Apple: It's Showtime
Might as well list the latest Apple stuff they’re announcing today.
Games: Interesting. I’ve always been a pacman fan. They will be starting with the following: Bejeweled, Cubis 2, Mahjong, Mini golf, pac man, tetris, texas holdem, vortex, and zuma. Glad they’re compatible with my 5th gen iPod.
iTunes 7: According to iLounge, iTunes will give you cover art for free if you are missing cover art. That’s pretty sweet, since most of my music was ripped off of CDs. 3 different views of iTunes, list view, album view (with art and tracks), then “cover flow view” lets you rapidly find what you want by album cover.
From iLounge: you can now sync between multiple computers using an iPod, as long as both are authorized on the same account
- Good. About damn time.
Bringing video quality up to 640x480 - pretty awesome news there. Might be time to start buying the TV shows that I don’t feel like paying a cable bill for. It would be even cooler if my iPod was 80 gigs…
The big news, of course, is movies. According to iLounge, most titles will be $9.99, with new releases and preorders at $12.99, and after the first week up to $14.99. Nice to know they’ll be a fair amount cheaper than in the store. I’ll probably bring my laptop into work to download off our T1 line.
New iPods: 80 gig is pretty sweet - it would have been nice to have this a few months ago before I bought my 60 gig, but oh well. I dont’ really care much about the nano packaging though.
Search: Nice to see. I hate scrolling through looking for music when I have 15K songs.
Mac TV Unit (set top box): Psyched to finally see this coming out. Specs: 1/2 size of Mac Mini, built-in power supply, USB, Ethernet, 802.11 “wireless component video”, optical audio and HDMI ports, plus old RCA stereo audio ports. Works with Apple Remote.If you found this post helpful, please consider sharing to your network. I'm also available to help you be successful with your distributed systems! Please reach out if you're interested in working with me, and I'll be happy to schedule a free one-hour consultation.