On with the show

by Giles Turnbull

So that was Showtime, kids. What have we got? Is it what people were hyping themselves up to expect? Not by a long shot.

Here are some straight-from-the-newswires notes; further analysis will be posted later.

New iPods

Color iPods, color iPod nanos, tiny little iPod shuffles. Lower prices, higher drive capacities. But - no radical all-screen iPod. Not even close.

iTunes 7

The first change in iTunes is a radical shake-up of the sources list, with separate sections for each device and media type. Cover art is being given away for free, although the makers of CoverFlow might be interested in iTunes' new cover art view, one of three new views of your library on offer thanks to Apple's purchase and inclusion here of CoverFlow.

Resolution for iPod videos is now upped to 640x480, four times what it was before. iPod software updates are also being handled from within iTunes. There's a nice new interface for searching.

Your iPod can now act as a "sneakernet"-style sync device, syncing data between several Macs for you (as long as they are all set up with the same iTunes Store account).


Small Paul
2006-09-12 12:36:27
New iPods
Yup. Why bother with any really great new features? iPods are still selling, and no-one's come up with anything that competes, sales-wise. Gapless playback will be nice, but should have been in there from the start. The biggest news is the colours for the nanos. The female half of the market has spoken, I imagine.

iTunes 7
Not showing up in Software Update in the UK yet. Bah. I know we won't be getting movies or anything but the new source list looks nice.

One more thing
Meh. Good for people with a whole bunch of video content on their computers, I guess. I'm still saving up for an iMac with Eye TV for my living room.

2006-09-12 13:11:54
Re Coverflow: Apple either stole the name or paid them for it, because that's what Steve called it.
2006-09-12 13:57:22
Check the Coverflow site: "We are pleased to announce that all CoverFlow technology and intellectual property was recently sold to Apple. It has been incorporated into the latest version of iTunes."

Might want to edit your entry to reflect this...

2006-09-12 14:04:04
@Neil: yeah, I shall edit accordingly.