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iTunes 8.1 Enhances DJ Capabilities

Apple has released iTunes 8.1, adding support for the new iPod shuffle, improving overall speed, and more. However, the promised video support for the Genius feature has apparently been pulled for now.

Matt Neuburg No comments

A Silly Saga: How I Downloaded an Audio Book from My Library

Thanks to a recently released application, OverDrive Media Console, I can now download MP3 audio books from my library. But who would want to? The selection is lousy and the procedure is inconvenient and silly. How silly is it? Read on...

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Amazon Releases Kindle Software for iPhone

In an expected move, online retailer Amazon has released a free iPhone application that enables users to purchase and view titles from the catalog of books available for the Kindle.

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Why the Kindle 2 Should Speak When Permitted To

The Authors Guild wants its members to be able to choose which electronic rights they grant to their works. As a result, the Guild is painted as a villain for apparently suggesting parents shouldn't read books to their children without paying fees. It's all about revenue, permission, and closed systems. Oh, and the Amazon Kindle 2.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Kindle 2 Improves Design, Not Features

Amazon's Kindle 2 is far easier to use, with a simplified hardware design that streamlines navigation. Under the hood, it's the same offering, however, with the same limitations we've highlighted in the past.

Adam Engst No comments

More Ebooks Available for the iPhone/iPod touch

A pair of announcements from Google and Safari Books Online, along with hints from Amazon, promise an ever-improving future for ebook reading on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Adam Engst No comments

Amazon Announces Kindle 2 Ebook Reader

In a much-anticipated announcement, Amazon has thrown back the curtains on the second-generation Kindle, refining the industrial design and improving some of the hardware specs, but not significantly improving the device's onscreen layout capabilities.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Choose Individual iTunes Tracks to Upgrade to Plus

Apple has changed its iTunes Plus upgrade policy, allowing you to pick individual tracks and albums to upgrade and remove digital rights management protection for songs you bought with DRM enabled. Upgrades are still $0.30 per song and $3.00 per album in the U.S. market.

Adam Engst No comments

Coinstar Machines Turn Change into iTunes Credit

Turn loose change into songs and apps from the iTunes Store via a Coinstar machine.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Apple Moves to Unprotected Music, Tiered Prices

Despite a Macworld Expo keynote focusing on Mac news, Apple also announced the removal of DRM from songs in the iTunes Store, tiered pricing, and downloads over 3G as well as Wi-Fi.

Adam Engst No comments

Caffeine Helps Video-Playing Macs Stay Awake

Keep your Mac awake with a useful utility that temporarily disables normal power-saving measures while you're watching Web-based video.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Apple Lists Top iTunes Downloads of 2008

The first year of the App Store was very good to game developers and flashlight utilities, but what about the rest of the iTunes Store?

Doug McLean No comments

The Simpsons Takes Aim at Apple

Important breaking news: The Simpsons get an Apple Store.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Apple TV 2.3 Adds AirTunes, Volume Control

The Apple TV Software Update 2.3 expands the media player's AirTunes capabilities, lets you use a third-party remote control, supports playlists that contain video content, and, at last, lets you control music volume from the remote.

Doug McLean No comments

Netflix Starts Deploying Mac-Compatible Media Player

Netflix has announced that Mac users will finally gain access to its coveted Watch Instantly feature through - surprise - a Microsoft Silverlight-based media player.