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Opening a Folder from the Dock

Sick of the dock on Mac OS X Leopard not being able to open folders with a simple click, like sanity demands and like it used to be in Tiger? You can, of course click it, and then click again on Open in Finder, but that's twice as many clicks as it used to be. (And while you're at it, Control-click the folder, and choose both Display as Folder and View Content as List from the contextual menu. Once you have the content displaying as a list, there's an Open command right there, but that requires Control-clicking and choosing a menu item.) The closest you can get to opening a docked folder with a single click is Command-click, which opens its enclosing folder. However, if you instead put a file from the docked folder in the Dock, and Command-click that file, you'll see the folder you want. Of course, if you forget to press Command when clicking, you'll open the file, which may be even more annoying.

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Apple Cuts iTunes Plus Price to 99 Cents

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Steve Jobs confirmed to the Wall Street Journal what Ars Technica reported earlier: iTunes Plus songs sold via the iTunes Store are now 99 cents, down from a typical $1.29. iTunes Plus songs are sold without digital rights management (DRM), which encrypts content for playback on specific devices in specific ways.

The impetus is likely the launch of the Amazon MP3 music store, which offers DRM-free music for 89 to 99 cents per track from both EMI, which Apple carries in DRM-free form, and Universal, which has declined to make such a deal with Apple (see "Amazon MP3 Takes on the iTunes Store," 2007-09-25). Both stores include DRM-free music from many independent labels as well. iTunes Plus songs are encoded as 256 Kbps AAC files; Amazon's music is all 256 Kbps MP3. iTunes has over 6 million songs; Amazon, over 2 million.

What's not clear yet is whether it will still cost money to convert iTunes songs with DRM to iTunes Plus songs if the cost is the same; whether you'll be refunded any previous upgrade fees for iTunes Plus (unlikely, in my view); and whether Apple will list iTunes songs with DRM alongside the same song without (also seemingly unlikely).

 

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