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iTunes 8 Adds Genius; iTunes Store Adds HD TV and NBC

Okay, Einstein, let's see what you think is worth hearing. Huh. Well, that's actually pretty smart. Apple adds intelligence to building playlists that match up disparate interests in iTunes with its Genius feature. iTunes 8 sports a new interface for organizing and viewing music, and the iTunes Store brings high-definition television shows - and the return of TV shows from NBC.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Amazon Launches Mac-Compatible Video on Demand

The media-selling giant finally supports Mac users with its digital video rental and purchase service (previously Amazon Unbox) through a browser-based Flash player.

Adam Engst No comments

Five iTunes 7.7.1 Bug Fixes Detailed

Apple isn't saying what was fixed in the just-released iTunes 7.7.1, but we dig through the discussions to find details on five areas in which the program may address significant bugs.

Adam Engst No comments

iTunes 7.7 Corrupts Accented Artist and Track Names

iTunes 7.7 contains a subtle bug that can convert accented characters in artist and track names into other characters, rendering the names incorrect or even unreadable. Never fear, though, since there's a workaround.

Jeff Carlson No comments

iTunes 7.7 Released in Preparation for iPhone 2.0

iTunes 7.7 is now available, bringing support for the upcoming iPhone 2.0 software and a new Remote application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

MSN Music Doesn’t Kill Future Playability of Purchased Tracks

Microsoft decides to continue allowing music purchased from its MSN Music store to be transferred among legitimate machines until 2011.

Mark H. Anbinder No comments

SlingPlayer Mobile Would Drive Slingbox Owners to iPhone

Own a Slingbox? Want to watch your TV on an iPhone? It could be possible with a proof-of-concept version of SlingPlayer Mobile from Sling Media. The only problem? Apple hasn't accepted the company's iPhone developer application yet.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Apple TV Gains Movie Purchases and DVD Date Releases

Owners of the Apple TV can now purchase movies directly from the entertainment device, and do so from an expanded collection of movies. Also, several studios are making rentals available on iTunes and the Apple TV the same day as the movies are released on DVD.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Thank You for Not Playing: Microsoft Expires DRMed Music

Microsoft has chosen to cut the legs out from under customers who bought music from the MSN Music store up until late 2006. Starting 31-Aug-08, that music can no longer be played on computers that weren't previously authorized.

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Apple Releases 802.11n AirPort Express

Apple has revised the $99 AirPort Express Wi-Fi base station to use 802.11n, the fastest wireless networking flavor now available, including support for both frequency bands.

Rich Mogull No comments

Airfoil Plays Home Audio Wirelessly

Apple's AirPort Express is great for when you want to send music to your stereo wirelessly, but what if the source of your music isn't iTunes? Or if you want to send the audio to a Mac or PC? Enter Rogue Amoeba's AirFoil 3.1. Rich Mogull gives a real-world look at what it's good for in this review.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Airfoil Adds Apple TV Support, Updated for Windows

Airfoil for Mac OS X and Windows now has full support for streaming to the new Apple TV release. Airfoil Speakers now works under Windows, too.

Jeff Carlson No comments

DRM Foils iTunes Movie Rentals for Some Apple TV Owners

After discovering that my Apple TV wouldn't play a rented movie because of the way it's connected to a Dell LCD display, I took an unorthodox route: I contacted Apple customer support. It all worked out in the end, but beware if you're in a similar situation.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Blu-ray Wins High-Definition Disc Format Battle

The format war over high-definition video stored on discs is over: Sony and its Blu-ray spec stands triumphant over Toshiba's HD-DVD. The real winners? You, as you don't have to decide among competing formats for home, computer, or disc purchases.

Mark Boszko No comments

Extend iTunes Movie Rentals Beyond 24 Hours

Apple says that iTunes movie rentals expire after 24 hours, but is that really true? Mark Boszko investigates, and find out that you're not necessarily out of luck if you can't finish in that 24-hour window.