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iTunes, iPod Firmware, and QuickTime Updated

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iTunes, iPod Firmware, and QuickTime Updated -- Delivering on a promise made in late May, Apple has updated iTunes and iPod software to work with the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, a gadget that links an iPod nano with Nike+ shoes to track a runner's performance (see "Grab your iPod and Run"). iTunes 6.0.5 enables synchronization of data to nikeplus.com. The 19.8 MB update, also available via Software Update, additionally patches a security hole that could be exploited by a malicious AAC file.

<http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/>
<http://db.tidbits.com/article/08543>
<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ itunes605.html>
<http://www.nikeplus.com/>
<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html? artnum=303952>

iPod Updater 2006-06-28 updates the software for the iPod, iPod nano, and iPod shuffle to fix bugs, add Nike+iPod support for the iPod nano, and add a maximum volume limit for the iPod shuffle. Because Apple rolls all iPod updates into one installer, this one weighs in at 49 MB and is available as a stand-alone download or via Software Update.

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ ipodupdater20060628.html>

Lastly, Apple also released QuickTime 7.1.2, a 49.1 MB download that fixes an issue with previewing iDVD projects. [JLC]

<http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/ quicktime712.html>

 

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