iPod 1.2 Supports iTunes 3, Jaguar -- After showing off iTunes 3 and the new iPod models at July's Macworld Expo (see our coverage beginning in TidBITS-639), Apple has released the iPod Software 1.2 Updater for owners of existing iPods. A new Browse menu adds the capability to search your song library by genre and composer (provided that information is included in the songs' ID3 tags), as well as by artist, song, and album title. The software also adds support for Audible.com audio books along with the Sound Check feature introduced in iTunes 3, which balances the volume of tracks imported at different sound levels. The iPod now includes on-screen visual feedback to indicate when it is safe to unplug the FireWire connection from your Mac. And, in preparation for the release of Mac OS X 10.2, the iPod now includes a calendar for synchronizing with the upcoming iCal, a clock to keep track of time (though you can view the time only by navigating to the Clock menu item; we want to see it also displayed on the main Now Playing screen in a future version), and an alarm for events requiring attention. The iPod 1.2 Software Updater is a free 6.7 MB download. [JLC]
Option-Click AirPort Menu for Network Details
If you hold down the Option key while clicking the AirPort menu in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you'll see not just the names of nearby Wi-Fi networks, but additional details about the selected network. Details include the MAC address of the network, the channel used by the base station, the signal strength (a negative number; the closer to zero it is, the stronger the signal), and the transmit rate in megabits per second showing actual network throughput. If you hover the cursor over the name of a network to which you're not connected, a little yellow pop-up shows the signal strength and type of encryption.
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