As the movie-based-on-the-book High Fidelity would tell you, there are rules to creating the perfect mix of music. The best bridge between jazz and country-western is Lyle Lovett. Johnny Cash goes surprisingly well with grunge. And you never, ever mix ABBA with the Sex Pistols.
You’ll soon hear if the newly available Genius music recommendation service makes or breaks these rules when you get your first earful after downloading iTunes 8. With a touch of a button on your iPod’s on-screen controls, Genius finds songs that “go great” with your choice of music, based on songs from your library.
Apple will release its 2.1 firmware for the iPhone Friday and iPod touch today. Steve Jobs touted the update today, saying it fixes many bugs, allows for faster backups, drops fewer calls, and more. For those of us with iPhone issues--we've had them all--he had us at "hello."
New iPods predictably shuffled into Apple's media event today, including an updated classic and touch, and new nano. All are shipping from Apple now and should reach stores in the next several days. The classic got a storage bump to 120GB for $249, while the touch and nano improvements were bigger.
Apple has released iTunes 8, adding new interface features and introducing HD TV show downloads. HD TV content includes shows from former--and now reunited--BFF, NBC in addition to other companies. The 720p content can now be played on a computer in addition to an AppleTV. NBC programs include "The Office," "Monk," Battlestar Galactica," and "30 Rock." HD shows cost $2.99, while standard-definition shows remain $1.99 each.
Ahh, what’s a day in the life of the internet without an Apple rumor? It appears that Digg founder, Kevin Rose may have been right after all. IPod nano images are hitting the internet at break-neck speed. Are they real? Does the new iPod nano really cure cancer? Will it bring a 1000 years of peace?
Pandora-like “Genius” smart playlists and HD TV downloads may be in your near future... at least according to some who claim to have noticed a mysterious “Download Now” button that popped up in the middle of Apple's iTunes page that allegedly linked to a download of iTunes 8.0.