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TidBITS#945/15-Sep-08

September is here, and Apple is in a release frenzy! Last week’s “Let’s Rock” event brought forth new iPod nano and iPod touch models (plus a single configuration of the iPod classic) as well as iTunes 8, which adds a new Genius music-recommendation feature. Genius works on the new iPods and also the iPhone following Friday’s update to iPhone 2.1 software. Speaking of iTunes 8, Adam discovers that each podcast to which you subscribe can finally have its own settings. No Apple event is complete without numbers, so Adam runs down the figures provided by Steve Jobs to note some interesting growth on Apple’s books. In other news, Joe Kissell updates his monster list of Mac backup software, Apple’s executives may finally be done with the backdating scandal thanks to a recent settlement, and we cover the changes in today’s release of Mac OS X 10.5.5. In this week’s TidBITS Watchlist, we note the releases of NetworkLocation 3.0, Spring Cleaning 10, Front Row 2.1.6, and HP Printer Driver 1.1.1.

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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.

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Running the Numbers with Steve Jobs

The best parts of Apple events for some of us are when Steve runs the numbers: how many iPods have been sold, how many songs are in the iTunes Store, and how something new (like App Store downloads) has blown away expectations. Here's the current list.

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Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk/15-Sep-08

The iPod touch, iPod classic, and iTunes 8, as well as the iPhone, are on readers' minds this week following Apple's latest announcements. Other topics include setting up a RAID under Leopard, cleaning the Mighty Mouse trackball, working with Spotlight, finding a replacement for ThinkTank or More, and continued annoyances with MobileMe.