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.

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