Apple dusted off its four-year-old Apple TV "hobby" on Wednesday and gave it some polish. But even with a lower price tag, a smaller, sleeker design, and a few more bells and whistles, the streaming set-top box is still likely to remain a side project.
A trade group representing music publishers and songwriters informed Apple on Tuesday that the company could not go ahead with a plan to extend the length of iTunes song samples without the publishers permission.
At its typically music-focused fall event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage to show off refreshes to the iPod Shuffle, Nano, and Touch, as well as its TV device and mobile operating system. Here are some video clips from the press event's highlights, as well as a few first look reviews of the new hardware by CNET editor Donald Bell.
Buttons are back on new iPod Shuffle Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the latest redesign of the company's smallest iPod line at its September 2010 music event Wednesday in San Francisco. … Read more
Others beat the drum (and clicked the mouse) for a new Apple TV and iOS 4 for iPad--both of which Apple also announced. In fact, the rumor mill got just about everything right; the only poll item that didn't become reality was a smaller iPad.
All this begs the question: which of today's announcements did you like best? Are … Read more
Apple released a new version of iOS--iOS 4.1--that fixes bugs and brings the previously announced Game Center API for developers to use in building social-networking games. Also, iOS 4.2 will be released later this year, which … Read more
I followed Apple's music event keynote live on my MacBook and as CEO Steve Jobs demonstrated the upcoming Ping social-networking service for iTunes 10, I had a strange sense of deja vu. Ping lets iTunes users connect to friends, share their now-playing lists publicly, and make recommendations. It's built into the iTunes desktop client software and accessible from mobile devices as well.
Where have I heard this before? Let's see, iLike was kind of a social network. The Rdio subscription service has a social-networking element. But I'm thinking earlier than that. MySpace? No, that was more … Read more
Editor's note: We used Cover It Live for this event, so if you missed the live blog, you can still replay it in the embedded component below. Replaying the event will give you all the live updates along with commentary from our readers and CNET editors Donald Bell and Tom Krazit. For those of you who just want the updates, we've included them in regular text here. To get the key points from today's announcement, you can check out our summary of what got announced, in our story here.
SAN FRANCISCO--We're here live at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for Apple's annual music-related press event, which kicked off right on time at 10 a.m. PDT. You can follow our up-to-the-minute coverage using the Cover It Live module below. We'll also be running a special episode of Buzz Out Loud. You can watch that in the video player below the live blog. And finally, if you happen to be the proud owner of a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard, an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 3.0 or higher, or an iPad, you can watch the event streamed live by Apple on its Web site.
Transcript of live blog starts here:
9:51 a.m. PDT: Hi everyone! Thanks for joining us. Donald and I are in and seated. We're probably 10 minutes away.
10:00 a.m.: OK, lights are dimming. Here we go.
Steve Jobs takes the stage. Note: not wearing a turtleneck. Just a black sweater.
Song samples are no trivial matter, say researchers from Robert Morris University.
Consumers are more likely to buy songs if allowed to sample the music for about 60 seconds and if provided access to a "high-quality" version of the music, said professor Min Lu and assistant professor Yanbin Tu.
"Our empirical tests show the current stingy online digital music sampling [of 30 seconds] is not optimal," the researchers wrote in their in their 28-page report.
Sony has apparently dusted itself off and is ready to take another crack at Apple's iTunes.
Sony has plans to launch a music and video subscription service, according to a report in The Financial Times. The Japanese conglomerate is expected to announce the service Wednesday at a technology show in Berlin, just ahead of Apple's media event in San Francisco.
According to the FT, "Sony would use its [Web-connected] PlayStation games consoles as the starting point for a new service that users will be able to use across a range of other Internet-connected devices. That could include … Read more
On the eve of Apple's annual fall media event, The Wall Street Journal reported that two major Hollywood studios will rent TV shows on iTunes for 99 cents.
According to the Journal, Apple will announce Wednesday at its media event that Disney and Fox will embrace--at least for a while--a price structure that Apple wants all the other studios to adopt.
Right now, TV shows are not available for rent at iTunes. The Web retailer offers numerous episodes free of charge and others, such as the hit AMC drama "Mad Men," the price to buy a single … Read more