Archive for the ‘iPod Video’ category

QT 7.1.3 Flash Playback

September 13, 2006

So, I’m updating to iT7 yesterday and the iTS tells me it needs a QT update to 7.1.3. Okie dokie.

Well, as I’m double checking to see that it didn’t tromp on my QT Pro key I see that Flash playback is now a check box on the prefs pane. HUH!?

Turns out the iPod games are Flash based. Makes sense then that the iPod (a QuickTime device if there ever was one) would inherit the Flash goodness.

VERY slick!

REVIEW: iTunes 7 QT 7.1.3

September 12, 2006

Aside from iTunes Store probably getting the snot kicked out of it right now… I like it.

Trying to buy Hitchhikers Guide (Ian loves the robot) and it’s saying the Store’s having some problems. Must be fixed now… Single click purchase a second ago worked just fine. Pulling down 1.22 Gb so far. Also has a “pause all” button. And IT’S WIDESCREEN!!! Oh yeah, I’m liking it a LOT right about now. Except for the speed of the download. Why they didn’t do a Bittorrent style distributed download I’ll never know!?

Interface is tidied up. Furniture is still where we left it… just different icons now. Probably shades of Leopard.

Also, it now reminds you to back your purchased stuff up. That’s a nice touch seeing as how Time Machine is coming soon as a feature in Leopard.

QuickTime 7.1.3 appears to allow for Flash playback too in the preferences. Dont’ know if that’s only QT Pro or not (as I don’t have the non-pro version to test from). Wonder if that’s new?

Showtime Full Coverage

September 11, 2006

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Stream is on!

Coverage doesn’t stop here. I’ll be updating on the streaming situation and the software update timing. Stay tuned!

Store is back up. Am downloading iTunes7 now via iTunes website (not available yet in Software Update).

iTunes 7 requires a QuickTime update to 7.1.3! Well, sure it does! 🙂


Apple Stores, Sept 12

September 7, 2006

I’m betting a BIG Apple overhaul on Sept 12. Here’s what seems to make sense to me:

You have the Apple Expo in Paris show going. Lord knows what nose thumbing they’ll do at the French legislators. I’m supposing Apple told the Frenchies, “Lookit, we’re coming to Paris. We’re going to do a big reveal in your town and YOU want to legislate iTunes and the FairPlay DRM!? Fine… we’ll stay home. We can do this anywhere.” Pardon!? Mon diue!

You have the Big Show in California where “Showtime” seems to be the theme. Deduction = iTMS full-length movies are announced.

You have 10.4.8 currently in seed to us developers. Now what would make a LOT of sense is to announce Bittorrent goodness baked into 10.4.8. Makes sense for movie downloads right? And, that hat tips an inherent reveal of what will come in Leopard.

You have Ron Johnson (veep Apple Retail) at ThinkEquity. Thinking new video iPod announcement/hands on demos. Plus, I’d further predict a jab at Vista losing it’s top champion yesterday.

I’m gonna wager 10.4.8 is released on the 12th, that it contains updated goodness for the announcements from the days events AND if it’s not released on the 12th there is a release date promised.

And, while my speculative wheels of rumor are rolling… I bet there’s and Apple Store tie in for super fast downloads of movies (or a come in and get a discount movie while you’re in the store kinda thing) to increase foot traffic ahead of the holidays.

Blogging while iTunes plays “Roadhouse Blues” by The Doors

iTMS v. Wal-Mart

September 5, 2006

I’ve posted about Wal-Mart before. I admire the heck out of them for one simple reason: They save consumers a ton of money.

On several occassions I worked closely with the packaging group, warehousing group and with the buyer trainer within Wal-Mart. They’re an amazingly focused outfit!

BusinessWeek and Don Dodge are suggesting some numbers More on the flip side

iTunes Movies This Week

September 5, 2006

Based on: AppleInsider | Apple to roll-out iTunes movies and one more thing

I’m strongly thinking Apple’s making a big push into the living room this year. The pieces are just about in place if you think about it… They have these really nifty speakers. Macs finally a good platform for surround sound. You’ve got music and video (just about licked).

Just seems to make sense that the battle over the in home entertainment space heats up.

iTunes MEDIA Store

June 20, 2006

The iTMS is going to push through a big change. Movies are coming! Not just the watch-it-once, gee-wasn’t-that-fun variety… You OWN it!

Video on Demand is no biggie. Right? Well sort of. For instance, Cox Cable (who I pay too much each month… grumble, grumble) has a VoD approach for a certain tier of subscriber. Those of us with the “digital” box can draw down videos at our leisure. We tried it a couple of times and it’s ok. I’d really like to have that movie queued up for say 60 days instead of the use it or lose it model they’re peddling. I’d even like to share it with my dad maybe who’s also a Cox hostage er, subscriber.

Everyone’s eyes are now open to the possiblities of the next logical horizon for Apple – Video. And not just 24, or Lost, or Vodcasts. We’re talking full length, feature film.

I’d love to LEGALLY download certain movies and OWN them for my own enjoyment. Especially the really hard to find stuff like Dante’s Inferno (a silent film recently rescored with a Tangerine Dream soundbed) or the life and times of Frank Frazetta. I’ve seen both from the public library’s collection. It’s a PITA to find these esoteric titles (even though I’ve since found these two). Multiply that times a couple of dozen and you have my gist. Furthermore, it irks me to no end the studios are trying to tell ME how I like my video… Lessee, I have the theatre variety, then maybe later I’ll have DVD or VHS. Maybe even later I’ll have it with commercials sprinkled in. C’mon! Get on with it or someone else WILL!

The iTMS put a LOT of out of print & indie material at our fingertips. And, while I haven’t seen stats on the breakdown of sales it’s hard to imagine it’s much different than what we know about Amazon and the Long Tail: You have your popular stuff and then this vast (MUCH larger) load of sales coming in on the non-best seller, semi- sort of esoteric stuff.

So, while Mr. Jobs is in discussions with the major studios… I hope he remembers what gained him such notoriety with the indies: He didn’t forget about them in the inital days of the iTMS. If he said (and I can SEE him doing this), “Fooey on the studios, we’re going ahead with our friends at Disney and in the smaller studios.” I’d bet the majors would scream bloody murder to get back into the hunt (and they think BitTorrent is their savior!? Pfffaaaa!).

See, one of these days the iTMS is going to be a buy it before you can see it in the theatre kind of experience. It’s going to trump Cuban’s digital theatre distribution scheme. Movie TRAILERS are a HUGE draw to HUGE!! Just imagine if people were buying their movies before they were in the theatre. That is what Apple is headed towards. THAT is how powerful the iTMS has become in the digital food chain.

The studios might resist it. But, until they come up with something better… it’s how they’ll eat their cabbage.