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VidBITS: iTunes 11 and Comparing Antivirus Apps

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iTunes 11 continues to occupy our thoughts, largely thanks to all the comments and email that we continue to get about it, so we devoted a lot of this 45-minute staff roundtable to discussing just why iTunes 11 is so important. Michael Cohen hit the nail on the head with his comment that iTunes 11 is actually a sort of meta-operating system, and how that makes it fertile ground for user interface experimentation (and mistakes!). Matt Neuburg pointed out that iTunes 11 is nearly identical in interface to the new Remote app for iOS, leading to some argument about whether Apple is pushing all interfaces to be more like iOS. Other issues that came up include problems being encountered by classical music buffs, the Command-1 and Command-L tricks for getting back to Music from wherever you might be, how to sort the Albums view with View Options, and the continued lack of any coherent approach for sharing a single set of music within a family.

Next, responding to a number of recent reports about the differing accuracy of antivirus apps, Rich Mogull educated us about the techniques that different apps use to identify viruses and why they do better or worse at identifying viruses. This still isn’t as big a deal on the Mac as on Windows, where Rich said there are, by some counts, 65,000 new virus variants appearing every day. But most interesting were Rich’s insights into the murky world of cybercrime, where companies offer virus-creation toolkits with 24-by-7 support and sites where new viruses can be tested against all existing antivirus programs before being released. Rich also shared his experiences infiltrating this world with a fake identity that applied for a job as a “money mule,” culminating in a phone call to his recruiter while on stage at the DEF CON security conference.

Though there are a few visual jokes in the video, you won’t miss anything important if you instead listen to the audio-only version, which you can do by clicking the Listen link above, or by subscribing to the TidBITS podcast to listen during your commute or workout.

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

In this FAQ-style ebook, iTunes expert Kirk McElhearn explains importing, tagging, organizing, playing, sharing, and more so you can get the most out of your audio, video, and book collections in iTunes 11.1. You'll also learn the best way to transfer media to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Now covers iTunes Radio!


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Comments about VidBITS: iTunes 11 and Comparing Antivirus Apps

Andreas Frick  2012-12-18 04:41
iTunes 11 has a very bad user interface: No usable list view of an album. No sorting of an album depending on a user selectable criterium. No smart playlists. It's a big step backwards.
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-12-18 10:52
Smart playlists are still there: Option-Cmd-N or File > New Smart Playlist will create one.
xandra  2012-12-20 14:28
GRRREAT VID. Would love a weekly/monthly roundtable podcast.
Adam: PLEASE don't stop with the iTunes 11 coverage There's just no way to overdo the topic. This stuff is VITAL for those of us who use every nook and cranny of iTunes. Would like to see more visuals on how the iTs11 windows can be morphed. For myself - I don't see "upgrade" in the near future - at least I've been forwarned.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-12-20 14:58
Glad you're liking it. I'd like to do the VidBITS roundtables regularly, but it's tricky to get a group together every week when we all have so much to do (me not the least). They'll keep coming, though!
xandra  2012-12-20 14:29
Do Video Playlists still exist?