By now, you've probably downloaded the iPad friendly iTunes 9.1, which includes the various tweaks it needed to function on the iPad. You may have also noticed that audiobooks and ebooks are now
joined together as one big category of Books, which means that the day is dawning upon us. Well, in preparation, we checked out the new iTunes update to see how Books really works, and if it'll deliver all that Apple faithful have dreamed it would.
When Apple first confirmed last year that they were building a server
farm facility down in North Carolina, speculation was heavy that
Cupertino was looking to get in big on cloud computing. Everything was
moving to the cloud; soon there'd be no need for storing documents on
your hard drive; the cloud was everything. So the arguments ran.
people still save stuff to hard drives, external hard drives still sell
at a decent clip, and we don't know anyone under the age of fifty
without a flash drive (or three). Turns out physical ownership is kind
of important to people. Is the cloud part of the Apple's plan?
quotes a Billboard report that Apple has been irritated by Amazon's
MP3 Daily Deal. According
to Billboard, "The labels make arrangements to provide an exclusive
selling window with Amazon for a big release expected to do a lot of
business on street date."
We all know that iTunes can be a bit of a resource hog when you're
playing music through it while Photoshopping cats' faces onto your
friends' heads and browsing for pictures. But apparently for some users,
it can be even more of a problem.
Buying music has always involved tough decisions. Rolling Stones or
Beatles? CD or LP? The mall or the indie record store with the cute
cashier? These questions have plagued music fans for decades, but the
iTunes Store changed everything. Thanks to its convenience, huge
catalog, and iPod-friendliness, iTunes now sells more music in the
United States than any other retailer, either online or
brick-and-mortar. But choices remain. iTunes competitors have sprung up
all over the Internet, clamoring for your dollars.