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July 10, 2008

App Store make Remote connection with iTunes

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 8:40 pm

Now that App Store is out as part of iTunes 7.7 release, we are getting to see all the good things.

Here is a quick survey of first impressions:

John Falcone at CNet says – It's an easy must-have for any iPhone or iPod Touch owner who enjoys listening to music at home

Dan Moren
figured out multiple library support. PowerTunes does similar job but doesn't come with the App Store magic (soon?).

There is, however, support for multiple libraries. When you start up Remote after associating with a library, it’ll take a second to reconnect, during which time you can change which library you want to use (you can also tap the Settings button in the top left corner of any list screen). That’ll give you the option to add multiple libraries, delete existing associations, and toggle a “Stay Connected” preference (not precisely sure what that does at present).

Holly Jackson says you can sing your way to search results:

With the new Midomi Mobile application, iPhone users can find an artist or song with voice or text search. The app also has the ability to "grab" a recording of a song to use for search. Users just have to hold their iPhone up to a speaker and submit the music clip.

This is disruptive at many levels and not surprisingly this has caused heart burn across the tech industry. Apple competitors are rushing to make press announcements or just plotting their own mobile strategy.
Activision Blizzard hopes to take on iTunes. Well we will see about that!

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About iTunes 7.7

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 3:27 am

From the installation window pop-up. Standard stuff, system requirement is worth looking.

Use iTunes to import CDs or download songs and videos from the iTunes Store. Make playlists perfect for any occasion. Burn playlists to CDs and play them on your home stereo. Sync your media with iPod or iPhone to enjoy it on the go, or play your collection on your TV with Apple TV.

What's new in iTunes 7.7
Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.

System requirements
iTunes 7.7 requires a Macintosh with a PowerPC G3, G4, G5, or Intel Core processor, at least 256MB of RAM, Mac OS X version 10.3.9 or 10.4.9 or later. To use iPhone with iTunes, Mac OS X version 10.4.10 or later is required.

To use the iTunes Store, QuickTime version 7.4.5 or later is required. To play purchased videos from the iTunes Store, iTunes 7.7 requires a Macintosh with a 1GHz G4 processor, and at least 16MB of video RAM.

Syncing purchased movies, increased-quality TV shows, music videos, and iPod Games requires an iPod nano (third generation), iPod classic, or iPod (fifth generation) with software version 1.2 or later. Some iPod Games may not be compatible with iPod nano (third generation) and iPod classic. Syncing ringtones requires an iPhone with software version 1.1 or later.

Purchasing from the iTunes Wi-Fi Music Store using iPhone requires iPhone software version 1.1.1 or later.

Renting or purchasing from the iTunes Store using Apple TV requires Apple TV software version 2.0 or later. Transferring rented movies requires an iPod nano (third generation) and iPod classic with software version 1.1 or later or iPod touch and iPhone with software version 1.1.3 or later. HD movies from the iTunes Store are designed exclusively for Apple TV and may not be transferred to iTunes.

Nike + iPod requires the Nike + iPod Sport Kit, an iPod nano with software version 1.2 or later, and Nike+ ready shoes. To see your workout data on nikeplus.com, you must have an Internet connection and a free Nike.com account. For more information, visit www.apple.com/nikeplus.

AirPort Express with AirTunes requires an AirPort or AirPort Extreme Card and a compatible stereo system or powered speakers. Playing your music with one or more AirPort Express Base Stations requires AirPort Express Firmware 6.3 or later. Some ISPs may not be compatible with AirPort Express. For more information, visit www.apple.com/airportexpress.

Make sure you have the latest updates of Mac OS X, QuickTime, and iLife. To get the latest updates, chose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Software Update, and then click Check Now. After you install an update, it's a good idea to click Check Now again to make sure you have all the latest versions. To get the latest upgrade to Mac OS X, visit www.apple.com/macosx.

To create audio, MP3, or backup CDs with iTunes, your Mac must have an Apple combo drive or SuperDrive. To back up your library to a DVD, your Mac must have an Apple SuperDrive. Some non-Apple CD-RW and DVD-RW drives may also work.

If you plan to use the iTunes Store, a broadband Internet connection is recommended.

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July 9, 2008

Now That Apple is Focused On iPhone, Use PowerTunes to Manage Your iTunes clutter

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 7:04 pm

Too much success can lead to lack of focus. That seems to to be the case with iTunes. There is a growing outcry against iTunes for it's poor stability, lack of focus and general drift from it's music market origin.

Managing huge collection of music files in iTunes is anything but fun. It sucks and can cause lot of frustration when you are in the mood for good music. Well sweat not, Apple's laziness is clearing way for new vendors to come in and solve this pain. Fat Cat Software, a one man company run by Brian Webster, has rolled out an impressive software to manage iTunes music libraries. 

Software, aptly named Powertunes, allows users to create multiple iTunes libraries, find orphaned tracks, clean up missing files, merge libraries and move folders around.
My favorite feature is the copy between libraries while retaining the meta data.

You can download the software from here. Let us know what you think of this.

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Apple App Store Will Challenge iTunes Marketplace? Yes It Can.

Filed under: iphone — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 6:27 pm

Apple is growing fast. They are rolling out products faster than any other company out there. One fall out of that speed is the confusion between product lines. Now that 3G iPhone release is just on the horizon, expectation is that this will bring clarity on how Apple will map out integration strategy between App store and iTunes.

App Store will be accessible as part of the iPhone 2.0 software. Thousands of developers have downloaded iPhone SDK and approved applications will be listed on App store gallery.

Looking at this description, Apple is planning to allow listing of applications in iTunes catalog. Very much on the lines of existing movies and songs directory. This will draw more users into iPhone marketing. For those not having iPhones, they will be able to view this catalog. Developers will love this feature as this will allow them another marketing channel.



Jim Goldman, at CNBC,  thinks App store could be a major channel for Apple -

Fact is, Apple’s new App store could become a major new revenue stream for the company and those posting programs on it. Many of these programs will work on your current iPhone as well, as long as you upgrade your software to the 2.0 OS. Though 3G will make the wireless download of these new programs far faster. And the automatic update notification is pretty cool too, letting you know the moment your existing new program is outdate and you now have the opportunity to upgrade.
App store can be a disruptive force in software distribution. Apple is opening a new channel which combines different emerging computing models. It has elements of SaaS, Cloud computing, mobile interface and tight desktop integration. This can be bigger than iTunes.

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June 30, 2008

Rhapsody and Viacom in $50 million attempt to take on iTunes. Real says DRM is dead

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iPod made new friends today. Rhapsody, Real Networks and Viacom joint venture, launched ambitious program which will allow users to download MP3 file onto their iPods. This is a 180 degree shift in Rhapsody strategy in addressing Apple's dominance in music business.

Rhapsody may be finally getting it's acts together. To their credit, getting to be the music store back-end to MTV's music Web sites and iLike, one of the most widely used music applications on social networking site Facebook, is a huge deal. iTunes has done little to reach out to social networking based music consumption. This could be smart move for Rhapsody.

iTunes command whopping 70% of the digital music market. Amazon, Walmart, Napster and many other online intiatives are eyeing that market.

Industry analysts have come to an agreement that DRM is dead. Music business models have to go beyond restriction based models and embrace creative bundling to protect margins.

Read the complete press release:

SEATTLE ? June 30, 2008 ? Rhapsody®, the leading digital music service from RealNetworks®, Inc. (Nasdaq RNWK) and MTV Networks, today launched its "Music Without Limits" initiative. This strategy is designed to turbocharge the digital music industry in three ways, by:

- Accelerating the move away from proprietary Digital Rights Formats by making music from all major labels available in the DRM-free and interoperable MP3 format;
- Empowering music fans to conveniently stream full-length songs, and buy MP3s, anywhere they want including the most popular music sites and social networks on the Web;
- Integrating digital music directly with mobile phones through a deep partnership between Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless.

"Until now, legal digital music has suffered from severe limitations on where consumers could buy it and how they could use it," said Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks. "’Music Without Limits,' fixes those problems and will make digital music easier and more valuable for consumers. Rhapsody is proud to be partnering with some of the most innovative companies of our time, including: iLike, Yahoo!, MTV Networks, and Verizon Wireless, to connect consumers with digital music wherever they are and however they want it."

New MP3 Store with Full-Length Song Playback
Beginning today, consumers can purchase MP3 music from Rhapsody and its partners that is free of the digital rights management (DRM) software that restricts how and where people can play their music. Any song or album purchased at www.rhapsody.com/mp3 can be played on any MP3 player, even an Apple iPod.

Visitors to the Rhapsody MP3 Store can enjoy a complete discovery experience by listening to full-length songs instead of the 30-second samples found on other sites. And purchased tracks and albums can be seamlessly downloaded into Rhapsody, RealPlayer or iTunes.

The Rhapsody MP3 catalogue will include more than 5 million songs from all four major music labels ? Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and EMI ? and an extensive number of independent labels. The Rhapsody MP3 Store places a strong emphasis on the digital album with merchandising centers for "new album releases," "old favorites," and "who's on tour." Most albums will sell for $9.99 and tracks for $.99.

Leveraging the marketing power of Rhapsody's relationship with MTV Networks, Rhapsody is launching today a "Music Without Limits" advertising campaign that includes broadcast, online and print advertising. Rhapsody anticipates using media worth more than $50 Million in the next year and worth more than $15 million in the third quarter alone. As part of this campaign, Rhapsody is giving away a free album to the first 100,000 people who sign up for the new store until July 4th. See separate press release on the Rhapsody promotion for more details or http://offer.rhapsody.com/mp3/promo/album.

Sample and Purchase Music on Most Popular Music Sites and Social Networks
Because many consumers would prefer to sample and purchase music directly where it is discovered, Rhapsody has joined forces with some of the most important and influential music companies on the Web, including iLike, Yahoo! and MTV Networks to enhance people's listening experience and give them the ability to conveniently purchase the music they've just discovered.

Beginning in the weeks ahead, consumers will be able to enjoy full-song playback (up to 25 songs per month per person) whether they are on Yahoo! Music or MTV.com, CMT.com or VH1.com, and they will have the ability to seamlessly go from playing a song on those sites to purchasing a DRM-free version of that music.

"MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com are destinations for some 25 million music fans every month who are seeking the latest music and music news across a range of genres, from pop to hip-hop, alternative to rock and country," said Courtney Holt, executive vice president of digital music and media for MTV Networks' Music Group. "With the Rhapsody MP3 Store, we're giving our audience the means to load up on all the music they love while they're on our sites ? yet another way in which we're weaving Rhapsody into the fabric of all of our programming across all of our screens."

"Yahoo! Music has a long history of supporting scalable solutions that provide music consumers with what they want: the ability to play their music on any portable device," said Michael Spiegelman, senior director of music, Yahoo! "This partnership accomplishes just that by putting Rhapsody's MP3 store in front of Yahoo! Music's 20 million monthly users."

Rhapsody and iLike, the leading social music discovery service, have created a new model that will monetize music consumption on the top social networks for labels and artists. To give iLike's enormous audience a taste of the popular Rhapsody Unlimited subscription service, Rhapsody will power free, full-song playback across iLike.com and iLike's leading music applications on the Web's most popular social platforms, including: Facebook?, MySpace, hi5, Orkut, and Bebo. Full-song streaming will be available for free to iLike users until a monthly threshold of 25 plays is reached, at which time iLike users can choose to sign up for a Rhapsody account or enjoy 30 second song samples until the end of the month.

Artists and labels will be paid royalties each time their music is played via Rhapsody's existing agreements. This will be the first widespread implementation of a scalable model to monetize the enormous potential for music consumption across social networks. iLike's more than 28 million registered users will enjoy free full-length song playback. Additionally, Rhapsody's MP3 store will also be added as an option to the iLike "buy" button.

"With this announcement, iLike is expanding from being the leading social music discovery service to becoming a powerful social music consumption solution," said Ali Partovi CEO of iLike. "In collaboration with Rhapsody, we're empowering artists and labels to make money every time their music is played on iLike and across the Web's major social networks."

Music Wherever You Are
Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of their much anticipated joint service, V CAST Music with Rhapsody, that gives customers the benefits of unlimited access to music on a growing number of V CAST enabled mobile handsets that support subscriptions.

Verizon Wireless customers ? subscribers to the unlimited V CAST Music with Rhapsody service or not ? can purchase music directly from their phones and have the songs delivered over the air to their handsets. Unlike any other mobile music service, any tracks purchased over the air will be also downloaded ? in DRM-free MP3 format ? to the customer's PC.

"The Verizon Wireless partnership with Rhapsody brings an incredible cutting-edge service to American music fans," said John Harrobin, senior vice president of digital media and marketing for Verizon. "Whether you want your music over-the-air directly to your handset, direct to your PC and side-load DRM-Free MP3s to your phone, or access unlimited songs for about the price of a CD through our new subscription service, the clear choice is V CAST Music with Rhapsody."

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