How do you like them numbers, Apple? Five billion songs sold so far, and 50,000 movies every day. Apple has announced that the iTunes Store has sold more than 5 billion songs. (I wonder how many copies of "The Final Countdown" that includes, other than the one I'm currently rocking out to. Wow, currently unavailable in the U.S. store, too -- do I have a limited edition on my hands? I digress...) But we know what those 5 billion didn't include: Yes, the Beatles, who are still absent. And a few others, like Kid Rock, who recently told the BBC that he's not in the store yet because the model doesn't pay artists fairly, just Apple and the record labels. But he's a smart dude and figures he'll wind up there eventually "because I can't avoid it." (Resistance being futile and all...) Another holdout is Garth Brooks, because he wants fans to buy his full albums, not individual songs. Ropin' the Wind has no throwaway tracks, darn it, none! It'd be like listening to an opera all out of order, or while jamming a stick in your eye. Anyway, Apple also had news to share about its movie business, announcing that it's renting and selling more than 50,000 movies per day. The company didn't split out how many are rented versus sold, so it's probably more rentals. Still, 1.5 million movies per month is nothing to sneeze at. Do you rent movies through iTunes? Did you know about the special 99-cent movie rental of the week? Currently it's The Magnificent Seven (which is in iTunes here). I still wish I could rent TV shows (especially this one), but that probably won't happen anytime soon.
With all the hoopla surrounding the Apple TV, many Mac owners are unaware that an easy device for streaming iTunes media may already be sitting in their entertainment system. All three of the latest game consoles—PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii—are capable of streaming media from your Mac to your television over your existing network.
Privatunes makes it easy to remove your personal info. All iTunes Store music (DRM’d or not) has your name and email address in the song. Now, before you get all worked up and start spouting off about how your privacy is being violated, settle down. It takes someone with skills using Mac OS X’s Terminal to access the information in the song.
JoeSoft's Jax iTunes plug-in caused iTunes to crash when I installed Leopard. JoeSoft's Web site says they "are in the process of updating Jax to be Leopard compatible. This update will be posted shortly after Leopard's release."
I've been an iPod fan since the original, but it's taken me until the iPod video - and hacking my car to add an iPod interface - to try to fix a feature that's been missing since day one. Why can't I create a sync-able playlist full of random albums, not just a bunch of random tracks? Through a little-documented feature, I can, without trying to find a custom AppleScript.