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    It must be a real slow day here at Apple land... or Hawaii Threads... first the game was late.. and then I see a new game... and now I get a new Avatar... well this is certainly a surprise... and well I might as well use it for now until it becomes obsolete with an even faster macpro duo core... Actually I am kind of thinking of actually getting one of these beasts.... something about running a computer with 4 different operating systems on 4 different hard drives appeals to me... and I always liked towers... and being a Mac guy who likes towers, we don't get too many choices to choose from now don't we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel
    I guess it was time to get rid of the red sun.
    What was that, anyway? It looked to me like some kind of unholy beast from hell, ready to unleash its wrath on the masses.
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    The "It's Showtime" event, as expected, led to crashed tech news servers and overloaded Apple blogs. I had six tabs open to various "live" coverage sites but only two at a time, at most, were actually reachable. But here's the quick-and-dirty rundown of what was announced.

    Updated 5G iPods: 30GB for $249, 80GB for $349. Featuring 60% brighter screens with brighness control, 3.5 to 6.5 hours (for 80GB) video playback, up from 2 hours, new headphones, gapless playback, and games (Tetris, Bejewled, Mahjong, Pac Man, Texas Hold Em) for $4.99.

    Updated iPod Nano: New, thinner, aluminum body, 24 hour battery life, new charger, armband, and headphones. 2GB (silver only) for $149, 4GB for $199 (green, silver, blue, pink), 8GB for $249 (black).

    Updated iPod Shuffle: Metal body, very small ("world's smallest" is the claim), 12-hour battery life. 1GB for $79.

    Updated iTunes & iTunes Store (no longer iTunes Music Store): iTunes Version 7 out now. Redesign includes separate libraries for all forms of media, devices, and playlists, a new view to browse by cover art (very slick!), and free cover art for your library. Technology improvements include syncing between multiple computers, TV show resolution boosted to 640x480 H.264 (from 320x240), cleaner iPod management and integrated iPod updaters (instead of a separate app). iTunes now the #5 retailer of music, including brick-and-morter. As for TV shows, after stargint last year with one network and five shows, iTMS now sells 220 shows from over 40 networks. Now adding the NFL Network.

    Movies: Adding movies to the iTunes Store. Films from Disney, Pixar, Touchstone, Miramax (all Disney). 75 films available now. New releases $12.99 preorder, $14.99 released (same day as DVD), the rest $9.99. Also encoded at 640x480 H.264, including Dolby surround audio, and you can watch as it downloads (30 minutes for the average film over broadband).

    Wireless TV Box: Ah, the famous, "One last thing..." Coming in the first quarter of next year, an easy way to see your iTunes/iPod video content on your television, wirelessly. It looks like a flattened Mac mini, and has USB, Ethernet, and 802.11 wireless connectivity, and component video, optical audio, and HDMI ports (so HD capable). Runs a beefed-up, Front Row-like interface, and of course works with the Apple Remote. Still needs a name, but called iTV for now. $299.

    The upgrades across the iPod line are nice (in some cases doubling capacity for the same price, and the form factor changes are also cool), but no full-/wide-screen video iPod just yet. The iTunes/iTunes Store upgrades are also good (can't wait to play with the album art bits). And the movie announcement was widely expected... and no mention of whether you can burn your purchases to a physical DVD (though someone will certainly find a way).

    The new hardware piece for TV is intriguing... although a lot of people are already using Mac minis as media managers and media centers, this specialized box looks snazzy, and makes it Apple-style simple to get everything working easily.

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    Okay, never mind that weirld al CD, I want an iPod for my bday!
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    I *love* it that iTunes is offering movies for d/l!!! About damned time!

    And I think mamma needs her an itty bitty shuffle. It looks like something that I can exercise with!

    I {heart} apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Wireless TV Box: Ah, the famous, "One last thing..." Coming in the first quarter of next year, an easy way to see your iTunes/iPod video content on your television, wirelessly. It looks like a flattened Mac mini, and has USB, Ethernet, and 802.11 wireless connectivity, and component video, optical audio, and HDMI ports (so HD capable). Runs a beefed-up, Front Row-like interface, and of course works with the Apple Remote. Still needs a name, but called iTV for now. $299.

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    The new hardware piece for TV is intriguing... although a lot of people are already using Mac minis as media managers and media centers, this specialized box looks snazzy, and makes it Apple-style simple to get everything working easily.
    But where's the DVR functionality? If Apple's gonna make an iTV, it had better out-TiVo TiVo.

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    I just noticed something...the revised Nanos ship with the following only:

    * iPod nano
    * Earphones
    * USB 2.0 cable
    * Dock adapter
    * Quick Start guide

    What's missing? How about a disc with the Itunes software. Apple says:

    Available as a free download, iTunes makes it easy to browse and buy millions of songs, audiobooks, podcasts, TV shows, movies, and games on the iTunes Store. Plus you can import your own music, manage your whole media library, and sync your iPod with ease.

    Kind of a hassle for those without a high speen connection. My current version is 33.4MB. That's a long download for people with dial up.

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    Or they could load it into the nano itself. It is a data storage device, after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    Or they could load it into the nano itself. It is a data storage device, after all.
    Shhhhhhhh....that's the dirty little secret about Ipods. I wonder how many Ipod owners use this function? I use it all the time, moving files from work to home, even backing up my server and using the Ipod to transport it to another computers external drive.

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    My students do it all the time. In fact, my 40gb 4G iPod I purchased from a student who had only used it a few times, and only to move files.
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    Since my darling wife basically spends any free moment playing Quinn, of course I had to buy her the official, licensed, iPod optimized (i.e. clickwheel playable) Tetris. Very, very snazzy.

    Also, the new interface for iTunes is great. Easier iPod management, and the CoverFlow browsing mode is se-xy. My Mac is happily downloading missing cover art right now!

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    The new alpha navigation system for the new iPods looks really useful... but it doesn't appear as if that'll be added to the current line up of 5G iPods (even though the new iPods are effectively still 5G). My iPod was updated to support the new games, for example, but otherwise it's still spin city to reach the bottom of a list.

    Sure, there's no widescreen video iPod (yet), but the price drop that boosts your gigabyte-per-buck? I'll take it. I've read online reports that the new 80GB model has led to a significant price discount on the former top dog, the 60GB, so if you want the space and don't need the latest and greatest, that might be an option.

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    i've been waiting to get an ipod. waiting. waiting.... waiting for the one you can wear as an earring.

    life is ok sometimes

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    OH PS:

    microsoft released the "zune" today......


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    Does anyone know if the Apple store has the new goodies on display/stock?

    EDIT: If MS won't mess up the zune, then I might get one. Xmas shopping will be hectic this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    The new alpha navigation system for the new iPods looks really useful... but it doesn't appear as if that'll be added to the current line up of 5G iPods (even though the new iPods are effectively still 5G). My iPod was updated to support the new games, for example, but otherwise it's still spin city to reach the bottom of a list.
    Sometimes, it's good to be wrong. I was just scrolling down my list of artists, grumbling about how long it'd take, when lo and behold, suddenly letters appeared superimposed in the center of my screen and, voila, I was jumping down my library with ease -- one click, one letter, flipping through the alphabet with ease.

    I'm not sure if what I'm seeing is the extent of the new browsing system on the newest iPods, but it's still a neat new tweak and one I'm glad to see "passed down" to those with first-generation fifth-generation iPods.

    Oh, and by the way, Microsoft didn't release anything, really. Just more pictures and more marketing speak for a device they've been hyping up for weeks. But so far, the Zune is largely imaginary. We're just getting more promises of what it might include. Wireless! Phone functions! "If and when it actually comes out, watch out!" Sounds a lot like Vista two years ago. I think they just wanted to get back in the news after Apple basically took over the tech press last week.

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    That's MS' operating strategy. Always has been, probably always will be. When they identify a market they want, they start making noises about entering it. Then they wait for everyone else to decide the grass is greener elsewhere, fearing competition from MS. Then they move in with a mediocre product that's only half as nice as what they promised.

    Somehow with the iPod out there I don't think it's gonna work this time

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    As reported today at CNN.com:

    'iWoz' -- Apple co-founder tells his story

    In a book titled "iWoz" published this week, Wozniak seeks to tell the engineer's side of the story and set a few things in the record straight.

    For him, the day that defined the personal computer was June 29, 1975, the first time he typed a character on a keyboard and saw it show up on the screen right in front of him.
    Sounds like an interesting read. Brings back memories of the also interesting "Pirates of Silicone Valley" television program.

    On a side note, Steve Jobs is listed at #49 in the Forbes 400 Richest Americans recently published. His net worth at $5.1 billion at age 51. Again Bill Gates is #1 with $53 billion at age 50, and MS cofounder Paul Allen is at #5 with $16 billion at age 53.

    I don't see Steve Wozniak anywhere in that Forbes list, but judging from the article above, it probably doesn't bother him one bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon
    Wireless TV Box: Ah, the famous, "One last thing..." Coming in the first quarter of next year, an easy way to see your iTunes/iPod video content on your television, wirelessly. It looks like a flattened Mac mini, and has USB, Ethernet, and 802.11 wireless connectivity, and component video, optical audio, and HDMI ports (so HD capable). Runs a beefed-up, Front Row-like interface, and of course works with the Apple Remote. Still needs a name, but called iTV for now. $299.

    Wireless TV Box...I think my dad had one of those back in the 60's. Nice unit with these things called "rabbit ears" poking out in all directions to catch a ghostly KGMB TV in Palolo. I believe Zenith made that one then there was the RCA with Colortrac and then Quasar with The works in the Drawer...yeah wireless TV kinda goes way back

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    If you've been eyeing one of the new, slimmer, metallic iPod Nano players, check out the new, special-edition "Product Red" iPod. Unlike the red-and-black U2 iPod, where you paid more for a fancy color scheme and U2 song downloads, the 4GB "Product Red" iPod Nano will have the same price as the rest of the colored 4GB iPod Nano line ($199), but $10 of it will go toward the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in Africa.

    I love my 5G video iPod, but always thought the Nano line was particularly sexy. I think this sharp red color will sell quite well, and do some good in the process.

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    What will Steve Jobs pull out of his sleeve this year? There's talk of an "iPhone" and and "iTV". The MacWorld trade show starts tomorrow at Moscone Center in San Francisco, so expect lots of press beginning tomorrow.

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    Between CES and Macworld, my feedreader is overflowing. Hundreds of posts in a few hours. And yeah, when the Macworld keynote starts, I'll pretty much be in the zone and useless to the rest of the universe.

    I'm actually kind of miffed at all the emphasis on the 'iPhone' (though it won't be called the 'iPhone' since another company has the trademark and just started using it). The speculation is so overwhelming it's almost as if Apple can't not announce it. Yet... I'm not particularly interested in such a beast.

    My favorite Macworld hype tracker? Keynote Bingo. There's been variations on this for years, but this one dynamically and randomly assigns squares. Wonder if someone on the show floor will yell "Bingo!" while The Steve is on stage?

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    Keynote underway. Semi-live updates here, here, here, and here, among many. Expect things on the web to be kinda congested over the next hour!

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    iPod and iTunes: Kicking everyone's butt, including Microsoft Zune. Adding Paramount to movie store. "Wrath of Khan," anyone?

    Apple TV (formerly iTV), $299, 720p HD video, 40GB hard drive for syncing, photos, music, and videos, live streaming and looks fantastic.

    iPhone: HOLY CRAP. Well, okay, everyone saw the iPhone coming. But not this iPhone coming. Or that they went with iPhone, despite the fact that Cisco has an iPhone too. How? Well, because this thing is in its own category of device. It's the long-awaited widescreen/full-face iPod, plus an internet communicator (IM), plus a phone. No keypad, all touch screen, motion detectors can tell if you're holding it to your ear, in portrait or horizontal mode, and so on. It runs a full OS, not some stripped down system -- the UI looks polished and intuitive (and how!). GSM+EDGE, WiFi and BlueTooth, syncs everything from contacts to media seamlessly as the iPod, and... and... I hope even Apple skeptics can agree -- pretty much blows everything else out of the water.

    I need a cold shower.

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    And only 11.6mm thick. That's thinner than the Motorola Razr!

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