Steve Jobs introduced us to iTV (a code name) at a press event on 12 September 2006 and told us that it’s “coming in Q1 2007.” I’m pretty sure that it’s coming out at Macworld Expo, I’m just not sure about what it does. I’m hoping that in addition to being an Airport Express for video, I hope that it includes some TiVO-like DVR functionality (which would require an external HDD/Mac mini/Elgato API) and comes with Netflix online, which CEO Reed Hastings said was coming “in January.” And how about that remote?
    [odds: even money]

    Mac mini – The Mac mini is due for an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and we’ll most likely see that announced at Expo. It’s a perfect fit for the iTV.
    [odds: even money]

    Mac OS 10.5 – Leopard could be released at Macworld Expo despite Steve Jobs’ assertion that it would be released in “Spring 2007.” Remember that Steve likes to under-promise and over-deliver and take a peek under your seat at the keynote address.
    [odds: 2:1]

    Jason goes on with Quad Mac Pros, renewed Apple Cinema Displays and the usual ‘rumors’-items.


    Posted on September 28, 2006 at 10:41 am

    iTunes 7.0.1 reveals iPhone details?

    itunes iphoneUsually a simple update never draws so much attention.
    Not this time, with all the buzz and expectations for new i-products from Apple.

    Gizmodo reports that iTunes 7.0.1 shows some interesting messages.

    Namely photo and video support from iTunes to a still-to-identify mobile phone! (anyway not a phone currently available…)
    Are these hints to upcoming models from Motorola or the like, or the real iPhone itself?

    Check Gizmodo original story.